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9:25 AM ET, May 11, 2009


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Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Stephen Wolfram Reveals Radical New Formula for Web Search  —  The home page is nearly blank.  At the center, just below a colorful logo, you'll find an empty data field.  Type in a phrase, hit Return, and knowledge appears.  —  No, it's not Google.  It's Wolfram|Alpha, named after its creator …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New Search Tool Aims at Answering Tough Queries, but Not at Taking on Google
Discussion: ZDNet and The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   WSJ To Try Micropayments: What A Bad Idea
Staci D. Kramer /   WSJ Online Expanded Pay Plans Include Bundles, Micropayments
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.
Open Letter To Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: and Mashable!
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 into your neighbour, didn't you?  Have you ever tried locating an article that you read last Wednesday in a stack of newspapers?
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 remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite …
Discussion: PC World
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Survey: one in five US households are cellphone only  —  The latest results from the National Center for Health Statistics' survey on wireless phone use are in, and they reveal that just over 20 percent of all US households have now cut the wire and exclusively use cell phones for voice communication.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Invests In Video Search Startup EveryZing And Signs Up As Its Biggest Customer  —  Video search startup EveryZing just landed its biggest fish yet: NBC Universal.  Boston-based EveryZing signed a master service agreement with NBC to provide video search and search-optimization technologies across …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
David Kaplan /
Thomson Reuters Launches BlackBerry, iPhone Apps; First Big Step In $1 Billion Multimedia Investment  —  Reuters lags news-service rivals AP and Bloomberg in releasing mobile apps, but the company plans to spend heavily to make up for any lost time.  On Monday, the UK news services company …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Assuming There's a New York Times in 2040, I Hope It's Not This One  —  I just went to, as I do multiple times a day.  A split-second after I arrived at the homepage, it was covered up with a full-page ad overlay.  That was irritating, but I'm willing to tolerate some annoyance in return for excellent free content.
Discussion: Mashable!
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Firefox passive-aggressives adjudicate Nerd Law  —  Better than a severed horse head  —  Free whitepaper - Achieving Efficient Governance Risk and Compliance  —  Fail and You Last week, blood was shed in the Firefox community as two popular extensions to the browser - NoScript and Adblock Plus …
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Former Twitter, Microsoft execs create new startup: Digiting
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
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The American Press on Suicide Watch
Discussion: PersonaNonData
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