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8:15 AM ET, April 7, 2009

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Sony Ericsson:
Capture daily moments the easy way with the Sony Ericsson S312  —  Be one click away from recording life's special moments - all it takes is a sharp eye and a click on the dedicated video camera key.  —  Record videos in an instant on the Sony Ericsson S312.
Discussion: IntoMobile, The Toybox and Engadget
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Sony Ericsson:
More music and more fun with your first Walkman™ phone  —  Bring your beat to the street with the new Sony Ericsson W205 Walkman™.  The W205 makes the Walkman™ phone experience more accessible to consumers and is perfect for those who want all the classic Sony Ericsson mobile phone features …
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Sony Ericsson W205 Walkman announced as a low-cost music phone
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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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
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.
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/
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.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boxee Continues To Innovate With API And New Alpha Version For Mac, Apple TV  —  Free entertainment hub Boxee keeps on getting better and better.  A couple of hours ago, the venture-backed startup released a full API that allows developers to build applications for the open-source platform using …
Discussion: boxee blog and bijan sabet
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Could MacHeist Prompt Apple into an App Store for Macs?
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes Store now infected with variable pricing, Amazon still $0.99  —  As promised, variable pricing has now been implemented at the iTunes music store.  Already, we're seeing most of top 10 singles and 33 of the top 100 hitting the top price-point of $1.29 (encoded as DRM-free 256kbps AAC).
Discussion: MediaMemo and MacRumors
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Blockbuster-R.I.P.?  —  The death knell may be ringing for Blockbuster.  Today the video-rental giant admitted that if it cannot complete the financing deals that it is currently working on, there is a good chance the company may be forced to shut its doors.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Industry Laments Digital Piracy  —  LOS ANGELES — Less than a week after a pirated copy of the unreleased movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” popped up on the Internet, federal legislators and entertainment executives presented an extraordinarily bleak picture of the damage digital piracy can inflict …
Discussion: Carpetbagger
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
X-Men Leak Downloaded Over a Million Times
Discussion: New York Times, NewTeeVee and AppScout
Bloomberg:
IBM-Sun Talks Said to Break Down Over Millions in Payouts, Sale Conditions  —  International Business Machines Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s merger talks collapsed after disputes over millions of dollars of payouts to Sun executives, in addition to the takeover price and conditions attached to the deal …
Discussion: GMSV
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Google's Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It  —  It was a hostile audience.  It was June 2007, at a conference center in London, where newspaper and magazine publishers were hearing how a new industry-backed search engine rights standard called ACAP was coming along.
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph, The Australian and MediaPost, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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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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.
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 …
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Long-Running IPO Litigation Reaches $586M Conclusion  —  Frankly, we'd sort of forgotten about the IPO litigation; the last time it crossed our radar screen was back in October, when word leaked of a possible settlement between a handful of banks and investors who'd bet big — and largely lost …
 
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
T-Mobile Germany Blocks iPhone Skype Over 3G and WiFi
Discussion: Open IT Strategies and APC
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Help Clients Tap Stimulus Funds
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel launches new chip logos, rating system
Discussion: The Toybox
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Flixster And iLike Run Out Of Ideas, Rip Off LivingSocial
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Web 2.0 Abandoning the UGC Ship?
Jim Whitehurst / Red Hat:
Answering the Call for Open Source Government
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Tweaking the Cable Model, to Avoid Newspapers' Fate
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Without IBM: Sun's plan B
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Desktop web apps and snappiness top next Firefox (Namoroka) plans
Discussion: Neowin.net and Download Squad
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
‘I Need to Read This’ saves URLs worth reading later
Discussion: Lifehacker
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hotspot Shield: Destroyer of Google, Yahoo and NBC?
Discussion: MobileContentToday, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft will allow Windows 7 users to downgrade to XP
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
A Pricing Revolution Looms in Online Advertising
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 

 
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