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12:40 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: Ars Technica, p2pnet and Gizmodo
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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.
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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terrabyte of Public Data  —  Amazon.com changed the retail world.  In the process the company built up so much surplus computing power that it started a dirt cheap “computing in the cloud” business that changed the computing world.  This week the company's newest project Public Data Sets …
Discussion: WinBeta
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia
Discussion: Beyond Search and bytes|genes
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.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue On Pace to Decline 24 Percent in 2009  —  Analysts Say the Industry Will Fail to Return to 2008 Revenue Totals Through 2013  —  The impact of the financial crisis will result in the semiconductor industry experiencing near record revenue declines in 2009 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Gartner Sees '09 Chip Revs Off 24%; IDC Says Dn 22%
Discussion: Reuters and Silicon Valley Watcher
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.
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
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 price cut announcement “in the next couple of days” - Janco  —  The PlayStation 3 could be about to receive a price cut, with Sony due to make an announcement imminently.  —  That's according to Janco Partners' Mike Hickey, who has said in his latest note to investors that Sony needs …
Discussion: Kotaku, I4U News and Joystiq
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PC World:
PlayStation 3 Price Drop Finally in the Offing?
Discussion: Electronista
AMD at Work:
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)  —  Last week we had the pleasure of hosting a select number of reporters to brief them on our upcoming “Istanbul” processor and show them some demos as well.  —  As always, when you are doing a demo on an unreleased product, you're always on your toes.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD demos ‘Istanbul’ six-core processor
Discussion: Electronista
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
WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Mobile 7 coming next year, says Ballmer  —  Microsoft has had an conference call earlier today, and Steve Ballmer spoke about Windows Mobile as one of its 7 big businesses.  —  According to Ballmer, Microsoft has been ramping up expenditure in the Windows Mobile segment over the last few years …
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Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market
Nortel:
NORTEL ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS  —  TORONTO - Nortel* [TSX: NT, OTC: NRTLQ], today announced it intends to reduce its workforce by an additional net 3,200 positions worldwide.  The company expects to carry out these reductions over the next several months, in accordance with local country legal requirements.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP to distribute Sun's Solaris on its Proliant servers  —  HP will distribute and support Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on its Proliant and blade servers.  —  The companies on Wednesday unveiled a multi-year pact that will provide Sun with more distribution for its Solaris 10 platform (statement).
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who profits from the App Store?  —  You will struggle to find a happy shopkeeper right now - but I've just met one.  His name is Eric, and he has good reason to be contented.  After all his store only opened in July last year, but has already sold 500 million products, and its deal with its suppliers means it gets 30% of the revenues.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Amazon's E-Book Strategy Re-Kindles Debate on Open Standards  —  While many salivated over this week's arrival of “the iPod of the book world,” supporters of open e-book standards are opining anew that the Kindle's proprietary format is not only bad for readers but, in the long run, probably for Amazon as well.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
IEBlog:
IE8 Reliability Update for Windows 7 Beta Now Available  —  We wanted to let you know that an update was released earlier today that will improve Internet Explorer's reliability for users running the Windows 7 Beta.  The update is now available via Windows Update, and can also be downloaded via Microsoft Update.
 
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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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
RockYou Gears Up to Distribute Content
BBC:
Texting ‘improves language skill’
Discussion: Obsessable and DailyTech
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Michael Moritz: Lessons from a Long-Ball Hitter
Discussion: Time
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
What Sells Online? Unsexy Newsletters
Bad Science:
“Facebook causes cancer”
Discussion: Guardian