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2:40 PM ET, May 16, 2009

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wolfram/Alpha launches: Can it break out of niche-ville?  —  Wolfram/Alpha has launched, but after a few searches it's an open question whether the search engine can break out of a narrow niche for select users.  For many searches Wolfram/Alpha just “isn't sure what to do with your input.”
Discussion: Technologizer
C.K. / Sample the Web:
Fun with Wolfram Alpha
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook raises $150 million more to cash out employees  —  Facebook has almost finished raising $150 million in capital, in an extraordinary move by the company to buy out shares of hundreds of regular employees.  —  Hundreds of the Palo Alto, Calif.'s employees have now toiled at the company …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Chief Architect Joe Stump Teams With Social Thing's Matt Galligan To Found Crash Corp.  —  It must be something in the air.  Spring perhaps.  But when high level employees start to leave perfectly good startups before a liquidity event, there's usually something pretty important that they think they need to work on.
Discussion: joestump.net and VTOR, Thanks:blogfisher
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Lead Architect & Socialthing!  Founder Start Mobile Gaming Company
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:bobcaswell
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Serious About Background App Support For iPhone 3.0  —  Apple (AAPL) is serious about letting more iPhone software — beyond its native apps like phone, iPod, and Mail — run in the background, we've heard from sources in the mobile industry.  This could potentially happen as soon …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Indeed Talking About Opening iPhone Background Tasks  —  As great as the iPhone is, it has one glaring weakness: The inability to run third-party applications in the background.  That badly cripples certain types of apps, such as those that do instant messaging, music streaming and location-based services.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Rumors Regarding Background App Support in iPhone 3.0
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Longer Queries Driving Down Ad Impressions?  How About Bankrupt Advertisers?  —  Comscore has a fascinating post today talking about the relative decline in paid search ad clicks when compared to search query volume in the U.S. Search queries are up 68% in the last year, but paid clicks are up only 18% in the same period.
Discussion: Traffick
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Gian Fulgoni / comScore Voices:
What's Driving the Decline in Search Ad Coverage?  —  During my keynote at the Search Insider Summit in Captiva last week, I presented some data on trends in search activity that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog.  —  I first showed that the number of search queries continues …
John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Rise Of Social Distribution Networks  —  Over the past year there has been a rapid shift in social distribution online.  I believe this evolution represents an important change in how people find and use things online.  —  At betaworks I am seeing some of our companies get 15-20% …
Thanks:atul
Meg / meish dot org:
Game Web 2.Over?  —  This collage of web 2.0 logos should be pretty familiar to many people by now.  It's been knocking about for a few years, ever since the whole Web 2.0 Koolaid (what's the British equivalent?  Ribena?) started flowing.  —  During that time, I've seen it printed …
Andrew Warner / Mixergy.com:
PR Lies Destroy Your Understanding of How Business Really Works.  - With Owen Byrne  —  You know that much of what you learned about how businesses were built is bull, right?  It's a collection of anecdotes created by PR people whose job is to promote their clients-not to give us an honest business education.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Joe Wilcox:
Is Twitter @replies Change Ashton Kutcher's Fault?  —  Analysis.  My immediate reaction is “yes,” after reading Dare Obasanjo's post “Why Twitter's Engineers Hate the @replies feature.”  OK, so maybe CNN and Oprah, also members of the “million-followers club,” share the blame.
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Why Twitter's Engineers Hate the @replies feature
Discussion: WebProNews, Pulse2 and Epicenter
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Gaffes  —  Two of the Internet giant's open competitions have been mysteriously delayed for months.  —  What's up with all the brainiacs at Google?  —  The Internet giant's services went down Thursday, impacting millions around the globe.  At the same time, two of the company's high-profile competitions are languishing.
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Backed Into A Corner, Child Star Twitter Speaks!  —  Twitter Inc. broke into the mainstream in 2009 with appearances on everything from the Larry King Show to Oprah — and its usage is exploding.  —  If it were a celebrity, Twitter would be pursued endlessly by the paparazzi and appear …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Launch Live Video Chat Product  —  Want to call your Facebook friends via video chat?  Soon enough you'll be able to.  Earlier today one of our readers sent us a link to one of Facebook's cached JavaScript files which reveals a number of clues as to a soon to be released video chat service.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Pushing the App Store price envelope
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How Twitter and Facebook Now Compete with Google
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Apple execs disclose options for boosting iPhone market share
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