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8:50 PM ET, February 28, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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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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” …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Force of Good, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Too little...  It's with profound amusement that I read Newsday will attempt to “end the distribution of free web content.”  (Next, Cablevision will try to charge us for its deeply boring News12 that no one watches.)  —  But it's with profound sadness, exhaustion, exasperation …
Discussion: I4U News and Mobilewhack.com
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Mufin Player organizes songs by sound  —  Earlier on Friday, Mufin launched its music player, which analyzes the songs in your music collection based on their audio content, rather than on human analysis or genre.  —  Human analysis, naturally, is subjective, and genre labeling is totally arbitrary …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Broadcast TV Faces Struggle to Stay Viable  —  CBS, home to “60 Minutes,” the “CSI” franchise, “Two and a Half Men” and the new hit crime drama “The Mentalist,” is having a better year in prime time than any other network.  —  And yet, as at the other networks, profits have declined sharply at CBS.
 
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Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Nokia's XpressMusic 5800 troubled with speaker and NAM radio woes?
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Time to Take a Stand - Yes, We're Ending the DMs
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Newspaper Sites' Traffic Up Again, Now Show Us The Money
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
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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
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
CEO's $500,000 Salary Burns Startup Into Fire Sale
Discussion: Bits and Texas Startup Blog