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11:50 AM ET, March 1, 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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Beet.TV
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.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Office Labs vision 2019 (montage + video)  —  When Microsoft decides to imagine the future, it never fails to impress.  Not only do you have some of the smartest people envisioning what's possible, but they also invest so much into communicating these ideas through sights and sounds …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
How to Make Electronic Medical Records a Reality  —  IN the world of technology, inventors are hailed as heroes.  Yet it is more subtle forms of innovation that typically determine the impact of a technology in the marketplace and on society.  Clever engineering, smart business models …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Scanned and Indexed by Google  —  Google has scanned and indexed the entire archives of New York magazine.  Issues spanning 40 years have been organized as part of Google Book Search.  —  New York is one of the first magazines to in the magazine program which was announced in December.
Ryan Spoon:
Adam Carolla's Podcast: 1M Downloads... Radio, XM Officially Dead?  —  Last week, Adam Carolla transitioned from national radio talk show host.  His contract with CBS prevents him from returning to radio (supposedly through 2009) - and in exchange, he is paid handsomely in the meantime.
Discussion: Podcasting News, Thanks:berecruited
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Data about 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.
Discussion: digg.com
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WPXI-TV:
Potential Security Breach Involving President's Helicopter Found By Local Company
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The Times & CUNY (and others) go hyperlocal  —  The New York Times is about to announce that it is starting a hyperlocal product called The Local working with our students at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.  PaidContent has the story early.  So I'll tell you about the school's and my involvement and plans.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:   The New York Times Battles a Googler for New Jersey
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
“Kijiji” Isn't Kutting It.  How about eBay Classifieds?  —  eBay is having second thoughts about how easy it will be to spread the Kijiji brand in the U.S. The company is testing out the name “eBay Classifieds” in two cities, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.  A letter sent out to Kijiji members states:
PC World:
Jaunty Jackalope: Where's the Beef?  —  Ubuntu's upcoming 9.04 release offers few new end-user features.  Is Ubuntu losing the end-user focus that made it a smash-hit distro?  —  Keir Thomas, PC World  —  Recommends  —  I'm getting a little worried about the state of open source on the desktop.
Discussion: digg.com
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 …
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
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
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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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Sleuthing Software Can Reassemble Deleted Photos
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Mourning the loss of Twitter
Discussion: Daggle, Thanks:atul
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Too little...  It's with profound amusement that I read Newsday …
Discussion: Tech-Ex and I4U News
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Nokia's XpressMusic 5800 troubled with speaker and NAM radio woes?