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5:15 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).
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
CableCard Diagnostics Comes to Windows Media Center at EHX  —  Media Center Integrator Alliance has developed a utility that runs on Media Center to help installers diagnose and fix issues with digital cable tuners.  The utility launches at EHX, March 11-14.  —  RSS Feed
Discussion: Engadget
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 and Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Cybersecurity official quits, blasts NSA power grab  —  A top federal cybersecurity official resigned this week in a letter sharply critical of what he described as a power grab by the National Security Agency.  —  Rod Beckström, director of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Center …
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
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.
 
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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?
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
Jim / craigslist blog:
“Now Comes Thomas Dart...”
Discussion: Digits
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why New H-1B Restrictions Will LOWER (Some) American Tech Wages
Discussion: SiliconAngle and Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Indie Facebook Developers Pulling In Over $700,000 A Month
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple has no clue what's going on with dev contracts
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Brushes Off Boxee, And Boxee Comes Back For More