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8:05 PM ET, March 8, 2009

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wolfram Alpha — it's like plugging into an electronic brain  —  Scientist Stephen Wolfram has built a new engine, called Wolfram Alpha, that apparently can compute answers to factual questions more powerfully than Google.  —  Wolfram has just posted about the effort, which has taken years …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big Music Will Surrender, But Not Until At Least 2011  —  I had a surprisingly candid lunch conversation last week with a big music label executive, and a good part of our talk focused on the future of music.  I asked the usual question: Why are you guys so damned clueless?
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Would-be iPhone developers “pulling their hair out by the roots”  —  Apple's ability to process iPhone developer contracts is quickly turning into a minor crisis as what was once a smooth process is rapidly turning into a months-long backlog that threatens to keep new developers out of the App Store.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
iPhone developer: You need Apple but Apple doesn't need you
TheFunded.com:
The VC Apocalypse: Careful with Your Time  —  PUBLIC:  —  Fellow entrepreneurs, most VCs are unable to complete capital calls and, therefore, are unable to make new investments.  This includes everyone from name brand funds to small funds, and it does not matter if they recently closed a new fund or not.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Amazon VOD in HD on TiVo - Coming Soon?  —  After reading my post wondering where Amazon VOD in HD is, multiple sources have confirmed for me that TiVo's implementation is currently in testing.  While I still don't have concrete timing details, and suspect we're waiting on Amazon.com at this point …
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
Down with Facebook!  —  What nobody bothers to mention about the social-networking site is that it's really dull—mind-numbingly dull.  —  Look at the outer shell—the parachute pants, the piano-key tie, the fake tuxedo T-shirt—and you might mistake me for a slave to fashion.  Do not be deceived.
Discussion: Gawker
Eirik Solheim / NRKbeta:
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation sets up its own bittorrent tracker  —  Dette er en egnelsk artikkel som informerer om at NRK har satt opp sin egen BitTorrent-tracker.  Noe som kan være av internasjonal interesse.  Vi har også en egen artikkel som forklarer hvorfor vi av og …
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Slashdot and digg.com
Robert Coalson / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Behind The Estonia Cyberattacks  —  In the spring of 2007, a cyberattack on Estonia blocked websites and paralyzed the country's entire Internet infrastructure.  At the peak of the crisis, bank cards and mobile-phone networks were temporarily frozen, setting off alarm bells in the tech-dependent country — and in NATO as well.
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Wins Court Approval of Severance Plan That May Aid Buyout Offers  —  Yahoo Inc., owner of the second most-popular U.S. Internet search engine, won a judge's approval of a settlement mandating changes to the company's severance plan that investors contend will make it easier for Microsoft Corp. or other potential suitors to buy it.
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
More free on-demand audio with Muziic  —  I love covering music software because the pace of evolution is so fast.  I guess everybody's looking for the next billion-dollar business (after iTunes) to help replace declining CD sales.  —  Last week, I blogged about Spotify …
Discussion: CNET News and TECH.BLORGE.com
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Neokast Mystery  —  What happened to Neokast?  It's a mystery to me.  But I suspect the answer will surprise us all soon enough.  —  Neokast, as readers of my old PBS column will recall, was a peer-to-peer live video streaming application developed by graduate students from Northwestern University near Chicago.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Your Music Player is Ringing - Nokia Web Event March 11th
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pay-For-Play Comes To Online Radio. Is That a Bad Thing?
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When Everyone's a Friend, Is Anything Private?
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DCEmu.Com:
The State of the Homebrew Scene 2009
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Google's chief executive worrywart
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Needs Big Music on YouTube? The Best Video of 2009 is Homegrown
John Naughton / Guardian:
How Kindle brought technology to book
Ken Gagne / Computerworld Blogs:
AT&T predicted the future. Can Microsoft?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and 9 to 5 Mac
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Google CEO hints Google/Linux netbooks may be coming
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
A peek at Apple's new QuickTime X interface
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Andrew Keen / The Great Seduction:
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