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7:20 PM ET, May 9, 2009

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Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Bloglines Offline for Hours (and Outsourced to China)  —  Things aren't looking good today at Bloglines, the popular web-based service I've been using for years to read RSS feeds.  The site has been offline for at least eight hours and isn't even responding to web requests with an error.
Discussion: CloudAve and Smalltalk Tidbits …, Thanks:rcade
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitterrific Comes Roaring Back Into The iPhone Twitter App Wars  —  During the past several months, a war has been brewing between Twitter apps for the iPhone.  But it's been largely two-sided.  You were either in the Twitterfon camp or the Tweetie camp.  And if you were using any other app …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Fights In The Google Monopoly Debate Miss Key Points  —  The noise about whether Google is a monopoly that needs to be controlled continues to ramp up, with Google itself releasing a “charm offensive” set of slides after its lobbying using those slides was outed by Consumer Watchdog.
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
The Next Age of Discovery  —  In a 21st-century version of the age of discovery, teams of computer scientists, conservationists and scholars are fanning out across the globe in a race to digitize crumbling literary treasures.  —  In the process, they're uncovering unexpected troves of new finds …
Discussion: Imaging Insider and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile to Launch Many Android Devices Later This Year  —  T-Mobile USA is looking to introduce Android-based devices from three different manufacturers, Cole Brodman, chief technology officer of the company, said in a conversation with me earlier today.  Android is a mobile OS developed …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
It's time voice mail threw in the towel.  —  Since March, I've been using Google Voice, the search company's fantastic Web app that gives you a single number to connect all your phones and lets you make rules about who can call which phone when.  Voice is packed with many other amazing tricks …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Thomas Crampton:
Reporter to NY Times Publisher: You Erased My Career  —  Hell hath no fury like a reporter deleted.  —  I have a major personal and professional gripe against The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.  —  For more than a decade, as you know, I enjoyed a wonderful and globe-trotting career at both newspapers.
Discussion: p2pnet and Geek News Central, Thanks:atul
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
AT&T And Verizon Wireless Buy Each Other's Assets To Comply With Regulatory Approvals  —  AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) are swapping assets to comply with regulators who said the two must divest some properties as part of their recent acquisitions.
John Ozimek / The Register:
Aussie censors implement six degrees of separation policy  —  Links to links now banned  —  Free whitepaper - Cooling strategies for ultra-high density racks and blade servers  —  The Australian Government yesterday broke new records for web censorship by requiring the takedown …
Discussion: ZDNET.com.au
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Pirate Bay attorney outlines arguments for appeal  —  The judge had a conflict of interest—that's one argument that will be used in appealing the Pirate Bay verdict, an attorney of one of the defendants told CNET News on Friday.  —  Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
EC wants software makers held liable for code  —  Software companies could be held responsible for the security and efficacy of their products, if a new European Commission consumer protection proposal becomes law.  —  Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva have proposed …
Discussion: Slashdot
Stars & Stripes:
Official: No options ‘off the table’ for U.S. response to cyber attacks  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. military's response to a cyber attack would not necessarily be limited to cyberspace, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said Thursday.  —  “The Law of Armed Conflict will apply to this domain,” said Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tech Jobs Still Scarce But Layoffs May Be Slowing Down
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What Marissa Mayer said about Google and Twitter
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Reuters and ReadWriteWeb
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
SugarSync Gets Free Version
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Try To Create A Better Travel Guide With Nextstop
Discussion: Google Maps Mania, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nuts: Twitter Inventor About To Launch His Next Project, Code-named Squirrel
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joking Or Not, Official Or Not, Facebook Needs To Grow Up
Discussion: Gawker
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Analysis: SSD performance — is a slowdown inevitable?
Discussion: CrunchGear, Slashdot and digg.com
 

 
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