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4:20 AM ET, March 9, 2009


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Nova Spivack / Twine:
Wolfram Alpha is Coming — and It Could be as Important as Google  —  Stephen Wolfram is building something new — and it is really impressive and significant.  In fact it may be as important for the Web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose.
Wall Street Journal:
The Search for Change  —  Eric Schmidt of Google on why the company spends so much time worrying about energy  —  Many think of Google Inc. as a search company.  But it's also an investor in renewable energy, and it has proposed an ambitious plan to put clean energy at the heart of the U.S. energy mix.
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Your guide to SxSW Interactive 2009  —  During the second week of March each year, there is a mass pilgrimage of geeks from the San Francisco bay area to the heart of Texas.  Not for BBQ, not for a suntan, but for probably the best interactive web conference in the history of the world.
Discussion: Ensight and broadstuff
Brandon Miniman /
Windows Mobile Marketplace Website Comes Online  —  We know very little about the Windows Mobile marketplace.  Microsoft was very quiet about it at MWC - no screenshots, no specifics details.  At first, the word was that only Windows Mobile 6.5 devices could use the Marketplace …
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 …
Discussion: Beyond Search and
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
One Nation Under Google...With Liberty and Apps for All?  —  Last week, just about anyone and everyone was buzzing commentary about the appointment of Vivek Kundra as the nation's first CIO You remember Vivek.  He's the Washington, D.C. CTO who sent Microsoft packing (tried to, anyway).
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Fight Over Internet Filtering Has a Test Run in Europe  —  BERLIN — As European lawmakers debate how to keep access to the Internet free and equal — so-called network neutrality — they are inundated, not unsurprisingly, by lobbyists.  —  But the corporate envoys roaming the halls …
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Eirik Solheim / NRKbeta:
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation sets up its own bittorrent tracker
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Slashdot and
Robert Coalson / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Behind The Estonia Cyberattacks
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
Down with Facebook!  —  What nobody bothers to mention …
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Company Threatens EFF With Defamation In Response To EFF Trying To Bust Its Patent
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