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11:30 AM 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.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
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,” said Oscar Wilde, “is not being talked about.”  That has until recently applied in spades to Steve Jobs of Apple, a guy who, when I've interviewed him, has always asked what other people have said about him, “especially the bad stuff.”
Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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.
Discussion: Rough Type, Thanks:dreamsketcher
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 …
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook  —  I am typing this on a 9-inch, 3G-equipped, almost-pocketable computer, running the best consumer OS money can currently buy.  It costs around $400.  Do you want one too?  Here's how to get yours.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
BlockShopper bullied into settling over Web links  —  Faced with the potential of crippling legal fees and an unsympathetic judge, Internet startup BlockShopper has settled with massive Chicago law firm Jones Day over how, exactly, to craft its links to the firm.  Goliath wins this round.
Discussion: Slashdot
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter's ‘suggested users’ get mammoth boost from new feature [UPDATED]  —  A sampling of Twitter's “suggested users.”  —  Some high-profile Twitter accounts have been seeing astronomical jumps in the number of users subscribing to their profile updates — tens of thousands of new followers, in some cases.
Discussion: Pulse2, broadstuff, TechRadar.com and digg.com, Thanks:atul
 
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Bloggers fight for Hollywood supremacy
Cory Doctorow / Internet Evolution:
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Anne Dujmovic / CNET News:
TSMC exec: Chip industry to recover in 3 years
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Maybe Google Should Pay a Dividend
Thanks:atul
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Songbird, music player that wants to do everything, loses CEO
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Is Hulu Driving People Back to Piracy?