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4:15 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.
Vivek Wadhwa / Business Week:
Why Skilled Immigrants Are Leaving the U.S.  —  New research shows that highly skilled workers are returning home for brighter career prospects and a better quality of life  —  As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact …
Discussion: Bits and Times of India
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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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ChasNote and ClickZ
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 …
Financial Times:
3G wrong number forces change of strategy  —  Greg Brown, Motorola's joint chief executive, offers a devastating critique of the company as he explains the calamitous decline of its mobile phone business.  —  Industry analysts point to Motorola's unprofitable dash to increase market share …
Bruce Sterling / Beyond the Beyond:
What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09  —  *By the garbled reportage, I'd be guessing some of those kiwis were having trouble with my accent.  Here are the verbatim remarks.  —  THE BRIEF BUT GLORIOUS LIFE OF WEB 2.0, AND WHAT COMES AFTER  —  Bruce Sterling, Wellington, Feb 2009
Discussion: GigaOM and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
DEMO.com:
Watch DEMO 09 Live on the Web  —  If you are not basking in the Palm Desert sun here at DEMO 09, you still have a chance to see 39 great companies launch their latest innovations to the world live from the DEMO stage.  —  DEMO is broadcasting the entire DEMO 09 conference live …
Mhtaylor Mhtaylor / Digits:
Eminem's Former Publisher Seeks Digital Music Royalties  —  By Marisa Taylor  —  The future of the music industry and its relationship with digital downloads is at stake in the lawsuit against Universal Music Group, one of the world's largest music labels.
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
Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
Internet ‘is causing poetry boom’  —  Poetry, one of mankind's oldest art forms, is enjoying a resurgence due to the internet, according to the writers themselves.  —  Rather than killing it off, modern technologies like email, social networking sites such as Facebook and online media players are helping poets reach new audiences.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
 
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What France Can Teach Us About Search Success
Thanks:atul
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Time For Verified Twitter Accounts & An Easy Way To Do It
Thanks:atul
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sony: PS3 is hard to develop for—on purpose
Discussion: I4U News and Slashdot
TechCrunch:
What An Antitrust Case Against Google Might Look Like
Discussion: Beyond Search