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5:40 PM ET, May 17, 2009


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Kos / Daily Kos:
Clinging to a dead biz model for dear life  —  For two lawyers who supposedly specialize in media and First Amendment law, these guys were so full of stupid I'm embarrassed for them.  You see, they have just the legislative solutions to the newspaper industry's ills!
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Dammit, I'm A Journalist, Not A Blogger: Time For Online Journalists To Unite?  —  The public relations war of newspapers against both Google and blogs shows no signs of ebbing.  Today, we get a proposal that newspapers deserve special laws to protect them.
thejoshuablog's Blog:   NY Times' Maureen Dowd Plagiarizes TPM's Josh Marshall
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
First, stop the lawyers  —  There's some dangerously wrong …
Discussion: Techgeist
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jump Into The Stream  —  Once again, the Internet is shifting before our eyes.  Information is increasingly being distributed and presented in real-time streams instead of dedicated Web pages.  The shift is palpable, even if it is only in its early stages.  Web companies large and small are embracing this stream.
Discussion: Techgeist and Opinionated, Thanks:bobcaswell
John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Rise Of Social Distribution Networks
Jim / craigslist blog:
Target Practice  —  South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster today announced that our recent improvements, which go far beyond measures he himself personally endorsed with his own signature six months ago, not only aren't good enough, but actually require a criminal investigation:
Discussion: Pulse2
Jon Skillings / CNET News:
So.  Carolina eyes ‘criminal investigation’ of Craigslist  —  The attorney general of South Carolina is ready to launch a criminal investigation of Craigslist in connection with erotic ads appearing on the classified ads Web site.  —  Attorney General Henry McMaster had given Craigslist …
JKK / jkkmobile:
Asus Eee PC T91 dissected  —  Lets see...  SSD is 50mm so we should be able to use 3rd party SSDs for Dell mini 9.  —  Right from GPS board is place for SIM card reader.. so if you swap GPS card with 3G + GPS and solder the SIM slot you get internal 3G pretty easily.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did The UK Press Con A 104-Year-Old Woman Into Joining Twitter For Digg Bait?  —  There's a popular story on Digg right now about a 104-year-old British woman who uses Twitter.  It's an obvious headline: “World's oldest Tweeter talks cuppas and casserole.”  It's Digg bait.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Music Store Apple Forgot About  —  Last January Apple released iLife '09, the latest addition to its highly regarded multimedia suite that ships with every new Mac.  At the time, much of the media attention went to iPhoto and iMovie, which introduced impressive facial recognition and video stabilization respectively.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Steal This Book (for $9.99)  —  Just how much is a good read worth?  —  David Baldacci, the best-selling thriller author, learned what some of his fans think when “First Family,” his latest novel, went on sale last month.  Amazon initially charged a little over $15 for a version for its Kindle reading device, and readers revolted.
Discussion: TeleRead
Steven A. Ballmer / New York Times:
Meetings, Version 2.0, at Microsoft  —  This interview of Steven A. Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.  —  Q. Are there areas you want to improve as a leader?  —  A. I race too much.  My brain races too much, so even if I've listened …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Leaked: Office 2010 Technical Preview screenshots  —  Screenshots for a Technical Preview build of Office 2010 have leaked.  Here they are.  —  Earlier this week we learned that Microsoft would be giving out the Office 2010 Technical Preview to select testers on an invite-only basis.
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Intel Could Face Civil Charges in Europe
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Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Tech IPOs Are Back — But Only for Those That Don't Need Cash
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Discussion: Network Solutions and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Looks For Money In Porn