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2:05 AM ET, April 13, 2009

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Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Amazon responds to queries, blames a ‘glitch’  —  As readers continue to try to figure out what happened in Amazon's database so that the sales rankings of certain books and not others disappeared — which caused some to be omitted from search results on the site — it seems that Amazon is doing much the same thing.
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Erica Friedman / Examiner:
Online censorship?  Amazon strips ranking of Gay and Lesbian books  —  One of the most powerful indicators of how a book is doing sales wise and can be a leading factor for generating or killing interest in a book.  Though many factors go into the sales ranking system, the primary driving factor has been sales-number of books sold.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Amazon Really Fail This Weekend? The Twittersphere Says Yes
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
BNOnews:
17-year-old claims responsibility for Twitter worm  —  Brooklyn, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Mikeyy Mooney, the 17-year-old creator of StalkDaily.com from Brooklyn, has admitted responsibility for the Twitter worm that rapidly spread through Twitter on Saturday, stating in an email to BNO News …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Wily Weekend Worms  —  On a weekend normally reserved for bunnies, a worm took center stage.  A computer worm is a self-replicating computer program sometimes introduced by folks with malicious intent to do some harm to a network.  Please note that no passwords, phone numbers …
New York Times:
‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers  —  If your local newspaper shuts down, what will take the place of its coverage?  Perhaps a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer.  —  A number of Web start-up companies are creating …
Discussion: HyperlocalBlogger
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cooliris raises $15M for (improved) 3D wall  —  Cooliris is launching a new version of its 3D wall today, one that makes it easier to explore images and other media on the web, on social networking sites, and now, even on your computer desktop.  The Palo Alto, Calif. company is also announcing …
Discussion: BoomTown
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone changes dynamics of game software industry  —  After years of building large, graphics-intensive blockbusters, developers are starting to make shorter, less expensive games for the iPhone and its phone-less sibling, the iPod Touch.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — Only a few years ago …
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
The problem with push: can small developers afford it?  —  In March, Apple announced its support for push notification.  Ars looks at push and wonders if small- and medium-sized developers can afford this technology.  —  Push was the big buzz this past March.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ad network Collective Media raises $20M more, targets the big three  —  Collective Media, an ad network you probably haven't heard of, has been slowly rising through the ranks of ad networks.  It is the 19th largest ad network, according to the most recent Comscore data (February), up from 21st last year.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
EBay buys Korean rival's stake for $413 million: report  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - EBay Inc has agreed to buy a controlling stake in South Korean online retailer Gmarket Inc for $413 million, at a 32.5 percent premium, news service eDaily reported on Monday.  —  The long-discussed deal …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Times change: print no longer default MLA citation style  —  The Modern Language Association's (MLA) new handbook for academic citations does away with the primacy of print, along with the need to include URLs for Web citations.  All hail the rise of the Internet.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?  —  PARIS — Is Internet access a fundamental human right?  Or is it a privilege, carrying with it a responsibility for good behavior?  —  That is the question confronting policy makers as they try to bring Internet access to the masses …
 
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Josh / Bokardo:
The Slow Erosion of Google Search
Thanks:atul
Louis Gray:
Are You Writing Your Headlines for Google or for Twitter?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
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VC Firms Bet on Digital Pen Technology
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Offers Another Fleeting Glimpse At The App Store's All-Time Leaders
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Associated Press:
Conficker worm hits University of Utah computers
James Doran / Guardian:
IBM set to axe thousands in move to cheap labour abroad
Discussion: Bloomberg
 

 
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