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1:30 PM ET, March 7, 2009

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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, we're hearing that Google has sent a notice to a number of users of its Document and Spreadsheets products stating …
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.”
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and The Raw Feed
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Indie Facebook Developers Pulling In Over $700,000 A Month  —  The mass media may be enamored of the rags-to-riches stories of developers on Apple's App Store, but it isn't the only game in town for indie developers to strike it rich.  We've gotten word from SocialMedia …
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
the trials and tribulations of innovation  —  we just found out that Hulu blocked the boxee browser from accessing the Hulu site. this is a disappointing development since their RSS feeds are publicly available, and our browser, while optimized for a great 10 ft video experience …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Brushes Off Boxee, And Boxee Comes Back For More
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Hulu Goes Medieval on Boxee
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Digits
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Try before you buy?  Zuckerberg has a public Twitter account?  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been using the microblogging service he's been trying to buy - Twitter — since last May.  But he's kept his account on the site (@zuck) private and basically unused.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Diamond gets pictured  —  We got our hands on some pictures of a test model of the Verizon Wireless Touch Diamond rocking its sleek, black and shiny casing.  Unlike Verizon's Touch Pro, the Diamond has retained the characteristic faceted back.
Discussion: IntoMobile and WMPoweruser.com
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
HTML Validation: Does It Matter?  —  The web is, to put it charitably, a rather forgiving place.  You can feed web browsers almost any sort of HTML markup or JavaScript code and they'll gamely try to make sense of what you've provided, and render it the best they can.
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple has no clue what's going on with dev contracts  —  Apple seems to be caught flat-footed and unprepared for the upcoming deluge of developer renewals for its iPhone program, Ars has learned.  Here's what we found regarding the status of both ADC and iTunes Connect renewals.
Discussion: AppleInsider and The iPhone Blog
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Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Kindle is not the best iPhone e-reader
Discussion: CNET News and jkOnTheRun
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows  —  Fibre Channel is suffering from competition by less expensive storage  —  Computerworld) IDC Corp.'s quarterly data storage sales report shows that quarterly revenue for worldwide storage systems was down 5.9% in the last quarter of 2008 compared to a year earlier.
Discussion: eWeek
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Education (continued)  —  Last fall I wrote a post on this blog titled Hacking Education.  In it, I outlined my thoughts on why the education system (broadly speaking) is failing our society and why hacking it seems like both an important and profitable endeavor.
Discussion: Union Square Ventures
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Atiz turns books digital without help from Google  —  An Atiz book-scanning device.  Credit: Atiz.  —  Digitizing books is all the rage these days, with the Kindle 2 being pimped on the “Daily Show,” Amazon allowing its e-books to be read on the iPhone and Barnes & Noble getting deeper into the digital book market.
Discussion: TG Daily
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Safekeeping Twitter Accounts  —  Today we discovered about 750 Twitter accounts were broken into and had a link to a webcam site posted on the accounts.  It appears other sites and services have been affected by a similar attack.  We reset the passwords of the compromised accounts and removed the spammy updates.
Jim / craigslist blog:
“Now Comes Thomas Dart...”  —  We will respond to Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart's complaint (we have not yet been served, and learned of it only through press releases and media) sometime soon.  Our preliminary view is that the complaint is not well founded in law, and that it should be dismissed.
Discussion: Digits
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why New H-1B Restrictions Will LOWER (Some) American Tech Wages
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Peter Smith / pasmith's blog:
Salacious content driving the adoption of ebooks?
Discussion: Slashdot
Erik Larkin / PC World:
Conficker Worm Strikes Back With New Variant
Discussion: The Register and SC Magazine US
 Earlier Items: 
DSLreports:
Craig Moffett: Wireless Industry ‘Collapsing’ …
Discussion: FierceWireless and Bits
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
BackTweets Searches What Twitter Can't: Short URLs
Discussion: BackType and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pure Digital (Flip Video) In Acquisition Discussions; Cisco May Be Buying (Updated)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Crave, Thanks:atul
Associated Press:
Stock slump could end up enriching Google workers
Discussion: Bits
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Large Pirate Topsite Raided in Sweden
Discussion: CNET News