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4:20 PM ET, February 14, 2009

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Death Of “Web 2.0″  —  I'm not going to discuss the economic meltdown and its devastating effect on technology companies and internet startups in this post, but rather something that crossed my mind earlier this morning: “Web 2.0″ seems to become more and more a void (and an avoided) term.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
GIMME, LIBERTY  —  MALONE AND CO. HELPING SIRIUS AVOID BANKRUPTCY  —  John Malone's Liberty Media is offering Sirius XM a bridge loan of several hundred million dollars to help the nearly insolvent satellite-radio company pay off debt that matures Tuesday, The Post has learned.
Macworld:
Apple sued over screen rendering technology in iPhone  — Apple is facing another iPhone lawsuit, this time focusing on the screen rendering technology Apple uses in the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  In the suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware …
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Update on our new homepage testing  —  As many of you know, we started testing new concepts for the Yahoo! homepage last fall, with the goal of helping to simplify the Web for the more than 300 million people around the world who visit the site each month.  —  We are wrapping up the first phase of our …
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Paul Andrews / TechFlash:
Guest Post: Apple isn't the real reason Microsoft needs stores  —  Most of the reaction to Microsoft's announcement that it will open retail outlets has focused on Apple, with good reason.  Apple stores are the liveliest retail thing going right now, even in the downturn.
Discussion: TechFlash
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Red Hat Enlists Community in Fight Against Patent Trolls  —  Back in 2007, IP Innovation filed a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell.  IP Innovation is a subsidiary of Acacia Technologies.  You may have heard of them — they're reported to be the most litigious patent troll in the USA …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jon / p2pnet:
Dianne Feinstein, MPAA / RIAA representative  —  p2pnet news view Politics |  RIAA |  MPAA News:- Hardly was the blood dry on the Obama presidential inauguration documents when the news came that RIAA and other vested interest lawyers are to run the US Department of Justice.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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Discussion: Slashdot
Louis Gray:
Twickie Lets You Post All Your Twitter Replies to Your Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Venture Industry Needs to Slash Its Investments
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Launching New Pages Product This Month
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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