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1:35 PM ET, March 13, 2009

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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?
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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
TED Blog:
The next Web of open, linked data: Tim Berners-Lee on TED.com
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   How Not To ‘Save’ The Music Industry: Ask The Folks Who Benefited …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Labels: whatever the future of music is, it isn't “free”
Discussion: The Independent and TorrentFreak
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.
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.
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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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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod touch—not lies—sets kid's pants on fire; parents sue  —  “Liar liar, pants on fire!”  One kid from Cincinnati won't be able to listen to that one again after allegedly having an iPod touch actually set his pants on fire, resulting in melted underwear and second degree burns on his leg.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
TDS under pressure to find big U.S. telecom buyer  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regional phone company Telephone & Data Systems Inc (TDS.N) could face pressure to sell itself to bigger rivals, which have been eroding the company's market share and outpacing it technologically.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FanSnap Is The New Kayak For Event Ticket Searches  —  Event tickets are a big business and startup FanSnap is entering the game with a compelling ticket search engine.  FanSnap is launching the public beta of its nifty Kayak-like live ticket search engine for sports, concerts, and theater events.
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and Scobleizer
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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Where to Watch March Madness Online (and on Mobile and On-Demand)  —  Let's be honest.  This is the most wonderful time of the year.  March Madness, baby!  The NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is back!  —  Once you've filled out your bracket and given $5 to the office pool, all that's left to do is watch the games.
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 …
Jason Fitzpatrick / Lifehacker:
JPEGSnoop Sniffs Out Signs of Editing  —  Windows only: JPEGSnoop is a small and portable application that sleuths through images determine if the image has been altered or edited.  —  JPEGSnoop starts by reading a JPEG/JPG file's EXIF data to give you a wealth of information about the photo …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com CEO Out  —  Shakeup at financial news site Thestreet.com (TSCM), founded by Jim Cramer.  CEO Thomas J. Clarke Jr is leaving the company after over 9 years on the job.  —  No word yet on a successor — director Daryl Otte will oversee the search for a new boss.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM: ThinkEquity Says Sell; Sees Price War Ahead  —  Bold call this morning - no pun intended - from ThinkEquity analyst Mike Burton, who launched coverage of Research In Motion (RIMM) with a Sell rating and $30 price target.  —  Burton writes in a research note that he think RIMM is a great company …
Discussion: Electronista
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Search Streak Snapped, Loses Share In Feb (Google Gains)  —  Minor changes in search share in February: Yahoo's string of search-share gains was snapped in February, although the company's share is hanging in at above 20%.  Google, meanwhile, regained its form.  —  Imran Khan, JP Morgan:
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Activision Insider Sales Not Because Company About To Blow Up — Analyst  —  Investors have been worried about insider sales at Activision (ATVI) ever since a 2002 incident when company execs sold off holdings right before a sharp downturn in the share price.
 
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Associated Press:
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