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6:25 PM ET, May 17, 2009


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thejoshuablog's Blog:
NY Times' Maureen Dowd Plagiarizes TPM's Josh Marshall  —  Maureen Dowd in today's NY Times: … TPM's Josh Marshall on Thurs: … All Dowd did was change “we were” to “the Bush crowd was”.  —  Now, I'm all for cutting & pasting.  As a blogger I do it all the time, but I always give credit.
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?
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
J Allard and Microsoft team try to get patent on a ‘magic wand’  —  Attention Harry Potter, we'll be needing some prior art.  —  We've been hearing rumors and reading speculation lately about what Microsoft executive J Allard has been doing.  Apart from reports about a possible Zune/Xbox linkup …
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.
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.
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.
Soulskill / Slashdot:
Senate Sources Say CTO Confirmation a Done Deal  —  theodp writes “On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will examine the nomination of Aneesh Chopra as the first-ever federal Chief Technology Officer.  Senate sources said they were not aware of any debate surrounding his nomination.
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.
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 …
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PC World:
Intel Could Face Civil Charges in Europe
Discussion: Pulse2 and CNET News
New York Times:
Geffen Is Seen as Still Eager for Times Stake
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Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Tech IPOs Are Back — But Only for Those That Don't Need Cash
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Online Video Ads Still Don't Work
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Not A Typo: Six Apart Opens Up Suite Of Products For Rival WordPress
Discussion: Network Solutions and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Looks For Money In Porn