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8:10 AM ET, May 17, 2009

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook raises $150 million more to cash out employees  —  Facebook has almost finished raising $150 million in capital, in an extraordinary move by the company to buy out shares of hundreds of regular employees.  —  Hundreds of the Palo Alto, Calif.'s employees have now toiled at the company …
Negatendo.Net:
Wolfram|Alpha and Screen Scraping  —  Perhaps the oddest thing about Wolfram|Alpha is that the text that appears in query results is not text at all, but is in fact made up of dynamically generated GIFs:  —  The Wolfram|Alpha FAQ claims: … Of course, a sentiment like that would make any web designer jump off a bridge.
Discussion: bytes|genes, SitePoint and PC World
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wolfram/Alpha launches: Can it break out of niche-ville?
Discussion: Beyond Search and Technologizer
Wolfram:
Live, from Champaign!  —  Wolfram|Alpha just went live …
Steven A. Ballmer / New York Times:
Meetings, Version 2.0, at Microsoft  —  This interview of Steven A. Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.  —  Q. Are there areas you want to improve as a leader?  —  A. I race too much.  My brain races too much, so even if I've listened …
Discussion: Memex 1.1, Thanks:atul
Meg / meish dot org:
Game Web 2.Over?  —  This collage of web 2.0 logos should be pretty familiar to many people by now.  It's been knocking about for a few years, ever since the whole Web 2.0 Koolaid (what's the British equivalent?  Ribena?) started flowing.  —  During that time, I've seen it printed …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
First, stop the lawyers  —  There's some dangerously wrong-headed lobbying from media lawyers in today's Washington Post arguing for new laws to protect old media from new technology.  Bruce Sanford and Bruce Brown of Baker Hostetler argue that Congress should:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
New Danger Mouse CD Released As A Blank CD-R Due To Legal Fight With EMI  —  If you follow copyright issues, you're no doubt aware of Danger Mouse.  He's the DJ who got quite a lot of attention a few years back for creating one of the very first mainstream mashups — mixing the Beatle's …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Not A Typo: Six Apart Opens Up Suite Of Products For Rival WordPress  —  Anil Dash, chief evangelist for blogging software platform Six Apart, announced today that blogging platform has launched a a plugin that provides WordPress users with access to a suite of Six Apart's add-on features for blogs.
Discussion: Network Solutions and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Just Browsing?  A Web Store May Follow You Out the Door  —  IF you try on a sweater in a department store dressing room, but choose not to buy it, a persistent sales clerk won't pursue you into the street yelling, “Hey, are you sure?”  Nor will you receive a call at your home the next …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Online Video Ads Still Don't Work  —  From the funny-and-true! department: A biting clip from the dudes at College Humor satirizing the lousy ad options and mind-numbing ad jargon that dominate the online video business.  —  And a good reminder that even though Google's (GOOG) …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Tech IPOs Are Back — But Only for Those That Don't Need Cash  —  While the recession had many predicting the IPO market would be largely non-existent in 2009, several new tech stocks listed on public markets during April and now in May.  The companies squeaking out of the IPO queue, however, are mature, profitable and cash-rich.
Thanks:atul
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Google Outage Shows the Cloud May Not Be Enterprise-Ready  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google and other cloud-based services have been experiencing outages of several hours' duration throughout 2009.  While that may be fine for members of the general public, who can live with e-mail occasionally …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Looks For Money In Porn  —  P2P video startup Vuze quietly launched an adult video download service called StudioHD earlier this year.  StudioHD offers an unlimited number of HD porn video downloads for a monthly fee that are subsequently facilitated through Vuze's BitTorrent client.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Sequoia China in Trouble?
Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
This Is Getting Ridiculous: Cat Amasses Half A Million Twitter Followers In 3 Months
John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Rise Of Social Distribution Networks
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Warner / Mixergy.com:
PR Lies Destroy Your Understanding of How Business Really Works.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Gaffes  —  Two of the Internet giant's open competitions …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Launch Live Video Chat Product