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2:30 PM ET, March 14, 2009

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Clay Shirky:
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable  —  Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely.  In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Connect for iPhone Now Live - First Apps Released (Updated)  —  Last summer, Facebook originally announced that it was bringing Facebook Connect to the iPhone.  This morning it's launching, and several popular iPhone apps are live with Facebook Connect integration in the iPhone app store …
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Seesmic Launches the First Facebook Desktop Client Available Today  —  We're proud to announce the launch of the “Seesmic for Facebook” desktop application, which is available from today as a free download.  —  Based on the technology behind Twhirl, Seesmic for Facebook lets you keep track …
Discussion: Mashable! and Ben Metcalfe Blog, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Dave Morin On The Search for a More Social Web; Connect Comes To The iPhone  —  We're here at SXSW, where Facebook's Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin is speaking about The Search for a More Social Web.  —  He says that computers have largely been antisocial …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Rumor: iPhone to Get a Premium App Store  —  As Apple gets ready to preview its new software developers' kit and an updated iPhone operating system next week, there could be some changes to the company's App Store too.  —  We're hearing rumors that Apple could introduce a “premium” …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: New Live BlackBerry Niagara 9630 Photos!  —  * Update: One more picture posted by Matt_25 in the forums.  Thanks Matt!!  w00t!  Good way to start the weekend.  Following up on the first real photos of the BlackBerry Niagara 9630 we recently dropped in the blogs …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
3G Phones Exposing Networks' Last-Gen Technology  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oh, the things modern mobile phones can do.  They are music-playing, video-taking, direction-providing multimedia powerhouses.  But many people have trouble getting them to perform their most basic functions, like making phone calls.
Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle  —  Even as it attacks DRM on music, Apple is continuing to add more DRM to its own hardware (we recently documented all of Apple's various hardware DRM restrictions).  The latest example is the new iPod Shuffle.  According to the careful reviewers at iLounge …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Mulls Online Subscription Fee  —  The New York Times (NYT) is considering charging $55/year for online access, a source tells us (no additional details).  —  Arthur Sulzberger told an audience at Stony Brook yesterday that the paper is looking at charging for some of its online content …
Discussion: Bloomberg and MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
New York Times:
Weary of Looking for Work, Some Create Their Own  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Andon, 24, a graduate of Duke University in biology, was laid off from a biotech company last May.  For months he sought new work.  Then, frustrated with the hunt, he turned to jellyfish.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over exploding iPod touch, iMac display issues  —  Apple's build quality has been called into question as fresh lawsuits blame the company for an iPod touch that caught on fire as well as the widely-known vertical line defect on iMac displays.  —  Apple charged with making ‘explosive’ iPod touch
Discussion: Macsimum News
Anaesthetica / kuro5hin.org:
Attacked from Within  —  Traditional methods for protecting community from the effects of scale and poor behavior are now manifestly unfeasible.  Raising barriers to entry, relying on the assumption that users will maintain only one registered account, and placing faith in the ability of admins …
Discussion: SiliconAngle
 
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David Sharp / Associated Press:
Maine expanding school laptop program with Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon invokes DMCA against Kindle e-books from other vendors
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Struggling in-game ad firm IGA Worldwide seeks investments or possible sale
Discussion: Software, Interrupted, VG247 and Kotaku
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
HP imposes more salary cuts for EDS employees
 Earlier Items: 
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What I'm Looking For at Austin's Tech Fest
Discussion: The Social, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Maydalene Salvador / TrendLabs:
TinyURL Phishing Becoming Popular
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Microblogging Will Marginalize Corporate Email
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Whoa, Twitter Mania
Discussion: Joe Duck, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter Paid $6 or Less for Crowdsourced ‘Birdie’ Graphic
Thanks:atul