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3:55 PM ET, May 3, 2009

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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Silicon Valley crown up for grabs  —  Silicon Valley's place as a centre of innovation and a major force in the global economy is waning.  —  So says Tom Siebel, hi-tech veteran and founder of Siebel Systems.  —  “I think Silicon Valley has been toppled from its pedestal,” he told BBC News.
Discussion: Techgeist and Rev2.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Maureen Clements / NPR Blogs:
The Secret Of Google's Book Scanning Machine Revealed  —  The other day my colleague Kee Malesky turned me on to an incredibly interesting article from the New Scientist website about the granting of patent 7508978.  What's so important about Patent 7508978 you ask?
Matt Cutler / Visible Measures:
The 100 Million Views Club: The Most Watched Viral Videos of All-Time?  —  Since Susan Boyle's recent viral video triumph (has it only been three weeks?), we've been inundated with requests for a listing of the most watched viral videos of all time.  The questions come in part because people …
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Daisy Whitney / Beet.TV:   Soulja Boy's “Crank Dat” Is Most Viewed Video Ever …
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Andy Grove Wades, Briefly, into Patent-Reform Debate  —  Semiconductor luminaries honored at a black-tie ceremony in Silicon Valley Saturday night didn't get a lot of time on stage.  Most posed a few seconds for a photo with their award, said a few words about how honored they were, and left the stage.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel's Grove: Something foul in Silicon Valley  —  At a star-studded event in Mountain View, Calif., Saturday night, former Intel CEO Andrew Grove criticized the current state of the patent system in Silicon Valley, comparing it to the dubious financial instruments that led to the collapse of Wall Street.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What's Next  —  Paul Buchheit built the first version of Gmail in one day.  Then, he built the first prototype of Google's contextual advertising service, Adsense, in one day as well.  Now, he's working on a much-watched startup called FriendFeed …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How OpenTable Could Actually Matter  —  Dot com meltdown survivor and restaurant reservation software company OpenTable had been a rumored IPO candidate for a while.  Still, it shocked many when it finally filed its intention to debut on the Nasdaq back in January.  What?
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Windows 7's XP Mode - Virtually worth the effort  —  What's real and what's not?  —  Review The discovery that Windows 7 will use desktop virtualization so you can run Windows-XP-compatible applications caused almost as much excitement as the news the Windows 7 Release Candidate would ship this week and next.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
XP Mode in Windows 7 is no cop out  —  I've been waiting to get my hands on the Windows Virtual XP beta for Windows 7 ever since reading about it on Within Windows.  If you're not familiar with it, XP Mode is built on Virtual PC and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and is designed …
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 making its way to AT&T  —  OK everybody, just calm down.  We got word from one of our ninjas that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will finally be arriving at AT&T stores some time in June.  For those who were hoping for a miracle or at least a little something special added …
David / TmoNews:
T-mobile Inventory Reveals All!  —  So what is revealed by the above image exactly?  Android fans may take notice of the HTC T-mobile “Mytouch,” which isn't the first time we have seen this name come under suspicision of being the HTC Magic.  While we still can't pinpoint an official release date …
Jay Alabaster / Associated Press:
Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets  —  TOKYO - When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash.  The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site …
Discussion: digg.com
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Facebook Just Landed in Seesmic Desktop  —  What a week-end!  It starts with Ashton Kutcher say “this facebook version is a social networking Dream.  Love that you can jump directly to someones individual page. wow” then with Brad Stone in the New York Times “Tinker Away, Facebook Says”.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Tinker Away, Facebook Says
Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com, Thanks:loic
 
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Times of London:
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping
Discussion: The Register and Boing Boing
Engineering Windows 7:
A Little Bit of Personality
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like My Parents In 1994, Apple Finds NIN's The Downward Spiral Objectionable
Discussion: Gizmodo and Edible Apple, Thanks:bobcaswell
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Thinking about thunder  —  I read an interesting blog post …
Thanks:atul
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Encyclopedic Knowledge, Then vs. Now
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Italian Pirate Bay Trial in the Making
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Robert McMillan / Network World:
LexisNexis says its data was used by fraudsters
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Kill Your RSS Reader
Discussion: Techgeist and Mashable!