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2:40 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: Rev2.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Fan Fare
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Times of London:
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping  —  The home secretary has vowed to scrap a ‘big brother’ database, but a bid to spy on us all continues  —  SPY chiefs are pressing ahead with secret plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in Britain despite an announcement by Jacqui Smith …
Discussion: The Register and Boing Boing
Engineering Windows 7:
A Little Bit of Personality  —  Greetings!  Based on the data we're seeing we know a lot of folks on MSDN/TechNet/Connect are probably busy using the RC (Release Candidate) for Windows 7.  Thank you!!!  And of course many folks are looking forward to downloading the RC and using it as we expand …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like My Parents In 1994, Apple Finds NIN's The Downward Spiral Objectionable  —  Back in 1994, there was no album I wanted more than Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral.  The problem was that I was 12 at the time, and the album carried the dreaded “Parental Advisory” sticker …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Edible Apple, Thanks:bobcaswell
 
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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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Italian Pirate Bay Trial in the Making
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Who Shot Valleywag?  Gossip Bloggers Thomas (Outgoing) and Tate (Incoming) Speak!
Robert McMillan / Network World:
LexisNexis says its data was used by fraudsters
Discussion: CBS News
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Kill Your RSS Reader
Discussion: Mashable!
David Eaves / eaves.ca:
Treating the web as an archive - or finding the financial crisis' ground zero online