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9:45 PM ET, March 19, 2011

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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
RIP Digg.  —  Startups in Silicon Valley are like old generals.  They don't die anymore, buoyed on life-rafts of lingering venture capital and modest revenues.  They just fade away, eventually purchased for assets that are a shadow of their former promise.  It's pretty clear that Digg is on that path.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Resigns From Digg, Closing Round On New Startup  —  Wow, when I wrote last night that Kevin Rose doesn't really use Digg anymore, I had no idea how perfect the timing was.  It turns out Rose really has tuned out.  Because, say multiple sources, he's already resigned from the company …
Kevin Rose / @kevinrose:
Wow, tons of questions - I'll continue advising Digg / on the board of directors, & taping Diggnation (as i have been since @mwdigg joined).
Discussion: Mashable!
Laura Kusisto / Betabeat:
Apple Sour on Grand Central  —  Apple's plans to bring the world's largest iStore to Grand Central always seemed to defy all laws of taste, landmarks preservation and possibly even physics.  —  Apparently, Apple has reached the same conclusion, because a source close to the M.T.A. has confirmed …
Steve Blank:
New Rules for the New Internet Bubble  —  We're now in the second Internet bubble.  The signals are loud and clear: seed and late stage valuations are getting frothy and wacky, and hiring talent in Silicon Valley is the toughest it has been since the dot.com bubble.
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Paul Kedrosky / Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Top Ten Signs the Valley is on Tilt Again  —  It's apparently that time again — the Valley has gone on tilt.  Consider the following top ten signs:  —  10. Conferences are selling out  —  9. Venture capitalists are launching blogs  —  8. Everyone you know has a startup
Discussion: @owenthomas
Fred / A VC:
The War For Talent  —  Steve Blank says in his New Rules For The New Internet Bubble: … I'm hearing this from everyone I know in Silicon Valley.  And you can see the evidence on the web.  —  Joshua Schachter posted this on his twitter feed yesterday.  This is what a new developer gets when they show up at work at Tasty Labs.
Elizabeth Spiers / Spiersblr:
HOW NOT TO INTERACT WITH THE MEDIA 101, courtesy of Hashable CEO, Mike Yavonditte:  —  1. See a negative op-ed about your company wherein the author uses a metaphor describing you being a velvet rope telling people they're not “Hashable” enough.  —  2. Utterly fail to grasp metaphor.
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Mike Taylor / Betabeat:
Hashable Is Worthless  —  If there's one thing I hate …
Discussion: @coreypein
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later  —  Five years ago, I wrote a story called “25 Things I Hate About Google.”  It went viral, to my surprise.  I thought it was worth revisiting that story on its five year anniversary, to see how many of those “hates” have been fixed.
Discussion: @dannysullivan and @mattcutts
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg Game Changers: Marc Andreessen  —  “Bloomberg Game Changers” profiles Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and co-founder of Internet pioneer Netscape Communications Corp. This program features interviews with Netscape co-founder Jim Clark; Jim Barksdale …
Discussion: SAI
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Sprint's CTIA announcements: HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO View 4G, Motorola XOOM, much more  —  We have just been informed of most of Sprint's planned announcements at CTIA this year.  There have been mumblings surrounding the two headline devices, but we finally have the information to share with you.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
What the RSA breach means for you (FAQ)  —  RSA warned its customers yesterday that its network had been breached and data had been stolen that could affect customers using its popular SecurID token authentication technology.  Although details are scarce, here's what we know so far.  —  What happened?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Evolution of SXSW Interactive  —  Andy Budd, on last week's SXSW Interactive: … I had a great time, once again, but only in the sense that Austin is a fine city and you can't help but have fun hanging out with good friends from across the country (and globe) whom you see in person only rarely.
 
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Report: Verizon iPhone snagged 4.5% of iPhone mobile ad impressions in Feb.
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eMarketer:
Days of Double-Digit Growth in Social Network Users Are Over
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Security hole spotted in Tumblr
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla outlines 16-week Firefox development cycle
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