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8:00 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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, WinBeta, ParisLemon and Slashdot
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
iPhone developer: You need Apple but Apple doesn't need you
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 at this point …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Company Threatens EFF With Defamation In Response To EFF Trying To Bust Its Patent  —  Back in January, we noted that the EFF had scored another hit in its ongoing patent-busting project, getting the USPTO to re-examine a patent held by Seer Systems.  It appears that Seer Systems …
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Your Music Player is Ringing - Nokia Web Event March 11th
Discussion: Engadget and Boy Genius Report
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pay-For-Play Comes To Online Radio. Is That a Bad Thing?
Randall Stross / New York Times:
When Everyone's a Friend, Is Anything Private?
The State of the Homebrew Scene 2009
Discussion: Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's chief executive worrywart
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Needs Big Music on YouTube? The Best Video of 2009 is Homegrown
 Earlier Items: 
John Naughton / Guardian:
How Kindle brought technology to book
Ken Gagne / Computerworld Blogs:
AT&T predicted the future. Can Microsoft?
Discussion: and 9 to 5 Mac
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Google CEO hints Google/Linux netbooks may be coming
Discussion: OSNews
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
A peek at Apple's new QuickTime X interface
Discussion: MacRumors
Andrew Keen / The Great Seduction:
We are all Scoble now  —  Last night A-list twhirler …
Discussion: Gawker and Susan Mernit's Blog