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8:55 AM ET, May 11, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren't Lactating  —  Way more countries have laws against holocaust denial (11 or so) than breast feeding (0), but guess which one is banned on Facebook?  That's right.  Pictures of breast feeding babies are indecent, so they're a no go.
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Brian Cuban / THE CUBAN REVOLUTION:
Open Letter To Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and Mashable!
Financial Times:
Micro-payments considered for WSJ website  —  News Corp is planning to introduce micro-payments for individual articles and premium subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal's website this year, in a milestone in the news industry's race to find better online business models.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
WSJ Online Expanded Pay Plans Include Bundles, Micropayments
Discussion: BuzzMachine, paidContent and mocoNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   WSJ To Try Micropayments: What A Bad Idea
Serge Jespers:
The future of newspapers is now: New York Times Reader v2 released  —  Ever tried reading a newspaper on a plane?  I bet you kept bumping into your neighbour, didn't you?  Have you ever tried locating an article that you read last Wednesday in a stack of newspapers?
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?  —  Huzzah for Windows, ho-hum for Linux, OS X  —  Free whitepaper - Achieving Efficient Governance Risk and Compliance  —  Review OpenOffice.org remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite …
Discussion: PC World
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Stephen Wolfram Reveals Radical New Formula for Web Search  —  The home page is nearly blank.  At the center, just below a colorful logo, you'll find an empty data field.  Type in a phrase, hit Return, and knowledge appears.  —  No, it's not Google.  It's Wolfram|Alpha, named after its creator …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New Search Tool Aims at Answering Tough Queries, but Not at Taking on Google
Discussion: ZDNet and The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Survey: one in five US households are cellphone only  —  The latest results from the National Center for Health Statistics' survey on wireless phone use are in, and they reveal that just over 20 percent of all US households have now cut the wire and exclusively use cell phones for voice communication.
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
iPhones in Iraq - the US Army's new weapon  —  Applications prove invaluable for soldiers on the battlefield  —  In Basra's Hayaniyah district, a notorious stronghold of Shia militias, a US army sergeant leading a patrol faced two suspects in the street.  Amid rising tension he produced …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Thomson Reuters Launches BlackBerry, iPhone Apps; First Big Step In $1 Billion Multimedia Investment  —  Reuters lags news-service rivals AP and Bloomberg in releasing mobile apps, but the company plans to spend heavily to make up for any lost time.  On Monday, the UK news services company …
Thanks:atul
jamtoday:
Fumblarity  —  The Tumblr community is aghast over Tumblarity, an analytics and ranking system feature for Tumblr blogs.  —  Why are people so upset?  While Tumblarity does inherit Tumblr's boutique-chic style, the Tumblarity featureset is a familiar one to anyone who's published a website before, as most Tumblr users have.
Discussion: Download Squad, Thanks:jamtoday
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Invests In Video Search Startup EveryZing And Signs Up As Its Biggest Customer  —  Video search startup EveryZing just landed its biggest fish yet: NBC Universal.  Boston-based EveryZing signed a master service agreement with NBC to provide video search and search-optimization technologies across …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Xconomy and Beet.TV
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Google plans space exploration gadget to help mobile phone users study night skies  —  Google is preparing to launch a mobile phone application called Star Droid that can help amateur astronomers identify stars and planets.  —  The search engine software will use GPS technology to compare …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Assuming There's a New York Times in 2040, I Hope It's Not This One  —  I just went to NYTimes.com, as I do multiple times a day.  A split-second after I arrived at the homepage, it was covered up with a full-page ad overlay.  That was irritating, but I'm willing to tolerate some annoyance in return for excellent free content.
Discussion: Mashable!
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Obama's tax reforms could impact Microsoft's bottom line  —  President Obama's proposal to overhaul U.S. tax policy on international profits, unveiled last week, has raised objections from big companies that would end up paying considerably more in taxes under the plan.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CubeTree Launches As A Facebook + FriendFeed + Twitter For Enterprise  —  As they mature, social networks are increasingly becoming viable systems for information management.  We're seeing this with Facebook, and with FriendFeed and even to some extent with Twitter.
 
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Documentarians, DVDs and the MPAA
Thanks:atul
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Firefox passive-aggressives adjudicate Nerd Law
ReadWriteWeb:
Did Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiration for Facebook Come Before Harvard?
Discussion: Time, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is BBC iPlayer a Typical App For Our Hyperconnected Future?
Thanks:atul
John Cook / TechFlash:
Former Twitter, Microsoft execs create new startup: Digiting
Thanks:toddbishop
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Sorenson launches Sorenson 360 video delivery network
Discussion: Xconomy and NewTeeVee
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Internet user IDs turn honest
 Earlier Items: 
Miriam Steffens / Sydney Morning Herald:
Readers reluctant to pay for online news
Discussion: The Australian
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Do Newspapers Owe Google “Fair Share” Fees For Researching Stories?
Thanks:mattmcgee
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The American Press on Suicide Watch
Discussion: PersonaNonData
Business Week:
CEOs Who Use Twitter