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6:30 PM ET, April 11, 2009

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Tim Windsor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Yet another reminder that users are in charge: the DiggBar backlash  —  If you needed any further proof that this is an age driven by users much more than publishers, look no further than what's happening right now with Digg.com, a site you probably think of as a stand-in for all that is user-generated, unedited and anarchic.
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Ted Dziuba:   DiggBar is a Howl of Desperation
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Growth Of Framebars & Kevin Rose On The DiggBar
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and FarukAt.e, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Sell Your Soul on Twitter and Who's Buying  —  What are you doing?  No what are you doing Apple, Skype, Flip, StubHub and Box.net??  These popular companies just couldn't resist paying off Twitter users to put advertisements into their Twitter streams using the new pay-per-tweet service Magpie.
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Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Apple, Skype, Adobe, Others Pay Twitterers for Promos  —  It was only back in January that we saw Belkin make itself look like a fool by advertising to pay consumers who would write glowing product reviews, whether they had used the products or now.  Well, it seems that companies never learn …
Mathew Ingram / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why Nick Carr is wrong on Google as a middleman for news  —  After seeing recommendations on Twitter from Clay Shirky and others, I was expecting a tour de force from author and former Harvard Business Review editor Nick Carr, but I confess that I found his post on Google as middleman — and its effect on newspapers — disappointing.
Discussion: MediaMemo
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Nick / Rough Type:
Google in the middle  —  Three truths:  —  1. Google is a middleman made of software.  It's a very, very large middleman made of software.  Think of what Goliath or the Cyclops or Godzilla would look like if they were made of software.  That's Google.  —  2. The middleman acts in the middleman's interest.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Starts Recommending Branded Public Profiles  —  Last night Facebook turned on a feature which will surely build some buzz: the recommendation of brands as friends.  Previously Twitter launched a user recommendation system which generated a lot of controversy as recommended users …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Google Whiz Searches for His Place on Earth  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Where's Sanjay?  —  The question comes from one of dozens of engineers around a crowded conference table at Google.  They have gathered to discuss how to build easy-to-use maps that could turn hundreds of millions …
Fred / A VC:
Selling The Company Back To The Founders  —  I read with interest the Brad Stone piece in the NY Times this morning suggesting that Niklas and Janus might buy Skype back from eBay.  I think this is a wonderful idea and I hope it happens.  —  Back when eBay bought Skype in 2005, I was skeptical that eBay was the right home for Skype.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Skype Founders Seek to Buy Service Back
Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal Authority Over the Internet?  The Cybersecurity Act of 2009  —  There's a new bill working its way through Congress that is cause for some alarm: the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF summary here), introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (D-ME).
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Data Security Podcast:
Will The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Require IT Security Professionals …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Still Running The Apple Show  —  Here's a relief: Steve Jobs is still making product decisions at Apple, people familiar with the matter tell the Wall Street Journal.  And at least some folks at the company still expect him to return in June.  —  Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook runs …
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PC World:
Netbooks and Linux: A Complicated Story  —  Over the past few days there's been a raft of stories about how the Linux netbook market share is not as healthy as it used to be.  —  Up until now it's been believed that the emerging netbook market (arguably the first new PC hardware platform for decades) …
Discussion: DesktopLinux.com and Slashdot
Guardian:
Cobol hits 50 and keeps counting  —  It is 50 years old this year, but Cobol is still a key player in behind-the-scenes business software  —  When faced with “computer says no” moments in shops and banks, Jan Stuart is occasionally tempted to leap over the counter and bash the till in frustration.
 
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Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?
Discussion: PR 2.0, Thanks:bobcaswell
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
IRS Increasing Oversight of Electronic Tax Filings
Paul Graham:
The Founder Visa  —  Watch how this essay was written on Etherpad.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
iTunes Gift Code Hackers Turn Attention to iPhone App Developers
Discussion: IntoMobile, 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Dell Adamo Full Review: Macho Outside, Sissy Inside
Discussion: Engadget and techeblog.com