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12:20 AM ET, March 15, 2009


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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 it's launching, and several popular iPhone apps are live with Facebook Connect integration in the iPhone app store …
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 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.
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.
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 Macsimum News
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.
Louis Gray:
Nobody Can Hear You Scream If Your RSS Feed Is Dead  —  I didn't make any blog posts on Thursday, after a full Wednesday which included a visit to Google headquarters to meet with the Google Reader team.  And even though I made a few posts on Friday, the first day of the SXSW conference …
Discussion: Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
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” …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Seesmic Launches its 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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Twitdom
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon invokes DMCA against Kindle e-books from other vendors  — posted a letter this week that apparently sent regarding alleged copyright violations.  This is an excerpt.  —  When President Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law 11 years ago …
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Feds Demand Prison for Guns N' Roses Uploader
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Call to Legislate Internet Privacy
Discussion: The Web Life and, Thanks:atul
David Sharp / Associated Press:
Maine expanding school laptop program with Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Mulls Online Subscription Fee
Discussion: Bloomberg and MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over exploding iPod touch, iMac display issues
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Anaesthetica /
Attacked from Within  —  Traditional methods for protecting community …
Discussion: SiliconAngle
New York Times:
Weary of Looking for Work, Some Create Their Own
Discussion: Bits and Boing Boing, Thanks:mrinaldesai