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12:05 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 8: Pirates Kill the Music Biz  —  Today's first witness is Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån and later on the IFPI's CEO John Kennedy will testify, although it's not expected that he will respond to the open letter and peace offering issued yesterday by the ‘Kopimists’.
Discussion: p2pnet, Gizmodo and digg.com
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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Safari 4 benchmarked: 42x faster than IE 7, 3.5x faster than Firefox 3  —  Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple's Safari 4 browser, released in beta today, is the fastest browser on the planet.
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Roy Blount Jr / New York Times:
The Kindle Swindle?  —  BEING president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave.  The lesson in this was not lost on me.  But now I am president of the Authors Guild, whose mission is to sustain book-writing as a viable occupation.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse  —  Domino effect crashes through the cloud  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Google has apologised for yesterday's major Gmail meltdown after some of its data centres in Europe failed …
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Acacio Cruz / Gmail Blog:
Update on today's Gmail outage
John Leyden / The Register:
Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage  —  Oh the humanity  —  Free whitepaper - Lower security risks and costs by minimizing the time to protection  —  Gmail users, still swooning from the extended outage on Tuesday, were hit with a widespread phishing attack hours after the blackout.
Discussion: Sophos and AppScout
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Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Discussion: Vacuum, The Progress & … and Slashdot
Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia  —  We have just released four additional AWS public data sets, and have updated another one.  —  In the Economics category, we have added a set of transportation databases from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Discussion: Beyond Search and bytes|genes
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terrabyte of Public Data
Discussion: WinBeta
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries to Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec, Marco Boerries, is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries's departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 2.3.1 [Ux2]  —  Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box that has thus far been revealed to include a new Network Test function and improvements when using Apple Remote for iPhone.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Members of Congress twitter through Obama's big speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Congress twittered their way through President Obama's nationally televised speech Tuesday night, providing a first-of-its-kind running commentary that took users of the social networking site inside the packed House chamber.
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Just Work Please: Mainstream Media Meets the Fail Whale
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Microblink
Bad Science:
“Facebook causes cancer”  —  I was on newsnight a second ago, debating the rather indulgent claims of Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield and Dr Aric Sigman about Facebook and Twitter.  It's 40 minutes in to the show, which can be seen here as a wmv/rm file or here on iPlayer:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:   Age Concern gives OK to social networks
Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is pushing Yahoo! Inc. for an Internet- search alliance, even as he goes after Yahoo's top talent.  —  The two companies should pool resources …
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch new CPUs for ultra-thin notebooks  —  Intel plans to launch two new ultra low voltage (ULV) CPUs by the end of March this year mainly targeting the company's consumer ultra low voltage (CULV) platform for ultra-thin notebook products, according to sources at notebook makers.
Lester Haines / The Register:
Ryanair trades blows with ‘idiot blogger’  —  Online booking glitch provokes almighty punch-up  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Hats off this fine morning to Ryanair, which last week traded blows with “idiot blogger” …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
15 online photo editors compared  —  Tools that let you edit photos in the Web browser have come a long way in the last few years.  We wanted to take a moment to do a feature comparison with a grouping of editors—big and small, to see what each one is capable of.
BBC:
Texting ‘improves language skill’  —  Text speak, rather than harming literacy, could have a positive effect on the way children interact with language, says a study.  —  Researchers from Coventry University studied 88 children aged between 10 and 12 to understand the impact of text messaging on their language skills.
Discussion: DailyTech
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Amazon Kindle 2 Review Matrix  —  You don't wanna wear out your eyes reading superlong Kindle 2 reviews before you get one, right?  Well here's our review matrix for quick, easy-on-the-eyes digestion of reviews from tech's biggest names.  —  We've got reviews here from the NYT's David Pogue …
PC World:
PlayStation 3 Price Drop Finally in the Offing?  — Remember that $100 PlayStation 3 price drop you've been hearing about for a year or more?  The one that keeps not happening?  Well it's about to, according to Mike Hickey with investment firm Janco Partners, with Sony set to announce something “in the next couple days.”
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
RockYou Gears Up to Distribute Content  —  RockYou, one of the largest developers of applications for social networks, has tremendous reach — 130 million global users and 18 billion page views per month.  Though some content creators might consider glitter text and slideshows beneath them …
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
What Sells Online?  Unsexy Newsletters  —  They're not the newest fad, but these daily digests sent via e-mail can generate some much needed ad revenue when there's not much of it to go around  —  We San Franciscans think New York isn't quite as Web savvy are we are.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Recruiters Are Sending Out Their Own Résumés  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — It is hard to think of any job-hunting skills that Alexis Lovell lacks.  As a recruiter for Silicon Valley technology companies, and before that, for retailers, she has advised job candidates …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Michael Moritz: Lessons from a Long-Ball Hitter  —  The journalist-turned-venture capitalist was early to ring the alarm bells about the weakening economy, but he remains optimistic  —  In 1984 a young British journalist named Michael Moritz wrote a short piece in Time magazine …
Discussion: Time
 
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Electronista:
Intel joins fight against Psion's “netbook” trademark
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile.com
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Search Queries Are Getting Longer: Hitwise Report
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Apps for Music: Look Out iTunes?
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Telecom industry may see over $12 million in fines
Discussion: Ars Technica
BBC:
UK government backs open source
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who profits from the App Store?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Obsessable
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Aster Data raises $5M more for data warehousing
Discussion: GigaOM
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Economic Forum Announces New Batch Of Young Global Leaders …
Discussion: White African
Paul Venezia / The Deep End:
Could the Childs case put all network admins in danger?
Discussion: Slashdot
Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed
Discussion: Beyond Search
Sundar Pichai / Google Public Policy Blog:
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