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9:05 AM ET, April 2, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
The Discovery Engine Is Coming  —  A few weeks ago we started testing Twitter Search in the web interface for a subset of folks.  We had the search box way up near the top of the page and the results on a separate page.  It turns out that's not the awesome way to do it.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms And Details New “Discovery Engine”  —  We've been getting a lot of tips today and yesterday about the limited roll-out of a new Twitter homepage design, which gives the search functionality a more prominent place along with some additional features.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and Download Squad, Thanks:gspowart
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm announces webOS SDK availability, Palm OS emulation for Pre, new cloud services  —  Well, it's not quite the release date and price you were hoping for, but it's definitely something.  Today Palm — via a short keynote at the Web 2. Expo — announced that the company would begin taking names …
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
Really?  I can't touch the Palm Pre?  Really!?!  —  OK, I know I just got done gushing about the third-party apps on the Palm Pre, and I didn't want to take anything away from that but there's something I need to get off my chest.  —  Sprint, Palm, what is the deal with not being able to hold and use the Pre with my own two hands?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Is Office Finally Coming To The iPhone?  —  I'm here at the Web 2.0 Expo keynote, where Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, hinted that we may be seeing Microsoft Office make its way to the iPhone some time soon.  After his interviewer Tim O'Reilly caught him on the comment …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Complex  —  “A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.  The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work.  You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.”
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon launches Hadoop data crunching service  —  Amazon on Thursday announced a new cloud computing service that uses Hadoop, a free software framework, to crunch tons of data.  —  The service, called Amazon Elastic MapReduce, is designed for businesses, researchers and analysts trying …
Discussion: BetaNews
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Amazon.com:
Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon Elastic MapReduce …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google uncloaks once-secret server  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google is tight-lipped about its computing operations, but the company for the first time on Wednesday revealed the hardware at the core of its Internet might at a conference here about the increasingly prominent issue of data center efficiency.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
SlideShare's April Fool's Prank: Cruel, Or Just Unusual?  —  April Fool's Day pranks are in full effect around the Web, and so far, most of them have been pretty easy to defuse.  But SlideShare - the service that lets you share presentations online - is catching some heat for a prank that a lot …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Is Twitter Killing RSS?  —  For media, there are two primary use cases for RSS, promotion of new content and content syndication.  The latter is true plumbing that offers low cost, reliability and convenience while the former is a means for promoting new content through RSS client applications …
New York Times:
Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap.  —  AT&T announced on Tuesday that customers in Atlanta could get a type of compact PC called a netbook for just $50 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Hulu begins encrypting HTML content to thwart non-browser apps  —  It looks like Hulu's trying yet another ill-fated tactic to keep its content restricted to traditional browsers and off things like Boxee — TunerFreeMCE's Martin Millmore says Hulu's HTML is now encrypted at the source and then decrypted using Javascript on the client.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Stealth Webmail Product Definitely Happening (Internal Memo)  —  In January we wrote about rumors of MySpace launching a webmail product that would compete head on with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.  At launch it could be as large as some of the biggest players in the space.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and TechVi, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gawkk, the online video Twitter?  —  I'm sure someone has quantified this phenomenon by now, but one of the truisms of user-generated content sites is that most of the work — posting, linking and reviewing — is done by a relatively small percentage of the users.
Discussion: RotorBlog.com, PRWeb and VentureBeat
Senator Stephen Conroy / Sydney Morning Herald:
Conroy rapped for ‘improper’ iiNet gaffe  —  The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, is under fire for potentially prejudicial comments he made about the legal battle between iiNet and the movie studios, saying iiNet's defence “belongs in a Yes Minister episode”.
Discussion: The Register
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Senators agree on patent changes  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday they had reached agreement on key elements of a bill to revise U.S. patent law.  —  One of the changes would require judges hearing patent infringement cases to play …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No Joke: The Onion Wins One of Journalism's Biggest Awards  —  It's not layoff news, and it's not an April Fools prank: The Onion has won a Peabody, one of journalism's most highfalutin awards.  —  The Peabodys, administered out of the University of Georgia, date back to 1941, and honor …
Discussion: Digits
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: NVIDIA's ION-based netbooks and nettops are go for launch  —  Things are finally hotting up in NVIDIA's ION camp.  An official press release now tells that the first batch of “incredibly small and affordable PCs” (like the Acer Hornet rumored for an April 8th launch) are due in Q2 …
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu to replace video ads with questions?  —  Would you rather answer a question instead of watching a commercial?  Executives at the online video hub Hulu think so.  Chief executive Jason Kilar told iMedia that the company is working with advertisers to incorporate question-based prompts in place of traditional video ads.
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Net traffic down on first day of Swedish antipiracy law  —  This post was updated at 2:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday with new information about Internet traffic.  —  The same day a new antipiracy law went into effect in Sweden, Internet traffic took a dive and five audio book publishers went after an alleged illegal file sharer in court.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Twitter jilts Ruby for Scala  —  A new love on the back-end  —  Free whitepaper - Data center projects: standardized process  —  Famously, when Twitter's Web2.0rhea app was suddenly embraced by digerati+dog in late in 2007, its original Ruby on Rails architecture had more than a little trouble keeping …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Jill Colvin / New York Times:
You've Got Voice Mail, but Do You Care?  —  WHEN Steve Hamrick left his last job as manager at a software corporation, he had at least 25 unheard messages in his office voice mailbox.  And that's not counting the unreturned calls on his cellphone or landline at home.  —  It's not that he doesn't like to talk.
 
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Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Sony: PS3 and PSP sales to rise “10-15%” globally in coming year
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Goodbye “Knock off Nigel”
Discussion: TorrentFreak and paidContent
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Nokia dismisses prospects of WiMax as wireless standard
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Sales of Start-Ups Plummet, Along With Prices
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Wired.com ‘Gutted’ in Conde Layoffs
 Earlier Items: 
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Cuil Launches Timeline To Search Results
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Cuil Blog
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
iPod shuffle sales surge 50% as iPod touch maintains top slot
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Gmail: Expect bigger changes in next 5 years
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of the New BlackBerry App Store