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12:15 PM ET, February 14, 2009

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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
NYT Article Skimmer: Recreate the Sunday Morning Paper in Your Browser  —  New York TimesThe New York Times just released an interesting new online product that tries to recreate the experience of spreading out the newspaper on Sunday morning.  The new ‘article skimmer’ gets back to the basics …
Discussion: CrunchGear and First Look
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
WSJ Editor Claims Google Devalues Everything  —  This has been clueless newspaper guy month around here, and it's kept up with the appearance of Walter Isaacson (yet again), Mort Zuckerman (owner/publisher of both the NY Daily News and US News & World Reports) and Robert Thomson …
Associated Press:
Microsoft's Allen sells DreamWorks Animation stake  —  LOS ANGELES: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen has sold off all of his remaining shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., according to a securities filing Friday, ending his involvement in a company he helped launch more than a decade ago.
Louis Gray:
Twickie Lets You Post All Your Twitter Replies to Your Blog  —  Just a few years ago, one could safely assume the majority of blogging conversations took place on the blog itself.  Today, the conversation has been fractured, not just in terms of having comments on your blog posts on any number …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Real Ultimate Programming Power  —  A common response to The Ferengi Programmer: … Absolutely.  —  But here's the paradox: the types of programmers who would most benefit from these guidelines, rules, principles, and checklists are the least likely to read and follow them.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Launching New Pages Product This Month  —  Until now Facebook's Pages product had not been affected by the profile redesign.  Apparently that all is about to change.  According to a few brand managers that I've spoken to, Facebook is working on converting the fan page design to mimic the the new profile design.
Thanks:biznickman
John Leyden / The Register:
Defacement archive Zone-h gets defaced  —  Web graffiti attack harks back to age of innocence  —  Defacement archive Zone-h.org has itself been defaced.  —  The hack - claimed in the names of Cyber-Terrorist, HeLL cYbEr, and Jurm - involved posting a link to a YouTube video and dancing babies on the site's altered home page.
TuxRadar:
Browser benchmarks 2: even Wine beats Linux Firefox  —  We posted yesterday about Firefox having very different JavaScript performance on Windows and Linux, despite being the same version of the software.  —  Some people have said that we should have used a stock build from Mozilla.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google App Engine 1.1.9 boosts capacity and compatibility  —  Google App Engine released hosted platform version 1.1.9 earlier this week with big boosts in capacity and compatibility.  The new App Engine supports standard HTTP libraries, larger files, triples the response deadline, and removes limitations on CPU-intensive processes.
Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
MySpace Ad Revenues Closing In On AOL's  —  We just got off the phone with MySpace sales boss Jeff Berman, who also sent us this slide.  Check it out; selling portal-like ads, MySpace revenues are quickly gaining on portals AOL and MSN.  —  Jeff says the success is all about MySpace …
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Inside Factory China, An Interview with Andrew Huang  —  China has become the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry.  Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean.  But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process?
Discussion: Slashdot
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Venture Industry Needs to Slash Its Investments  —  Amid an IPO drought and the economic downturn, one investor believes that the venture industry should take the amount of money it puts into startups each year and slash it by nearly half, to between $15 billion and $20 billion.
 
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Kurt Soller / Newsweek:
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia's Policy to Blacklist Blogs is Outdated and Wrong
Discussion: Open Gardens