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4:30 PM ET, March 7, 2009

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Privacy Blunder Shares Your Docs Without Permission  —  In a privacy error that underscores some of the biggest problems surrounding cloud-based services, Google has sent a notice to a number of users of its Document and Spreadsheets products stating that it may have inadvertently shared …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Tells Charlie Rose Google Is “Unlikely” To Buy Twitter And Wants To Turn Phones Into TVs  —  It must be Google Week on Charlie Rose.  Thursday, Rose interviewed product chief Marissa Mayer, and last night he had an hour-long conversation with CEO Eric Schmidt (embedded here, with a full transcript below).
Tim Green / mobile-ent.biz:
Acer mulling its own app store  —  Acer could launch an app store to complement its forthcoming new smartphone range.  —  At a London press event yesterday, Acer's senior corporate VP and smart handheld president Aymar de Lencquesaing told ME that Acer is examining the viability of an app store …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Start Serving Local News To Users?  —  Germany's Der Spiegel published an interview with Twitter CEO Evan Williams yesterday on its website, and Williams had a couple of interesting things to say.  You can find a poorly Google-translated version of the interview here …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Why global is the new ‘local’  —  The real reason newspapers and radio stations are hurting — and how they can thrive  —  Computerworld) If you have an iPhone, tap the App Store button, and search for “radio.”  Choose “iHeart radio” and then click on the Clear Channel Broadcasting app called “iHeart radio.”
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and The Raw Feed
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another AOL Layoff This Week?  —  An ex-AOLer says there are rumors in Dulles that AOL is planning another layoff this week.  The d-date is rumored to be Tuesday.  AOL apparently likes to whack people on Tuesdays.  —  The ex-AOLer forwards the following memo, which updates AOL's policies …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Try before you buy?  Zuckerberg has a public Twitter account?  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been using the microblogging service he's been trying to buy - Twitter — since last May.  But he's kept his account on the site (@zuck) private and basically unused.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Cybersecurity official quits, blasts NSA power grab  —  A top federal cybersecurity official resigned this week in a letter sharply critical of what he described as a power grab by the National Security Agency.  —  Rod Beckström, director of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Center …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Diamond gets pictured  —  We got our hands on some pictures of a test model of the Verizon Wireless Touch Diamond rocking its sleek, black and shiny casing.  Unlike Verizon's Touch Pro, the Diamond has retained the characteristic faceted back.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and IntoMobile
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
HTML Validation: Does It Matter?  —  The web is, to put it charitably, a rather forgiving place.  You can feed web browsers almost any sort of HTML markup or JavaScript code and they'll gamely try to make sense of what you've provided, and render it the best they can.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Indie Facebook Developers Pulling In Over $700,000 A Month  —  The mass media may be enamored of the rags-to-riches stories of developers on Apple's App Store, but it isn't the only game in town for indie developers to strike it rich.  We've gotten word from SocialMedia …
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Education (continued)  —  Last fall I wrote a post on this blog titled Hacking Education.  In it, I outlined my thoughts on why the education system (broadly speaking) is failing our society and why hacking it seems like both an important and profitable endeavor.
 
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Nathan Richardson / paidContent.org:
Bring On The Techies: How Silicon Valley Can Help Save Newspapers
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows
Discussion: eWeek
Economist:
Model behaviour  —  Software: Simulating the behaviour of crowds …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Atiz turns books digital without help from Google
Discussion: TG Daily
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“Now Comes Thomas Dart...”
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why New H-1B Restrictions Will LOWER (Some) American Tech Wages
Discussion: SiliconAngle and Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Peter Smith / pasmith's blog:
Salacious content driving the adoption of ebooks?
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple has no clue what's going on with dev contracts
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Brushes Off Boxee, And Boxee Comes Back For More
 

 
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