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7:35 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.
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Miwa Suzuki / PhysOrg.com:
Japanese gadget controls iPod in blink of an eye  —  A wink, a smile or a raised eyebrow could soon change the music on your iPod or start up the washing machine, thanks to a new Japanese gadget.  The device looks like a normal set of headphones but is fitted with a set of infrared sensors …
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
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 …
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Webcam Brings 3-D to Topps Sports Cards  —  Since the 1950s, Topps has sold baseball trading cards filled with photos and stats, bringing the game to life.  Now the company is bringing its cards to life.  —  Beginning Monday, collectors who hold a special Topps 3D Live baseball card in front …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Caustic Graphics to create graphics chips with novel ray-tracing technology  —  Caustic Graphics is planning to take on graphics chip makers with a new way of rendering images that can enhance realism and improve cost efficiency.  —  The San Francisco start-up, formed by ex-Apple engineers …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ooma rebounds after cutting price for service  —  (03-08) 15:20 PST — After it stumbled out of the gate in July 2007, it's hard to imagine that Palo Alto's Ooma would look forward to an economic downturn.  —  But the startup, which offers free home phone service with the purchase of an Ooma box …
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Back to the future: MediaNews revives “print your own newspaper”  —  In an approach rather different from Microsoft's vision of content delivery in the future, which I described yesterday, MediaNews Group has announced plans for I-News, a system that will print your own customized newspaper on your own printer:
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!  —  Compact discs weren't always impromptu drink coasters.  Once, in the not-so-distant past, they played music, contained pictures, and let people play video games with tacked-on FMV sequences.  And today, the venerable CD turned 30.  —  Happy birthday!
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.
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 …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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.
TwiTip:
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 search.twitter.com …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Angelsoft Lets Startups Find Funding Through New Investor Filtering Tool
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
One Nation Under Google...With Liberty and Apps for All?
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Fight Over Internet Filtering Has a Test Run in Europe
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Google's DMCA takedowns leaving Blogger users high and dry
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
GOP's top techie calls it quits
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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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
When Everyone's a Friend, Is Anything Private?
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