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8:40 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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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.)
Tim Green / mobile-ent.biz:
Acer mulling its own app store  —  Acer could launch an app store to complement its forthcoming new smartphone range.  —  At a London press event yesterday, Acer's senior corporate VP and smart handheld president Aymar de Lencquesaing told ME that Acer is examining the viability of an app store …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another AOL Layoff This Week?  —  An ex-AOLer says there are rumors in Dulles that AOL is planning another layoff this week.  The d-date is rumored to be Tuesday.  AOL apparently likes to whack people on Tuesdays.  —  The ex-AOLer forwards the following memo, which updates AOL's policies …
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Start Serving Local News To Users?  —  Germany's Der Spiegel published an interview with Twitter CEO Evan Williams yesterday on its website, and Williams had a couple of interesting things to say.  You can find a poorly Google-translated version of the interview here …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg.com, Thanks:atul
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 and Softpedia News
 
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Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Tales of data pirates: Opting out of Verizon's open-ended sharing
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Police Take the Fight Onto the Web
Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
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Discussion: Engadget
Nathan Richardson / paidContent.org:
Bring On The Techies: How Silicon Valley Can Help Save Newspapers
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