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9:10 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Gmail Search Autocomplete Makes Searching Your Inbox a Breeze
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 …
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 …
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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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: PC World and InfoWorld
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Status Update: Paranoid as Hell  —  Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hunting leakers?  His internal memo about CFO Gideon Yu's departure got forwarded to bloggers.  Perhaps he was hoping that would happen, and not just so his spin would get out.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Facebook Fallout: Is it time for Zuckerberg to go?
Discussion: Gawker
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harvard P2P lawyer: file-swapping is fair use—no, really!  —  Not content to argue that massive damage awards against P2P file-swappers are unconstitutionally severe, Harvard Law professor Charlie Nesson claims that file-swapping is actually a “fair use” of copyrighted works.
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
File-Sharer Gets High-Profile Defender
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.
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.
Discussion: Digital Daily
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
Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
5 years of Gmail  —  It was five years ago yesterday that Gmail launched by giving out a gig.  Back then, a typical webmail account could only store about five megabytes of mail.  It's hard to remember what those days were like, considering that today, you can send a single 20 megabyte attachment …
Discussion: Gmail Blog, Thanks:sinkercat
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.
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
Skype for iPhone zooms past one million downloads  —  In less than two days, Skype for iPhone has been downloaded more than one million times - around six downloads every second.  —  This is a phenomenal performance, and we're confident that it's one of the fastest-downloaded iPhone apps ever.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Revamps Sales Organization as IBM Buyout Looms  —  Table of Contents:  —  Sun Microsystems is revamping its sales and services operation to make it more centralized, moving away from the regional model it used for years.  Channel partners will play an increased role.
Discussion: WinBeta
David Thomas / KickingTires:
Video: 2009 Toyota Venza iPhone Streaming Bluetooth Audio  —  When I reviewed the Toyota Venza a few months ago, I couldn't believe the company didn't include a USB port for MP3 players.  An analog auxiliary jack was standard, and you had to upgrade to a more expensive stereo for Bluetooth streaming audio.
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts, Gizmodo and TUAW
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Samsung's Android Phone Plans  —  The handset maker plans to launch three “Google” phones this year.  —  Despite a fanatical amount of interest from the tech media and early adopters, Samsung has mostly kept quiet about its plans to develop phones using Google's mobile platform, Android.
 
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Intel Nehalem Draws on Wall Street Collaboration
Discussion: iTnews Australia
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Technorati Lays Off Another 10 Percent Of Employees
Thanks:atul
Ryan Goldberg / New York Times:
Virtual Leagues Fold, Forcing Gamers to Find Actual Jobs
Discussion: Kotaku
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
For teens, a friend online is usually a friend offline, too
Discussion: Techdirt
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft helps keep Koobface virus off Facebook
 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft and the Corporate Identity Crisis
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Microsoft To Officially Become a Monopoly in Russia
Discussion: CNET News
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Franken-Mini is half HP, half Tegra, no Intel
Discussion: Softpedia News and Liliputing