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11:45 PM ET, February 28, 2010


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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Raging Septuagenarian  —  Taking on the Times, Google, and, in a sense, his own children, Rupert Murdoch is not going gently into the night.  —  On Saturday, January 9, Rupert Murdoch was on his Boeing 737 returning to New York from a business trip to Los Angeles when he learned …
Josh / Permanent Record:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Patzer?  —  It was with bemusement that I read how founder Aaron Patzer has just been “verbed.”  —  The story goes that when sold to Intuit for $170 million, they left way too much money on table because the company clearly had the opportunity to go for the billion dollar plus win.
Tod Sacerdoti / TechCrunch:   Don't “Pull A Patzer” And Other Lessons Learned On Our Trip Down Sand Hill Road
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Add “Nifty” Site Features That May Make You Forget Third-Party Clients  —  Twitter appears to be on the verge of some big changes to its website if a tweet that Twitter engineer Alex Payne sent today is any indication.  In fact, the new features may be so good that they could make …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Twitter Rolling Out New Web Site To Kill TweetDeck And Other Third-Party Clients
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
The A4 and the A8: secrets of the iPad's brain  —  Most companies, when they go to the enormous expense of designing a complex chip, tell everyone about it.  Even a company like Sun or IBM, whose chips are used only in their own computers, unveil the details of their new processors …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Redrawing the Route to Online Privacy  —  ON the Internet, things get old fast.  One prime candidate for the digital dustbin, it seems, is the current approach to protecting privacy on the Internet.  —  It is an artifact of the 1990s, intended as a light-touch policy to nurture innovation in an emerging industry.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and /message
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Conde Nast's iPad Plan Gets Caught in the Apple-Adobe Crossfire  —  The Wired iPad app Conde Nast showed off this month looks great.  But the chances that the publisher will give its other magazines the same treatment don't look promising.  —  Conde is still creating a digital version of its tech magazine for the device.
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
US government rescinds ‘leave internet alone’ policy  —  Strickling speaking, the Naughties are dead  —  The US government's policy of leaving the Internet alone is over, according to Obama's top official at the Department of Commerce.  —  Instead, an “Internet Policy 3.0” …
Discussion: I4U News and TeleRead
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Mags To Their Digital Units: Drop Dead  —  Funny how the parallel universe works: the same magazine publishers who were touting digital last year because, well, print sucked, are now going to spend about $90 million talking about how print rules as the economy shows signs of an uptick.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:beet_tv
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Smartphone GPS shootout: Google, Ovi, and Verizon go head-to-head  —  It wasn't long ago that getting somewhere required a map on paper.  You know, something you bought or that came groaning out of your tired old printer.  GPS navigation units made those maps obsolete, but now they too are under threat.
Chester Wisniewski / Chester Wisniewski's Blog:
Tsunami blackhat SEO begins  —  Unfortunately, as Graham Cluley regularly blogs, any breaking news topic tends be exploited by hackers who use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to lure people to visit their malicious pages.  Today's news of a large earthquake in Chile seems to be no exception.
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO and Geekosystem, Thanks:keithdsouza
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
MySQL and Memcached: End of an Era?  —  If you look at the early days of this blog, when web scalability was still in its heady bloom of youth, many of the articles had to do with leveraging MySQL and memcached.  Exciting times.  Shard MySQL to handle high write loads …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 10.04 supports iPhone and iPod Touch out-of-the-box  —  For there to be any chance of “the year of Linux on the desktop” ever becoming a reality, certain things have to happen.  One of those things (like it or not) is for a major distribution to support the most popular portable media players …
Discussion: TUAW and Web Upd8
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