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4:55 PM ET, April 6, 2009

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Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
A.P. Moving to Halt Use of Its Articles on Web Sites  —  The Associated Press and its member newspapers will take legal action against Web sites that use newspaper articles without legal permission, the group said on Monday, in a clear shot at aggregators like Google.
Discussion: p2pnet and techblog.dallasnews.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple listing implies iPod touch to eventually gain digital camera [Updated]  —  Apple holds aspirations of extending digital camera functions found on its popular iPhone handset to its iPod touch digital media players, according a listing posted on the company's website last month.
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.
Discussion: Gadgetwise and eWeek
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Expects New iPhones; Ups Target, Ests  —  Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes this morning pounded the table on Apple (AAPL), repeating his Overweight rating, upping his price target to $143, from $113, and increasing his estimates.  For the September 2009 fiscal year he now sees $5, up from $4.85.
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Closing the loop: Howard Stern picks BlackBerry Bold over Pre  —  Howard Stern got his Palm Pre demo and picked the BlackBerry Bold instead.  —  As noted last week, Palm worked the word of mouth marketing for the Pre and received a lot of air time from Stern.  That word of mouth turned into a commercial for RIM, however.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
New iPhone To Have FM Radio Transmitter, Video Editing  —  In addition to faster wi-fi networking via a new wireless chip, Apple's (AAPL) next iPhone — which we expect the company to announce on June 8 — will have a built-in FM transmitter, 9 to 5 Mac reports.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube, Sony Pictures in talks over feature films  —  “YouTube is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to get licensing rights to some of the studio's movies.  The Professional” is from Sony Pictures and is available at Crackle.com.  —  YouTube is in talks to acquire licensing rights …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun following the IBM deal collapse: Customer confusion en route  —  Sun Microsystems won't be acquired by IBM after all.  Now the explaining—mostly to customers and shareholders—really begins.  —  Sun will tell its customers that the IBM deal was just a slight detour and that the company's plan …
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John Pallatto / eWeek:
Pride Trumps Good Sense in IBM-Sun Talks
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, CNET News and TechSpot
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How I Came to Get a PC and Not a Mac  —  I don't buy new computers very often, and for a long time I slightly favored Macs over Windows PCs.  So no one perhaps is more surprised than me that my now four-month old laptop is a Sony and not an Apple.  I found my decision process to be similar …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PC World
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
A new design for FriendFeed at http://beta.friendfeed.com/  —  We've been spending a lot of time thinking about how to improve FriendFeed.  And we've been tinkering with those ideas at http://beta.friendfeed.com.  —  Today, we're opening up that site for you to try it for yourself.
Information Architects:
Web Trend Map 4 - Final Beta  —  Here it is, posted in a panic: Web Trend Map 4.  We'll give you a week for final feedback before we send it to the printer.  Download: For the final feedback round, we only offer a PNG (2.6MB).  There are more formats to come.  Feedback: Use the comment section below for feedback. ...
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
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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 …
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
A Pricing Revolution Looms in Online Advertising  —  Demographic profiling and behavioral targeting by such companies as Google, Quantcast, and ValueClick is slashing ad costs and threatening Web publishers  —  Look just to the right of this article.  There, on your computer screen …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OpenMoko hits a snag, hangs up on its next-gen phone  —  OpenMoko CEO Sean Moss-Pultz says that the company will have to delay—and possibly cancel—the launch of its next-generation handset.  The company is refocusing its efforts on its current product, the FreeRunner, and a new secret initiative that is referred to only as Project B.
Ty McMahan / Digits:
Payment Processor Revolution Money Pumped With $42M  —  At a time when both consumers and merchants are looking for ways to cut costs, several major financial firms and individual investors have pumped $42 million into Revolution Money, the payment-processing company backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case.
benheck.com:
Commodore 64 Original Hardware Laptop  —  This project somehow has the distinction of being both the longest and fastest portable electronics project I have ever done.  I originally started making a C64 laptop in the fall of 2006, and kept pecking away at it every so often.
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 …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Should AT&T be obliged to enable Skype for the iPhone?  —  What may already have become the iPhone's most popular app is sending bad vibes to its US-based carrier, which last Friday signaled that enough is enough.  —  With the P2P voice communication service Skype now available for Apple's iPhone …
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable, Thanks:atul
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
External hard drive dock kills a whole flock of birds with one stone  —  Convergence abounds with Brando's laboriously-named SATA HDD Dock Station Combo Stereo Speaker + Hub.  The product costs $59 and serves as a dock for 2.5- and 3.5-inch hard drives, a speaker system, a two-port USB hub …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Now streaming on Netflix: SpongeBob, Cartman  —  Viacom's MTV Networks has brought some of its television content to Netflix's library of streaming online video, the companies announced Monday.  —  The offering consists primarily of kids' shows from the Nickelodeon network …
Maneesh Arora / The Official Google Blog:
CVS joins Google Health Rx network: millions can access medication records online  —  When I first started working on Google Health, I was shocked by how hard it is for people to access their own medical records.  I wondered why that's the case when it's so easy to access other types …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cooliris Keeps On Growing, Adds Desktop Support  —  Cooliris, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup that makes a browser plug-in for sifting through large amounts of videos and photos on the web using a 3-D interface, is set to release a major new version of its software later this week.
 
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
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Change to Amazon Associates program
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, PC World and TUAW
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Technology Rumor of the Day: Nokia
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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Web Sites Disrupted By Attack on Register.com
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Music Coalition wants to rewrite rules of music business
Discussion: p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
‘Upload a Song, Lose Your Internet Connection’
Discussion: p2pnet
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Disable Google Chrome's New Tab Page
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Designer Threatened With Copyright Infringement Claims... On His Own Work
Discussion: The Blog Herald and digg.com
Louis Gray:
As FeedBurner Flails and Fails, Feedblitz Fights
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 outsells Nintendo Wii in March in Japan