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11:40 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, Thanks:gspowart
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Embraces Its Inner Search Engine
Discussion: eWeek
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 and Beyond Search
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Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Amazon's BI-on-the-fly using MapReduce-as-a-service brings huge …
Discussion: GigaOM
Amazon.com:
Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon Elastic MapReduce …
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 Pallatto / eWeek:   Microsoft Executive Raises Hope for Office iPhone Edition
BBC:
Piracy law cuts internet traffic  —  Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.  —  Sweden's new policy - the Local IPRED law - allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Swedish web traffic tumbles as IPRED arrives
Discussion: Royal Pingdom and paidContent
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu encrypts its HTML to fend off Boxee...again.  —  The parry and thrust routine between Hulu and Boxee is still on.  Engadget is reporting that Hulu has started encrypting its HTML content to keep non-browser applications (like the ones through Boxee's media streaming software) from accessing its video library.
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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?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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 …
Sony:
SONY TAKES FLIGHT WITH HD CAMCORDER DESIGNED FOR SAVVY TRAVELERS  —  New Model Offers Embedded GPS, Durable Titanium Body, and Sleek Design  —  Designed for travelers who pack lightly, Sony today unveiled a new high-definition camcorder that combines powerful performance and simple operation into a sleek, portable body.
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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The Official Palm Blog:
The webOS developer community leaps ahead
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 …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Labels In Germany Learning That YouTube Has The Leverage  —  Just as in the UK, where Google decided to block all music videos from the major record labels, after those labels demanded payments that Google felt was way out of line with what could be made from advertising …
Discussion: CNET News, Epicenter and NewTeeVee
QuickPWN:
QuickPWN 3.0 BETA Jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2  —  Any iPhone Devs want to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2?  QuickPWN 3.0 Beta 2 is out!  This is an unofficial release and it's not created by the iPhone Dev Team.  I know there are iPhone developers out there who want to upgrade to iPhone 3.0 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Complex  —  “A complex system that works is invariably found …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and CrunchGear
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.
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.
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.
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
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone to Go Public, Ending IPO Dry Spell  —  Rosetta Stone, an Arlington-based language instruction company, plans to file an initial public offering this month, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  It would be the first venture-capital-based IPO in six months.
Discussion: DealBook
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetSuite aims to connect to Salesforce.com's cloud
Discussion: InfoWorld
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple cracks down on rogue app stores
InfoWorld:
MindTouch rides the bus in collaboration platform
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and Social Business
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
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Senator Stephen Conroy / Sydney Morning Herald:
Conroy rapped for ‘improper’ iiNet gaffe
Discussion: The Register
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Senators agree on patent changes
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gawkk, the online video Twitter?
Discussion: RotorBlog.com, PRWeb and VentureBeat
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No Joke: The Onion Wins One of Journalism's Biggest Awards
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