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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: Between the Lines and Technologizer, 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: TED Blog and pluGGd.in
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.
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
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-foot 3-inch Google ad sales …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco's expected Unified Computing System splash raises a 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.
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:   Technology Rumor of the Day: Cisco
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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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
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Introducing the Release Plan  —  There's a lot of activity underway, throughout the software development teams for all the different packages that make up the Symbian Platform.  —  These packages are finding their way into platform releases.  The plan is that there will be two platform releases each year.
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.
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why YouTube's PRS Spat Is Just One Battle In The Coming Online Music War  —  Google's opposition to proposed new UK music rates may look like just public posturing, as private negotiations continue.  But it's only one instance of what may become an increasingly fractious tug 'o war between online services …
Discussion: Music Ally
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Foursquare Seeks to Turn Nightlife Into a Game  —  Dennis Crowley's last big project, a location-based messaging service called Dodgeball, was just shut down by its owner, Google.  —  But Mr. Crowley got back in the game Friday with Foursquare, a free mobile application that aims to turn nightlife …
Mobile Today:
O2 drops price on 3G iPhone ahead of new Apple device this summer  —  Stocks cleared as new Apple iPhone set for July release  —  O2 is poised to tweak prices on the 3G iPhone in May, ahead of what is believed to be a new Apple mobile phone in June or, most likely, July, Mobile can exclusively reveal.
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 …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: RBC Turns Bullish; Betting On The Web OS  —  Palm (PALM) shares received a boost this morning from RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky, who raised his rating on the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform.  His price target jumps to $12, from $5.  —  Abramsky says there is room …
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: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
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 and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Student VCs Give It The Old College Try  —  At a time when well-established venture firms are running low on cash and struggling to raise new funds, student venture capitalists are experiencing similar woes.  —  Six months ago, VentureWire revealed the bold fund-raising plans …
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 …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod touch—not lies—sets kid's pants on fire; parents sue
Discussion: digg.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Search Streak Snapped, Loses Share In Feb (Google Gains)
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Sunshine / LiveSide:
POP3 Technology Has Now Rolled Out To Hotmail Customers Worldwide
Associated Press:
IBM launches water-management services operation
Discussion: CNET News
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?
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Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's new third-gen iPod shuffle (teardown photos)
Associated Press:
Source: Obama official on leave after FBI raids
Discussion: CNET News and D.C. Wire