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4:45 PM ET, March 22, 2009


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Eric Clemons / TechCrunch:
Why Advertising Is Failing On The Internet  —  Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Eric Clemons, Professor of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  In it, he argues that the Internet shatters all forms of advertising.
Discussion: Beyond Search, ParisLemon, tinyComb and Joe Duck, Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
For Your Sunday Bulls**t Reading: Search Ads Are “Misdirection” Advertising  —  TechCrunch has a guest article today about internet advertising that sounded interesting until I got to the part about search ads as “misdirection.”  At that point, I realized the author apparently knows little …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Facebook has never listened and why it definitely won't start now  —  My former boss, Jim Fawcette, used to say that if you asked a group of Porsche owners what they wanted they'd tell you things like “smoother ride, more trunk space, more leg room, etc.” He'd then say “well, they just designed a Volvo.”
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook “stream” redesign: Disruptive companies don't listen to their customers - Mark Zuckerburg  —  Facebook's latest redesign which has been clearly inspired Twitter's real-time stream of status updates has had a ton of detractors from all corners.  One of the biggest places where the outcry …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:   Facebook's redesign: Time to listen to users?
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House  —  Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry groups and some conservatives.
Discussion: Slashdot
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
The Australian cancer that will kill the Internet  —  There is a cancer growing in our society.  This problem may seem small, isolated and insignificant, but left unchecked, could grow to affect everyone in the world.  Because when a small nation validates a disastrous idea …
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Recession casts shadow over video game conference  —  The video game industry is holding up, but the gloom of the recession will be on the minds of thousands of people at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a key event for video game insiders looking to learn new skills …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Kotaku
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
My name is not a URL  —  Arrington has a post that claims that Facebook is getting wise to something MySpace has known from the start - users love vanity URLs.  —  I don't buy it.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that the omission of vanity URLs on Facebook is an intentional design decision from the beginning …
Discussion: Regular Geek, Thanks:atul
Hunter / Elapsed Time:
Hey!  Get Off My Name.  Username disputes are the domain squatting of the future.  —  On the heels of WIPO's announcement that domain disputes increased to a record 2,329 cases in 2008 (8% increase from 2007) a much more interesting question is starting to be raised.
Discussion: Kevin Restivo's Tech Blog, Thanks:atul
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix: We're Not Throttling Streaming, Blame Your ISP  —  Neil Hunt, Netflix's chief product officer posted to the Netflix blog earlier today that the problems some users are facing with Netflix's streaming service is as a result of how ISPs handle traffic and is in no way an indication that Netflix is throttling their service.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Source: I Worked With Vivek Kundra, Don't Blame Him For DC Bribery Scandal  —  Is “America's CIO” Vivek Kundra being unfairly tarnished by the FBI investigation into bribery and money laundering at his old offices, the DC municipal government's tech dept?  —  At least one staffer who worked with Vivek …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
For Palm, Some Tough Acts to Follow  —  COMEBACK stories are irresistibly appealing, in business as well as in sports.  But recovering from some strategic mistakes is awfully hard.  A case in point is Palm's failure to anticipate the threat that Apple posed to its core business.
Discussion: GigaOM
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
What if the Palm Pre Bombs?
Discussion: CrunchGear and
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Kodak Gallery Joins Parade of Free with Payment Services  —  My wife's United Airlines frequent flyer miles disappeared one day without us noticing.  The equivalent of several hundred dollars of miles went poof because she hadn't flown on the airline or its partners for a while …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Smartphones 1, Hackers 0  —  There were several $10,000 prizes …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Barclays Ensured That Everyone Would See Their Confidential …
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Did Lenovo invent Apple's netbook?
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Amazon to Sell HD TV Shows for $2.99 Each
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I Can Has Internet Millions  —  The company behind lolcats …
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