The Failure of #amazonfail — In 1987, a teenage girl in suburban New York was discovered dazed and wrapped in a garbage bag, smeared with feces, with racial epithets scrawled on her torso. She had been attacked by half a dozen white men, then left in that state on the grounds of an apartment building.
Discussion: BBC, Church of the Customer Blog, Nerd World and TeleRead
Ben McConnell / Church of the Customer Blog: Amazon and the hero's journey
Lev Grossman / Nerd World: Amazonfail: The Morning After — This post is mostly just an excuse to say “hashtag.”
David Rothman / TeleRead: Amazon's semifinalists in novel contest: Hmm. …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook rejects funding at $4 billion valuation, may not raise more — Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just had a board-level conversation about possibly accepting money at a $4 billion valuation, but decided against doing so. — Facebook isn't commenting directly …
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:bobcaswell
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Facebook: Term Sheet Received At $2 Billion Valuation — Facebook has been pitching for a new round of funding these last few months to bridge itself to an IPO sometime in the future. We've known that since October, when (former) CFO Gideon Yu was in Dubai.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNN Acquires CNNbrk Twitter Account With Nearly 1 Million Followers — Hard to believe, but the CNN Twitter account racing Ashton Kutcher to 1 million subscribers wasn't even under CNN's (TWX) control until recently. — CNN confirms that it has has taken control of the @cnnbrk account — and its 944,000 followers.
Discussion: CNN, TechCrunch, Pulse2, Guardian, TheNextWeb.com, Mashable!, ABCNEWS and Lost Remote
John D. Sutter / CNN: Ashton Kutcher challenges CNN to Twitter popularity contest
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Confirmed: CNN Acquires CNNBrk Twitter Account (Updated)
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: CNN Buys CNNbrk Twitter Account From James Cox
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: London developer sells top-ranked Twitter account to CNN
Zee / TheNextWeb.com: Breaking: The most followed account on Twitter @cnnbrk has just been acquired by CNN
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: CNN, Ashton, Twitter ... Oh My
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS: Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN: Twitter Race to 1M Followers
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote: CNN acquires popular CNN Twitter account
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kutcher/CNN Twitter Fight Day 3: EA Ups The Ante — A couple days ago, actor Ashton Kutcher stated his goal to beat CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers. He promised to punk CNN founder Ted Turner if the Internet made it happen. Yesterday, CNN anchor Larry King fired …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Ashton Kutcher Passes Britney Spears In Race To 1 Million Twitter Followers
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Ashton Kutcher races CNN to 1 million Twitter Followers
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks: At current growth rates everyone in the US will have a Twitter account …
Steven Musil / CNET News: CNN acquires leading Twitter account
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: The Race to 1,000,000 Followers: an Update
Laurie Percival / lalawag: Twitterbattle: Ashton Kutcher vs Larry King
Dave Karger / Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch: Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN: Who'll be Twitter's first millionaire?
Next Wave of Microsoft Office Products Will Redefine How People Work — Q&A: Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Management Group, discusses what people and businesses can expect from the upcoming release of Microsoft Exchange Server, Office, SharePoint Server, Visio and Project.
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Microsoft preps online Office for Q3 tire kicking
Jason Mick / DailyTech: Microsoft Announces Office 2010 Suite
Sharon Chan / Microsoft Pri0: Microsoft Office shipping in first half of 2010
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie: Microsoft uncovers details on Office 2010
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net: Microsoft announces key Office 2010 details
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft previews Office 14 and Exchange 2010
Alan Zeichick / Z Trek: Exchange 2010 enters public beta; timetable given for Office 2010
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch: Exchange Starts Office 2010 Testing Cycle
Microsoft Unveils Exchange 2010 With Public Beta
Microsoft Unveils Exchange 2010 With Public Beta
Discussion: eWeek, TechFlash, Technologizer, Full of I.T., I4U News, Ed Brill, Forrester Blogs and The Microsoft Blog
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Released in Public Beta
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: The Next Microsoft Office Gets a Little More Official
Kevin Remde / Full of I.T.: Breaking News: Exchange Server “14” has a name! And the BETA is available today!
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Microsoft Exchange 2010 available as Open Beta
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
SlingPlayer for iPhone rejected at AT&T's request? — Some feared it might happen, others thought it would pass with flying colors, but unfortunately we've got a tip that tries to shed some light on the situation. This was from an anonymous tipster and we're posting it for information sake.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, The iPhone Blog, IntoMobile and Mobility Today
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Slingplayer for iPhone rejected by Apple/AT&T?
David Ciccone / Mobility Today: Slingplayer for iPhone rejected?
Michael C / Techdirt:
Want To Know Why Newspapers Are Dying? Maureen Dowd Shows Us — In her recent New York Times op-ed, Maureen Dowd takes aim at Google, blaming it for the sorry state of the newspaper industry. Perhaps in hopes of winning people over to the newspapers' side in the argument over how much Google …
Discussion: SteveOuting.com, Whiskey Fire and Beyond Search
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire: Cougar Trap
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Google: The Tapeworm — I enjoy the New York Times.
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Wall Street Journal iPhone App Sets Content Free — The Wall Street Journal, one of the few newspapers that charges for content online, released an app for the iPhone Wednesday which sets their content free, poking another hole in one of the internet's oldest pay walls.
Discussion: Pulse2, Agence France Presse and textually.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: The Wall Street Journal Free iPhone Application Now Available
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
Breaking News (and Making News): Twitter Surges 131% in March to 9.3 Million U.S. Visitors! — Last week, Sarah Radwanick posted to the comScore blog about Twitter's exponential growth curve during the past twelve months, and that the growth appeared to be driven by older Internet users.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Silicon Alley Insider, InformationWeek, mocoNews and Between the Lines
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: Twitter Added 5 Million Users In March
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Twitter Growth Surges 131% In March
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews: Twitter Traffic More Than Doubles In March
Plamere / Music Machinery:
Inside the precision hack — There's a scene toward the end of the book Contact by Carl Sagan, where the protagonist Ellie Arroway finds a Message embedded deep in the digits of PI. The Message is perhaps an artifact of an extremely advanced intelligence that apparently manipulated …
Eyal Sela / ProductiveWise:
Has Twitter Reached its peak? Google Insights Suggests it May Have — I've just run into a tweet by infusecreative with an interesting Google Insights search. It shows that the number of searches for the term “Twitter” has stopped ascending. Since the beginning of 2009, the search for Twitter has been raising constantly.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search Prepares for Switching to Ajax — In February, many people noticed that Google tested a new interface for search results. The test didn't include any new feature and Google even loaded the standard search results page to display the results.
Discussion: CNET News, Google Analytics Blog, Search Engine Watch and Niall Kennedy's Weblog, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Google tech tweak reveals plan for faster search
Sebastian Tonkin / Google Analytics Blog: An upcoming change to Google.com search referrals; Google Analytics unaffected
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google Analytics to Release Change to change to Google.com search referrals
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog: Google search referer changes
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Ranking Data in Google Referrer String
Ranking Data in Google Referrer String
Discussion: BlogStorm and Search Engine Land
Patrick Altoft / BlogStorm: Google Adds Ranking Data to Referrer String?
John Quinn / Digg the Blog:
(Yet) Another DiggBar Update — Since we launched the DiggBar, we've received valuable feedback from the Digg community, publishers, SEO industry experts and Google. We believe that the DiggBar provides a more seamless way to discover and share content on Digg.
Discussion: TechCrunch, TECH.BLORGE.com, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, CNET News, Mashable!, TheNextWeb.com and Download Squad, Thanks:atul
Dave Parrack / TECH.BLORGE.com: Digg decides to compromise on DiggBar
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Digg Reacts to Critics: Changes the Way the DiggBar Works
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: Digg to make the DiggBar an opt-in experience
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Digg Caves to Critics on DiggBar
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: Digg gives in to DiggBar complaints
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft revives Spitfire pub under compromise arrangement — Microsoft has reached an agreement to move forward with a new campus pub — reversing course after having second thoughts and surprising the bar owner with a lease termination last week. Under the compromise plan …
Discussion: CNET News, Brier Dudley's blog and paidContent.org
Steven Musil / CNET News: Microsoft to allow on-campus pub after all
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: The Microsoft Pub Lives!
comScore Releases March 2009 U.S. Search Engine Rankings — comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In March 2009, Americans conducted 14.3 billion core searches, a 9-percent gain versus February.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, MediaFile, Between the Lines and Search Engine Watch
Bill Rigby / MediaFile: Google still king of search, Microsoft grows faster
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Google search share ticks up in March
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Telehouse to Heat Homes at Docklands — Can a data center heat your home or office? It can in London, where excess heat from servers at the new Telehouse West data center in the Docklands will soon be used in nearby houses and businesses. The Greater London Authority has approved a plan …
Samzenpus / Slashdot: New Data Center Will Heat Homes In London
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Now Businesses, Brands, & Celebs Can Update Their Facebook Page Status via Texts — Facebook has just turned on a feature enabling public profile owners to update their status on their Pages from a mobile phone via SMS. It's a feature that's been standard for personal profiles for some time …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
TwitPub invents paid Twitter accounts — This was bound to happen: Someone has invented a paid access scheme for Twitter. TwitPub is a marketplace where Twitterers can sell access to their updates, by registering their protected accounts with the service.
Discussion: John Chow dot Com and David Risley dot com
Is Facebook losing its glow? — It's been a busy couple of months for social networking site Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the cover of Fortune (dressed in a tie, no less) and shared with us his plans to turn Facebook into the next digital communications platform.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tries To Re-Energize Cashback By Plugging It Into Its Products Engine — Microsoft says that Live Search Products and Live Search Cashback have now been unified into a single experience. You can now access Cashback on Live Search Products page, which is Microsoft's comparison shopping vertical site.
Discussion: Live Search, LiveSide, Search Engine Journal and CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ina Fried / CNET News: Microsoft merges product search, Cashback
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple near ready with release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Juno — Apple as early as this week could announce the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, a seventh maintenance and security update to its Leopard operating system scheduled to deliver over a 100 minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Discussion: Agence France Presse, World of Apple, MacNN, Neowin.net, MacRumors, TechSpot and TUAW
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Mac OS X 10.5.7 to be released soon?
Dave Caolo / TUAW: Reports: Mac OS 10.5.7 release imminent
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
RIM CEO: Storm Just First Touch Product, Our Push Technology Crushes the Competition — The best way to describe RIM's year so far? Very good, but a bit rocky. One the one hand, the company has much to reason to celebrate. It recently shipped the fifty-millionth BlackBerry …
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News, WIRELESS AND MOBILE NEWS and InformationWeek
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: RIM CEO Hints At More Touch Devices, Acknowledges Growing Pains With the Storm
James Douglas / I4U News: RIM CEO on Storm Glitches: Nobody Gets It Perfect Out the Door
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Britain in the dock over secret tracking of internet accounts — Fears that Britain is slipping into a surveillance society have been heightened by Brussels initiating legal action — Fears that Britain is slipping into a surveillance society have been heightened by Brussels initiating legal action …
Emory Kale / TG Daily: Britain in hot water over Internet surveillance
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's New Recruiting Video — Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into its videos lately. — The latest: A beautiful, hi-def video illustrating how the company's engineers elegantly handle almost 2,000 photo uploads per second and manage more than 40 billion photos.
Craig Agranoff / Rev2.org: Facebook Is Recruiting — Check out this great video Facebook put …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
A year on, Psystar still defying Apple — One year ago, an otherwise sleepy April in the Apple universe was turned upside down by a tiny company from Southern Florida, kicking off a real-world Clone War between Apple and Psystar. — Today, the essential question regarding Psystar is unchanged …
Discussion: Linux News from Linux Loop
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Silicon ‘Valley Girl’ Gets Tough With Times — Sarah Lacy is a freelance business reporter and a fixture on the Silicon Valley scene. Gawker media mini-mogul Nick Denton once called her “the hottest reporter in the tech world—ever.” — So when she conducted a video interview for Yahoo with Elon Musk …
Discussion: Open IT Strategies, Gawker and TechCrunch
Joel West / Open IT Strategies: My rare agreement with the NYT
Owen Thomas / Gawker: Sarah Lacy Is the Interviewer Elon Musk Was Looking For
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: New York Times Roars. Too Bad They Live In Oz.