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10:50 AM ET, February 25, 2009

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Roy Blount Jr / New York Times:
The Kindle Swindle?  —  BEING president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave.  The lesson in this was not lost on me.  But now I am president of the Authors Guild, whose mission is to sustain book-writing as a viable occupation.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 8: Pirates Kill the Music Biz  —  Today's first witness is Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån and later on the IFPI's CEO John Kennedy will testify, although it's not expected that he will respond to the open letter and peace offering issued yesterday by the ‘Kopimists’.
Discussion: Gizmodo, p2pnet and digg.com
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John Leyden / The Register:
Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage  —  Oh the humanity  —  Free whitepaper - Lower security risks and costs by minimizing the time to protection  —  Gmail users, still swooning from the extended outage on Tuesday, were hit with a widespread phishing attack hours after the blackout.
Discussion: Sophos
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Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Sundar Pichai / Google Public Policy Blog:
Browsers powered by user choice  —  Last month the European Commission confirmed that it had sent a statement of objections to Microsoft about the tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system, which it said “harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice.”
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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft fears EU fine over browser
Discussion: BetaNews
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
EC: List of Potential Principles
Bad Science:
“Facebook causes cancer”  —  I was on newsnight a second ago, debating the rather indulgent claims of Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield and Dr Aric Sigman about Facebook and Twitter.  It's 40 minutes in to the show, which can be seen here as a wmv/rm file or here on iPlayer:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:   Age Concern backs social networks but Ben Goldacre's blood pressure still rising
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries To Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec Marco Boerries is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries' departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Discussion: Vacuum, The Progress & … and Slashdot
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Members of Congress twitter through Obama's big speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Congress twittered their way through President Obama's nationally televised speech Tuesday night, providing a first-of-its-kind running commentary that took users of the social networking site inside the packed House chamber.
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Just Work Please: Mainstream Media Meets the Fail Whale
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Microblink
Lester Haines / The Register:
Ryanair trades blows with ‘idiot blogger’  —  Online booking glitch provokes almighty punch-up  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Hats off this fine morning to Ryanair, which last week traded blows with “idiot blogger” …
Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is pushing Yahoo! Inc. for an Internet- search alliance, even as he goes after Yahoo's top talent.  —  The two companies should pool resources …
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia  —  We have just released four additional AWS public data sets, and have updated another one.  —  In the Economics category, we have added a set of transportation databases from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 2.3.1  —  Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box but it's not clear whether the patch delivers any new features.  —  As of this morning, the company has yet to update its Apple TV software updates page …
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
What Sells Online?  Unsexy Newsletters  —  They're not the newest fad, but these daily digests sent via e-mail can generate some much needed ad revenue when there's not much of it to go around  —  We San Franciscans think New York isn't quite as Web savvy are we are.
IEBlog:
IE8 Reliability Update for Windows 7 Beta Now Available  —  We wanted to let you know that an update was released earlier today that will improve Internet Explorer's reliability for users running the Windows 7 Beta.  The update is now available via Windows Update, and can also be downloaded via Microsoft Update.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits
Discussion: InfoWorld and Technologizer
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
15 online photo editors compared  —  Tools that let you edit photos in the Web browser have come a long way in the last few years.  We wanted to take a moment to do a feature comparison with a grouping of editors—big and small, to see what each one is capable of.
Discussion: Download Squad and Imaging Insider
IDC:
Worldwide Server Market Contracts Sharply in Fourth Quarter as Market Revenues Decline to $53.3 Billion in 2008, According to IDC  —  According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market declined 14.0% year-over-year to $13.5 billion …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Michael Moritz: Lessons from a Long-Ball Hitter  —  The journalist-turned-venture capitalist was early to ring the alarm bells about the weakening economy, but he remains optimistic  —  In 1984 a young British journalist named Michael Moritz wrote a short piece in Time magazine …
Discussion: Time
BBC:
UK government backs open source  —  The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services.  —  Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement, said open source software would be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows.
Discussion: Slashdot
BBC:
Texting ‘improves language skill’  —  Text speak, rather than harming literacy, could have a positive effect on the way children interact with language, says a study.  —  Researchers from Coventry University studied 88 children aged between 10 and 12 to understand the impact of text messaging on their language skills.
Discussion: DailyTech
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: GigaOM
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Obama's new Commerce pick has strong ties to tech, China
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Economic Forum Announces New Batch Of Young Global Leaders …
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Paul Venezia / The Deep End:
Could the Childs case put all network admins in danger?
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Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed
Discussion: Beyond Search
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Premium-priced MacBook Pros top sales at Apple retail stores
Discussion: Gadget Lab