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1:45 AM ET, March 8, 2009

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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, Thanks:brickandclick
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Davidw / Joho the Blog:   Tales of data pirates: Opting out of Verizon's open-ended sharing
Andrew Keen / 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
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).
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
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
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
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.
John Naughton / Guardian:
How Kindle brought technology to book  —  Know the old joke about the drunk and the lost keys?  A policeman finds a guy scrabbling under a lamp-post and asks him what he's doing.  “Looking for my keys,” he replies.  “Is this where you dropped them?” asks the cop.
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
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.)
Discussion: tecosystems and The Register
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's global 3G modem from ZTE spotted in FCC  —  We've known for some time that Verizon is fixated on dominating the global roaming market in the US — or, at the very least, catching up to AT&T — and to do that, they're going to need hardware capable of taking advantage of the very best speeds …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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 …
 
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Police Take the Fight Onto the Web
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
 Earlier Items: 
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows
Discussion: eWeek
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
HTML Validation: Does It Matter?
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Education (continued)