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8:15 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ad Chief Tim Armstrong Replaces Randy Falco As Chairman And CEO Of AOL
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Interview: Tim Armstrong, Chairman And CEO, AOL: 'Job #1 Is To Focus …
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 …
Discussion: A VC and Sean Percival's Blog
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Much Is A Suggested Slot On Twitter Worth?  Jason Calacanis Offers $250,000.
Discussion: broadstuff, Pulse2, Voices and Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why it's time to break out of Twitter
Discussion: Gawker, TechCrunchIT, Twitterrati and Workbench, Thanks:atul
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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone 3.0 OS event March 17th, we got some info  —  So it looks like Apple's planning on holding an event for iPhone 3.0 OS March 17th along with showing off an updated SDK.  This would fit nicely with their brief history of having a preview software event followed by a hardware refresh in June/July.
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.
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?
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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Voice Speaks of World Domination  —  When Google announced its integrated phone service called Google Voice Thursday, it said something very loud.  —  Google is saying it wants to be the world's communication hub, and hundreds of companies — ranging from mobile phone operators to Skype to Microsoft better be listening.
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Pre Available First Half of 2009, Pricing Plans Confirmed  —  Sprint's and Palm just confirmed during a webcast conference that the Pre is still on target for a release in the first half of 2009 and will use Sprint's “Everything” line of plans.  —  Individuals can choose from 450 minute …
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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 …
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 …
Rachael King / Business Week:
Is Twitter the Next Monster.com?  —  Plenty of job seekers spend hours combing through listings on Monster or CareerBuilder but experts say that's not necessarily the most effective way to hunt for a job.  It turns out that only 12.3% of hires of candidates from outside the company come …
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.
Robot Pete / AndroidGuys:
G1's Going for Under $100... But Why?  —  Sometimes we hold off publishing certain articles on AndroidGuys simply because know that it would be redundant to post something that's clearly made its way around the net.  Such is the case with the stories making their way around other Android and mobile gadget sites.
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Dockers Introduces ‘Shakeable’ iPhone Ad  —  Apparel Maker Uses Device's Motion-Detecting Accelerometer  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — The latest example of a cool marketer-created iPhone experience is not an app but an ad.  Apparel maker Dockers San Francisco has created a “shakable,” …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
In move to target behavior, Google warns publishers to update privacy policies  —  Google reached out this evening to Web publishers using its advertising, warning them to review their privacy policies now that Google is about to track their users more closely.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Hands On With iTunes 8.1 and Remote App  —  ITunes has been updated to 8.1, and the accompanying iPhone Remote application has gotten a bump to v1.2.  The release notes tell us that the update is “faster and more responsive”, but in normal use it seems to be the same old click-and-wait interface we've grown to love.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
New beta paves way for Firefox 3.5  —  Updated 3:56 p.m. PDT to include details about the fourth beta and upcoming Firefox 3.5  —  Mozilla on Thursday released the third beta version of Firefox 3.1, aka Shiretoko, one of the frontrunners in the current race to improve Web browsers.
Associated Press:
Source: Obama official on leave after FBI raids  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to President Barack Obama is on leave from his White House job after the FBI raided his old District of Columbia government office Thursday, arresting a city employee and a technology consultant on corruption charges, a White House official said.
Discussion: CNET News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama White House: Copyright treaty is a ‘national security’ secret  —  Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights.
 
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Ry Crozier / iTnews Australia:
Cybercrime-as-a-service takes off
Discussion: Boing Boing and CircleID
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Resident Evil 5 Versus mode coming after launch for $5
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Experimental New ‘Events’ Product Finally Taps Into The Social Graph
Arifa Akbar / The Independent:
It's not a crime to download, say musicians
Discussion: Ars Technica and Boing Boing
Evan / Your mail is here, come and get it!::
Post your calendar from Windows Live to a blog or website
Discussion: Ars Technica
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Panasonic's ultra-thin 54Z1 plasma in the wild
Discussion: Gizmodo and Pulse2
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Social Nervous System Has More Than One Sense
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why is U2 endorsing the BlackBerry?
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Oprah to Interview Facebook Founder About ... Friend Requests?
Discussion: Bits and Guardian
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Researchers find ways to sniff keystrokes from thin air
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung MPB200 projector ships in May, costs 499 Euro. …