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6:40 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mining The Thought Stream  —  What if you could peer into the thoughts of millions of people as they were thinking those thoughts or shortly thereafter?  And what if all of these thoughts were immediately available in a database that could be mined easily to tell you what people both individually …
Discussion: metarand and HighTouch, Thanks:kevendones
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
How Google's layoffs and project cancellations are affecting it's culture of innovation  —  The New York Times has an article titled How Google Decides to Pull the Plug which talks about the rationale behind the rash of abandoned and cancelled projects that have come out of the Big G in recent months.
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Vindu Goel / New York Times:
How Google Decides to Pull the Plug
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Twitter's Analytical Business Plan  —  The popular messaging service plans to make money from selling analytics and other services.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. - Sitting inside a conference room at Twitter, BlackBerry in hand, Kevin Thau is all business.  —  In his first interview since taking charge …
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Tracking the iPhone's bubble of hype  —  Think of the jagged light blue line in the fever chart at right as the bubble of hype that keeps Apple's (AAPL) iPhone floating above of its competitors.  —  What you're looking at is a snapshot of a Google Trends chart comparing the number of times the word …
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Idou Arrives In Second Half 2009 With 16:9 Touchscreen, 12MP Camera  —  Sony Ericsson kicked of the MWC show a bit early today with a press conference for a slick new phone: The enigmatically named Idou.  —  With an OS based on Symbian, the Idou continues the cameraphone megapixel pissing match …
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Definitive Primer to the Pirate Bay Trial  —  The trial against the Pirate Bay will start in Sweden on Monday, and file sharers and P2P journalists alike can hardly contain themselves.  The Times of London has dubbed it the “Internet piracy trial of the decade,” and the Pirate Bay's staff …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Recite for Windows Mobile previewed  —  Microsoft Recite Technology Preview is now available for a select few Windows Mobile phones.  It allows you to take short notes and later search for them, all with just your voice.  —  Microsoft has released a “Technology Preview” …
Discussion: msearchgroove, CNET News and Engadget
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MTV Pulls The Plug On Embeddable Videos [Update]  —  When NBC Universal and News Corporation-backed Hulu launched in Fall 2007, it was a signal that old television media might actually grasp the distributive power of the internet.  Not only were great programs made available for free as streaming videos …
Discussion: MTVN Content API and HipMojo.com
Fred / A VC:
How Patent Trolls Are A Tax On Innovation  —  I've written on the subjects of patents before on this blog and on the Union Square Ventures weblog.  There have been good discussions around this issue, both in this post and in the sessions event that the USV weblog posts talks about.
Thanks:atul
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Is this the Sony Ericsson “Reese”?  —  There's no question Sony Ericsson is under an enormous amount of pressure to release a relevant handset that appeals to the masses.  If the alleged leaked advertisement of an upcoming handset you see before you is any indication of things to come however …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Engadget Mobile
David Gonzales / Samsung Central:
Samsung OmniaHD to feature 720P HD-video capture with 3.7-inch AMOLED screen and more  —  By now you are probably already familiar with the Samsung OmniaHD.  But without official wording from the company, a few things still haven't been made clear.  While it still hasn't been stated …
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
A Computer Repair Utility Kit You Can Run From a Thumb Drive  —  Technibble, the Australian site for aspiring computer techies, recently released the second version of its popular Computer Repair Utility Kit, a collection of 57 hand picked tools to help you diagnose and repair your Windows machine.
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:kevendones
 
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Tom Espiner / CNET News:
Tech coalition launches sweatshop probe
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CANON HAS NO SENSE OF HUMOR, TRIES TO SHUT DOWN FAKE CHUCK WESTFALL …
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
A brief history of chip fibs, flops: Intel, IBM, AMD
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Adds Google Powered Torrent Search
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn's Popularity Grows
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Stimulus package to expand Net's reach
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Robert ScobleFri / Fast Company:
What Microsoft Can Learn About Retail from Apple and Best Buy
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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Linux Version of Chrome To Use Gtk+
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:amanfirdaus
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Surpasses 175 Million Users, Continuing to Grow by 600k Users/Day
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Tether the iPhone or G1 To Your Laptop For Free 3G Broadband
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Rob Walker / New York Times:
A Successful Failure  —  FAIL WHALE  —  Yiying Lu …
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