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12:35 AM ET, April 12, 2009

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Nick / Rough Type:
Google in the middle  —  Three truths:  —  1. Google is a middleman made of software.  It's a very, very large middleman made of software.  Think of what Goliath or the Cyclops or Godzilla would look like if they were made of software.  That's Google.  —  2. The middleman acts in the middleman's interest.
Discussion: TechCrunch and mathewingram.com/work, Thanks:atul
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
How Google Stole Control Over Content Distribution By Stealing Links  —  There is so much misunderstanding flying around about the economics of content on the web and the role of Google in the web's content economy that it's making my head hurt.  So let's see if we can straighten things out.
Mathew Ingram / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why Nick Carr is wrong on Google as a middleman for news
Discussion: MediaMemo
Cristine Gonzalez / VentureBeat:
iPhone devotion blinds Silicon Valley app developers  —  The rush to develop iPhone applications is blinding Silicon Valley software developers to other platforms with potentially wide global audiences, most notably Nokia's Ovi Store.  So said Ewan MacLeod, a U.K.-based mobile entrepreneur …
Discussion: mocoNews
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Miker / Mike Rowehl:
Please Don't Mistake My Apathy For A Lack of Understanding  —  There's an interesting discussion floating around that a fanatical devotion to iPhone is blinding mobile developers to larger potential markets.  And I'm amazed.  Really, just freaking flabbergasted, that the conversation could even be taking place.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Warning: Twitter Hit By StalkDaily Worm (Updated)  —  A bad week for Twitter just got even worse.  The service has apparently been infected by a worm originating from the owners of the website StalkDaily (Note: Do not visit this website, as it may cause your computer to become infected).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Sell Your Soul on Twitter and Who's Buying  —  What are you doing?  No what are you doing Apple, Skype, Flip, StubHub and Box.net??  These popular companies just couldn't resist paying off Twitter users to put advertisements into their Twitter streams using the new pay-per-tweet service Magpie.
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The Truth about Magpie [Google It]
Discussion: WinExtra
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:   Apple, Skype, Adobe, Others Pay Twitterers for Promos
Tim Windsor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Yet another reminder that users are in charge: the DiggBar backlash  —  If you needed any further proof that this is an age driven by users much more than publishers, look no further than what's happening right now with Digg.com, a site you probably think of as a stand-in for all that is user-generated, unedited and anarchic.
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
On the Lookout, With a Digital Security Camera  —  STANDARD surveillance cameras guard homes, businesses and public spaces around the clock, but they do the job imperfectly: fish-eye lenses can distort the image, and pan-and-tilt cameras may point the wrong way at a crucial moment.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Starts Recommending Branded Public Profiles  —  Last night Facebook turned on a feature which will surely build some buzz: the recommendation of brands as friends.  Previously Twitter launched a user recommendation system which generated a lot of controversy as recommended users …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Eric Brewer / The Raw Story:
White House: Obama ‘absolutely’ stands behind effort to throw out warrantless wiretapping suit  —  President Barack Obama endorsed a Justice Department move to dismiss a case in which the National Security Agency is being sued over its warrantless wiretapping program, because he believes …
Discussion: Political Punch
PC World:
Netbooks and Linux: A Complicated Story  —  Over the past few days there's been a raft of stories about how the Linux netbook market share is not as healthy as it used to be.  —  Up until now it's been believed that the emerging netbook market (arguably the first new PC hardware platform for decades) …
Discussion: DesktopLinux.com and Slashdot
Matthew T. Sanderson / Washington Post:
A Dot-Pol of Their Own  —  Long before she began forming her campaign for governor of California, Meg Whitman got cybersquatted.  Media speculation in early 2008 that the billionaire former chief executive of eBay would seek the state's highest office prompted a Santa Monica man to nab rights …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire, Thanks:jeff_foust
Data Security Podcast:
Will The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Require IT Security Professionals To Get A License From The Feds?  —  The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 was just introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).  This bill, if passed, could result in sweeping changes in how IT professionals do their job.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Federal Authority Over the Internet? The Cybersecurity Act of 2009
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike changes Facebook tune to ‘Music’
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Cobol hits 50 and keeps counting
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?
Discussion: PR 2.0, Thanks:bobcaswell
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Still Running The Apple Show
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Tech Recruiting Clashes with Immigration Rules
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IRS Increasing Oversight of Electronic Tax Filings
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Graham:
The Founder Visa  —  Watch how this essay was written on Etherpad.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
iTunes Gift Code Hackers Turn Attention to iPhone App Developers
Discussion: TUAW, IntoMobile, 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Funai Wins Order Blocking U.S. Imports of Vizio TVs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Google Book settlement faces legal assault
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Dell Adamo Full Review: Macho Outside, Sissy Inside
Discussion: Engadget and techeblog.com