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10:05 PM ET, February 28, 2010


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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 …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and Twitterrati, Thanks:alexiat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Rolling Out New Web Site To Kill TweetDeck And Other Third-Party Clients  —  TechCrunch's MG Siegler spots an interesting tweet from Twitter engineer Alex Payne.  —  It seems Twitter's had enough with other folks taking control of millions of Twitter users (and the money they represent).
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Exclusive: First Windows Phone 7 Series partner device unveiled (with video!)  —  Microsoft's Aaron Woodman just pulled off a little surprise here at The Engadget Show: he brought out LG's Windows Phone 7 Series pre-production prototype!  The QWERTY slider is the first branded Windows Phone 7 Series device …
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
Open Wi-Fi ‘outlawed’ in Digital Economy Bill  —  The government will not exempt universities, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this week.
Nick Douglas / lalawag:
Chatroulette Means Nothing, You Pretentious Media Commentator  —  Every web site that's popular, at all, and gets written about in major media, has to be the f**kin' zeitgiest, what-it-all-MEANS, funhouse-mirror-to-the-internet sign of the times.  Can't it just be a thing?  —  Chatroulette.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Technium
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
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.
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
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
Don't “Pull A Patzer” And Other Lessons Learned On Our Trip Down Sand Hill Road  —  Editor's note: Earlier this month, BrightRoll raised a $10 million Series B for its video ad network.  In this guest post, CEO Tod Sacerdoti shares some of the lessons he learned trying to raise that money in the current environment.
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