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7:45 AM ET, March 4, 2009

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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Sell Books for iPhones  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a program Wednesday for reading electronic books on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, extending Amazon's sales of digital books to devices beyond its Kindle e-book reader.  —  Amazon's software application, which can be downloaded free of charge …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
That Was Fast: Kindle, Meet the iPhone.  —  Remember last month, when Amazon said that it planned to make its Kindle e-book titles available on other devices, but wouldn't say what devices, or when?  —  Now we know.  As of today, you can now read Kindle titles on your Apple iPhone (AAPL).
AppShopper.com:
Kindle for iPhone  —  Kindle for iPhone allows Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners to read Kindle books using a simple, easy-to-use interface.  You can shop for hundreds of thousands of books at www.amazon.com/kindlestore, and wirelessly transfer the books to your iPhone or iPod touch.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO: Twitter A 'Poor Man's Email System'  —  Real-time microblogging and messaging services like Twitter could potentially become a threat to Google — whose search index doesn't keep up with conversations as quickly as Twitter's.  So what does Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt think about Twitter?
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Schmidt: Economy ‘Pretty Dire’, Google ‘Not Immune’
Discussion: Gawker and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Smart Execs Leave Before The Fall.  —  When a smart, ambitious executive who isn't the CEO leaves a company, it isn't necessarily a sign of trouble.  Sometimes that executive isn't performing all that well, or he/she wants to see if they can make it at their own startup where they call the shots.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Three MySpace Execs Departing To Start New Company (Leaked Memo)  —  This just breaking: Three executives at MySpace are leaving the company to form their own startup, led by COO Amit Kapur (pictured here).  He will be joined by senior VP of technology Jim Benedetto and and senior VP of product strategy Steve Pearman.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kapur Stepping Down as MySpace COO  —  Amit Kapur, who was elevated to COO of MySpace early last year, will be stepping down from the position.  He's leaving the company to start a new venture with two other MySpace executives, Jim Benedetto, SVP of Engineering and Steve Pearman, SVP of Product Strategy.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Google Search of a Distinctly Retro Kind  —  Last month an e-mail message washed up at the offices of The Cook Islands News in the South Pacific.  It was a request to place a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, which has a circulation of 2,500.  The cost was $370.
Thanks:atul
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Redesigned Fan Pages to Compete More Directly with Twitter  —  As most brands and marketers know by now, Facebook is preparing to announce a redesigned version of its Pages product for businesses tomorrow.  —  For those that haven't seen the details on all the likely* changes …
Discussion: Charles Hudson's Weblog and The Social, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Sell-Out Like Gawker Media  —  Blog network Gawker Media's ad revenues are up 20% year-over-year, according to an internal memo obtained by the Poynter Institute.  Not bad, considering the recession.  —  The secret, says Gawker owner Nick Denton in the memo, has been those big …
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
The Fastest-Growing Category in the iTunes App Store: Books  —  At least as measured in terms of number of unique applications, Books have grown the fastest over the last 12 weeks.  (Data for this post limited to apps on the U.S. iTunes store through 3/1/2009.)
Discussion: Podcasting News, TeleRead and The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Oppenheimer: New iMac a better deal than Dell, HP  —  In reviewing Apple's (AAPL) new desktops Tuesday, some analysts chided the company for not setting “more aggressive price points,” as Kaufman Bros.'s Shaw Wu put it, given today's “tough macroeconomic environment.”  —  But not Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Apple and MacDailyNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Want To Know Why Newspapers Are Going Out Of Business?  Because Adding Value Never Seems To Be An Option  —  from the massive-failure-in-action dept  —  Lots of folks in the newspaper business say that Howard Owens is a guy who really gets the online news business — and recognizes the challenges and opportunities.
Google Mobile Blog:
Finance for Android App  —  Just over a year ago, during a user experience research trip for Google Finance, we were at the home of a stay-at-home mom / day trader.  She was frustrated that there were “personal blackout periods” in the trading day when she was entirely disconnected from the stock market …
Discussion: Unwired View
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama picks Net neutrality backer as FCC chief  —  President Obama on Tuesday nominated Julius Genachowski as the nation's top telecommunications regulator, picking a campaign advisor who has divided his career between Washington, D.C., political jobs and working as an Internet executive.
Hunter Walk / YouTube Blog:
Won't You Adopt a Feature?  —  Raise your hand if you've watched a YouTube video.  Cool, the “play” button definitely works but that's just the start of where the YouTube experience can begin.  Every week we release new tools, or enhancements to current ones, to help you make better videos …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Neowin.net
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNET.com.au:
RIM records all employee calls  —  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion admitted yesterday that it recorded all employee conversations in the interest of maintaining control over intellectual property.  —  RIM CIO Robin Bienfait (Credit: RIM)  —  RIM chief information officer Robin Bienfait …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:kalpeshk
Vince / Cuil Blog:
Rolling out a new look  —  Cuil is all about innovative techniques to bring you the information you are searching for and our user interface has always been an important part of this.  Right from the start we've used what we call the “magazine” layout — sorting results into two or three columns allowing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Your first look at Facebook 1.5 for BlackBerry  —  For a while now there has been talk of Facebook 1.5 for BlackBerry.  Back in November we cited a report which indicated a January release, something that obviously did not come to fruition.  However, we can say with absolute certainty …
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Magical ‘oo’ factor boosts Web startups  —  When it comes to the magical “oo” factor in Silicon Valley, Yahoo qualifies as the first mover, followed by Google and YouTube.  —  Make that first moover, heh heh.  —  The “oo” here is not to be confused with the visceral, ain't-it-cool “ooh” …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Activision to Use $3 Billion Cash for Acquisitions as Targets' Prices Drop  —  Activision Blizzard Inc., with $3 billion in cash and no debt, will consider acquisitions as the recession brings down the prices of potential targets, the company's top publishing executive said.
Discussion: VG247
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Some tech companies rethink their outsourcing strategies  —  The global economic crisis, as well as pressure from the Obama administration to keep jobs at home, may be causing some tech executives to rethink their outsourcing strategies.  —  A new survey of chief financial officers suggests …
Discussion: Profy
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Connect + Facebook Ads = A Social Ad Network  —  The push to ramp up revenues is clearly on at Facebook.  If Mark Zuckerberg wants to prove Facebook's valuation (something he won't budge on for new investors), he is going to have to start showing some serious revenues.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why Google won't remove that page you don't like  —  (This is just a post from my personal perspective, but I hope it's helpful.)  —  Every few weeks or so, someone contacts me and says “Hey Matt, there's page out on the web about me that I really don't like.  Is there any way to remove it from Google's index?”
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Tech blog roundup  —  I wrote recently about how the economics of blogging kind of sucks.  But I neglected to mention the fine contribution to journalism and world knowledge that blogs represent.  One of the great things about the blogosphere is the unique information that each blog provides.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Google Code Blog:
Introducing Labs for Google Code  —  Tom Stocky, Director, Google Developer Products  —  As Google's developer program continues to grow — already over 60 APIs and tools on Google Code today — we credit much of this growth to a culture of exploration and rapid iteration …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Fractional Horsepower Twitters?  —  Fractional Horsepower is a very powerful idea.  It says that sometimes you can make a new product by taking an old one and scaling it down.  —  The originator of the concept, in my experience (he may have borrowed it from someone else) is Steve Jobs …
Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Jadoos creates a web universal remote control and social operating system  —  One of the more ambitious companies here at DEMO 2009 is Jadoos, which has started promoting its offering here as the beginning of Web 3.0.  —  If Web 2.0 was all about user-generated content and social networking sites …
Discussion: Webware.com and CNET News
Alex Payne / al3x:
Towards Better Technology Journalism  —  Rarely does technology journalism produce informed, correct, relevant, and readable content.  This is a sorry and damaging state of affairs.  —  I've been drafting this post in my head for ages, and bringing the topic up to friends and colleagues ad nauseam.
Discussion: CircleID, Thanks:atul
 
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