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2:20 PM ET, February 22, 2009

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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Everyone Loves Google, Until It's Too Big  —  THE popularity of Google's search engine in the United States just grows and grows.  In the past three years, its market share gains have even been accelerating, making some people wonder whether the company will eventually obliterate what remains of its competition in search.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Start Up the Risk-Takers  —  Reading the news that General Motors and Chrysler are now lining up for another $20 billion or so in government aid — on top of the billions they've already received or requested — leaves me with the sick feeling that we are subsidizing the losers and for only one reason …
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Fred / A VC:
A Stimulus Plan For Venture Capital?  No Thanks.  —  Tom Friedman, who I admire in many ways, has an op-ed piece in today's NY Times where he suggests that the US government take the bailout money they are thinking of giving to the auto industry and instead give it to the top venture capital firms.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Steve Jobs has logged off  —  It takes him nine paragraphs to get to it, but there's a nugget of Apple (AAPL) news in Robert X. Cringely's latest column, “Where's Steve?,” published Saturday.  —  Cringely, the pen name of former InfoWorld and PBS columnist Mark Stephens …
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Where's Steve?  —  “The only thing worse than being talked about …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Microsoft wants refund from some laid off workers  —  Microsoft says it made an accounting error when it laid off some employees last month and now feels the best way to correct the error is with a public relations blunder.  —  The software giant, which recently laid off 1,400 employees …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Oops: Microsoft Asks Some Laid Off Workers To Send Back Part Of Their Severance  —  Talk about adding insult to injury.  Apparently Microsoft has inadvertently overpaid severance to some of its recently laid off employees, and is now asking for some of the money back.
Discussion: Gizmodo, BetaNews, Neowin.net, TechFlash and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy Offering iPhone Discounts of as Much as $100 to ‘Reward Zone’ Members  —  Best Buy this week is offering significant discounts on the iPhone to current members of its Reward Zone loyalty points program.  Regular Reward Zone members can save $50, bringing the price to $149 for the 8 GB model or $249 for the 16 GB models.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and GeekSmack
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft hopes to train 2 million in basic tech skills  —  Microsoft Corp. said Sunday that in response to the economic crisis it would sponsor an initiative to help train up to two million people in basic technology skills.  —  Pamela Passman, Microsoft's corporate vice president …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Andreessen in realtime  —  At a time when many people are saying innovation is dead along with the economy as we knew it, I can't help but feel the hot breath of a surge in the power of the network.  As Marc Andreessen reminds in his fascinating conversation with Charlie Rose, the Internet didn't take off until the browser.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
CBS, Last.fm Deny Passing User Data To RIAA; Some Users Delete Accounts  —  The news cycle spins fast and flimsy these days.  Late Friday night, TechCrunch posted an unsourced rumour that CBS-owned Last.fm handed a “giant dump” of user data to the RIAA.  The music org was said to have requested the data …
Discussion: p2pnet
Joe Mullin / The Prior Art:
The AP's “hot news” lawsuit lives on; are scoops “quasi-property?”  —  A New York federal judge ruled Tuesday that The Associated Press can sue its competitors not merely for copyright infringement, but for a “quasi property” right in the news known as the “hot news” doctrine.  See the AP's own coverage.
Guardian:
Of course worms can enter the net, that's the whole point  —  Many years ago, a friend who was then a Times foreign correspondent was assigned to a domestic story - the arrest of the Chief Constable of Brighton on charges of corruption.  As with most such stories, there were few developments …
 
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Bloggers fight for Hollywood supremacy
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
BlockShopper bullied into settling over Web links
Discussion: Slashdot
Cory Doctorow / Internet Evolution:
Media-Morphosis: How the Internet Will Devour, Transform …
Anne Dujmovic / CNET News:
TSMC exec: Chip industry to recover in 3 years
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Maybe Google Should Pay a Dividend
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Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Vint Cerf: We Still Have 80 Per Cent of the World to Connect
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook “Error Check System” Application Still Runs Rampant (Updated)
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stimulus bill requires RSS feeds of how the money is spent
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Is Hulu Driving People Back to Piracy?