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4:14 AM ET, March 22, 2010

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Yochai Benkler / New York Times:
Ending the Internet's Trench Warfare  —  IMAGINE that for $33 a month you could buy Internet service twice as fast as what you get from Verizon or Comcast, bundled with digital high-definition television, unlimited long distance and international calling to 70 countries and wireless Internet connectivity …
Financial Times:
Skype founders raise $165m for new fund  —  Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype, have raised a new venture capital fund for investing in so-called “disruptive” early-stage European technology.  —  Atomico Ventures, the London-based group established by the pair in 2006 …
Discussion: mocoNews, The Next Web, Pulse2 and VoIP Watch, Thanks:leweb
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Who will buy Palm?  —  If you're in a hurry: no one.  —  If you have more time, here is the sad story: in one day, this past Friday March 19th, Palm shares collapsed, -29% in one Nasdaq session, closing at $4.  The obvious question is why?  But a second query immediately comes up: why $4, why not zero?
Discussion: TeleRead, PC World and Engadget
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Chinese netizens' open letter to the Chinese Government and Google  —  The Chinese characters in the orange cloud above say “netizens.”  —  Some Chinese netizens who feel caught between Google and their government have written an open letter to “relevant Chinese government ministries and Google Inc.” …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: InVisage's QuantumFilm enables gorgeous camera phone pictures  —  InVisage is one of 65 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2010 event taking place this week.  These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
Why books on the iPad just might work … In the past month or so, since Apple's iPad was announced, there's been an increasing pushback against the idea that the tablet will be a meaningful stand-in for a dedicated e-reader.  In particular, it seems to have really disappointed folks …
Discussion: Kindle Review and TeleRead
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Jimmy Wales Wants Me Dead (The Neutrality Of This Article Is Disputed)  —  Some weeks, writing this column is easy.  All it takes is for an influential person - a politician, a business person, perhaps even a fellow columnist - to say something dumb and I get to spend a thousand words or so explaining precisely why they're wrong.
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Tr.im Stops Web URL Shortening, Continues API  —  The owners of Tr.im have been through quite a saga, first raising a hue over Twitter using Bit.ly as the default URL shortening service (which it does not know), then trying to sell it, and then going Open Source.
Thanks:keithlinks
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Stat Rant: Does Facebook Trump Google For News & Can't We Measure Twitter Correctly?  —  Earlier this week, Hitwise put out stats suggesting that Facebook is beating Google and Twitter when it comes to driving traffic to news sites.  I dug a little deeper, and I beg to differ.
Discussion: All Things Digital, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Ben Folds Performs Live on Chatroulette at Charlotte Concert [Video]  —  Last night, Ben Folds honored his acolyte Merton, of “Chatroulette Improv” fame, by improvising different piano songs for every person he came across on Chatroulette.  Only Folds wasn't performing from the comfort of his bedroom …
Discussion: Pulse2
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Another SJobs@apple.com email, this time dissing Google's Picassa  —  A UK reader writes in to say that Steve Jobs has replied to his email regarding Picasa Albums on the iPad.  —  Instead of just telling him that Apple (obviously) wouldn't support Google's Picassa library format …
Michael Cooney / Network World:
IRS security faults leave taxpayer information at risk  —  GAO says Internal Revenue Service will struggle to keep private information secure.  —  In this the heavy tax season where billions of dollars and tons of personal information is relayed to and from the government …
 
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Forget Foursquare: Why Location Marketing Is New Point-of-Purchase
Thanks:atul
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay, NRF to take on organized U.S. retail crime
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More ACTA Leaks: Would Create Special Organization To Manage …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ben Parfitt / mcvuk.com:
Switzerland passes violent games ban
Discussion: The Next Web and Erictric
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian developers defy huge odds to create acclaimed computer game
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Taking the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator for a test drive (video)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Soren Johnson / DESIGNER NOTES:
“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”
Discussion: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
DigiTimes:
Consumers boost CE spending, despite drop in income, says iSuppli
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youths Showing Off Online
Discussion: Shelly Palmer