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9:20 PM ET, May 23, 2009


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Deny This,  —  A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past.  All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.  —  Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA …
Russ /
CBS handed over USER DATA (including IP addresses) to the RIAA  —  Nothing I can say will convince you that this didn't happen, because allegedly CBS did the deed and not us.  I hope that CBS will issue their own denial soon, but the wheels of large companies run slowly.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines  —  ROGUE programs try their best to register at Web sites and then wreak havoc, but a clever puzzle often bars them from entry: a set of distorted, squiggly letters and numbers that people can decipher and type correctly for admission, but that machines still can't.
Keith Rabois / TechCrunch:
How Facebook, MySpace and YouTube Killed eBay  —  Editor's note: This is a guest post by Keith Rabois, vice president of strategy and business development for Slide, the social entertainment company.  Prior to Slide, Keith was a VP at LinkedIn and an EVP at PayPal in charge of among other things …
Discussion:, Thanks:shankargan
SmoothSpan Blog:
eBay Dying Because It's No Longer Fun?  Hogwash!  —  So I'm reading this Techcrunch guest post by Keith Rabois on eBay.  He apparently was at the Social Graph Symposium and was asked (by Dave McClure?) what the Social Graph could do to revitalize eBay.  His response was, “nothing.”
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Don't You Love Flock?  —  A few days ago, the social web browser Flock released version 2.5 of their software, integrating Facebook Chat, improving Twitter functionality, and adding a new broadcasting feature called “Flockcast.”  As we evaluated the upgrade, a thought occurred to us …
Agence France Presse:
Facebook decries Iranian ban  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — US social networking site Facebook on Saturday said it had received reports its wesbite had been blocked in Iran, lamenting the apparent government bar as “a shame.”  —  “We are disappointed to learn of reports that users in Iran …
Silicon Alley Insider:
Russian Investment Offer Proof Of Facebook's Desperation?  —  As with all things Facebook, yesterday's WSJ story about a $200 million offer from a Russian firm at a $10 billion valuation triggered a violent debate.  —  Some saw it was a sign of the company's desperation:
Rafat Ali /
Sky High: Russian Investment Group Offers As Much As $350 Million To Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Six Small Conferences About Twitter, And Counting  —  It's no surprise that Twitter, the current darling of social media and one of the fastest growing web sites, is now becoming the subject matter of entire conferences.  There is a tremendous opportunity for businesses and brands to use Twitter …
Lia Nicholls / The Sun:
Hey!  You've got to hide my house away..  —  SIR PAUL McCARTNEY's London pad has been removed from Google Street View after he made a complaint.  —  Macca was furious when he discovered fans could goggle at his multi-million-pound home online.  —  It was photographed along with others …
Discussion: CrunchGear and CNET News
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
A look at Amazon's evolving government cloud strategy  — has targeted its cloud computing business at web startups, large companies, and scientists.  But the Seattle online retailer has also been eyeing another potential customer for its cloud: government.
Discussion: Slashdot
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Japanese university using free iPhones to track students  —  While the American educational system continues to falter, Japanese educators are pushing for high-tech educational tools.  A university in Japan is using the popularity of the iPhone to help keep track of their faculty and student body.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea allows limited Internet cellphone service
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Josh Young / Networked News:
Not by Links Alone  —  At this unthinkably late hour …
Discussion: BuzzMachine and The Noisy Channel
Los Angeles Times:
4 South Korean bloggers face click fraud charges
Rose Hanson / Associated Press:
Parents turn to cellphones as high-tech rattles
Discussion: mocoNews
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Should Facebook ‘Just Buy Yelp’?
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD says Intel-only deal struck at Apple in 2005
Discussion: Bits
 Earlier Items: 
Marcus Oscarsson / Times of London:
Pro-internet piracy party on course for EU seats
Discussion: Softpedia News
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Secret of Googlenomics: Data-Fueled Recipe Brews Profitability
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Copyright Meets a New Worthy Foe: The Real-Time Web
Discussion: P2P Blog
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
Official: NC considers Apple for massive tax break
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces Settlement of Legal Dispute with Another Former …
Discussion: Facebook and All Facebook
Jeremy Muncy / WebProNews:
Do You know how #FollowFriday started?