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9:55 PM ET, March 21, 2009


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Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
How the Kindle will change the world.  —  I'm doing my best not to become a Kindle bore.  When I catch myself evangelizing to someone who couldn't care less about the marvels of the 2.0 version of Amazon's reading machine—I can take a whole library on vacation!  Adjust the type size!
Discussion: A VC and Howard Lindzon, Thanks:techcrunch
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook “stream” redesign: Disruptive companies don't listen to their customers - Mark Zuckerburg  —  Facebook's latest redesign which has been clearly inspired Twitter's real-time stream of status updates has had a ton of detractors from all corners.  One of the biggest places where the outcry …
Facebook's redesign: Good concept, but not there yet
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Jeanne Meserve / CNN:
‘Smart Grid’ may be vulnerable to hackers  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Is it really so smart to forge ahead with the high technology, digitally based electricity distribution and transmission system known as the “Smart Grid”?  Tests have shown that a hacker can break into the system …
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
I Can Has Internet Millions  —  The company behind lolcats and Failblog tries to turn memes into money.  —  For the Web's cognoscenti, the lolcats fad is so over.  I Can Has Cheezburger, the site that sparked captioned-cat-picture mania, launched in January 2007.
Discussion: TechFlash
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Advertisers Can Foil the Fast-Forward Button: Ads You Have to Watch  —  Web video may pose a real threat to the TV business, one day.  But the DVR is threatening it now.  More than a third of all US homes now have TiVo-like digital video recorders, and the majority of DVR users fast-forward through ads when they watch TV.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell: Dude, What Did You Do With Your Cell Phone?  —  So, uh, wasn't Dell (DELL) supposed to be working on a cell phone?  —  Well, that was the scuttlebutt.  But Dell has failed to show at recent mobile trade shows.  Shaw Wu, an analyst at Kaufman Bros., asserts in a research note today …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Turns Three  —  Twitter, that ubiquitous little collection of emotional grunts and other 140 character ramblings, is turning 3 years old today at 1:02 PM California time.  Founding CEO Jack Dorsey Twittered earlier today linking back to one of the first Twitter messages …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Psycho-Thriller ‘Blank’ Premieres For Free on BitTorrent  —  Times are certainly changing and slowly but surely people are beginning to realize that rather than trying to fight piracy and destroy file-sharing networks, the best approach is to embrace your one-time rivals and try and create something positive.
Discussion: TeleRead
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
What if the Palm Pre Bombs?  —  Palm has a lot of prestige and funds riding on the success of the Palm Pre smartphone.  Advance buzz for the device has reached a fever pitch, but in the face of such enormous expectations, not to mention competition from the Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry mobile …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple Leaks Announcement of 17-inch iMac at $899  —  Apple's own education site seems to have leaked news of a “new” 17-inch iMac, coming in at $899.  Apple's official store still only has 20s and 24s.  [ via Apple Lounge]
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Are we headed into an era of “dumb tech?”  —  Cisco bought Flip Video.  The Peek e-mail device is outselling some smartphones and launching a new version.  The wi-fi-enabled media player is fighting it out with the TV for precedence in the living room and netbooks are beating down desktops at school and in the den.
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
The Next Target For Google: Corporate IT Budgets  —  There's an old debate in the Valley about whether Google (GOOG) is really a media company or a technology company.  In a sense, it is a silly debate, which is mostly a matter of semantics.  A better question is this …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bug Reveals Private Photos, Wall Posts (Updated)  —  Earlier this evening we came across a privacy flaw on Facebook that allowed users to gain access to portions of their friends' profiles that they should not have been able to see.  We contacted Facebook about the issue over an hour ago …
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Report links Russian intelligence to cyber attacks
Discussion: Slashdot
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Discussion: and The Silicon Angle