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3:50 PM ET, May 9, 2009


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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
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: Smalltalk Tidbits …, Thanks:rcade
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
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.
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
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
NASA astronaut will tweet, take YouTube questions ... live from space  —  NASA astronaut Mark Polansky is planning to take social media out of this world.  —  In a YouTube video posted today, Polansky said that during his crew's mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for June …
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
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
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%.
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
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What Marissa Mayer said about Google and Twitter
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Reuters and ReadWriteWeb
ICANN Heading to a Fork in the Road
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
John Cook / TechFlash:
DocuSign inks $5 million round
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joking Or Not, Official Or Not, Facebook Needs To Grow Up
Discussion: Gawker
Steve Donohue / Contentinople:
Moonves: Hulu Deal Doesn't Hurt
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Analysis: SSD performance — is a slowdown inevitable?
Discussion: CrunchGear, Slashdot and
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
The Price of Staying Connected
Discussion: VoIP Watch