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7:55 AM ET, March 5, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Improving Your Ability to Share and Connect  —  Over the past five years, Facebook has evolved to make sharing information more efficient and to give people more control.  This year, we are going to continue making the flow of information even faster and more customized to those you want to connect …
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Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
FACEBOOK BLINKS, COPIES TWITTER, STILL GETS IT WRONG.  —  From the Facebook Blog comes the admission that they are having to change their model and copy Twitter: … Translation - we're copying Twitter's real time stream. … Translation: By 2009 it was clear no one gives a sh*t …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Response To Twitter  —  Facebook made a number of announcements today about changes to its home page, profile pages, and activity streams.  Taken together, these represent a concerted response to the rise of Twitter as a real-time message broadcasting system that goes beyond members' personal circle of friends.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Juicing the BlackBerry: RIM wants back-end money from new apps  —  Research In Motion (RIM) is set to launch its application store for the BlackBerry, now dubbed “App World,” at the end of this month.  For third-party developers on the outside, it may sounds like a very enticing proposition …
Courtney Chin / Inside AdSense:
Introducing expandable ads on AdSense sites  —  We're excited to introduce to you expandable ads, a new type of ad that can appear on your pages.  Expandable ads are rich media ads that can expand beyond the original size of the ad unit, following a user-initiated action.
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David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook in 2010: no longer a walled garden  —  A lot of what I've been working on the past two years has been built on the assumption that the model that social networks use today will fundamentally change.  Social networks have largely been built on the premise of being walled gardens …
Nicole Loux / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.0.7 security and stability release now available  —  Editor's note: Mozilla released a security and stability update for Firefox 3.x users on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm PT. Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement, reposted below, for more details.
QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
Twitter - The New Parasite Host on the Block  —  I hate twitter.  But as long as twitter pages continue to rank in Google for everything under the sun, you're a fool if you're not using twitter accounts for parasite hosting.  —  For you new kids, parasite hosting is where you leverage …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Start Thinking Of Twitter As A Search Engine  —  At a dinner tonight with a friend the conversation turned to Twitter.  He just didn't get it, and he's certainly not the first person to tell me that.  Specifically, my friend didn't understand the massive valuation …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
Sky News realises news breaks first on Twitter, not TV - Creates a Twitter Correspondent  —  TechCrunch has been saying for a long time - at least since November last year - that Twitter is an emerging source of news.  Recent tragic events have only served to emphasise this.
Discussion: Mobile Industry Review and Telegraph, Thanks:mazi
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Schmidt: I Didn't Diss Twitter  —  Eric Schmidt explained on CNBC tonight that he didn't mean to insult Twitter when he said it was a poor-man's email system.  What he meant, he says, was that people are going to want to use all their different communications systems together.
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:atul
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Universal, YouTube near deal on music video site  —  Universal Music Group, the nation's largest recording company, and YouTube are closing in on a final agreement to create a new premium music video Web site, according to sources close to the negotiations.  —  The sources said that the …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
California's New CIO Ready to Bring State IT into the 21st Century  —  Teri Takai has taken a year to evaluate the state of the state's IT structure.  She is now starting to make decisions on a long-term direction for a jurisdiction of 10,000 IT staff workers, 130 divisional CIOs and 38 million citizens …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer: Microsoft needs to make faster Windows Mobile advances  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was told today that the appeal of the iPhone and other consumer devices has made it more difficult for chief information officers at large public agencies to continue justifying the use of Windows Mobile phones in their organizations.
Discussion: Neowin.net and ParisLemon
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon's Apple Deal: Kindle Cannibal?  —  Customers may have less incentive to buy a Kindle, now that they can download e-books onto the iPhones and iPods they already own  —  A new tool that lets consumers download digital books onto Apple devices could spur demand for some of the 240,000 …
Matthew Gertner / Just Browsing:
The Browser Platform Wars  —  I was chatting recently with the founder of a high-profile startup that is making strategic use of Mozilla technology.  “People keep telling me that WebKit is the future,” he complained.  “Have we made the wrong choice?”  —  I did my best to reassure him of course …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source guru Ruby leaving IBM for Microsoft  —  It's increasingly common for prominent open-source developers to leave IBM or other open-source-friendly companies to try their luck at Microsoft.  It's not common at all for them to blog about it before actually getting a formal offer.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zoho Writer Gets A Makeover And Some New Features  —  Zoho, makers of an awesome web-based software suite comprised of document, project and invoicing management tools, has given its online word processing tool Writer a fresh look along with a couple of new features worth checking out.
Discussion: Mashable!, Zoho Blogs and Webware.com
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EXCLUSIVE: Google Takes a Stand for Location Privacy, Along with Loopt  —  Thanks in part to feedback from EFF, Google has chosen to take a strong and public stand on what legal privacy protections should apply if the government comes calling for the location data collected by Latitude …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nokia Plans LTE Devices for 2010  —  A Nokia executive said today that the company has committed to LTE as its preferred network for devices, and plans to launch devices for those networks in 2010.  James Harper, senior manager of technology marketing at Nokia, speaking at a PCCA meeting held in Grapevine …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Global Warming May Get Its Very Own Top Level Domain  —  I'm deadpooling this .ECO top level domain right now.  Not because it's global warming/eco related, there's plenty of money being thrown around to support just about every crazy green idea out there.  I just don't think the world needs …
Discussion: Business Wire and Domain Name News
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C. Tech Chief Headed For White House Slot  —  President Obama plans to announce today that Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer for the District, will be the federal chief information officer, according to two administration officials.  —  It's a job that did not exist in previous administrations …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Jobwire, Thanks:atul
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Seen In the Wild  —  I was reading a piece on Venturebeat, on Kutano.  And this ad was at the bottom.  —  This is an ad?  —  Yep.  Innaresting.  Four years ago (God, yes, I've been writing for more than that, er, ummm....22 years, in fact...) anyway, I wrote this about Google and the need to market its products:
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Video Revolution Happenend by “Accident,” Adobe's Jennifer Taylor.....Flash Player 10 Soon to Hit 80 Percent Penetration  —  A large part of the success of online video can be attributed to the widespread adoption of Flash, a rich media, Web plug-in application which is on nearly all of the world's computers.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bulk Data Downloads: A Breakthrough in Government Transparency  —  As those of you who follow my tweets know, I spent last week out in Washington, D.C. meeting with various folks, attending Transparency Camp, and giving a couple of talks.  One of the more interesting meetings was with staffers from Congressman Mike Honda's office.
Thanks:atul
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Hackers break in to Spotify  —  Much-vaunted online music service Spotify has been dealt a blow, after revealing that thousands of users' personal details may have been stolen by hackers.  —  According to an announcement by the service - which now has more than a million users worldwide …
 
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