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4:45 AM ET, March 1, 2009


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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Putting a Bolder Face on Google  —  IN late December, Marissa Mayer was vacationing in Africa when her boss, Jonathan Rosenberg, e-mailed her asking if she was leaving Google.  —  It wasn't a routine query.  As the gatekeeper of Google's home page, and one of the company's most ubiquitous …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Japanese “hate” for iPhone all a big mistake  —  A report intending to portray the iPhone as “hated” in the Japanese market turns out to have been built upon fake quotations from industry writers and observers who were misrepresented by remarks attributed to them that they never made.
Ryan Spoon:
Adam Carolla's Podcast: 1M Downloads... Radio, XM Officially Dead?  —  Last week, Adam Carolla transitioned from national radio talk show host.  His contract with CBS prevents him from returning to radio (supposedly through 2009) - and in exchange, he is paid handsomely in the meantime.
Potential Security Breach Involving President's Helicopter Found By Local Company  —  Sensitive Information About President's Helicopter Found In Iran  —  PITTSBURGH — Target 11 has learned a Cranberry company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered …
Charles Cooper / CNET News:   Data on Obama's helicopter breached via P2P?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
“Kijiji” Isn't Kutting It.  How about eBay Classifieds?  —  eBay is having second thoughts about how easy it will be to spread the Kijiji brand in the U.S. The company is testing out the name “eBay Classifieds” in two cities, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.  A letter sent out to Kijiji members states:
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Office Labs vision 2019 (montage + video)  —  When Microsoft decides to imagine the future, it never fails to impress.  Not only do you have some of the smartest people envisioning what's possible, but they also invest so much into communicating these ideas through sights and sounds …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Steve Clayton and WinExtra, Thanks:zwelgje
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Sued for Fraud, Abuse and Legal Sham  —  Covering the progress in the various RIAA cases has never been one of our top priorities here at TorrentFreak.  The legalese and numerous cases seem to drag on forever, or end up in a settlement where the alleged ‘pirate’ pays the record labels a few thousand dollars.
Jon / p2pnet:   Shahanda Moursy sues the RIAA
Paul Graham:
Can You Buy a Silicon Valley?  Maybe.  —  A lot of cities look at Silicon Valley and ask “How could we make something like that happen here?”  The organic way to do it is to establish a first-rate university in a place where rich people want to live.  That's how Silicon Valley happened.
PC World:
Jaunty Jackalope: Where's the Beef?  —  Ubuntu's upcoming 9.04 release offers few new end-user features.  Is Ubuntu losing the end-user focus that made it a smash-hit distro?  —  Keir Thomas, PC World  —  Recommends  —  I'm getting a little worried about the state of open source on the desktop.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Review: Samsung's 256GB SSD offers capacity, speed  —  But tests yield slower read speeds than Samsung claims  —  Computerworld) I was deeply in techno-lust when I opened a UPS box the other day and pulled from it Samsung's new 256GB, SATA II laptop solid-state disk (SSD) drive — stainless steel all around and oh so sleek.
Lessig Blog:
Caving into bullies (aka, here we go again)  —  Amazon has caved into demands from the Authors Guild that it disable the ability of the Kindle to read a book aloud.  This is very bad news.  —  We had this battle before.  In 2001, Adobe released e-book technology that gave rights holders …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Sleuthing Software Can Reassemble Deleted Photos  —  IT'S easy enough to accidentally delete cherished digital photographs.  One wrong click of a button can wipe them out.  —  Retrieving those images can be tricky, particularly when the files have been fragmented and bits …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Mourning the loss of Twitter
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Too little...  It's with profound amusement that I read Newsday …
Discussion: Tech-Ex and I4U News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Crosses The Line: Frames Search Results
Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:
The New York Times Battles a Googler for New Jersey
Discussion: BuzzMachine
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Stay / The SocialToo Blog:
Time to Take a Stand - Yes, We're Ending the DMs
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Arrington: I'll go to Demo 'if we're invited'
Discussion: The Mind of Alex