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10:40 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.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
How Google Decides to Pull the Plug  —  GOOGLE recently set the blogosphere abuzz by announcing that it was pulling the plug on several products.  —  The victims included Lively, a virtual world that was Google's answer to Second Life; Dodgeball, a cellphone service aimed at young bar-hoppers …
Thanks:atul
John Markoff / New York Times:
Do We Need a New Internet?  —  Two decades ago a 23-year-old Cornell University graduate student brought the Internet to its knees with a simple software program that skipped from computer to computer at blinding speed, thoroughly clogging the then-tiny network in the space of a few hours.
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 …
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.
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.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Tether the iPhone or G1 To Your Laptop For Free 3G Broadband  —  If you read Gizmodo, the odds are good you're carrying one of these two pieces-they're among our favorite 3G smartphones right now.  Today let's learn how to tether 'em up to your laptop.
Discussion: Android Authority
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6.5 feature tour sneaks onto YouTube  —  Well, what have we got here?  Someone has upped nine breathtaking minutes of Windows Mobile 6.5 (build 21159.5.0.0, if you must know) running live on an HTC Touch HD.  The action is pretty choppy — we get the impression this is a fairly rough beta …
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com, jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
Rob Walker / New York Times:
A Successful Failure  —  FAIL WHALE  —  Yiying Lu, an artist and a designer in Sydney, Australia, has made a number of appealing illustrations, many featuring animals.  But one image in her portfolio is far more likely to be familiar to at least some of you than any of the others …
Thanks:atul
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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
5 Geeky Marriage Proposals That Worked  —  Propose to your girlfriend with technology and you're bound to get blogged.  —  There's no shame in that, though.  If the idea of Cupid were conceived in modern times, he'd probably be sending messages through an RSS reader rather than shooting arrows with a bow, right?
 
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Ed Scannell / InformationWeek:
Google Android Phones To Be Remotely Rescued
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Quietly Launches Site-Wide Image Search
Guardian:
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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Red Hat Enlists Community in Fight Against Patent Trolls
Discussion: Slashdot
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Update on our new homepage testing
Discussion: BoomTown
Paul Andrews / TechFlash:
Guest Post: Apple isn't the real reason Microsoft needs stores
Discussion: Technologizer and TechFlash
John Leyden / The Register:
Defacement archive Zone-h gets defaced
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James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Inside Factory China, An Interview with Andrew Huang
Discussion: Slashdot
Associated Press:
Microsoft's Allen sells DreamWorks Animation stake
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
Discussion: Scobleizer, Thanks:chrispirillo
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
MySpace Ad Revenues Closing In On AOL's