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Dick Brass / New York Times:
Microsoft's Creative Destruction  —  AS they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business.  But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company …
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Frank X.Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Measuring Our Work by Its Broad Impact  —  Former Microsoft employee Dick Brass has an op-ed in the NYT arguing that our better days are behind us, ("clumsy, uncompetitive innovator" . . . ouch!) and using examples from his tenure to make the point that the company can no longer compete or innovate.
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee responds to NBC's Jeff Zucker  —  Congress held a hearing today examining the proposed acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast.  Speaking before the committee were Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast and Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC.  —  During the hearing the Chairman …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Comcast-NBCU Hearings: Zucker Confronted About Hulu's Boxee Block  —  Boxee's inability to carry Hulu programming is a matter of Congress now, thanks to the proposed Comcast-NBCU deal.  During this morning's hearing at the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out Latest Redesign (Pics)  —  Facebook has just started rolling out a new homepage design to a small number of users, and will be deploying it on a wide scale in the near future.  The design takes the navigational elements that have previously been tucked under the …
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Six Years of Making Connections  —  Today we're celebrating our sixth birthday, and this week there will be 400 million people on Facebook.  Just one year ago we served less than half as many people, and thanks to you we've made great progress over the last year towards making the world more open and connected.
Daniel Maurer / New York Magazine:
Steve Jobs in Secret New York Meeting With Top Times Execs  —  Bonus Buster: Bank of America Execs Acted Out Of Self-interest, Greed, And Hubris  —  When Apple recently booked the cellar dining room at Pranna for a talk with 50 top executives from the New York Times, even restaurant higher-ups didn't know who their VIP guest would be.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps To Add “Google Store Views”  —  I received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.”  I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions.
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T Gives Green Light to Sling TV Over 3G  —  Remember the Great Sling Spat?  —  A year ago, Sling Media, a subsidiary of EchoStar, introduced a nifty application for the Apple iPhone that allowed users with a Slingbox at home to watch and control their home television signal from their handsets.
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Macmillan NYT Ad: “Available at booksellers everywhere except Amazon”  —  In that full-page New York Times advertisement today, Macmillan took a more aggressive stance in the ongoing debate with Amazon over eBook pricing.  —  The advertisement for Atul Gawande's new book, “The Checklist Manifesto …
Discussion: TeleRead, TechFlash and Mashable!
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Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Breaking: Hachette Book Group to Transition to Agency Model
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Sci-fi writers' group vaporizes Amazon links
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple Paying Out 15% On Broken 27-Inch iMacs  —  Still think that widespread iMac problems don't exist?  After we reported Apple giving UK customers 15% refund bonuses with 27-inch iMac returns, we've heard from quite a few readers that Apple is doing the same thing in the US.  UPDATE  —  15%.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Department of Justice objects to revised Google Books settlement  —  In a brief filed late Thursday, the Department of Justice said it still had objections to the lawsuit settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers, despite changes made to the settlement by the parties.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Seesmic's Latest Android Build Is Dare I Say, iPhone-Like  —  Perhaps the main problem I have with Android is that the apps (aside from the excellent Google-built ones) are simply not as good as the apps on the iPhone.  Nowhere is this more apparent then with Twitter apps, since there are so many for both platforms.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Seesmic Blog and Mashable!
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
A pretty chart of top apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry  —  Mplayit, maker of the mobile app catalog that lives inside Facebook, will release a report later today that lists the top games in their collection.  Tetris, The Sims 3, and Wheel of Fortune are among the winners.  So are Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft warns of IE flaw, turns PC into public file server  —  Microsoft has issued Security Advisory (980088) to address a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer that may allow information disclosure for Windows XP users or for users who have disabled Internet Explorer Protected Mode.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sony interested in challenging Apple's iPad  —  IDG News Service - Sony hinted on Thursday that it's preparing a challenger to Apple's upcoming iPad.  —  “That is a market we are also very interested in.  We are confident we have the skills to create a product,” said Nobuyuki Oneda …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tells A Developer To Erase Android Mention From App Description (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Apple has improved its app approval process, but that doesn't mean it's entirely cured of quirks.  —  Apple sent an email to Tim Novikoff, founder of flash card app, Flash of Genius, asking him to delete …
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun's Chief Executive Tweets His Resignation  —  Jonathan Schwartz, the last chief executive of Sun Microsystems, has become the first Fortune 200 boss to tweet his resignation.  —  Late Wednesday night, Mr. Schwartz used Twitter to publish a haiku about his exit from Oracle, which just completed its purchase of Sun last week.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Commenting on Engadget: a human's guide  —  As you may have noticed, the other day we shut down comments on the site.  Things had gotten a little out of hand and the complaint emails we were getting from readers were stacking up, so we decided to take some Engadget time to do a little cleaning …
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Erictric
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Have So Many Internet People Lost Touch With Reality ?  —  Sometimes its hard to tell if people are trying to be funny, mean, interesting, provocative or are just plain stupid or completely out of touch with reality.  I know I get accused of being all of the above all the time.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Molly Wood / CNET News:
Can Android survive its forks and fragments?  —  Updated to include Google comment and Symbian news.  —  Rejoice, ye Nexus One owners, for you and only you are the lucky recipients of multitouch.  And I'm wondering: does this software update for this one Android phone spell serious trouble for the whole endeavor?
Laura Scott / Google LatLong:
WWII historical imagery in Google Earth  —  Many of us have heard stories, read books and watched films which show the many impacts of WWII across the world.  Today we're giving you another way to understand this period in time - by exploring a new set of historical aerial images …
Discussion: Wired Science
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Media Boss Bill Wilson Leaving, Replaced By Googler (MEMO) (AOL, GOOG)  —  AOL (AOL) media boss Bill Wilson is leaving the company, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told employees in a memo today.  —  He'll be replaced by former Googler David Eun.  —  This is a shocking development for AOL watchers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Now Lets You Preview iPhone Apps In Your Browser  —  In November 2009, Apple launched a feature dubbed iTunes Preview, which essentially enabled people to see what music is available on iTunes from their Web browser without the need to fire up - or install - the desktop software program.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Touchscreen Alone on Kindle Isn't Enough to Compete With Future Devices  —  When Amazon got into the hardware business with its original Kindle, some were skeptical that the company could deliver.  What does an e-tailer know about designing hardware, right?
Discussion: Kindle Review and TeleRead
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AppFund Launches To Seed iPad Apps  —  On the heels of the launch of the much-hyped iPad, investors and developers alike are beginning to cater to the iPad ecosystem.  CNET and E! Online co-founder Kevin Wendle has teamed with MusicNation co-founder Daniel Klaus to form AppFund …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SuccessFactors makes first acquisition; Buys Inform for $40.5 million  —  SuccessFactors on Thursday said that it will acquire Inform Business Impact, a privately held company that focuses on performance measurement and workforce planning software, for $40.5 million.  The deal is the first in SuccessFactors' history.
Discussion: PR Newswire
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
NSF, Microsoft offer researchers free access to Windows Azure
Discussion: New York Times and nsf.gov
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequential Order Numbers Give Hints On Nexus One Sales
George Packer / Interesting Times:
Neither Luddite nor Biltonite
Gopal Shah / Google Enterprise Blog:
Bringing log search to the cloud: Introducing Message Log Search for Postini
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Location is Hot: Foursquare Traffic up 3X in 2 Months
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Location Meme, Thanks:atul
Nielsen Wire:
Do We Watch the Web the Same Way We Watch TV? Not Really
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM to design cloud computing network for Air Force
Discussion: PR Newswire
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel launches new business PC technology, 6-core chips
Discussion: PC World and internetnews.com
Seanmccullough / Blogger Buzz:
Create Pages in Blogger
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Patent Filings Shed Light On Future Of Internet And Online Advertising
Discussion: Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks
 

 
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