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10:40 PM ET, February 28, 2009

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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Putting a Bolder Face on Google  —  IN late December, Marissa Mayer was vacationing in Africa when her boss, Jonathan Rosenberg, e-mailed her asking if she was leaving Google.  —  It wasn't a routine query.  As the gatekeeper of Google's home page, and one of the company's most ubiquitous …
WPXI-TV:
Potential Security Breach Involving President's Helicopter Found By Local Company  —  Sensitive Information About President's Helicopter Found In Iran  —  PITTSBURGH — Target 11 has learned a Cranberry company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered …
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Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Data on Obama's helicopter breached via P2P?  —  An Internet security company claims that Iran has taken advantage of a computer security breach to obtain engineering and communications information about Marine One, President Barack Obama's helicopter, according to a report by WPXI, NBC's affiliate in Pittsburgh.
Lessig Blog:
Caving into bullies (aka, here we go again)  —  Amazon has caved into demands from the Authors Guild that it disable the ability of the Kindle to read a book aloud.  This is very bad news.  —  We had this battle before.  In 2001, Adobe released e-book technology that gave rights holders …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Sued for Fraud, Abuse and Legal Sham  —  Covering the progress in the various RIAA cases has never been one of our top priorities here at TorrentFreak.  The legalese and numerous cases seem to drag on forever, or end up in a settlement where the alleged ‘pirate’ pays the record labels a few thousand dollars.
Discussion: digg.com
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Jon / p2pnet:   Shahanda Moursy sues the RIAA
Paul Graham:
Can You Buy a Silicon Valley?  Maybe.  —  A lot of cities look at Silicon Valley and ask “How could we make something like that happen here?”  The organic way to do it is to establish a first-rate university in a place where rich people want to live.  That's how Silicon Valley happened.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Teams With Newspapers to Sell Ads  —  Terry Widener has been selling newspaper ads for 35 years.  But until last fall, Ms. Widener, a 53-year-old saleswoman at The Knoxville News Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn., had never sold an Internet ad.  —  Then in a two-week sales “blitz” …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Review: Samsung's 256GB SSD offers capacity, speed  —  But tests yield slower read speeds than Samsung claims  —  Computerworld) I was deeply in techno-lust when I opened a UPS box the other day and pulled from it Samsung's new 256GB, SATA II laptop solid-state disk (SSD) drive — stainless steel all around and oh so sleek.
Discussion: digg.com
Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:
The New York Times Battles a Googler for New Jersey  —  Why is the Gray Lady building websites for the obscure suburbs of South Orange, Maplewood, and Milburn?  Perhaps because those are the exact same towns Google executive Tim Armstrong picked for Patch, his local-news startup.
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Mourning the loss of Twitter  —  Enjoy Twitter while it lasts, because it won't last how it is today.  In my last post, many a tweet celebrated the publicness of Twitter over IM and Email.  We value the serendipity of social messaging and how wide-open Twitter is. @replies …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Japanese “hate” for iPhone all a big mistake  —  A report intending to portray the iPhone as “hated” in the Japanese market turns out to have been built upon fake quotations from industry writers and observers who were misrepresented by remarks attributed to them that they never made.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Sleuthing Software Can Reassemble Deleted Photos  —  IT'S easy enough to accidentally delete cherished digital photographs.  One wrong click of a button can wipe them out.  —  Retrieving those images can be tricky, particularly when the files have been fragmented and bits …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Ask.com Crosses The Line: Frames Search Results  —  Ask.com has gone too far.  I have given them a lot of negative attention recently but they deserve it all.  They are now framing the landing page of the search results.  Let me rephrase that... If you search at Ask.com, click on a listing …
 
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Too little...  It's with profound amusement that I read Newsday …
Discussion: I4U News and Mobilewhack.com
Jesse Stay / The SocialToo Blog:
Time to Take a Stand - Yes, We're Ending the DMs
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Newspaper Sites' Traffic Up Again, Now Show Us The Money
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Broadcast TV Faces Struggle to Stay Viable
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Arrington: I'll go to Demo 'if we're invited'
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ToysRUs Buys Toys.com At Auction For $5.1 Million
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo's Microsoft tab totaled $79 million
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Here's Hoping Google Does Kill the Newspapers