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12:05 PM ET, May 17, 2009


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Memex 1.1, Thanks:atul
Wolfram|Alpha and Screen Scraping  —  Perhaps the oddest thing about Wolfram|Alpha is that the text that appears in query results is not text at all, but is in fact made up of dynamically generated GIFs:  —  The Wolfram|Alpha FAQ claims: … Of course, a sentiment like that would make any web designer jump off a bridge.
Discussion: bytes|genes, SitePoint and PC World
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wolfram/Alpha launches: Can it break out of niche-ville?
Discussion: Beyond Search and Technologizer
Live, from Champaign!  —  Wolfram|Alpha just went live …
JKK / jkkmobile:
Asus Eee 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.
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.
John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Rise Of Social Distribution Networks
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
First, stop the lawyers  —  There's some dangerously wrong-headed lobbying from media lawyers in today's Washington Post arguing for new laws to protect old media from new technology.  Bruce Sanford and Bruce Brown of Baker Hostetler argue that Congress should:
Discussion: Techgeist
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 Masnick / Techdirt:
New Danger Mouse CD Released As A Blank CD-R Due To Legal Fight With EMI  —  If you follow copyright issues, you're no doubt aware of Danger Mouse.  He's the DJ who got quite a lot of attention a few years back for creating one of the very first mainstream mashups — mixing the Beatle's …
New York Times:
Geffen Is Seen as Still Eager for Times Stake  —  Despite falling short in two recent attempts to become a major player in The New York Times Company, David Geffen continues to be seriously interested in buying a sizable piece of the company or taking it over completely …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Google Outage Shows the Cloud May Not Be Enterprise-Ready  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google and other cloud-based services have been experiencing outages of several hours' duration throughout 2009.  While that may be fine for members of the general public, who can live with e-mail occasionally …
Discussion: HighTouch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Not A Typo: Six Apart Opens Up Suite Of Products For Rival WordPress  —  Anil Dash, chief evangelist for blogging software platform Six Apart, announced today that blogging platform has launched a a plugin that provides WordPress users with access to a suite of Six Apart's add-on features for blogs.
Discussion: Network Solutions and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Looks For Money In Porn  —  P2P video startup Vuze quietly launched an adult video download service called StudioHD earlier this year.  StudioHD offers an unlimited number of HD porn video downloads for a monthly fee that are subsequently facilitated through Vuze's BitTorrent client.
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Discussion: CenterNetworks