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3:50 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 …
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: 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.
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 …
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Outcry and complaints come after carriers threaten to block Skype on the iPhone  —  Should wireless operators have a right to ban VoIP applications from their data networks, or even public hotspots?  —  Consumer and technology advocacy groups in both the United States and Europe are asking …
Discussion: Macworld, Mashable and iLounge
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Group Presses FCC to Back Skype
Discussion: AppleInsider and Apple 2.0
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 …
Staci D. Kramer /
@ Cable Show: News Corp.'s Murdoch: NYT Would Do 'Fairly Well …
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.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Uses Twitter to Sell Ads  —  Intuit Is First Marketer to Have Its Tweets Streamed Across AdSense Network  —  NEW YORK ( — Twitter may still be tweaking its own business model, but Google has found a way to use the popular microblogging service to sell ads.
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 and Macsimum News
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.
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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
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
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
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
Rafat Ali /
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
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 …
Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
The Anatomy of a Web Advertising Scam  —  Investigating the people behind those sketchy flat-stomach ads.  —  The Internet wants me to have a flat stomach—and it wants me to have it for free.  Over the last few months, those flat stomach ads have followed me around the Internet like a beggar asking for money.
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.
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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
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Senators introduce bill to curb mobile spam
Discussion: Gadgetell, Thanks:atul
How Will Armstrong Fare at AOL?
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Consumer Interest Groups Ask Obama To Stop Appointing RIAA Lawyers
Discussion: Threat Level
 Earlier Items: 
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
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Bar Codes In Newspaper Ads Link To Web Content Via Mobile App
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T and Verizon tout wireless gadgets
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
On new cell phones, QWERTY eases out 1-2-3
Discussion: eWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Stephen Elop Speaks!
Discussion: Between the Lines