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10:40 AM 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.”
Discussion: Pat Phelan and Memex 1.1, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
I Can Has Internet Millions  —  The company behind lolcats and Failblog tries to turn memes into money.  —  For the Web's cognoscenti, the lolcats fad is so over.  I Can Has Cheezburger, the site that sparked captioned-cat-picture mania, launched in January 2007.
Discussion: TechFlash
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Did Lenovo invent Apple's netbook?  —  Apple rumor predicts netbook.  Lenovo ‘leaks’ old prototype.  Coincidence?  —  Computerworld) In Silicon Valley's clash of innovation and ego, it's hard to remember who invented what.  Oftentimes a company invents something it's not ready to ship.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Barclays Ensured That Everyone Would See Their Confidential Tax Avoidance Documents  —  The lawyers never seem to get the fact that some things just aren't that interesting until they try to force people not to talk about them.  And that's certainly the case with London headquartered Barclays bank …
Jeanne Meserve / CNN:
‘Smart Grid’ may be vulnerable to hackers  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Is it really so smart to forge ahead with the high technology, digitally based electricity distribution and transmission system known as the “Smart Grid”?  Tests have shown that a hacker can break into the system …
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Discussion: TeleRead and
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Are we headed into an era of “dumb tech?”
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
The Next Target For Google: Corporate IT Budgets
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bug Reveals Private Photos, Wall Posts (Updated)