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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Robert Scoble To Leave FastCompany  —  Super-blogger Robert Scoble is leaving his full time job at FastCompany, he confirmed by phone tonight.  He first joined the company nearly a year ago and has been running their FastCompany.tv site.  He says he'll continue to write a column for the magazine, but his video work with them is over.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I haven't posted for two weeks  —  TechCrunch has the news tonight: Scoble to leave Fast Company.  —  Back in 2003 I wrote a Corporate Blogging Manifesto.  Rule #13 is “don't write if your life is in turmoil.”  —  It's even harder to write when you are negotiating for stuff.
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Begins Rolling Out Search and Trends  —  Twitter appears to be in the process of rolling out its integrated search feature with a search box and a trends button appearing on some user profiles today.  While the feature is not yet available to all users, our guess is that it's very much on the way - and soon.
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Microsoft: Litigate on FAT, and you'll be the next Unisys  —  Remember “Burn All GIFs” from 1999?  In 2009, the Open Source mantra of choice could very easily turn into “Destroy all FATs”  —  If you've been following the news in the Linux community, you've probably heard that Microsoft …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
The Real Reason for Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit  —  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Microsoft's suit against TomTom, which alleged infringement of eight of its patents - including three that relate to TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel.  —  I wrote there that this seemed part …
Aaron Greenspan / The Huffington Post:
Why I Sued Google (and Won)  —  Like most Americans, I use Google's search engine several times a day without so much as a second thought.  It was only in 2007 that my company's relationship with Google, Inc. temporarily escalated to that of a full-fledged customer, when Think Computer …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:atul
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Breaking Apple's Grip on the iPhone  —  Firms Launch Sites Selling Unauthorized Software for Device, Posing Challenge to Official Online Store  —  Apple Inc. faces a growing threat to its iPhone strategy, as renegade stores spring up online to sell unauthorized software for the device.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Cult of Mac and Geeky-Gadgets, Thanks:atul
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why I employed a felon  —  Yesterday, I joined one of our Mahalo employees at Federal District Court as he was sentenced to 48 months in jail for crimes related to computer security.  —  Before my employee John Schiefer was sentenced, a violent career criminal was facing 60 months for beating up a prison guard.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mahalo: Our hacker employee is no threat to your privacy  —  Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis sent an e-mail Thursday to his followers (also posted on his blog, and worth a read) disclosing that his company mistakenly hired a man convicted of computer crimes but who hasn't yet served his sentence.
The White House:
President Obama Names Vivek Kundra Chief Information Officer  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Barack Obama named Vivek Kundra the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the White House.  —  The Federal Chief Information Officer directs the policy and strategic planning …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Darknets and the future of P2P investigators  —  LimeWire's new software illustrates a growing trend: “darknets” are becoming simple to setup and use.  As millions of people now find that they can easily create their own private share networks, what's in store for content industry investigators …
Discussion: Music Ally, hypebot and Slashdot
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Philips: OLED windows in a few years  —  Clear in the day, and all light and bright at night  —  Philips Research has shown off a new transparent OLED concept that is totally clear when turned off and then can be fully illuminated.  —  The theory of having a window that illuminates at night …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Engadget
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee and Hulu can't reach an agreement, so Boxee creates a workaround (and launches an app store)  —  When Boxee was forced to pull Hulu support a few weeks ago, users were outraged.  And rightfully so.  It's not like Boxee, a software media center startup, was blocking the advertisements Hulu was showing …
Discussion: boxee blog and Search Engine Land
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Music Industry's New Internet Problem  —  Music sites with freely accessible content are being used by a growing number of listeners as a substitute for buying music  —  Watch the Video...  Five years ago, New York-based graphic designer Gitamba Saila-Ngita spent around $100 …
Bloomberg:
Pre to Win IPhone Users After Contracts, McNamee Says  —  Palm Inc.'s new Pre smart phone will lure customers away from Apple Inc.'s iPhone when subscribers' contracts start expiring in June, Palm investor Roger McNamee said.  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zimbra tops 40M paid users: More popular than Gmail?  —  We've written glowingly about Yahoo-owned email and collaboration software Zimbra before, but it looks like we're far from being the only fans.  In fact, Zimbra announced that has crossed the 40 million user mark.  And those are paid mailboxes, not free accounts.
Discussion: The Open Road, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
BackType Gets More Conversation Tracking Features, Seed Funding  —  BackType, one of the better conversation tracking tools we've come across so far, is releasing a couple of new features today that arguably make it a top gun in the space.  The startup, launched in August 2008 on $15k thanks …
Discussion: Twitterrati
Dan Richman / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Hearst makes offers to staff online-only P-I  —  Staffers chosen to participate in an online-only version of the Seattle P-I were notified of their selection Wednesday and Thursday.  The selections indicate The Hearst Corp.'s plan for such a Web site is advancing.Two reporters said they received …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Oh Look... RIAA Still Filing Lawsuits...  Remember back in December all the fanfare around that WSJ article claiming that the RIAA was abandoning its litigation strategy?  In retrospect, the whole thing is looking like a huge PR campaign rather than anything significant.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Metallica's Lars Ulrich ‘Pirates’ His Own Album  —  In April 2000, Lars Ulrich launched his vocal campaign against file-sharing service Napster.  After discovering that Metallica's entire back catalogue could be found on the service he could hardly contain his anger and by July 2000 …
Economist:
Boom in the bust  —  Despite the recession, the mobile industry is enjoying a promising transformation  —  WHEN the mobile-telecoms industry recently met in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, its biggest global shindig, head and body seemed oddly separated.
Discussion: broadstuff
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analyst: Apple turns its back on e-book market  —  Says Amazon.com's Kindle for iPhone proves Apple thinks 'people don't read anymore'  —  Computerworld) Amazon.com's release of a free e-book reader for the iPhone proves that Apple is simply not interested in the electronic book market, one expert said today.
The Daily Beast:
The Journal's Smart Bet  —  A Man More Heroic Than Sully by Lee Siegel  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Wall Street Journal makes millions from its pay website.  Here are the secrets to their success—and what other papers can learn from them.  —  After nearly 15 years of giving …
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lamond Opens Up: “If They Think It's Acrimonious, That's Sequoia's Problem”
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Windows 7's UAC is a broken mess; mend it or end it
Discussion: OSNews and digg.com
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's Tip Jar Uses Crowdsourcing to Help People Save Money
Economist:
The internet's librarian  —  Brewster Kahle wants to create a free …