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10:50 AM ET, March 13, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New AOL Chairman and CEO-and About-To-Be-Ex-Googler-Tim Armstrong Speaks!  —  For a tall man, Tim Armstrong has been on an awful lot of online companies' short lists.  —  For a big Web exec job, that is.  Indeed, whenever one opens up in the Internet space, the 6′-3″ Google ad sales …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Tim Armstrong, Chairman And CEO, AOL: 'Job #1 Is To Focus …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Not To ‘Save’ The Music Industry: Ask The Folks Who Benefited From Old Inefficiencies  —  There's a group in the UK called “MusicTank,” which is supposed to represent something of a “think tank” around the music industry.  It was the head of MusicTank, back at Midem, who “joked” …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Labels: whatever the future of music is, it isn't “free”
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Arifa Akbar / The Independent:
It's not a crime to download, say musicians
Discussion: Boing Boing
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How We Search With The Twitter “Help Engine”  —  Is Twitter a search engine or not?  There's been plenty of discussion and debate about this recently.  I'd say yes, in a way.  It's clear to anyone who watches a twitterstream that people put out questions to Twitter similar to how they use search engines.
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Where to From Twitter  —  Is Twitter, as Eric Schmidt opined last week, the poor man's email?  Is it a Facebook or Google killer?  What can clickstream data tell us about how people are using Twitter and how does that compare to email, Facebook and search engines?
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
It was 20 years ago today: The Web  —  History in the making: Berners-Lee's original schematic for a client/server model for a distributed hypertext system.  —  Is it already 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee authored “Information Management: A proposal” and set the technology world on fire?
Discussion: Telegraph, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Happy 20th Birthday, World Wide Web  —  On March 13th, 2009 the World Wide Web will turn 20 years old.  Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented this world-changing layer on top of the Internet on this day in 1989.  It's hard to overstate the impact this young technology has had already and it's …
Discussion: pluGGd.in
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Cisco's expected server splash raises data center ruckus  —  Cisco Systems on Monday is widely expected to launch network servers in a move that will put it in the virtualization business and potentially at odds with players like Hewlett-Packard and IBM.  —  How widely expected is this Cisco data center announcement Monday?
Discussion: Network World
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:   Technology Rumor of the Day: Cisco
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Getting Serious About Vanity URLs  —  Facebook is getting wise to something MySpace has known from the start - users love vanity URLs.  When you tell someone your MySpace page, you just say myspace.com/[user/brand/band/ etc.]  (I'm myspace.com/mikearrington).  On Facebook it has always been more difficult.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
New Carrier Promises Unlimited 3G Data, VOIP  —  A brand-new mobile-phone carrier, Zer01 Mobile said Thursday that it can give you truly unlimited voice and data on smart phones for $69.95/month, without a contract, on a network as broad as the one owned by AT&T.  —  That's because, in many ways, the network is AT&T's.
Engineering Windows 7:
A few more changes from Beta to RC...  Hey folks, just wanted to provide another update (building on the recent post on some changes since Beta) on some of the changes you will see in the Release Candidate.  Again, there are many and this is not an exhaustive list.
Economist:
An idea whose time has come  —  Entrepreneurialism has become cool  —  VICTOR HUGO once remarked: “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”  Today entrepreneurship is such an idea.  —  The triumph of entrepreneurship is driven by profound technological change.
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's new third-gen iPod shuffle (teardown photos)  —  The latest, most petit version of Apple's iPod shuffle music player can be disassembled without major challenge, according to a new tear-down report, which notes that the player is compatible with third-party headphones …
Nicholas Carlson / The Biz:
The Arrogance Of Newspapers Is Astonishing  —  In an article in today's New York Times, Richard Pérez-Peña tries to imagine a world without physical newspapers.  He doesn't get very far:  —  No one yet has unlocked the puzzle of supporting a large newsroom purely on digital revenue …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Fire Eagle perches on Facebook  —  Despite the hype they get, location-based services have yet to catch on in the mainstream.  The problem so far is that most of the social networks that use location are relatively small — at least, compared to something like Facebook, which is nearing 200 million users.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Sunshine / LiveSide:
POP3 Technology Has Now Rolled Out To Hotmail Customers Worldwide  —  Hotmail POP3 access on the way?  No, it's here!  POP3 technology has now rolled out to Hotmail customers WORLDWIDE!  —  What is POP3?  It is a protocol that allows retrieval of your emails in almost any email program …
Associated Press:
IBM launches water-management services operation  —  SAN FRANCISCO - IBM Corp. wants to get really deep into water.  —  The technology company is launching a new line of water services Friday, hoping to tap a new sales vein by taking the manual labor out of fighting pollution and managing water supplies.
Discussion: CNET News
CNN:
Sex offender kills teen while under GPS monitoring, police say  —  VANCOUVER, Washington (CNN) — When 13-year-old Alycia Nipp didn't come home from a trip to Wal-Mart, her family had no idea where she was, but a tracking device was transmitting the location of her alleged killer.
Keith Sevcik / CNET News:
Why Google Maps blurring would set us back  —  Editor's note: This guest post by Drexel University researcher Keith Sevcik is in response to statements made by California assemblyman Joel Anderson in a Q&A conducted earlier this week with CNET News.  —  California Assemblyman Joel Anderson wants …
Erica Orden / New York Magazine:
Columbia J-School's Existential Crisis  —  The media bloodbath hasn't made for happy days at Columbia Journalism School.  When the Times recently announced that its new, hyperlocal blog experiment “The Local” would be assisted by journalism students not from Columbia but from the City University of New York …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Amount And Value Of Twitter Traffic  —  Much is being written today about the value of a large following on Twitter.  Jason Calacanis wants to pay $125,000 a year to have Twitter recommend him to other users, for example.  He thinks that over time accounts with massive followings …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon To Launch su.pr ShortUrl Service  —  StumbleUpon is preparing to launch a shortURL service (a web service that provides short aliases for redirection of long URLs, like TinyURL or Bit.ly) in the next couple of weeks called su.pr.  —  Founder Garret Camp announced the new service …
Discussion: Connecting the Dots, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
MagicJack far from enchanting  —  You've probably seen the ads on TV, especially if you're up late.  Plug a little device called magicJack into a PC, then connect your telephone, and get unlimited calls throughout the United States for $20 a year.  —  To me, there was a whiff of sleaze about the whole thing.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
In move to target behavior, Google warns publishers to update privacy policies
Ry Crozier / iTnews Australia:
Cybercrime-as-a-service takes off
Discussion: Boing Boing and CircleID
Rachael King / Business Week:
Is Twitter the Next Monster.com?
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Source: Obama official on leave after FBI raids
Discussion: CNET News and D.C. Wire
Evan / Your mail is here, come and get it!::
Post your calendar from Windows Live to a blog or website
Discussion: Ars Technica
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Social Nervous System Has More Than One Sense
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
O'Reilly: Why Tech Business Should Support Obama
Discussion: VentureBeat
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why is U2 endorsing the BlackBerry?