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4:05 AM ET, April 7, 2009

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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content  —  Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AP eyes news aggregators; Risks exposing its lack of value add  —  So the Associated Press is mad and isn't going to take it anymore.  It's eyeing news aggregators who are stealing a few paragraphs and failing to link to it as an authoritative source.  —  Be careful what you wish for AP.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Dean Singleton, AP Chairman: Setting ‘The Rules Of Engagement’  —  Anyone who thinks he or she really understands what the Associated Press plans to do about controlling the use of news industry content is much better at mindreading and predicting the future than I am.
Discussion: BoomTown and mocoNews
Steven Grady / SlashGear:
Blackberry Storm 2 due in September, has WiFi  —  According to a source very close to the issue, Verizon has given the go for RIM to release the BlackBerry Storm 2 in September of this year.  The followup to the groundbreaking Storm that was released last year as the first touchscreen Blackberry …
Frank Rose / The Underwire:
Nine Inch Nails iPhone App Extends Reznor's Innovative Run  —  LOS ANGELES — Trent Reznor was backstage one afternoon last summer, fooling around with his iPhone to stave off boredom before a show, when he realized that fans standing in line outside were broadcasting photos from the scene using their iPhones.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Is In Danger Of Becoming The Coolest App No One Uses  —  FriendFeed is a wonderful application that allows users to track what their friends are doing online.  Photos, videos, blog posts and anything else that's published online with a RSS feed can be brought into the service …
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
A new design for FriendFeed at http://beta.friendfeed.com/
The Official Google Blog:
Google becomes more local  —  If you're like us, you're constantly looking for things in your neighborhood, whether it's [restaurants in zurich] or a new [dentist in houston].  If you specify your location in your query, we often show your results on a map.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms & Talks About Expanded Local Results
Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Sun Micro stands by leadership team  —  * Sun says ‘committed’ to leadership team, growth strategy  —  * Sun's comments come after collapse of talks with IBM  —  Sun Microsystems Inc (JAVA.O) said it stood by its leadership team, led by Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz …
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Bloomberg:   IBM-Sun Talks Said to Break Down Over Millions in Payouts, Sale Conditions
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A New iPhone Is Already Old News  —  Some are now betting Apple's biggest announcement in June won't be a phone at all.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—The new iPhone is now one of three things:  —  A: The worst-kept secret in the tech industry.  —  B: An incipient public relations disaster of biblical proportions.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce launches MobileLite, free app for all its customers  —  Customer relationship management (CRM) software company Salesforce.com is launching a free, scaled-down version of its mobile offering today called Mobile Lite.  —  The Mobile Lite product will allow users to access …
Discussion: eWeek, Reuters and Between the Lines
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
‘I Need to Read This’ saves URLs worth reading later  —  If you've ever used Read It Later, you'll probably like a new service called “I Need to Read This.”  It does the same thing, letting you bookmark stories that you want to read, but not right away.  —  Where it differs though …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Rob Taylor / Reuters:
Australia to build $31 billion broadband network  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's government will build a A$43 billion ($30.7 billion) national high-speed fiber-optic broadband network, rejecting bids in a controversial tender involving some of the country's top telecoms firms.
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Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Government to build broadband itself
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Flixster And iLike Run Out Of Ideas, Rip Off LivingSocial  —  When the Facebook platform launched two years ago there were hundreds of copycats of successful applications that popped up almost instantaneously.  Two years later we are back in the same position except this time it's big app developers stealing from each other.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft will allow Windows 7 users to downgrade to XP  —  Microsoft and its PC partners are going to allow Windows 7 users to downgrade not just to Windows Vista, but also to Windows XP, Microsoft officials are confirming.  —  Some company watchers have been wondering about the downgrade rights …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel launches new chip logos, rating system  —  Intel has revamped its processor badging and rating system.  Consumers are the main target, though business systems will get new badging too.  —  The new badges include a die (the chip minus the packaging) accent in the upper right hand corner …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
X-Men Leak Downloaded Over a Million Times  —  Less than a week after 20th Century Fox's ‘upcoming’ blockbuster first appeared online, and three long weeks before the official premiere in the movie theaters, over a million people have already downloaded X-Men Origins: Wolverine via BitTorrent.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and AppScout
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Could MacHeist Prompt Apple into an App Store for Macs?  —  digg_url = ‘http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit- eaton/technomix/could-macheist-prompt- apple-app-store-macs’; digg_skin = ‘compact’; Since its inception in 2006, MacHeist has been variously reviled, applauded and seen soaring success.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon finds niche in iTunes-dominant market  —  The NPD Group just sent out some an interesting statistics.  —  “In 2008 87 percent of digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes to download music, versus just 16 percent who used Amazon MP3,” according to a spokesman for the research group …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Web 2.0 Abandoning the UGC Ship?  —  Does anyone remember that show Project Greenlight?  It came out of LivePlanet, the 1999-era dot com started by Ben Affleck, Chris Moore and Matt Damon that aimed to use the Web to transform traditional entertainment.  It was user generated content before we had an over-used buzz-phrase for it.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter fail-whale snacks on user avatars  —  Twitter has been hiccuping all day, it seems.  Earlier, some users (myself included) noticed occurrences of the service's notorious “fail whale”—the cartoon that pops up when Twitter's servers are overloaded—and later, some members began to report …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Twitter Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why baseball benched Microsoft Silverlight  —  The thwacking sounds of bats striking balls will once again fill stadiums, as Monday is opening day for Major League Baseball.  This year, Microsoft will watch from the sidelines.  —  MLB.com no longer uses Microsoft's Silverlight to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hotspot Shield: Destroyer of Google, Yahoo and NBC?  —  Invisible Cloak for Web Surfers Rapidly Adding Users  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Consider, for a moment, what would happen if the identities, geographies and surfing histories of a large number of internet users suddenly became invisible.
Discussion: MobileContentToday, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Time Warner laying ground for possible AOL spin  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc said on Monday it is asking some bondholders to change credit terms, a move expected to pave the way for a spin-off of its beleaguered Internet unit AOL.  —  The media conglomerate …
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Without IBM: Sun's plan B  —  Silicon Valley giant Sun Microsystems may still be able to sell itself to another tech giant, but rejecting IBM's offer makes that road more difficult.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — There may still be a plan B for Sun Microsystems after merger talks …
 
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Help Clients Tap Stimulus Funds
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Jim Whitehurst / Red Hat:
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Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Tweaking the Cable Model, to Avoid Newspapers' Fate
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Desktop web apps and snappiness top next Firefox (Namoroka) plans
Discussion: Download Squad and Neowin.net
Vanessa Grigoriadis / New York Magazine:
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