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7:15 PM ET, April 15, 2009

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Clay Shirky:
The Failure of #amazonfail  —  In 1987, a teenage girl in suburban New York was discovered dazed and wrapped in a garbage bag, smeared with feces, with racial epithets scrawled on her torso.  She had been attacked by half a dozen white men, then left in that state on the grounds of an apartment building.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNN Acquires CNNbrk Twitter Account With Nearly 1 Million Followers  —  Hard to believe, but the CNN Twitter account racing Ashton Kutcher to 1 million subscribers wasn't even under CNN's (TWX) control until recently.  —  CNN confirms that it has has taken control of the @cnnbrk account — and its 944,000 followers.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kutcher/CNN Twitter Fight Day 3: EA Ups The Ante  —  A couple days ago, actor Ashton Kutcher stated his goal to beat CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers.  He promised to punk CNN founder Ted Turner if the Internet made it happen.  Yesterday, CNN anchor Larry King fired …
Microsoft:
Next Wave of Microsoft Office Products Will Redefine How People Work  —  Q&A: Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Management Group, discusses what people and businesses can expect from the upcoming release of Microsoft Exchange Server, Office, SharePoint Server, Visio and Project.
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John Quinn / Digg the Blog:
(Yet) Another DiggBar Update  —  Since we launched the DiggBar, we've received valuable feedback from the Digg community, publishers, SEO industry experts and Google.  We believe that the DiggBar provides a more seamless way to discover and share content on Digg.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   The DiggBar Compromise: Show Framebar Only To Logged In Digg Users
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tired of the events mess on Facebook?  Try Socializr  —  Socializr, a service that lets you organize your events online, has just released a cool new set of features that let you more easily see what events your friends are going to, and then track and manage the photos of these events.
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Freddie Laker / Take me to your Leader!:
Facebook Connect + YouTube - An Interesting Mix
Discussion: Inside Facebook and NewTeeVee
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Spotted! Facebook Connect On Google*
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Piper Jaffray sales count: 22 iPhones, 28 Macs a day  —  One of the things that distinguishes Gene Munster's coverage of Apple (AAPL) from the other analysts who follow the company is that he actually leaves his office, goes into Apple stores, and counts sales.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Goldman Ups Ests; Piper Upbeat On iPhone Units
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search Prepares for Switching to Ajax  —  In February, many people noticed that Google tested a new interface for search results.  The test didn't include any new feature and Google even loaded the standard search results page to display the results.
Discussion: CNET News and Network World, Thanks:atul
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security  —  Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator.  The attacks involve both unencrypted PINs …
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
Breaking News (and Making News): Twitter Surges 131% in March to 9.3 Million U.S. Visitors!  —  Last week, Sarah Radwanick posted to the comScore blog about Twitter's exponential growth curve during the past twelve months, and that the growth appeared to be driven by older Internet users.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Boom!  Twitter More Than Doubles Unique U.S. Visitors To 9.3 Million In March
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple near ready with release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Juno  —  Apple as early as this week could announce the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, a seventh maintenance and security update to its Leopard operating system scheduled to deliver over a 100 minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
U.S. PC market shows some resilience amid continuing decline  —  The PC market shrunk during the first part of 2009, but not as badly as expected.  —  Shipments of PCs during the first quarter were down 7.1 percent from a year ago, to 63.5 million units, according to IDC, which released its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker on Wednesday.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Silicon ‘Valley Girl’ Gets Tough With Times  —  Sarah Lacy is a freelance business reporter and a fixture on the Silicon Valley scene.  Gawker media mini-mogul Nick Denton once called her “the hottest reporter in the tech world—ever.”  —  So when she conducted a video interview for Yahoo with Elon Musk …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gawker
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Wall Street Journal iPhone App Sets Content Free  —  The Wall Street Journal, one of the few newspapers that charges for content online, released an app for the iPhone Wednesday which sets their content free, poking another hole in one of the internet's oldest pay walls.
Discussion: Agence France Presse, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Is Steve Jobs Moving to Memphis?  —  I spoke with a well-connected business person in Memphis this morning who says that there is a house in a swank neighborhood there that has been bought for a princely sum and is undergoing minor renovations in preparation for its new resident.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Gearlog
comScore:
comScore Releases March 2009 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.  In March 2009, Americans conducted 14.3 billion core searches, a 9-percent gain versus February.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's New Recruiting Video  —  Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into its videos lately.  —  The latest: A beautiful, hi-def video illustrating how the company's engineers elegantly handle almost 2,000 photo uploads per second and manage more than 40 billion photos.
Discussion: Gawker and Rev2.org
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Time Warner Cable tells FCC to shut up about net neutrality  —  “Now is not the time... to engage in a debate about the need for net neutrality obligations,” Time Warner Cable tells the FCC.  But why not, other than the fact that TWC is taking a beating over bandwidth caps?
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Leaf Trombone World Stage goes live for iPhone  —  Forget iPhone apps promoting bands, or streaming music apps, or anything serious.  The best iPhone music app ever (possibly) just debuted on the App Store.  It's called Leaf Trombone World Stage, and is the work of Smule, the developer behind Ocarina.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Deflating The Cloud  —  A new report argues that cloud computing could cost more than twice as much as a traditional IT setup.  —  “The cloud” has come to represent the bright future of computing, a world where processing and storage become as ubiquitous, cheap and accessible as electricity.
Discussion: Rough Type, Bits and OakLeaf Systems
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Prepares Earnings as Microsoft and Yahoo Lurk  —  Google will release its first quarter earnings on Thursday against a backdrop of renewed negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft about some sort of deal to create some sort of meaningful competition for the search industry giant.
Discussion: BusinessWeek and MacDailyNews
Darren Waters / BBC:
Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan  —  Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads.  —  Phorm builds a profile of users by scanning for keywords on websites visited and then assigns relevant ads.
Chase Norlin / MediaPost:
The Next Big Thing In Online Video: Syndication  —  The Museum of Broadcast Communications defines syndication as “the practice of selling rights to the presentation of TV programs, especially to more than one customer such as a TV station, a cable channel, or a programming service such as a national broadcasting system.”
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Now One-Third Of All U.S. E-Commerce  —  One online retailer to rule them all.  —  Amazon.com (AMZN) could be responsible for close to a third of all U.S. e-commerce transactions, RBC Capital analyst Stephen Ju asserted in a research note this morning.
Fortune Small Business:
The venture game: What investors want  —  Matt Douglas had just embarked on a down-to-the-studs renovation of his home in Natick, Mass. when he and a colleague, Sean Conta, quit their jobs to launch MyPunchbowl.com, an event-planning Web site.  “My wife and I were living in one 12-by-8-foot room …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Scareware pops-up at FoxNews  —  There have been numerous reports from affected users that a scareware variant of PersonalAntivirus and ExtraAntivirus has been poping-up at FoxNews.com during the last couple of days, through a malvertising campaign.  —  This most recent case of malvertising …
 
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
TwitPub invents paid Twitter accounts
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
One Paper's Online-Only Move Had Little Effect on Web Traffic, Study Says
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
A year on, Psystar still defying Apple
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Will eBay Dump StubHub, Too?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Chambers Indicates Cisco Unlikely to Bid For Sun Micro, Seeks Acquisition
Discussion: Between the Lines and The Register
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Miserable Three Months for the Magazine Business: Sales Down 20 Percent (At Least)
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla ponders dropping Firefox support for Win2k, early XP
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, TechSpot and Slashdot
David Martin / CNET News:
iPhone Wi-Fi failures caused by battery heat?
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Waters / BBC:
Pirate Bay confident of trial win
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Embarrassed Warner Music Regrets MySpace Music Deal
Discussion: Music Ally, Thanks:bobcaswell
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Internet Ads Growing Faster Than Any Medium In History
Discussion: Podcasting News and digg.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of The Frames: VideoEgg Introduces The Twig Ad Bar
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
A faster, sleeker way to do MySQL?
Discussion: eWeek
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dinosaur at the Gate  —  Eric Schmidt looks innocent enough …
Discussion: Beyond Search and Whiskey Fire
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Stop Me if You've Heard This One: Yahoo Management and Staff Set on Shuffle Again