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1:30 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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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’.
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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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terabyte of Public Data to Developers  —  Amazon.com changed the retail world.  In the process the company built up so much surplus computing power that it started a dirt cheap “computing in the cloud” business that changed the computing world.
Discussion: WinBeta
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia
Discussion: Beyond Search and bytes|genes
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.
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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse  —  Domino effect crashes through the cloud  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Google has apologised for yesterday's major Gmail meltdown after some of its data centres in Europe failed …
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Acacio Cruz / Gmail Blog:
Update on today's Gmail outage
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Safari 4 benchmarked: 42x faster than IE 7, 3.5x faster than Firefox 3  —  Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple's Safari 4 browser, released in beta today, is the fastest browser on the planet.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 2.3.1 [Ux2]  —  Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box that has thus far been revealed to include a new Network Test function and improvements when using Apple Remote for iPhone.
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 some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries's departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue On Pace to Decline 24 Percent in 2009  —  Analysts Say the Industry Will Fail to Return to 2008 Revenue Totals Through 2013  —  The impact of the financial crisis will result in the semiconductor industry experiencing near record revenue declines in 2009 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Gartner Sees '09 Chip Revs Off 24%; IDC Says Dn 22%
Discussion: Reuters and Silicon Valley Watcher
AMD at Work:
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)  —  Last week we had the pleasure of hosting a select number of reporters to brief them on our upcoming “Istanbul” processor and show them some demos as well.  —  As always, when you are doing a demo on an unreleased product, you're always on your toes.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD demos ‘Istanbul’ six-core processor
Discussion: Electronista
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: NewTeeVee, Sophos and Obsessable
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
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: GMSV, Obsessable, DailyTech and Gearlog
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
The Stealth Apple Shareholder Meeting  —  To wit, Apple [AAPL Loading...  () ] will not be streaming the event to its website, a restriction it has historically used.  Nor, I'm told, will Apple allow any communication devices into the event so those of us trying to cover it can live blog.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who profits from the App Store?  —  You will struggle to find a happy shopkeeper right now - but I've just met one.  His name is Eric, and he has good reason to be contented.  After all his store only opened in July last year, but has already sold 500 million products, and its deal with its suppliers means it gets 30% of the revenues.
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 price cut announcement “in the next couple of days” - Janco  —  The PlayStation 3 could be about to receive a price cut, with Sony due to make an announcement imminently.  —  That's according to Janco Partners' Mike Hickey, who has said in his latest note to investors that Sony needs …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP to distribute Sun's Solaris on its Proliant servers  —  HP will distribute and support Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on its Proliant and blade servers.  —  The companies on Wednesday unveiled a multi-year pact that will provide Sun with more distribution for its Solaris 10 platform (statement).
Discussion: Business Wire, Computerworld and Digits
Nortel:
NORTEL ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS  —  TORONTO - Nortel* [TSX: NT, OTC: NRTLQ], today announced it intends to reduce its workforce by an additional net 3,200 positions worldwide.  The company expects to carry out these reductions over the next several months, in accordance with local country legal requirements.
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” …
Fëdor Karpelevitch / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Browser title bar tweaks  —  I'm often doing something on my computer and want to know if I have new mail without having to keep my Gmail window open.  But if you keep Gmail minimized or in an inactive tab sometimes all you see in the browser title bar is something like “Gmail - Inbo...”
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Begin Shipping Windows 7 in September, Compal's Chen Says  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may begin shipping its Windows 7 operating system as early as the third quarter, a computer-industry executive said.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Upside At The Washington Post: At Least Web Ads Didn't Disappear Last Quarter  —  At this point you need to be a skilled relativist to find something positive to say about the newspaper business.  Last fall, for instance, executives at the Washington Post (WPO) could argue …
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.
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.
Times of India:
Bloggers can be nailed for views  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: A 19-year-old blogger's case could forever change the ground rules of blogging.  Bloggers may no longer express their uninhibited views on everything under the sun, for the Supreme Court said they may face libel and even prosecution for the blog content.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and MediaVidea, Thanks:sampad
 
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Matthew Richardson / Prefix Magazine:
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What Sells Online? Unsexy Newsletters
Bad Science:
“Facebook causes cancer”
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market