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10:45 AM ET, March 15, 2009


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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
At SXSW, attendees confront Twitter saturation  —  AUSTIN, Texas—By now, the story of how Twitter exploded onto the scene at the 2007 South by Southwest festival is legend in technology circles.  —  But here at SXSW 2009, the notion of the perfect match among community, service, and event seems flipped on its head.
Peggy Orenstein / New York Times:
Growing Up on Facebook  —  Someone I haven't seen in decades just posted a snapshot of me on Facebook: there I am at 16, dressed in an unfortunate cowl-neck sweater, my hair cut to resemble a Semitic cotton ball.  William Faulkner, I suspect, would love it — Facebook, after all, is the best evidence yet of the undead past.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Social networks ‘are new e-mail’  —  Status updates on sites such as Facebook, Yammer, Twitter and Friendfeed are a new form of communication, the South by SouthWest Festival has heard.  —  “We are all in the process of creating e-mail 2.0,” David Sacks, founder of business social network Yammer said.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Fails The SXSW iPhone Test  —  South by Southwest is one of the biggest annual geek shows, so naturally there are thousands (tens of thousands?) of iPhones roaming around downtown Austin.  Good luck making calls or receiving text messages, especially anywhere near the convention center.
Discussion: CNET News
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
World Wide Web creator Sir Tim BernersLee fell victim to online fraud  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the worldwide web, has revealed how he fell victim to online fraudsters while trying to buy a gift over the internet.  —  Sir Tim, who dreamt up the web 20 years ago, said he bought a Christmas present from an online shop.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble's New Thing: Building 43  —  A week ago we reported that blogger Robert Scoble is leaving his current job running FastCompany TV.  Now he's going to start talking about his new project - a new content and social networking community called Building 43, which he's building in partnership with his new employer, Rackspace.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Deaths of gamers leave their online lives in limbo  —  NEW YORK (AP) — When Jerald Spangenberg collapsed and died in the middle of a quest in an online game, his daughter embarked on a quest of her own: to let her father's gaming friends know that he hadn't just decided to desert them.
Discussion: Bb RealTech
Gareth Davis / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Connect for iPhone.  Friends Now Included.  —  We're really excited to launch Facebook Connect for iPhone today.  Facebook Connect easily lets developers make their websites and desktop applications more social.  And with the explosion of iPhone apps over the last year …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Content Companies Demand Subsidies From ISPs... While ISPs Demand Subsidies From Content Companies  —  It's sometimes quite amusing to watch how various economic ecosystems grow, where multiple companies have symbiotic relationships, and then start to freak out when they think that other companies …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hit iPhone Developer: Not Making Any More Mac Games  —  Pangea Software has been making software for Apple's (AAPL) computer platforms since 1987.  No more.  —  Why not?  Because the iPhone app store has been such a huge success, the company is only going to focus its efforts …
Discussion: TUAW, Pulse2 and Ars Technica
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Kevin Rose creates Twitter directory  —  WeFollow is a simple site that lists top Twitter users by tags.  —  Simple tweet @wefollow with the top three tags you'd like to be associated with.  —  Categories listed on the front page include news, celebrities, sports, and politics.  You can also search by tags.
Agence France Presse:
Second Life finding new life  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Linden Lab chief executive Mark Kingdon shakes his head when he sees news stories heralding the demise of former Internet darling Second Life.  —  Reporters that rushed into Second Life to cover cyber-events and portrayed the online fantasy realm …
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