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4:05 PM ET, February 22, 2009

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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.
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.
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 …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Equips Individuals With New Training Resources Needed for Jobs  —  Elevate America initiative provides technology skills tools at no cost and low cost.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced a new initiative, Elevate America, which will provide up to 2 million people over the next three years …
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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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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Photos Pulls Away From The Pack  —  If Facebook has one standout application it has to be Photos.  Measured on its own, it is the largest photo site on the Web.  A full 69 percent of Facebook's monthly visitors worldwide either look at or upload photos, based on comScore data.
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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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tim Armstrong's “Patch” To Cash In On Death Of Newspapers?  —  With newspapers croaking right and left, American citizens are justifiably wondering what or who is going to fill the local-paper vacuum.  To that end, a handful of companies have tried to float new local news models.
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
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.
 
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Joe Mullin / The Prior Art:
The AP's “hot news” lawsuit lives on; are scoops “quasi-property?”
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Guardian:
Of course worms can enter the net, that's the whole point
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
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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
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Emerging iPhone contenders charted, compared by RBC
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook “Error Check System” Application Still Runs Rampant (Updated)