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11:45 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 …
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?
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Google's DMCA takedowns leaving Blogger users high and dry  —  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is supposed to balance the rights of copyright holders and online authors, while protecting Internet service providers from getting caught in the crossfire.  But Google's policy …
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
GOP's top techie calls it quits  —  The RNC loses its e-campaign director, a Silicon Valley vet long touted as the party's best hope for regaining its tech game.  —  In the Republican Party's ongoing struggle to build an online political machine to rival the formidable new media operation fielded …
Welcome to the Hive Mind; Learn How to Search Twitter  —  by Chris Allison (@Chris_Allison) CMO of Centsports.  —  A few days back, for no particular reason, I started thinking more about how to search for useful information on Twitter.  Then Twitter announced they were integrating …
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David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Talk isn't cheap?  For cellphone users, not talking is costly too  —  A study shows many customers pay for much more time than they use  —  If you're like most cellphone users, you probably think you're paying less than 10 cents per minute for calls.  Think again.
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 …
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
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
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.
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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Recruiters Use Search Engines to Lure Job Hunters  —  Cash-Strapped Companies Save With Search Ads, Scale Back on Rival Media Like Job Boards and Newspapers  —  Companies have long used search-engine marketing to lure online consumers.  Now they're looking to draw job hunters the same way …
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.
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Neokast Mystery  —  What happened to Neokast?  It's a mystery to me.
Nick / Rough Type:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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