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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon: “ham-fisted” error caused glitch with gay books  —  Amazon has been taking a beating online for the removal of sales ranking on a number of gay- and lesbian-themed books.  The company initially called it a glitch that was being fixed.  Now Amazon is calling it a “ham-fisted” error that goes far beyond gay titles.
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Andrea James / Amazon & the online retail blog:
AmazonFail: An inside look at what happened  —  I've spoken to an Amazon.com employee who works closely with the systems involved in the glitch.  The employee asked me not to share his name because of company policies on talking with the media.  —  On Sunday afternoon at least 20 Amazon.com employees …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker's Behind Amazon's Big Gay Outrage
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Getting ready for Android 1.5  —  I'm excited to announce that starting today, developers can get an early look at the SDK for the next version of the Android platform.  This new version (which will be 1.5) is based on the cupcake branch from the Android Open Source Project.
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developer.android.com:
Download the Android 1.5 Early Look SDK  —  Welcome developers!  The next release of the Android platform will be Android 1.5 and we are pleased to announce the availability of an early look SDK to give you a head-start on developing applications for it.  —  The Android 1.5 platform …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Breaks Free from eBay - Founders Buy it Back  —  Want a geeky way to chill out after a long work day of focus, focus, focus?  There are few better ways online to keep the synapses lubricated than through the semi-serendipity of social sharing service StumbleUpon.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
StumbleUpon Stumbles Out of eBay's Arms to Be Reborn as a Start-Up (Plus the Entire Press Release)  —  The content discovery service, StumbleUpon, has gotten itself back to start-up status, after being bought by eBay two years ago.  —  It announced today that it was returning to being an …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre launching no earlier than May 16 according to leaked doc?  —  We've been made privy to some Sprint planning documentation that implies that the carrier is looking to get all its Pre ducks in a row by May 16, which would suggest that there's no way in hell it's launching any earlier than that.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre gets caught taking a walk in the park  —  If you're looking for rhyme or reason, unfortunately we can't offer either for the time being.  All we know is this: It looks like Sprint and Palm may be loosening the reins a bit when it comes to allowing the Palm Pre out into the wild.
Jay Parkinson M.D. / Clusterstock:
Google Health Will Belly Flop  —  About two weeks ago, e-patient Dave sent me a link to his blog post about his Google (GOOG) Health information sucked out of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  It finally made the Boston Globe this morning.  —  Here's the problem.
Discussion: Boston Globe and InformationWeek
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Tech jobs hammered by recession  —  Silicon Valley's tech workforce is shrinking at an alarming rate, with job losses in the region's dominant industry outpacing the overall employment decline across the valley.  —  Seemingly immune to recession for much of last year, the valley has been hit hard …
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
OpenSecrets.org Goes OpenData  —  Award-winning website from the Center for Responsive Politics now provides 20 years of downloadable money-in-politics data—for free  —  WASHINGTON — Politicians, prepare yourselves.  Lobbyists, look out.  Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics …
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Twitter tormented by nettlesome computer program  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An obnoxious computer program that barged into Twitter Inc.'s mishmash of Internet chatter served as another reminder of the challenges facing the rapidly growing service.  —  The nettlesome program, known as a worm …
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Kindle 2's Fuzzy Fonts Have Users Seeing Red  —  Amazon's Kindle 2 is slimmer, faster and has longer battery life than its predecessor.  But the newly launched e-book reader falls short when it comes to how well it displays text, say some users.  —  “When you read a lot of text on the screen …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Netflix expanding to other game console platforms  —  Let's not jump the gun here and claim that Netflix will be hitting the Wii and PlayStation 3 anytime soon, but they are looking for an experienced engineer to lead the gaming platforms team.  —  From the job listing:
Peter Lattman / Deal Journal:
KKR, Warburg, Providence and Elevation Surface in Skype Bid  —  A quartet of private-equity firms have joined forces for a leveraged buyout of a global telecommunications firm with hundreds of millions of users.  —  And no, this isn't a blog post from 2006.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's search must begin in Redmond  —  Microsoft's challenge to grow its share of the search business isn't just a global issue.  It's also a challenge within its own walls.  —  Despite investing five years and hundreds of millions of dollars on its search product …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Bad Was Google's Quarter?  —  . (His prior estimate was for 5 percent growth).  Khan also revised his pro forma EPS estimates down 5.5 percent from $5.04 to $4.76.  —  What's got him spooked?  Through February, comScore is showing declines in U.S. search activity (measured in query volume) …
Discussion: tinyComb, Thanks:gsharma
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
BlackBerry Storm Gets Firmware Update  —  The 4.7.0.113 update will be pushed over the air by Verizon and will fix numerous bugs and add new functionality to the touch-screen Storm.  —  Verizon Wireless is preparing to roll out an over-the-air software update for the touch-screen BlackBerry Storm …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Search Cube scours Google in 3D  —  Search Cube is the latest in a string of search engines that forgoes displaying search results in an easy-to-parse, ordered list, in favor of a wiz bang 3D interface.  It grabs its results from Google and site preview thumbnails from Thumbshots …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Currently In Trouble: After Pulling Its IPO, Current TV Loses CTO  —  Current Media, the peer-to-peer news and information company famously co-founded by former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, appears to be facing stormy weather lately.  —  After two of its reporters were detained by North Korea …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Tuan Nguyen / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Why Cable ISP Capping is the New DRM, and Suck  —  I, like many people, have been subscribing to Internet connection services since the days of 300 baud modems.  Then I upgraded to 14.4k, 36.6k, 56k, DSL, and now cable.  Unfortunately, due to where I am living today, I'm stuck on 3 Mbit Verizon DSL service …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Taps 5th RIAA Lawyer to Justice Dept.  —  President Barack Obama is tapping another RIAA attorney into the Justice Department.  —  Monday's naming of Ian Gershengorn, to become the department's deputy assistant attorney of the Civil Division, comes more than a week after nearly …
Louis Gray:
Twazzup Takes On Twitter Search to Make Sense of Real-Time Web  —  Twitter's acquisition of Summize in 2008 gained the red-hot status update service arguably the most impactful new entrant into the Web 2.0 space last year, as the company looked to harness the millions of daily tweets flowing through its system and make sense of it all.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jim Breyer Joins Dell Board Of Directors, Fast Becoming Most Powerful Man In Silicon Valley  —  Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, joined the board of directors of Dell today.  That's interesting in itself, but the man also sits on the board of Facebook, Walmart and Marvel, as well as a number of younger startups.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Miramax Rewards Would-Be BitTorrent Pirate With Free Ticket  —  Most people sharing files on the Internet are aware that at any time they could be being monitored by any number of anti-piracy companies, investigators or lobby groups.  There can be little doubt that file-sharing forums …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Google's ‘Immigration Fixer’  —  My article in Sunday's New York Times on immigration and the tech industry left out a central character, Google's immigration fixer.  Her name is Christine Doyle and her job is to help Google employees who are seeking visas, or caught in limbo with the U.S. government, or facing other problems.
Thanks:bobcaswell
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
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Katherine Bourzac / Technology Review:
Gmail Sidesteps the App Store
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: More Vids to Fewer Uniques in March
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