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6:55 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.
Phone Arena:
Exclusive: Samsung OMNIA HD and BeatDJ  —  Hola!  We have just arrived in Barcelona, Spain for the 2009's Mobile World Congress and before unpacking our luggage, we decided to share with you information about the surprise Samsung has for us all!  In a huge billboard, the Korean manufacturer shows off …
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
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
7 Things We Hate About Windows 7  —  Since the Windows 7 beta launched, we've pretty much been having a love-in.  But the truth is, it's not all rainbows and Start buttons.  There are 7 things about Windows 7 that we really hate.  —  1. Can't Pin What We Want to Taskbar.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: BoomTown
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.
Guardian:
A national endowment for journalism  —  Efforts to save print newspapers are missing the point.  The real question is how to save investigative reporting  —  The traditional newspaper is dying.  The Evening Standard has been sold off for a pound to a former KGB agent …
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 …
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 …
 
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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Red Hat Enlists Community in Fight Against Patent Trolls
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John Leyden / The Register:
Defacement archive Zone-h gets defaced
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
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James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Inside Factory China, An Interview with Andrew Huang
Discussion: Slashdot
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google App Engine 1.1.9 boosts capacity and compatibility
Thanks:atul
Louis Gray:
Twickie Lets You Post All Your Twitter Replies to Your Blog
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 Earlier Items: 
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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Noam Friedlander / Telegraph:
Facebook and Google turn to booze to raise money during economic downturn