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2:15 PM ET, May 16, 2009


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Live, from Champaign!  —  Wolfram|Alpha just went live for the very first time, running all clusters.  —  This first run at testing Wolfram|Alpha in the real world is off to an auspicious start, although not surprisingly, we're still working on some kinks, especially around logging.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Wolfram/Alpha launches: Can it break out of niche-ville?
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 …
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:
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: and VTOR, Thanks:blogfisher
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Lead Architect & Socialthing!  Founder Start Mobile Gaming Company  —  Socialthing! founder Matt Galligan and Digg's Lead Arichitect Joe Stump are each leaving their day jobs behind to focus on Crash Corp, an alternate reality mobile gaming venture.  —  The concepts behind alternate reality …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:bobcaswell
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% …
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 …
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.
Andrew Warner /
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.
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.
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
How Twitter and Facebook Now Compete with Google  —  Last year I wrote a blog post entitled “If the news is important it will find me”.  The point was that we all live in so many social networks, that someone will send us an update if something in the world happens that we would be interested in.
Discussion: Techdirt and Beyond Search
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 …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Launch Live Video Chat Product
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google's Chrome was ‘hackable’ at Pwn2Own contest
Discussion: The Register
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Sony hires a professional fixer
Discussion: The eBook Test
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Discussion: Global Nerdy
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Pushing the App Store price envelope
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Jeff Bezos, meet Tony Hsieh.  Zappos Moving into Electronics.  And More.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple execs disclose options for boosting iPhone market share
The hi-tech battle for Africa
Discussion: open and Slashdot