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3:30 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
A peek inside Apple's shareholders meeting?  —  The press was barred from bringing laptops, iPhones or any other communication devices into the Apple (AAPL) shareholders meeting that began at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) Wednesday — much to the chagrin of CNBC's Jim Goldman, who had advertised his plans to live blog it.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
The Stealth Apple Shareholder Meeting  —  To wit, Apple [AAPL Loading...  () ] will not be streaming the event to its website, a restriction it has historically used.  Nor, I'm told, will Apple allow any communication devices into the event so those of us trying to cover it can live blog.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terabyte of Public Data to Developers  —  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.
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
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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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.
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.
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’.
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nortel to Cut 3,200 More Workers  —  Nortel, the bankrupt telecommunications gear maker, said today it will lay off an additional 3,200 workers worldwide over the coming months — bringing its total workforce down to 25,000.  The Canadian company, which filed for bankruptcy in January …
Discussion: Reuters and Computerworld
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Nortel:
NORTEL ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS
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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Fliggo Lets You Build Your Own YouTube  —  First we had Ning, which lets you build your own niche social network.  Now we have Fliggo, which lets you build your own YouTube.  Fliggo is the latest startup to come out of Y Combinator.  It has been in private beta for a while, but is now open to the public.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Begin Shipping Windows 7 in September, Compal's Chen Says  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may begin shipping its Windows 7 operating system as early as the third quarter, a computer-industry executive said.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tale of 140 Characters, Plus the Ones in Congress  —  It's a case of Twittering while Rome burns.  —  President Obama spoke of economic calamity and war last night in that solemn rite of democracy, the address to the joint session of Congress.  And lawmakers watched him with the dignity Americans …
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
SoftBank now giving away iPhones in Japan  —  In a bid to possibly clear inventory, combat slumping sales, or both, SoftBank Mobile's new “iPhone for Everybody Campaign” is offering customers in Japan a free iPhone 3G with a two-year contract through May.  —  Announced on the Japanese carrier's website …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and iLounge
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Penn State Study: Search Ad Click Through Rate  —  Penn State's Jim Jansen announced a recent study they just finished that looked at the click through rate of search ads.  They studied hundreds of thousands of users, as they interacted with DogPile, the popular meta search engine.
Discussion: Penn State Live and ecpm blog
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: GMSV, DailyTech, Obsessable and Gearlog
Fëdor Karpelevitch / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Browser title bar tweaks  —  I'm often doing something on my computer and want to know if I have new mail without having to keep my Gmail window open.  But if you keep Gmail minimized or in an inactive tab sometimes all you see in the browser title bar is something like “Gmail - Inbo...”
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
More record companies take aim at music search engine SeeqPod  —  EMI and Capitol Records have jumped on the bandwagon, filing suit against music search engine SeeqPod for copyright infringement in New York.  They're following in the footsteps of Warner Music Group, which took action against the site in California in January 2008.
Times of India:
Bloggers can be nailed for views  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: A 19-year-old blogger's case could forever change the ground rules of blogging.  Bloggers may no longer express their uninhibited views on everything under the sun, for the Supreme Court said they may face libel and even prosecution for the blog content.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, p2pnet, MediaVidea and Slashdot, Thanks:sampad
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
What Margaret Mead could teach techs  —  Big tech firms are hiring social scientists to help them figure out the changing landscape.  —  (Fortune) — While traveling in China, Genevieve Bell figured she'd have no trouble getting a cell phone.  With cash, a passport and official documents from her employer …
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: NewTeeVee, Gawker and Sophos
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” …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
U.S. Supreme Court rules for AT&T in antitrust suit  —  The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday for a subsidiary of AT&T in an antitrust lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive practices over high-speed Internet access.  —  The justices unanimously rejected a claim …
Discussion: DSLreports
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Upside at the Washington Post: At Least Web Ads Didn't Disappear Last Quarter
Matthew Richardson / Prefix Magazine:
iTunes Launches Indie Store
Discussion: Ars Technica and digg.com
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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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