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1:20 PM ET, February 15, 2009

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Do We Need a New Internet?  —  Two decades ago a 23-year-old Cornell University graduate student brought the Internet to its knees with a simple software program that skipped from computer to computer at blinding speed, thoroughly clogging the then-tiny network in the space of a few hours.
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 …
Rob Walker / New York Times:
A Successful Failure  —  FAIL WHALE  —  Yiying Lu, an artist and a designer in Sydney, Australia, has made a number of appealing illustrations, many featuring animals.  But one image in her portfolio is far more likely to be familiar to at least some of you than any of the others …
Discussion: TechNation Australia, Thanks:atul
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
How Google Decides to Pull the Plug  —  GOOGLE recently set the blogosphere abuzz by announcing that it was pulling the plug on several products.  —  The victims included Lively, a virtual world that was Google's answer to Second Life; Dodgeball, a cellphone service aimed at young bar-hoppers …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MTV Pulls The Plug On Embeddable Videos  —  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: HipMojo.com and MTVN Content API
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Adds Google Powered Torrent Search  —  Many visitors to the uTorrent website are relatively new to BitTorrent, and a proportion of these are clueless as to where they should start looking for .torrent files.  For this group the new torrent search box on the uTorrent homepage might come in handy.
Discussion: Beyond Search and digg.com
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 …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online, p2pnet and Guardian
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Tether the iPhone or G1 To Your Laptop For Free 3G Broadband  —  If you read Gizmodo, the odds are good you're carrying one of these two pieces-they're among our favorite 3G smartphones right now.  Today let's learn how to tether 'em up to your laptop.
Discussion: Android Authority
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Stimulus package to expand Net's reach  —  In Annapolis, a town of 700 in northern Sonoma County, Doug Simmonds has been on the cutting edge of Internet service - as much as he can be for the isolated community 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco.  —  He paid a premium for an ISDN line …
Phone Arena:
Exclusive: Samsung OMNIA HD and BeatDJ  —  Hola!  We have just arrived in Barcelona, Spain for the 2009's Mobile World Congress and before unpacking our luggage, we decided to share with you information about the surprise Samsung has for us all!  In a huge billboard, the Korean manufacturer shows off …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn's Popularity Grows  —  As layoffs continued to pound the economy in January, one beneficiary was job networking site LinkedIn.  According to the latest January data from comScore, the LinkedIn's U.S. unique visitors shot up 22 percent to 7.7 million, up from 6.3 million in December.
Discussion: CNET News
Robert ScobleFri / Fast Company:
What Microsoft Can Learn About Retail from Apple and Best Buy  —  Now that Microsoft has decided to open up its own retail stores, they need some help from all of us in building a great retail experience.  Remember, this isn't Microsoft's first time.  Microsoft used to have a store …
 
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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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
ComScore To Report Google Maps Now Number 1
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ed Scannell / InformationWeek:
Google Android Phones To Be Remotely Rescued
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Quietly Launches Site-Wide Image Search
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