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1:22 PM ET, May 3, 2009

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Maureen Clements / NPR Blogs:
The Secret Of Google's Book Scanning Machine Revealed  —  The other day my colleague Kee Malesky turned me on to an incredibly interesting article from the New Scientist website about the granting of patent 7508978.  What's so important about Patent 7508978 you ask?
Matt Cutler / Visible Measures:
The 100 Million Views Club: The Most Watched Viral Videos of All-Time?  —  Since Susan Boyle's recent viral video triumph (has it only been three weeks?), we've been inundated with requests for a listing of the most watched viral videos of all time.  The questions come in part because people …
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Daisy Whitney / Beet.TV:
Soulja Boy's “Crank Dat” Is Most Viewed Video Ever …
Discussion: Fan Fare
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What's Next  —  Paul Buchheit built the first version of Gmail in one day.  Then, he built the first prototype of Google's contextual advertising service, Adsense, in one day as well.  Now, he's working on a much-watched startup called FriendFeed …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Silicon Valley crown up for grabs  —  Silicon Valley's place as a centre of innovation and a major force in the global economy is waning.  —  So says Tom Siebel, hi-tech veteran and founder of Siebel Systems.  —  “I think Silicon Valley has been toppled from its pedestal,” he told BBC News.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Facebook Just Landed in Seesmic Desktop  —  What a week-end!  It starts with Ashton Kutcher say “this facebook version is a social networking Dream.  Love that you can jump directly to someones individual page. wow” then with Brad Stone in the New York Times “Tinker Away, Facebook Says”.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Tinker Away, Facebook Says
Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com, Thanks:loic
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Windows 7's XP Mode - Virtually worth the effort  —  What's real and what's not?  —  Review The discovery that Windows 7 will use desktop virtualization so you can run Windows-XP-compatible applications caused almost as much excitement as the news the Windows 7 Release Candidate would ship this week and next.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 making its way to AT&T  —  OK everybody, just calm down.  We got word from one of our ninjas that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will finally be arriving at AT&T stores some time in June.  For those who were hoping for a miracle or at least a little something special added …
Discussion: MobileCrunch, IntoMobile and Engadget
Times of London:
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping  —  The home secretary has vowed to scrap a ‘big brother’ database, but a bid to spy on us all continues  —  SPY chiefs are pressing ahead with secret plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in Britain despite an announcement by Jacqui Smith …
Discussion: The Register and Boing Boing
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like My Parents In 1994, Apple Finds NIN's The Downward Spiral Objectionable  —  Back in 1994, there was no album I wanted more than Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral.  The problem was that I was 12 at the time, and the album carried the dreaded “Parental Advisory” sticker …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Edible Apple, Thanks:bobcaswell
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Presto!  In ten seconds, you've got an Internet desktop.  —  Vimeo.  —  Have you ever had the need to boot your laptop in a Starbucks, an airport lounge, or a buddy's house, but don't want to go through the agonizing multi-minute procedure of starting up your operating system with all of its managed software and utilities?
Engineering Windows 7:
A Little Bit of Personality  —  Greetings!  Based on the data we're seeing we know a lot of folks on MSDN/TechNet/Connect are probably busy using the RC (Release Candidate) for Windows 7.  Thank you!!!  And of course many folks are looking forward to downloading the RC and using it as we expand …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Encyclopedic Knowledge, Then vs. Now  —  THIS is the end of the line for Encarta, the encyclopedia that Microsoft introduced in 1993 and still describes boastfully on its Web site as “the No. 1 best-selling encyclopedia software brand for the past eight years.”
 
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Thinking about thunder  —  I read an interesting blog post …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Italian Pirate Bay Trial in the Making
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Kill Your RSS Reader
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Treating the web as an archive - or finding the financial crisis' ground zero online
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Finally, someone makes hyperlocal pay
 

 
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