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8:00 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: everwas, 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.
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” …
Bgauth / Microsoft Recite:
Announcement - Microsoft Recite - Technology Preview  —  What Is Microsoft Recite?  —  Microsoft Recite is a search technology for your voice that runs on Windows Mobile* devices.  With Microsoft Recite, you can use your voice to easily store, search and retrieve the things you want to remember, where and when you need them.
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
Bitstream Launches “Fastest Mobile Browser”  —  Bitstream is launching its new BOLT mobile browser today with the claim that it is the fastest on the market.  —  Sampo Kaasila, VP of R&D at Bitstream told, that the new browser was “25-50 per cent faster” than competitor Opera.
Discussion: MobilityWire, Thanks:kevendones
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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A Computer Repair Utility Kit You Can Run From a Thumb Drive
Discussion:, Thanks:kevendones
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn's Popularity Grows
Discussion: CNET News
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Stimulus package to expand Net's reach
Robert Scoble / Fast Company:
What Microsoft Can Learn About Retail from Apple and Best Buy
Discussion: Technologizer
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Linux Version of Chrome To Use Gtk+
Discussion:, Thanks:amanfirdaus
Rob Walker / New York Times:
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