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10:25 AM ET, April 3, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google In Talks To Acquire Twitter (Updated)  —  Here's a heck of a rumor that we've sourced from two separate people close to the negotiations: Google is in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter.  We don't know the price but can assume its well, well north of the $250 million valuation …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sorry to Get You All A-Twitter, But Google Is Not in “Late-Stage Talks” to Acquire the Hot Microblogging Service  —  While the “news” that Google was in “late-stage” talks to acquire Twitter, which TechCrunch reported last night, certainly sounds exciting, it isn't accurate in any way …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Showdown: Why Microsoft can't afford to lose Twitter to Google  —  Earlier this year, as Microsoft executives continued to lust publicly for a Yahoo search agreement, I started to wonder why the Redmond company wasn't turning its attention to Twitter instead.
Chris Davies / iPhone Buzz:
3.2MP next-gen iPhone, new 5MP Apple device later this year?  —  Apple will upgrade the next-gen iPhone's camera to 3.2-megapixels, according to market sources in Asia.  Manufacturer OmniVision is believed to have won the Apple contract to supply the 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor used in the smartphone …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
OmniVision lands CIS orders for next-generation iPhone  —  OmniVision has received 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone, according to market sources.  The company is also said to have secured 5-megapixel CIS orders for another Apple product expected to be launched later in the year.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple's next iPhone to sport 3.2-megapixel camera
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Village mob thwarts Google Street View car  —  Angry villagers formed a human chain to thwart the progress of a Google Street View car that was in the process of taking photographs of their homes.  —  Police were called to Broughton in Buckinghamshire yesterday, after furious villagers blocked …
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
If You're Going To Complain About Street View Invading Your Privacy, You Might Want To Check Out What Your Government Is Doing  —  The British government appears to be on a track to undermine its citizens' privacy by collecting more and more information about their online behavior …
BBC:
Residents challenge Google camera
Discussion: Mashable!
Steve Rosenbaum / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can ‘Curation’ Save Media?  —  There is a trend evolving at media companies both big and small that promises to have a remarkably positive impact on what you read, watch, and share on the web: Curation.  —  It's not a popular thing to say that things are okay in media.
New York Times:
I.B.M. Reportedly Will Buy Rival Sun for $7 Billion  —  I.B.M. appears on the verge of acquiring Sun Microsystems, a longtime rival in the computer server and software markets, for nearly $7 billion.  —  The two companies have been negotiating for weeks, ironing out terms of an agreement …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM's secret weapon: Carriers' profitability and lower bandwidth consumption  —  RIM's fourth quarter was impressive on many fronts: Inventories were low and carriers have to restock, consumer and business demand was strong, gross margins were better than expected and earnings and the company's outlook handily topped estimates.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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Ibrahim Bokharouss / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Gmail search made easier (and lazier)  —  On the Gmail team, we believe finding the right email among thousands of messages can be as important as finding the right web page across the billions of web pages out there.  So with the aim of making search in Gmail easier …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Keeps All Digg Homepage Traffic On Digg  —  DiggBar, the new shortURL and toolbar service from Digg, is certainly useful.  I expect it to become my default short URL service on Twitter since it is so easy to create a short URL by simply adding Digg.com/ in front of any URL.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and The Gong Show, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Rupert Murdoch Have Kindle Envy?  News Corp. Mulls an E-Book Reader Investment.  —  Here's yet another fan of the Kindle, Amazon's (AMZN) much-hyped e-book reader: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who likes the device enough that he's considering investing in a Kindle rival.
Holly Stewart / IBM Internet Security Systems …:
Counting Confickers  —  Now that the ambiguity about what is going to happen on April 1 (nothing) is behind us, the next question that seems to be on everyone's mind is how many infections are really out there.  We've been holding off on releasing our numbers because we keep seeing the numbers climb considerably each day.
Discussion: Softpedia News, PC World and InfoWorld
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Agence France Presse:
French lawmakers approve anti-piracy Internet ban  —  French lawmakers on Thursday adopted the most contested provision of a tough new anti-piracy bill that would punish illegal downloaders by cutting off their Internet access.  —  Backed by top French artists but opposed by consumer groups …
Discussion: Ars Technica and TG Daily
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
iPods, First Sale, President Obama, and the Queen of England  —  President Obama reportedly gave an iPod, loaded with 40 show tunes, to England's Queen Elizabeth II as a gift.  Did he violate the law when he did so?  —  You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Uses Twitter to Sell Ads  —  Intuit Is First Marketer to Have Its Tweets Streamed Across AdSense Network  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter may still be tweaking its own business model, but Google has found a way to use the popular microblogging service to sell ads.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T and Verizon tout wireless gadgets  —  LAS VEGAS—In the-not-so-distant future, your cell phone provider will likely also be providing wireless Internet access for your digital camera, electronic book reader, or any other electronic gadget you may own.  —  During the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Stephen Elop Speaks!  —  In BoomTown's ongoing series, “Microsofties on Parade,” I spent some time earlier this week with Stephen Elop (pictured here), president of Microsoft's Business division.  —  Reporting directly to CEO Steve Ballmer, Elop is a newbie, having gotten to Microsoft (MSFT) only a year ago.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Maggie Shiels / dot.life blog:
Renaming Web 2.0  —  At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, internet guru Tim O'Reilly threw out the possibility that perhaps the name should be changed.  —  He said he and his friend John Battelle of Federated Media had been playing around with an alternative which was Web 2.0 + World = Web Squared.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Betaworks Launches Chartbeat To Track Who Is Paying Attention To Your Website Right Now  —  The default mode for Google Analytics and other Website tracking software often makes you wait an entire day to find out what is happening on your site.  There is a 24-hour delay (although this can often be changed in settings).
Ryan Naraine / Threatpost Blog:
Microsoft issues PowerPoint zero-day warning  —  Microsoft has issued an advisory to warn about an under-attack zero-day vulnerability affecting its PowerPoint software.  —  According to the pre-patch advisory, the flaw allows remote code execution if a user opens a booby-trapped PowerPoint file.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
On new cell phones, QWERTY eases out 1-2-3  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Goodbye, numeric cell phone keypads.  You're going the way of the rotary dial.  Touch screens and QWERTY keyboards will take over from here, thank you.  —  At North America's largest cell phone trade show, running this week in Las Vegas …
Discussion: Mobile Marketing Watch and eWeek
 
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Revamps Sales Organization as IBM Buyout Looms
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harvard P2P lawyer: file-swapping is fair use—no, really!
David Thomas / KickingTires:
Video: 2009 Toyota Venza iPhone Streaming Bluetooth Audio
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts, Gizmodo and TUAW
Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
5 years of Gmail  —  It was five years ago yesterday …
Discussion: Gmail Blog, Thanks:sinkercat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Technorati Lays Off Another 10 Percent Of Employees
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Public market buys ChangYou's virtual goods model, stock up after IPO
Discussion: Economist and Reuters, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
For teens, a friend online is usually a friend offline, too
Discussion: Techdirt
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft and the Corporate Identity Crisis
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Microsoft To Officially Become a Monopoly in Russia
Discussion: CNET News
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Status Update: Paranoid as Hell
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Distinction between PC and phone gets even blurrier
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileContentToday
 

 
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