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1:30 PM ET, March 14, 2009


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Clay Shirky:
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable  —  Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely.  In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Rumor: iPhone to Get a Premium App Store  —  As Apple gets ready to preview its new software developers' kit and an updated iPhone operating system next week, there could be some changes to the company's App Store too.  —  We're hearing rumors that Apple could introduce a “premium” …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over exploding iPod touch, iMac display issues  —  Apple's build quality has been called into question as fresh lawsuits blame the company for an iPod touch that caught on fire as well as the widely-known vertical line defect on iMac displays.  —  Apple charged with making ‘explosive’ iPod touch
Discussion: Macsimum News
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
3G Phones Exposing Networks' Last-Gen Technology  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oh, the things modern mobile phones can do.  They are music-playing, video-taking, direction-providing multimedia powerhouses.  But many people have trouble getting them to perform their most basic functions, like making phone calls.
Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle  —  Even as it attacks DRM on music, Apple is continuing to add more DRM to its own hardware (we recently documented all of Apple's various hardware DRM restrictions).  The latest example is the new iPod Shuffle.  According to the careful reviewers at iLounge …
Loic Le Meur Blog:
Seesmic Launches the First Facebook Desktop Client Available Today  —  We're proud to announce the launch of the “Seesmic for Facebook” desktop application, which is available from today as a free download.  —  Based on the technology behind Twhirl, Seesmic for Facebook lets you keep track …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Connect for iPhone Now Live - First Apps Released (Updated)  —  Last summer, Facebook originally announced that it was bringing Facebook Connect to the iPhone.  This morning, several popular iPhone apps are live with Facebook Connect integration in the iPhone app store …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
News has a bright future, author says  —  AUSTIN, Texas—The future of news is not breadlines for journalists, a lack of reporting on politicians' scandals, and a dearth of coverage of what's really going on behind the lines of wars around the world.  —  In fact, a surprisingly optimistic …
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Exclusive: New Live BlackBerry Niagara 9630 Photos!  —  * Update: One more picture posted by Matt_25 in the forums.  Thanks Matt!!  w00t!  Good way to start the weekend.  Following up on the first real photos of the BlackBerry Niagara 9630 we recently dropped in the blogs …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gear Diary
New York Times:
Weary of Looking for Work, Some Create Their Own  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Andon, 24, a graduate of Duke University in biology, was laid off from a biotech company last May.  For months he sought new work.  Then, frustrated with the hunt, he turned to jellyfish.
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Anaesthetica /
Attacked from Within  —  Traditional methods for protecting community from the effects of scale and poor behavior are now manifestly unfeasible.  Raising barriers to entry, relying on the assumption that users will maintain only one registered account, and placing faith in the ability of admins …
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Microblogging Will Marginalize Corporate Email  —  In case you missed it last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say about the microblogging service Twitter: … At first blush, this seemed like an example of Google not ‘getting it’ when it comes to Twitter (see the comments to the linked blog post above).
Discussion:, Thanks:atul
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon invokes DMCA against Kindle e-books from other vendors
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Struggling in-game ad firm IGA Worldwide seeks investments or possible sale
Discussion: VG247 and Kotaku
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
HP imposes more salary cuts for EDS employees
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What I'm Looking For at Austin's Tech Fest
Discussion: The Social, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Maydalene Salvador / TrendLabs:
TinyURL Phishing Becoming Popular
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple extends beta-developer memberships
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Whoa, Twitter Mania
Discussion: Joe Duck, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter Paid $6 or Less for Crowdsourced ‘Birdie’ Graphic

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Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

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