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1:25 AM ET, February 23, 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.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:   Friedman Misses the Point and Economic Reality of Silicon Valley
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Create 50,000 companies for $1B
Nick Denton:
Gawker, now incorporating Defamer [Housekeeping]  —  It's Oscars day, a good a time as any to do this: Hollywood gossip site Defamer is being merged into Gawker, the company's flagship gossip title.  The four-year-old title will continue as Gawker's entertainment column …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Say Goodbye to Hollywood: Gawker Valleywags Defamer
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Exploring a ‘Deep Web’ That Google Can't Grasp  —  One day last summer, Google's search engine trundled quietly past a milestone.  It added the one trillionth address to the list of Web pages it knows about.  But as impossibly big as that number may seem, it represents only a fraction of the entire Web.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Jobs Health Concerns Swirl as Apple Holds Annual Meeting Without Its CEO  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. will hold its annual meeting this week without Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs, his first absence since he reclaimed leadership of the company more than a decade ago.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Steve Jobs has logged off
Discussion: Guardian and I, Cringely
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
A Look Behind the Curtain at Techmeme  —  In late 2005 former Intel developer Gabe Rivera launched what is now TechMeme, a powerful semi-automated “meme tracker” that discovers the hottest conversations in the tech blogosphere every 5 minutes.  It's an incredible resource and has become a financial success for Rivera as well.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle 2 shipping now  —  Better start checking your order status, kids — Amazon's Kindle 2 has started shipping a couple days before the February 24 launch date.  Of course, it's Sunday, so we'd bet these things actually ship tomorrow and arrive on Tuesday as promised …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and GeekTonic
Seeking Alpha:
Amazon's Wheel of Growth  —  This is Episode 3B in a 4 part series.  Here is the outline for the series:  —  Episode I - Q408 in-depth analysis - available here with Q+A covered in an addendum (IA) (link)  —  Episode II - Introducing the ChannelAdvisor Ecommerce Framework (CEF) (link)
Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hot News: The AP Is Living In The Last Century  —  A case between the Associated Press and All Headline News is moving forward based on a 90-year-old legal doctrine which may no longer be applicable in the Internet age.  A federal judge ruled that the AP can sue AHN for stealing its “hot news.”
Thanks:kevendones
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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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Media Unit to Get a Reorg Too!  —  Besides the more massive management reorganization that new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz could announce this week, as BoomTown reported on Friday, the Internet company's powerful media arm might also see a drastic shift in management structure even sooner.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Andy Pemberton / Times of London:
A load of Twitter  —  Feel the need to tell everyone everything you're doing all of the time?  Then tweeting is for you  —  “Arse, poo and widdle.”  With this unholy trinity of coy expletives, Stephen Fry introduced us to the joys of Twitter earlier this month.  Fry was stuck in a lift and posted a “tweet” about it.
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
6,473 Texts a Month, But at What Cost?  —  Constant Cellphone Messaging Keeps Kids Connected, Parents Concerned  —  Julie Zingeser texts at home, at school, in the car while her mother is driving.  She texts during homework, after pompon practice and as she walks the family dog.
Discussion: Smart Mobs, Thanks:brickandclick
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Photos Pulls Away From The Pack
Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy Offering iPhone Discounts of as Much as $100 to ‘Reward Zone’ Members
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and GeekSmack