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2:50 PM ET, March 8, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big Music Will Surrender, But Not Until At Least 2011  —  I had a surprisingly candid lunch conversation last week with a big music label executive, and a good part of our talk focused on the future of music.  I asked the usual question: Why are you guys so damned clueless?
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 …
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Davidw / Joho the Blog:   Tales of data pirates: Opting out of Verizon's open-ended sharing
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wolfram Alpha — it's like plugging into an electronic brain  —  Scientist Stephen Wolfram has built a new engine, called Wolfram Alpha, that apparently can compute answers to factual questions more powerfully than Google.  —  Wolfram has just posted about the effort, which has taken years …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Outside the Lines and Twine
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Neokast Mystery  —  What happened to Neokast?  It's a mystery to me.  But I suspect the answer will surprise us all soon enough.  —  Neokast, as readers of my old PBS column will recall, was a peer-to-peer live video streaming application developed by graduate students from Northwestern University near Chicago.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pay-For-Play Comes To Online Radio.  Is That a Bad Thing?  —  When it comes to promoting new music, pay-for-play schemes are generally frowned upon.  The practice, which involves music labels or artists paying radio stations to play their songs in heavy rotation, dates back to the beginnings of terrestrial radio.
Discussion: Digital Noise
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
More free on-demand audio with Muziic  —  I love covering music software because the pace of evolution is so fast.  I guess everybody's looking for the next billion-dollar business (after iTunes) to help replace declining CD sales.  —  Last week, I blogged about Spotify …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Needs Big Music on YouTube?  The Best Video of 2009 is Homegrown  —  YouTube and the big music labels are spending a lot of time and effort trying to figure out how make money off of music videos.  If only they were as inventive as Kutiman.  —  Who?  I hadn't heard of Kutiman until today, either.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Amazon VOD in HD on TiVo - Coming Soon?  —  After reading my post wondering where Amazon VOD in HD is, multiple sources have confirmed for me that TiVo's implementation is currently in testing.  While I still don't have concrete timing details, and suspect we're waiting on Amazon.com at this point …
Discussion: Gizmodo, NewTeeVee and TiVo Blog
Randall Stross / New York Times:
When Everyone's a Friend, Is Anything Private?  —  FACEBOOK has a chief privacy officer, but I doubt that the position will exist 10 years from now.  That's not because Facebook is hell-bent on stripping away privacy protections, but because the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites …
Thanks:atul
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).
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Nick / Rough Type:   Google's chief executive worrywart
DCEmu.Com:
The State of the Homebrew Scene 2009  —  Its now March 2009 and time for a new State of the Homebrew Scene for 2009.  —  Because we are the only dedicated homebrew Network on the web covering just about all scenes, I feel its a good time to give a low down on each scene and some pointers …
Discussion: Slashdot
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: GottaBeMobile.com and 9 to 5 Mac
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
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's global 3G modem from ZTE spotted in FCC
John Naughton / Guardian:
How Kindle brought technology to book
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
A peek at Apple's new QuickTime X interface
Discussion: MacRumors
Andrew Keen / The Great Seduction:
We are all Scoble now  —  Last night A-list twhirler …
Discussion: Gawker and Susan Mernit's Blog
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Has ‘cloud computing’ lost its VC luster?
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Who should Software Freedom sue on FAT32?
Discussion: tecosystems and The Register
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Police Take the Fight Onto the Web
Evan Williams / New York Times:
For Twitter C.E.O., Well-Orchestrated Accidents
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Graham:
How to Be an Angel Investor
Thanks:atul