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11:45 AM ET, April 4, 2009


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Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
on url shorteners  —  URL shortening services have been around for a number of years.  Their original purpose was to prevent cumbersome URLs from getting fragmented by broken email clients that felt the need to wrap everything to an 80 column screen.  But it's 2009 now, and this problem no longer exists.
Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:
DiggBar Digs up Bitter Nostalgia Among Critics  —  Digg's new URL-shortening feature is aggregating as much controversy for the popular web site as it is traffic.  —  Critics are taking aim at the structure of DiggBar — a toolbar appearing at the top of a browser when users click a link at Digg.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Kottke /
URL shorteners suck
Discussion: Scripting News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Analysis: Which URL Shortening Service Should You Use?  —  URL shortening services are experiencing a renaissance in the age of Twitter.  When every character counts, these services reduce long URLs to tiny forms.  But which is the best to use, when so many are offered and new ones seem to appear each day?
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / Bits:
World's Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home  —  If you get excited about the prospect of really, really fast broadband Internet service, here's a statistic that will make heart race.  Or your blood boil.  Or both.  —  Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world …
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and atmaspheric, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The iPhone Gold Rush  —  IS there a good way to nail down a steady income?  In this economy?  —  Try writing a successful program for the iPhone.  —  Last August, Ethan Nicholas and his wife, Nicole, were having trouble making their mortgage payments.  Medical bills from the birth of their younger son were piling up.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:bobcaswell
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The dusty stacks of the nation's great university and research libraries are full of orphans — books that the author and publisher have essentially abandoned.  They are out of print, and while they remain under copyright …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New Palm Pre apps underscore Apple's iPhone limitations  —  While third-party apps are being trumpeted as the iPhone's strength, key Palm Pre demos this week were designed to highlight their restrictions by taking advantage of those precise things that Apple won't allow.
Discussion: I4U News
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
Murdoch Wants A Google Rebellion  —  The media mogul says Google is stealing from publishers.  It could be the call to arms that newsrooms need.  —  Rupert Murdoch threw down the gauntlet to Google Thursday, accusing the search giant of poaching content it doesn't own and urging media outlets to fight back.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
The VC walking dead: Extended edition  —  [Update: Warburg Pincus LLC has been taken off the list of the walking dead.  The data did not reflect the $15 billion fund it closed last April.]  —  A couple weeks ago, Dan Primack of PE Hub blogged a list of venture capital firms he termed the …
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How the Conficker Problem Just Got Much Worse  —  On the surface, April 1 came and went without a peep from the dreaded Conficker megaworm.  But security experts see a frightening reality, one where Conficker is now more powerful and more dangerous than ever.
Discussion:, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook wants you to give credit where credit is due  —  Facebook is testing out a way for people to show how much they appreciate friends' status updates, links and other items on the site — its a new feature called “credits.”  The idea is a more advanced form of commenting or liking …
Tech-On! : tech news:
[JSAP] Japanese Researchers Double Green Phosphorescent OLED Efficiency  —  A Japanese research group succeeded in making an OLED device using a green light-emitting phosphor material and achieving a very high light-emitting efficiency of 210lm/W.  —  The research group …
Discussion: DisplayBlog and SlashGear
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T retracts new terms of service, apologizes  —  Looks like the uproar over AT&T's recently-tweaked wireless terms of service banning video streaming and p2p activity caused some hasty rethinking in Dallas — the company just sent us this statement:
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
BakerTweet: @thehungry, the donuts are fresh  —  There's little as pleasant in life as freshly-baked donuts.  Or chocolate cake, or perhaps cup cakes or sourdough bread.  That's why more bakeries should consider investing in a BakerTweet: designed by Poke London, it's an easy way for bakeries …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Forget Twitter, Pay A Big Div, Bernstein Says  —  A few weeks back, Bernstein Research analyst Jeffrey Lindsay wrote a provocative research piece asserting that Internet companies have a long and terrible track record of destroying shareholder cash by acquiring pre-business model start-ups.
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
No Backbone As Google Bows To Korean Government And Bans Users With Fake Names  —  On April 1 Google started banning South Korean users from posting videos or leaving comments on YouTube unless they use real names.  The move was done to comply with a law that South Korean web sites …
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Mary Lynn F. Jones / Newspaper Association of America:
Cover: Don't Stop the Presses! …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google force feeds Web 2.0 to US gov
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Wikia Death Proves Google Is Search-Startup Killer
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Advertisers brace for online viral marketing curbs
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