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4:10 PM ET, April 3, 2009

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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 …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Sometimes We Talk  —  My inbox is flooded this morning with requests for a response to the latest Internet speculation about where Twitter is headed.  It should come as no surprise that Twitter engages in discussions with other companies regularly and on a variety of subjects.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Silicon Alley Insider and AppScout, Thanks:atul
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Showdown: Why Microsoft can't afford to lose Twitter to Google
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.
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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 and Gearlog
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Analyst: YouTube Could Lose $470M This Year  —  A new report by Credit Suisse projects that video-sharing giant YouTube is on track to lose $470 million this year, writes Multichannel News.  —  Credit Suisse says YouTube will generate $240 million in revenue, but those revenues will be dwarfed …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Group Presses FCC to Back Skype  —  WASHINGTON - The open-Internet advocacy group Free Press asked the Federal Communications Commission Friday to investigate whether Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. are violating federal rules by blocking the use of a new low-cost Skype voice service on Apple iPhones that use AT&T's 3G network.
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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Outcry and complaints come after carriers threaten to block Skype on the iPhone
Discussion: Macworld, Mashable and iLounge
Reuters:
VoIP providers call on EU to ensure free access
Discussion: InformationWeek
Matt Asay / CNET News:
VLC 0.9.9: The best media player just got better  —  If you've ever struggled to play a file you downloaded from the hinterlands of the Web, you clearly didn't try opening it with VideoLan's VLC media player, a free, hugely popular, and open-source media player.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Paying for online news: Sorry, but the math just doesn't work.  —  The morning's RSS scan brings another couple of entrants in the ongoing conversation about paying for news on newspaper web sites:  — As Roy Greenslade reports, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch favors charging …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ Cable Show: News Corp.'s Murdoch: NYT Would Do 'Fairly Well …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Wait: Could ‘Bing’ be the new name for Microsoft's Live Search?  —  Maybe Kumo won't be the final new name for Microsoft's “Live Search” after all.  “Bing” also still seems to be in the running.  —  It was almost a year ago that I received a tip that Microsoft was considering three new names for its Live Search engine.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM And Sun: There Will Be Blood  —  With significant overlaps in the companies' businesses, a merger could trigger as many as 10,000 layoffs.  —  When titans collide, blood runs.  And as rumors circulated Friday that IBM and Sun Microsystems are inching toward a deal to sell …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple stock is up 31 percent this year  —  The stock is not what it was in 2007, when it rose nearly 136% in the space of 12 months, but Apple (AAPL) is off to a good start in 2009.  —  From Jan. 2, when it opened at $85.88, to April 2, when it closed at $112.71, Apple has gained 31.24% …
Discussion: tinyComb
Phone Arena:
Say hello to the enV3 for Verizon  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  First came the LG V (vx9800), followed by the enV (vx9900) and enV2 (vx9100).  Then we heard that the new successor would be the enV3 vx9200, but haven't seen any pictures or specifications...until today.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Image Search Preview Page Overhaul  —  We've revamped the Yahoo! Image Search preview page to make it a lot easier to use.  Now, when you click on an image from the image search results page, the top bar opens to reveal a richer and sleeker interface that displays a larger view of the image …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Revenues this year, Twitter's Biz Stone tells Stephen Colbert  —  Biz Stone must've been a bit overwhelmed to be invited onto The Colbert Report, but it was never going to be an easy ride.  But his comments don't sound like a Google takeover is imminent.  —  When he got a word in …
Discussion: BoomTown, TechCrunch and Fast Company
Digits:
How Will Armstrong Fare at AOL?  —  By Scott Morrison and Nat Worden  —  Tim Armstrong had a charmed run as one of Google's top advertising executives.  Now, some observers are asking whether his streak will continue when he assumes control of AOL.  —  On April 7, he becomes chief executive …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
Discussion: Recovering Journalist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Bar Codes In Newspaper Ads Link To Web Content Via Mobile App  —  Canada's National Post newspaper began using two-dimensional (2D) bar codes this week to link newspaper articles to video and other content.  —  The link from paper to the Web is made possible through a free downloadable mobile app …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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 and deal architect
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Two Swedish File-Sharers Arrested  —  Yesterday we reported that, after the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) came into force earlier this week, Swedish Internet traffic dropped by 30%.  Now, just a day later, the first file-sharing related arrests have been announced.
DSLreports:
Is Wolverine Leak Investigation Causing Collateral Damage?  - Whatever the cause, FBI raids in Dallas hurt a number of businesses...  Earlier this week, an unfinished copy of the upcoming Wolverine movie was leaked via BitTorrent.  It's been interesting to watch just how quickly …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Sells Franchise Gator To Landmark Interactive; Price Around $20 Million  —  Microsoft's digital advertising division, which includes what was formerly aQuantive, has sold off its small subsidiary Franchise Gator, to Landmark Interactive, paidContent has learned.  The sale price is around $20 million.
Discussion: TechFlash
 
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IBM Cuts Internet Reimbursement For Home Workers
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Kleiner-Backed Terralliance Begins To Implode
Discussion: alarm:clock
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Law School To Intervene In Google Book Settlement
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
The Anatomy of a Web Advertising Scam
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Senators introduce bill to curb mobile spam
Discussion: Gadgetell, Thanks:atul
Google Research Blog:
Predicting the Present with Google Trends
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Network World, Thanks:atul
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Facebook Tests More Than Three Ads Per Page
Discussion: All Facebook
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
France approves main section of tough anti-P2P bill
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Consumer Interest Groups Ask Obama To Stop Appointing RIAA Lawyers
Discussion: Threat Level
Rob Hof / Business Week:
A Sign of Slowing Search Ad Spending
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:atul
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Samsung's 12.1-inch NC20 netbook now available
Discussion: Gizmodo, Obsessable and Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Betaworks Launches Chartbeat To Track Who Is Paying Attention …
Discussion: A VC and webmonkey, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T and Verizon tout wireless gadgets
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Stephen Elop Speaks!
Discussion: Between the Lines