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7:00 AM ET, May 11, 2009

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Financial Times:
Micro-payments considered for WSJ website  —  News Corp is planning to introduce micro-payments for individual articles and premium subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal's website this year, in a milestone in the news industry's race to find better online business models.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
WSJ To Try Micropayments: What A Bad Idea  —  There are all sorts of bad ideas around trying to get people to pay for news, but perhaps the worst is the idea of micropayments.  Micropayments are trotted out every other year or so as the “savior” to paid content by people with little understanding of economics.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
WSJ Online Expanded Pay Plans Include Bundles, Micropayments  —  It seems like only yesterday that News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch was talking about making WSJ.com free—and people were falling for it.  But even before the deal to acquire Dow Jones (NYSE: NWS) closed in late 2007 …
Discussion: paidContent and mocoNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren't Lactating  —  Way more countries have laws against holocaust denial (11 or so) than breast feeding (0), but guess which one is banned on Facebook?  That's right.  Pictures of breast feeding babies are indecent, so they're a no go.
Discussion: odd time signatures and broadstuff
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Brian Cuban / THE CUBAN REVOLUTION:
Open Letter To Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  —  Mark:  —  The last 7 days have seen much debate on the issue of Holocaust Denial Groups on Facebook.  There has been a lot of focus on the issues of free speech, open discussion of controversial issues and Facebook Terms Of Service(TOS).
Discussion: Mashable! and TomsTechBlog.com
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?  —  Huzzah for Windows, ho-hum for Linux, OS X  —  Free whitepaper - Achieving Efficient Governance Risk and Compliance  —  Review OpenOffice.org remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite …
Discussion: PC World
Serge Jespers:
The future of newspapers is now: New York Times Reader v2 released  —  Ever tried reading a newspaper on a plane?  I bet you kept bumping in to your neighbour, didn't you?  Have you ever tried locating an article that you read last wednesday in a stack of newspapers?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CubeTree Launches As A Facebook + FriendFeed + Twitter For Enterprise  —  As they mature, social networks are increasingly becoming viable systems for information management.  We're seeing this with Facebook, and with FriendFeed and even to some extent with Twitter.
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
iPhones in Iraq - the US Army's new weapon  —  Applications prove invaluable for soldiers on the battlefield  —  In Basra's Hayaniyah district, a notorious stronghold of Shia militias, a US army sergeant leading a patrol faced two suspects in the street.  Amid rising tension he produced …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New Search Tool Aims at Answering Tough Queries, but Not at Taking on Google  —  Every new online search service must face the inevitable question: “Is it better than Google?”  —  WolframAlpha, a powerful new service that can answer a broad range of queries, has become one of the most anticipated Web products of the year.
Discussion: Epicenter and The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Google plans space exploration gadget to help mobile phone users study night skies  —  Google is preparing to launch a mobile phone application called Star Droid that can help amateur astronomers identify stars and planets.  —  The search engine software will use GPS technology to compare …
Discussion: digg.com
ReadWriteWeb:
Did Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiration for Facebook Come Before Harvard?  —  By now, we are all familiar with Mark Zuckerberg's success story.  The explosive international growth of Facebook to over 200 million users continues to land the young founder and CEO in top news stories worldwide.
Discussion: Time, Thanks:atul
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is BBC iPlayer a Typical App For Our Hyperconnected Future?
Thanks:atul
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Survey: one in five US households are cellphone only
John Cook / TechFlash:
Former Twitter, Microsoft execs create new startup: Digiting
Thanks:toddbishop
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Sorenson launches Sorenson 360 video delivery network
Discussion: Xconomy and NewTeeVee
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Internet user IDs turn honest
Miriam Steffens / Sydney Morning Herald:
Readers reluctant to pay for online news
Discussion: The Australian
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Do Newspapers Owe Google “Fair Share” Fees For Researching Stories?
Thanks:mattmcgee
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The American Press on Suicide Watch
Discussion: PersonaNonData
Business Week:
CEOs Who Use Twitter
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Prism 1.0 Integrates Webapps into Your Dock/Tray