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1:45 PM ET, March 22, 2009


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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 …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
The Roots of Facebook's Redesign Crisis
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
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
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?
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.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Windows Vista Exec's Solo Album Almost As Good As Vista  —  Former Microsoft (MSFT) Windows executive Jim Allchin, who left the company in early 2007, has had enough time on his hands to release a solo guitar-and-vocals album, “Enigma.”  —  It hit iTunes on Tuesday, and some comedian at Apple …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Smartphones 1, Hackers 0  —  There were several $10,000 prizes at stake — as well as some free mobile phones — but at the end of the three-day Pwn2Own smartphone hacking contest at the big CamSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, which closed on Friday, none of the devices had been cracked.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Amazon to Sell HD TV Shows for $2.99 Each  —  Amazon looks set to start selling HD video downloads any day now, hot on the heels of Apple's iTunes HD movie offering, which was unveiled yesterday.  Amazon's web site already contains links to HD versions of TV show downloads …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and CrunchGear
Technology Review:
The coming censorship wars  —  If you thought the most serious threat from internet censorship comes from countries such as China, Pakistan and Iran, you could be in for a shock.  —  In February last year, Pakistan Telecom began routing the prefix to a null site inside Pakistan.
Discussion: Slashdot
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
How the Kindle will change the world.  —  I'm doing my best not to become a Kindle bore.  When I catch myself evangelizing to someone who couldn't care less about the marvels of the 2.0 version of Amazon's reading machine—I can take a whole library on vacation!  Adjust the type size!
Discussion: TeleRead, A VC and Howard Lindzon, Thanks:techcrunch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Barclays Ensured That Everyone Would See Their Confidential …
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Did Lenovo invent Apple's netbook?
Discussion: The Raw Feed and
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Advertisers Can Foil the Fast-Forward Button: Ads You Have to Watch
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I Can Has Internet Millions  —  The company behind lolcats …
Discussion: TechFlash
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Psycho-Thriller ‘Blank’ Premieres For Free on BitTorrent
Discussion: TeleRead and
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Are we headed into an era of “dumb tech?”
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:atul