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7:40 AM ET, March 6, 2009

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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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Nation's New Chief Information Officer Speaks  —  Reforming the entire health care system may be easier than doing everything Vivek Kundra says he wants to do when it comes to reforming the government's computer systems.  —  Mr. Kundra, the 34-year-old former chief technology officer …
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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 …
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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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 and Cult of Mac, Thanks:atul
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
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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
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 …
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
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: Google Blogoscoped and Digital Inspiration, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Mike / Marksonland:
Twitter Ain't Search  —  The twitter buzz is unstoppable.  My wife subscribes to the magazine Entertainment Weekly - I was flipping through it the other day and saw they created a section in there that re-prints select tweets from select celebrities.  Yep, Twitter has hit the main stream.
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.
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
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 …
IntenseDebate:
Introducing IntenseDebate Plugins: add the features you want!  —  We're extremely excited to introduce you to the future of commenting - today we launch IntenseDebate Plugins!  We're opening our doors and making our code available so you can build your own plugins!
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 …
Thanks:atul
Newsweek:
Browsing The Future  —  Mozilla's Firefox gave Microsoft a run for its money.  What's next?  —  At least 18 percent of you already know what Firefox is, because you're using it to read this interview.  (Or so says the statistics engine behind Newsweek.com, which tracks things like that.)
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lamond Opens Up: “If They Think It's Acrimonious, That's Sequoia's Problem”  —  Partly in response to a post I'd written last night, famed venture capitalist Pierre Lamond called me a few minutes ago, as he piloted his car down the 280 toward a physical therapy appointment.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
New Viral Channel: Facebook Launches Chat Invite API for Applications  —  Facebook has just released a new chat invite API that allows developers to let users send application invitations to their friends via Facebook Chat.  —  Here's how it works:  — After embedding the fb:chat-invite FBML element …
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Gloomy Forecast for E-Commerce Sites
Thanks:atul
Times of London:
Virgin Media puts content division on the market
Radiowalker:
Living with Cancer in Silicon Valley
Discussion: CloudAve and Vendorprisey
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
Discussion: Search Engine Land, TG Daily and Rocky Fu, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Economist:
The internet's librarian  —  Brewster Kahle wants to create a free …
Amazon Game Room / Amazon Game Room's Blog:
Amazon.com's Trade-In Store Launches with 1,500+ Eligible Titles
Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Google Disrupts—Again  —  The Internet giant's search engine …
Discussion: Beyond Search