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6:50 AM ET, February 15, 2009

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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.
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 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
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.
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
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 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 …
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Linux Version of Chrome To Use Gtk+  —  A major complaint about Google's Chrome web browser has been that so far, it is still not available on anything other than Windows.  Google promised to deliver Chrome to Mac OS X and Linux as well, but as it turns out, this is a little harder than they anticipated …
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:amanfirdaus
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Surpasses 175 Million Users, Continuing to Grow by 600k Users/Day  —  Facebook has hit the 175,000,000 active user mark, just 5 weeks after it hit 150 million users in January.  At this rate, Facebook has been growing by well over 600,000 users per day over the last several weeks, continuing the company's torrid growth pace.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
ComScore To Report Google Maps Now Number 1  —  Forthcoming January traffic data will reportedly show that Google Maps has taken the lead from MapQuest as the top mapping site in the US.  According to the numbers that I received (from AOL; I've asked comScore to verify) …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
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.
 
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