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11:25 AM 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 …
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
News has a bright future, says Steven Johnson  —  AUSTIN, Texas—The future of news is not breadlines for journalists, a lack of reporting on politicians' scandals, and a dearth of coverage of what's really going on behind the lines of wars around the world.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Microblogging Will Marginalize Corporate Email  —  In case you missed it last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say about the microblogging service Twitter: … At first blush, this seemed like an example of Google not ‘getting it’ when it comes to Twitter (see the comments to the linked blog post above).
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Whoa, Twitter Mania  —  Maybe it is all the TV news mentions, but Twitter is seeing the growth in U.S visitors to its site accelerating.  In February, 4 million people in the U.S. visited the site, up from 2.6 million the month before, according to the latest data from comScore.
Discussion: Joe Duck, 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: Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
‘Bridge to Microsoft’ Is One of Puget Sound Prizes in Stimulus  —  Microsoft Corp., which has $20 billion of cash in the bank, is among the first in the Puget Sound area to benefit from the investment in roads and bridges through President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
Maydalene Salvador / TrendLabs:
TinyURL Phishing Becoming Popular  —  The language has changed but the modus operandi remains the same.  Spammed messages, this time in Spanish, again use TinyURLs to mask the exact destination of the links they contain.  Here's a sample email message: … The message above claims to be from Bancaja, a popular Spanish bank.
Discussion: PC World
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, researcher spar over security patch  —  On Tuesday, Microsoft released a patch for a hole in Windows 2000 and Server 2003 and 2008 that could allow an attacker to redirect network traffic to a malicious site that has been set to serve as a proxy.  —  The vulnerability …
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter Paid $6 or Less for Crowdsourced ‘Birdie’ Graphic  —  The bird on Twitter's home page, familiar to millions, is small, cute and fun, and implies communication and anticipation.  One might say it's the perfect graphic for Twitter.  Yet the company paid its designer at most $6, without attribution.
Thanks:atul
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
HP imposes more salary cuts for EDS employees  —  HP said late Friday afternoon that it was temporarily cutting base salaries for EDS employees by an additional 10 percent beyond what was announced last month.  On February 18, the company said it was cutting base pay across the board …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Struggling in-game ad firm IGA Worldwide seeks investments or possible sale  —  IGA Worldwide, a company that inserts ads into video games, is struggling with the recession.  The New York company is trying to close a new round of funding, but it has also put itself up for sale.
Discussion: VG247 and Kotaku
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple extends beta-developer memberships  —  Apple has just e-mailed iPhone developers who participated in the early beta SDK program to extend their membership and iTunes Connect contracts to July 11, 2009.  Apple promises to contact developers soon with details and instructions about the extension.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googlers Shocked By Armstrong Defection  —  We've been calling and emailing our sources at Google, AOL, and the ad agencies to gauge the industry's reaction to news that Google US sales boss Tim Armstrong would replace Randy Falco as AOL CEO.  —  Most of our sources asked to remain anonymous …
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Appeal says juror sent ‘tweets’ during $12.6M case  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A building materials company and its owner have appealed a $12.6 million verdict against them, alleging that a juror posted messages on Twitter.com during the trial that show he's biased against them.
 
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What I'm Looking For at Austin's Tech Fest
Discussion: The Social, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Cade Metz / The Register:
Ethernet — a [networking protocol] name for the ages
Discussion: OSNews
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Kyocera X-tc and JAX introduced by Virgin Mobile
internetnews.com:
Adobe: ‘Open’ But Not Always Open Source
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Top Search Terms on Twitter Since July 2008: Sleep.fm, Ezinearticles, and GaryVee
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ABC News to interview John McCain — on Twitter
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
 Earlier Items: 
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple expected to release new Final Cut Studio near NAB Show
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia “Piranha” touch smartphone, others coming to AT&T?
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Your mom is leaving MySpace for Facebook (but you aren't)
Discussion: Computerworld and Inside Facebook
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google exec: ‘Twitter-like service’ more interesting with more data