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1:45 PM ET, May 9, 2009


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Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Rupert Murdoch's fantasy  —  “That it is possible to charge for content on the web is obvious from the Wall Street Journal's experience,” Rupert Murdoch told a NewsCorp quarterly conference call this week.  The story of Murdoch's [intention] desire to move all of his newspaper properties …
Discussion: and Guardian
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 …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Boy Genius Report
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G2 with a surprise
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nuts: Twitter Inventor About To Launch His Next Project, Code-named Squirrel  —  Almost immediately following Twitter coming back from a planned downtime this afternoon, co-founder and current Chairman Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet letting his followers know that he was, “Getting ready to embark on something new and entirely different.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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, Thanks:atul
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
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tech Jobs Still Scarce But Layoffs May Be Slowing Down  —  April proved to be a dismal month for technology sector jobs and overall employment, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Granted, this morning brought sobering news of the U.S. unemployment rate hitting its highest mark since 1983: 8.9%.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joking Or Not, Official Or Not, Facebook Needs To Grow Up  —  It's sort of funny when Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg takes her frustration out on a club bouncer by saying (it has now been removed) it would be “a huge bummer if their facebook pages “accidentally” went down.”
Discussion: Gawker
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What Marissa Mayer said about Google and Twitter  —  There have been a couple of posts today speculating about what Eric Schmidt and his team said about Twitter at a company press event in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday.  I have the verbatim text, which I thought might be helpful to post below for the record.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Reuters and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Try To Create A Better Travel Guide With Nextstop  —  Are you looking for the best beer bars in the world, good places to make out in San Francisco, or where to go on the Big Island in Hawaii?  A travel recommendation site called nextstop mixes social recommendations with search …
Discussion: Google Maps Mania, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Discussion: Slashdot and
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
The Price of Staying Connected
Discussion: VoIP Watch
John Leyden / The Register:
XSS flaws poke ridicule at entertainment industry