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6:00 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
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).
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.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Software That Monitors Your Work, Wherever You Are  —  PEOPLE need to be watched.  —  Back at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Jeremy Bentham, the English philosopher, seized on that basic management precept to design a building that would become a touchstone for architects of a new age.
Kevin / ToMuse.com:
3 Reasons Why Breaking The DiggBar Can Actually Increase Traffic To Your Website  —  Digg released their iframe based software toolbar (DiggBar) this past week and I've been trying to educate both users and publishers as to why frames are a very bad idea.  From a publisher's standpoint …
Discussion: WinExtra
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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.
Tom Jowitt / PC World:
Card Turns Aging PCs Into Thin Clients  —  Igel Technology is offering businesses an updated version of a card that converts aging desktop PCs into thin clients, thereby extending the operating life of old equipment.  —  The PC to TC (thin client) Conversion Card also gives businesses …
Discussion: Thin Clients
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Details of HTC Android phones emerge through new style of marketing  —  Two days ago T-Mobile sent an email to Engadget to invite them to an press event on April 21st.  Billed as a “private launch event,” it has tech blogs wondering what the news will be: Will the company be announcing a new Android device?
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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
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.
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike changes Facebook tune to ‘Music’
Eric Brewer / The Raw Story:
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Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?
Discussion: PR 2.0, Thanks:bobcaswell
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PC World:
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Tech Recruiting Clashes With Immigration Rules
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IRS Increasing Oversight of Electronic Tax Filings
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