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1:50 AM ET, March 2, 2009

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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover  —  The social network intends to grow during the downturn, but Facebook's imprecise and illiquid stock valuation limited its appeal to Twitter  —  Facebook remains on the lookout for acquisitions after its failed attempt to buy microblogging site Twitter …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TheNextWeb.com
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Event Scheduled for March 24?  [Updated]  —  A source has disclosed to World of Apple that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 24 to unveil new desktop hardware.  The source which has been confirmed to be in reach of such information stated that the event would be similar to the notebook event held by Apple last October.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Analysis: Safari 4 lifts Apple above 10% browser market share … Analysis - February turned out to be the month of the beta browsers, in a more significant way than we have seen in any other month before.  While overall market shares remained relatively stable for the top 5 of browser developers …
Discussion: digg.com
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David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Mac OS 7 (System 7) installed and running on the iPhone  —  While it was fun to see Windows 3.1 running on Nokia's N95, it probably didn't sit well with some Apple fans.  “What about our iPhone?  Isn't there anything that can be done to install a Mac OS on it besides the mobile OS X that it's already got?”
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets, Thanks:davidvgonzales
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T may be looking to launch handset trade-in program  —  Treat this one as a rumor and nothing more for the time being, but we just got some details on a “Phone Trade-In” program that AT&T is apparently looking to launch sometime around June.  From the looks of things …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Skittles: The Homepage is the Conversation  —  Love this:  —  http://skittles.com/  —  The home page is literally a Twitter search for “skittles”.  That's a brand embracing the conversation.  Well done.
Bloomberg:
Spansion, Mobile-Phone Memory-Chip Maker, Files for Bankruptcy Protection  —  Spansion Inc., the U.S. maker of memory chips for mobile phones, filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt after failing to make an interest payment on $266 million of bonds.
Discussion: Reuters and The Register
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter VC Laughs at the Idea that Twitter Has No Business Model  —  Todd Dagres, founder of Spark Capital and one of the VCs that poured an additional $35 million into Twitter recently, finds it amusing when people talk about Twitter's lack of a business model.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and SiliconAngle, Thanks:brickandclick
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Scrape Content  —  When the popular New York business blog Silicon Alley Insider quoted a quarter of Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column in mid-February, the editor added a caveat at the end: “We thank Dow Jones in advance for allowing us to bring it to you.”
Agence France Presse:
Twitter takes Washington by storm  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The halls of the US Congress are alive with the sounds of Twitter.  Members of the Senate and House of Representatives — or their aides — are tapping out dozens of the micro messages a day on cellphones and computers from offices …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Five things every Windows beta tester should know  —  Last week my colleague Mary Jo Foley reported on rumblings of discontent from the invitation-only Windows 7 technical beta test community: … This was all in response to another epic post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog by Steven Sinofsky …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Sees a Future That You Won't  —  [Editor's Note: I'm playing catchup from the stomach flu.  March 1st and 2nd posts will be shorter and more responses to current events than my more typical forward-looking analyses.]  —  The “Future Vision Montage” video, “2019,” comes out of Office Labs.
 
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Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
Internet ‘is causing poetry boom’
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
DEMO.com:
Watch DEMO 09 Live on the Web
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What France Can Teach Us About Search Success
Thanks:atul
Jack Arrington / TechCrunch:
Information Technology, 50 Years Ago
Thanks:atul
Bruce Sterling / Beyond the Beyond:
What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:atul
Datamation:
Bruce Perens: Analyzing Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
LG Versa now available from Verizon Wireless
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
So What's Really Going On With That Pirate Bay Trial?
 Earlier Items: 
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sony: PS3 is hard to develop for—on purpose
Discussion: I4U News and Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon misread book sector on speech feature
Discussion: Gizmodo and TeleRead
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Is Google App Engine the wrong product for the market?
TechCrunch:
What An Antitrust Case Against Google Might Look Like
Discussion: Beyond Search
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York magazine Scanned and Indexed by Google