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12:50 AM ET, March 23, 2009


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Eric Clemons / TechCrunch:
Why Advertising Is Failing On The Internet  —  Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Eric Clemons, Professor of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  In it, he argues that the Internet shatters all forms of advertising.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
For Your Sunday Bulls**t Reading: Search Ads Are “Misdirection” Advertising  —  TechCrunch has a guest article today about internet advertising that sounded interesting until I got to the part about search ads as “misdirection.”  At that point, I realized the author apparently knows little …
Discussion: Traffick
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Dan Rosensweig Steps up to Take His Licks as Guitar Hero Frontman  —  Former Yahoo COO and current Quadrangle Group partner Dan Rosensweig (pictured here) will take over as CEO and President of Activision Blizzard's powerful Guitar Hero franchise, according to sources close to the situation.
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
The Potential for Facebook Search Kicks Twitter's Butt … Rob Diana recently did a post suggesting Facebook, rather than Twitter, was the real goldmine for data.  I, as I've inferred before on, wholeheartedly agree with that notion, and in fact, Facebook is already showing …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Regular Geek, Thanks:atul
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
I Worked With Vivek Kundra, Don't Blame Him For DC Bribery Scandal  —  Is “America's CIO” Vivek Kundra being unfairly tarnished by the FBI investigation into bribery and money laundering at his old offices, the DC municipal government's tech dept?  —  At least one staffer who worked with Vivek …
Discussion: Computerworld
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: lets you answer customer complaints on Twitter  —  Most people on popular microblogging site Twitter (which just turned three) have probably seen customer service-type queries from other users — questions about how to make a product work, or complaints that it's broken.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
The case for charging to read WSJ.Com  —  First of two parts … By Bill Grueskin  —  February 2005 was a tough month for those of us who worked at the Wall Street Journal Online, where I was in my fourth year as managing editor.  A slew of media experts were telling the world …
Multicore chips pose next big challenge for industry  —  Adding more processing cores has emerged as the primary way of boosting performance of server and PC chips, but the benefits will be greatly diminished if the industry can't overcome certain hardware and programming challenges …
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Social Web sites face transparency questions  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — prides itself on being a site where people can write reviews about pretty much anything and connect with similarly critical peers.  Yet as the site grows, some of the businesses scrutinized on Yelp are turning …
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
The Australian cancer that will kill the Internet  —  There is a cancer growing in our society.  This problem may seem small, isolated and insignificant, but left unchecked, could grow to affect everyone in the world.  Because when a small nation validates a disastrous idea …
Josh / Redeye VC:
Nothing to Lose (or Risk Tolerance is a Competitive Weapon)  —  I've been thinking a lot about the market/economy lately, and what the economic downturn means for startups.  And I've come to the conclusion that while the economic crisis does present serious challenges to startups …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Images that Contain a Certain Color  —  Google Image Search has a new option that lets you restrict the results based on their color.  For now, the option is not available in the user interface, but you can tweak the search results URL to try it.  —  Searching for [red bird] …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Facebook's redesign: Time to listen to users?  —  It wouldn't be at all surprising if Facebook's response to the bad vibes elicited its latest redesign were straight out of the 1970 comic war movie “Kelly's Heroes.”  To wit, we give you just one of the refrains from Donald Sutherland's tanker/proto-hippie character, Oddball:
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Macworld
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Obama's Justice Department intervenes on side of RIAA in SONY BMG …
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Recession casts shadow over video game conference
Discussion: VentureBeat and Kotaku
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix: We're Not Throttling Streaming, Blame Your ISP
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House
Discussion: ThreatChaos and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Randall Stross / New York Times:
For Palm, Some Tough Acts to Follow
Discussion: CrunchGear, GigaOM and eWeek
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Windows Vista Exec's Solo Album Almost As Good As Vista
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Smartphones 1, Hackers 0  —  There were several $10,000 prizes …
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Kodak Gallery Joins Parade of Free with Payment Services
Discussion: Imaging Insider