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10:15 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Wouldn't Sell For $1 Billion, Says Source  —  Update to our post last night about Google/Twitter talks: New sources say that Google is interested in acquiring Twitter, and has had talks with the company about a deal.  Google's internal valuation, however, would value the company …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Given YouTube Losses, Should Google Buy Twitter?
Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
on url shorteners  —  URL shortening services have been around for a number of years.  Their original purpose was to prevent cumbersome URLs from getting fragmented by broken email clients that felt the need to wrap everything to an 80 column screen.  But it's 2009 now, and this problem no longer exists.
AppleInsider:
AT&T hurrying massive network update for new iPhone launch  —  AT&T is rushing to rollout a major upgrade to its 3G mobile data service in anticipation of a tenfold increase in network traffic from new iPhone hardware expected to go on sale in June, according to a vendor source.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Chrome marketshare for March 2009  —  Google Chrome continued its upward marketshare march in March.  I was looking at my browser breakdown tonight.  Here's what I've got from the last 30 days in Google Analytics:  —  Some different browser marketshare numbers:
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Wikia Death Proves Google Is Search-Startup Killer  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' open source, human-powered Google killer died a quiet death Tuesday, making Wikia.com the latest object lesson in the futility of trying to unseat Google as the king of search engines.
Discussion: Threat Level
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T tweaks wireless terms of service to forbid video streaming, filesharing, data tethering  —  Looks like AT&T's taking some aggressive steps to manage network traffic now that it's offering subsidized netbooks — the carrier updated its data plan terms of service last night to specifically single …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T retracts new terms of service, apologizes
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.
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 …
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Trends vs Market Reports: Which is More Accurate, Faster?  —  Google released a research paper yesterday that takes an in-depth look at Google Trends and Google Insights for Search and compares its trend results against more mainstream industry reports based on actual sales data …
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Google Research Blog:
Predicting the Present with Google Trends
Discussion: Network World and Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:atul
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How the Conficker Problem Just Got Much Worse  —  On the surface, April 1 came and went without a peep from the dreaded Conficker megaworm.  But security experts see a frightening reality, one where Conficker is now more powerful and more dangerous than ever.
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: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
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.
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Disney Says Hulu Getting Low On Cash  —  With all the rumors lately about Disney possibly cutting a deal with Hulu, various sources at Disney are talking to many on Wall Street about Hulu's financial situation saying the company is getting low on cash.  While Providence Equity Partners …
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France to Block The Pirate Bay, Disconnect File-Sharers  —  In order to clamp down on piracy the French have passed a new law requiring Internet service providers to cut off Internet access for persistent offenders.  Under the new legislation ISPs have to warn alleged copyright infringers twice …
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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 …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows on Netbook PCs: A Year in Review  —  It's hard to believe it's been a year since we first started to see netbook PCs running Windows come to market.  —  Little did we know that these devices would evolve so much in such a short time.  A year ago, they were Internet-centric devices defined mainly …
Discussion: Liliputing
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google force feeds Web 2.0 to US gov  —  And it comes right back up...  Web 2.0 Expo When uber-Googler Andrew McLaughlin joined the Barack Obama Transition Team, charged with prepping the new administration for inauguration day, he had dreams of “bringing Web 2.0 to Washington.”
Anne Trafton / MIT News:
New virus-built battery could power cars, electronic devices  —  For the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery.  —  The new virus-produced batteries have the same energy capacity …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
World's Fastest Broadband at $20 per Home  —  If you get excited about the prospect of really, really fast broadband Internet service, here's a statistic that will make heart race.  —  Or make your blood boil.  Or both.  —  Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world …
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.
PC Pro:
Microsoft has Windows 7 surprises up its sleeve  —  Microsoft is planning a couple of major new announcements around Windows 7 with the forthcoming release of the Release Candidate.  —  At a briefing at Microsoft's London headquarters today, the company's Windows OEM manager …
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
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 …
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 …
 
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Mary Lynn F. Jones / Newspaper Association of America:
Cover: Don't Stop the Presses! …
Discussion: Content Bridges
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Advertisers brace for online viral marketing curbs
Discussion: paidContent.org
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another Copyright Lobbying Group Caught Infringing
LinuxDevices.com:
Linux game console ready to ship
Discussion: Obsessable and Engadget
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Sells Franchise Gator To Landmark Interactive; Price Around $20 Million
Discussion: TechFlash
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Kleiner-Backed Terralliance Begins To Implode
Discussion: alarm:clock
Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
The Anatomy of a Web Advertising Scam
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Facebook Tests More Than Three Ads Per Page
Steve Rosenbaum / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can ‘Curation’ Save Media?
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