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8:50 PM ET, April 19, 2009

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Benjamin Sutherland / Newsweek:
Apple's New Weapon  —  To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch. … From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009  —  Tying the hands of a person who is speaking, the Arab proverb goes, is akin to “tying his tongue.”
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Bloggers: Let's Band Together and Stop the Hype Cycle  —  Silicon Valley is known for nurturing start-ups in a way no other place can.  But it's not all kumbaya here.  And one of the most destructive things about Silicon Valley is the hype cycle.  And judging by the fact …
Discussion: Scripting News and Gartner, Thanks:bobcaswell
TechRadar.com:
What if our tech is good enough?  —  Incremental improvements just don't get us excited  —  Perhaps Blu-ray is the canary in the coalmine.  To its makers, it's a fantastic new format, the pinnacle of home entertainment technology.  —  To the public, it's DVD with a slightly better picture …
Thanks:blogfisher
Times of London:
Lastminute founder Brent Hoberman rallies friends to bankroll internet entrepreneurs  —  TWO of Britain's best-known internet entrepreneurs are teaming up to launch a development fund to back start-up technology companies suffering from a financing gap as investment levels plummet.
Discussion: broadstuff
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hollywood Has A Great Online Distribution Model — If You Hate Selection  —  In a golf tournament, it can be advantageous to putt after another player because you learn the contours of the path to the hole.  In a similar way, you'd think Hollywood would have learned from the rough path …
Discussion: Thought Clusters, The Biz and Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Sebastian Blanco / AutoblogGreen:
Peapod will use iPhone as nav system, green driving advisor, and - huh? - a key  —  Last week at the New York Auto Show, we visited Peapod Mobility and got a good look at the duck-like car with the big smile.  One thing that we noticed in the promotional booklet that Peter Arnell …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Odds Of Facebook Governance Vote Counting: Next to Nothing  —  When Facebook announced the “Facebook Governance” voting back in February, Mark Zuckerberg hailed it as an “unprecedented” effort to involve users in the development of the terms of service.  Almost two months later the voting …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask Welcomes Back Jeeves, At Least In The UK, That Is  —  It has been well over three years since Ask.com has retired Jeeves.  Ever since then, many searchers and internet users have asked for his return.  Today, Jeeves has come out of retirement, at least in the UK, where he returns as the brand behind the search engine.
Discussion: Mashable!
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
FEDS TO TAX WEB TO BOLSTER STATE REVENUES  —  The days of buying online to avoid paying sales taxes may soon be over.  —  A bill is expected to be introduced to Congress this week that would force retailers like eBay and Amazon.com to start collecting sales taxes on behalf of states from people who shop online or through mail order.
Fred / A VC:
A Deeper Dive Into The First Quarter VC Investment Numbers  —  Claire Cain Miller wrote a story in Friday's New York Times about the “Money Tree Report” that is published every quarter by the National Venture Capital Association and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  The picture in the first quarter is not pretty.
Discussion: VCMike's Blog and New York Times, Thanks:atul
Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
VCs are turning the screws with financing terms  —  Deal terms in venture financing transactions have changed as a result of the recent economic downturn.  As capital has become scarce for many start-ups and investors are increasingly skittish, terms have shifted markedly toward the investor-favorable end of the spectrum.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPL Cricket's Online Video Offering Is An Epic Fail  —  Yesterday, I wrote about Indian Premier League's Twenty20 Cricket tournament for NewTeeVee.  The big news was that the Indian professional cricket league championship (now in its second year) would be using Microsoft's Silverlight multimedia technology.
 
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