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10:40 PM ET, March 7, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Tells Charlie Rose Google Is “Unlikely” To Buy Twitter And Wants To Turn Phones Into TVs  —  It must be Google Week on Charlie Rose.  Thursday, Rose interviewed product chief Marissa Mayer, and last night he had an hour-long conversation with CEO Eric Schmidt (embedded here, with a full transcript below).
Discussion: CNET News and TechFlash
Andrewkeen / The Great Seduction:
We are all Scoble now  —  Last night A-list twhirler-in-chief Loic Le Meur, twittering from a Burger King dinner with some of Silicon Valley's most illustrious networkers, sent out an intriguing couple of tweets:  — “There are very few people like me with so many friends and followers” just said @scobleizer
Discussion: Gawker and Susan Mernit's Blog
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
A peek at Apple's new QuickTime X interface  —  A widely reported interface overhaul making its debut in early betas of QuickTime X Player distributed with pre-releases of Apple's Snow Leopard operating system this week is reportedly not much to write home about.
Discussion: MacRumors
Evan Williams / New York Times:
For Twitter C.E.O., Well-Orchestrated Accidents  —  I GREW up on a farm in Nebraska, where we grew mostly corn and soybeans.  During the summers I was responsible for making sure the crops were irrigated.  —  After high school, I enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, but I stayed only a year and a half.
Paul Graham:
How to Be an Angel Investor  —  When we sold our startup in 1998 I thought one day I'd do some angel investing.  Seven years later I still hadn't started.  I put it off because it seemed mysterious and complicated.  It turns out to be easier than I expected, and also more interesting.
Thanks:atul
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Google CEO hints Google/Linux netbooks may be coming  —  People have been speculating about Google getting into the desktop business ever since Good OS, an Ubuntu-based Linux built around online Google applications showed up in 2007.  Then, the rumor-mill really got churning when it was shown …
Discussion: OSNews, Liliputing and digg.com
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Verizon Customers - Just Say No!  —  It is easier to seek forgiveness than it is to get permission according to Verizon, which has once again shown us what large corporations should not be doing when it comes to customer service.  —  David Weinberger, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto …
Discussion: delawareonline and Morning Call, Thanks:brickandclick
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Davidw / Joho the Blog:   Tales of data pirates: Opting out of Verizon's open-ended sharing
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Privacy Blunder Shares Your Docs Without Permission  —  In a privacy error that underscores some of the biggest problems surrounding cloud-based services, Google has sent a notice to a number of users of its Document and Spreadsheets products stating that it may have inadvertently shared …
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Why global is the new ‘local’  —  The real reason newspapers and radio stations are hurting — and how they can thrive  —  Computerworld) If you have an iPhone, tap the App Store button, and search for “radio.”  Choose “iHeart radio” and then click on the Clear Channel Broadcasting app called “iHeart radio.”
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Has ‘cloud-computing’ lost its VC luster?  —  I've had a few discussions with venture capitalists of late regarding the assignment of the “cloud” label to start-ups pitching everything from hardware to—believe it or not—downloadable software clients.  —  It seems that just about every pitch …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Who should Software Freedom sue on FAT32?  —  Once upon a time I was going to be a lawyer.  —  One reason I didn't go that way was to avoid running down rabbit holes like the one our own Jason Perlow offered us Thursday.  (This puzzle called Down the Rabbit Hole is now on sale over at Legendary Toys.)
Ken Gagne / Computerworld Blogs:
AT&T predicted the future.  Can Microsoft?  —  The past century was filled with optimistic predictions of how quickly technology would progress.  Flying cars?  Moon colonies?  Robotic servants to free humanity of day-to-day drudgery?  None of that's happened yet, much to our ancestors' chagrin.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Police Take the Fight Onto the Web  —  FIRST, MySpace.  Now, Mugshotbook?  —  Like unhip adults late to adopt a fad, police departments and other law enforcement agencies are jumping on the social networking bandwagon.  They hope to break down bureaucratic boundaries between departments …
 
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Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
CableCard Diagnostics Comes to Windows Media Center at EHX
Discussion: Engadget
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Start Serving Local News To Users?
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another AOL Layoff This Week?
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows
Discussion: eWeek
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
HTML Validation: Does It Matter?
 Earlier Items: 
Economist:
Model behaviour  —  Software: Simulating the behaviour of crowds …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Atiz turns books digital without help from Google
Discussion: TG Daily
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Education (continued)
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Diamond gets pictured
Discussion: IntoMobile and WMPoweruser.com
Jim / craigslist blog:
“Now Comes Thomas Dart...”
Discussion: Digits
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Try before you buy? Zuckerberg has a public Twitter account