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9:20 PM ET, April 7, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive Apple iPhone 3.0 screenshots leak out  —  One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with some exclusive iPhone 3.0 shots.  Things like detailing a video recording application, more settings options, an accessibility entry, and even showing that Apple could possibly be integrating voice dialing, too.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Video Recording Interface, Digital Compass, Voice Control and Auto-Focus Camera  —  Since the release of Apple's iPhone 3.0 beta firmware, users have been scouring the configuration files looking for evidence of future iPhone capabilities.  The possibility of video recording …
Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail gets a new engine for iPhone and Android-powered devices  —  Today, we're thrilled to tell you about the improvements we've made to Gmail for mobile, running in the iPhone and Android web browser.  First, you'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Google's Schmidt To Newspaper Publishers: Don't ‘Piss Off’ Consumers  —  Someone called the appearance of “Google* Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as the closing keynote for the annual meeting of newspaper publishers “a twist of fate.  ” Poppycock.  It's as orchestrated as a routine on Dancing with the Stars.
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Julie Moos / Poynter Online:
Transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Q&A at NAA  —  This is an unofficial transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's brief question and answer session following his speech at the Newspaper Association of America convention.  It has been edited for clarity (incomplete sentences have been removed in places) …
Engineering Windows 7:
Delivering a quality upgrade experience  —  This is a little bit of a tricky post to write because we're going to be asking everyone using our Windows 7 Beta to help us out, but doing so is going to take a little time and require a bit of a commitment to helping test the next milestone.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 beta upgrade won't be easy  —  Those that want to move from the beta version of Windows 7 to the upcoming “release candidate” version will be able to do so, but it is going to take some work.  —  In a blog posting on Tuesday, Microsoft said that it is offering two options …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
Twitter Traffic Explodes...And Not Being Driven by the Usual Suspects!  —  Twitter seems to be just about everywhere these days, infiltrating pop culture and challenging traditional communication channels as people answer the simple Twitter question, “What are you doing?”
Discussion: The Social Times and AppScout
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 the top 10 singles and 33 of the top 100 hitting the top price-point of $1.29 (encoded as DRM-free 256kbps AAC).
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
iTunes' New Pricing Structure Is a Band-Aid
Discussion: TheFeed
Brad Stone / Bits:
Making Sense of New Prices on Apple's iTunes
David / TmoNews:
Ready for 3G Galore??  —  We're holding this in the rumor column for now, as it appears to be a real screenshot sent our way but we're still working toward 100% confirmation.  We have, what appears to be a list of 3G cities going live this year for magenta.
Stephen D. Crocker / New York Times:
How the Internet Got Its Rules  —  TODAY is an important date in the history of the Internet: the 40th anniversary of what is known as the Request for Comments.  Outside the technical community, not many people know about the R.F.C.'s, but these humble documents shape the Internet's inner workings …
Discussion: Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard, Thanks:atul
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com: Don't blame us for Twitter problems  —  Twitter's much-discussed hiccups yesterday, including the disappearance of some user icons, had many people pointing the finger at Amazon.com.  Twitter uses Amazon's S3 web service for storing profile pictures, background pictures …
comScore:
Tapulous's Tap Tap Revenge Has Been Downloaded by 1 out of 3 iTunes Application Users  —  comScore Apple App Store Report Enables Digital Marketers to Understand  —  Audience Size, Demographics and Online Behavior of iTunes App Installers  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Tech Beat and VentureBeat
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft Fires Back at Flash-Powered MLB.com  —  Microsoft was none too happy to hear Bob Bowman, CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, air dirty laundry in public yesterday.  Bowman gave a scathing interview to CNET, saying MLB “has an ongoing dispute with Microsoft …
Discussion: The Silverlight Blog and eWeek
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
YouTube, and Now We Do Too  —  Well, this is a day that has been a long time in coming.  The Library of Congress has been working for several months now so that we could “do YouTube right.”  When you're the stewards of the world's largest collection of audiovisual materials (some 6 million films …
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone is here  —  It's finally arrived - the all new Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone application.  —  Now you can take the best of Yahoo! Messenger with you and stay in touch with friends through your iPhone or iPod Touch, no matter where you are.  —  A short demo video is included below.
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Behind the Scenes of the Netbook Boom  —  The growth of the thin, Internet-centric computers known as netbooks has been a mixed blessing for computer and chip makers, as the low-cost devices are challenging already dismal profit margins.  But some companies are enjoying the emergence of this new category of computers.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo's plan: create community from isolated sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Like nearly 200 million other people around the world, Yahoo Inc co-founder David Filo has a Facebook account.  —  But if Filo and new CEO Carol Bartz have their way, the kinds of social networking features available …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Acer PC joins Nvidia's ‘Ion’ with Intel's Atom  —  Acer launched a PC Tuesday that attempts to bring PC-class performance to Atom-processor-based PCs.  —  The Acer AspireRevo is the first Atom-based PC from a major PC supplier to use Nvidia's Ion graphics, a chipset that packs GeForce 9400M graphics …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and Digits
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Defends Disruptive Raids on Texas Data Centers  —  The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.  —  The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ShoeMoney Sues Google Employee For AdWords Violations  —  The constant hunt for valuable Google AdWords keywords is akin to Search Engine Optimization - a dark magic that can become very lucrative for those that can figure out how to best their competitors.  It's also very competitive …
Forbes:
Sun's Six Biggest Mistakes  —  The company's high-end, high-margin business wasn't run by stupid people.  They just acted that way.  —  Like any star past its prime, Sun Microsystems is left with two choices: It can burn out, or it can fade away.  —  If the struggling server vendor …
Discussion: The Register
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
introducing the boxee API  —  we are very excited to officially release the boxee API. it is a big part of our mission to bring open-source and the creativity of the Internet to the living room. the guys over at boxeehq have been able to build impressive stuff without real documented tools …
Discussion: webmonkey, Obsessable, Gadgetell and Lifehacker, Thanks:omfut
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
16% of teens, 30% of professionals plan to buy iPhones  —  Two surveys released Tuesday, one of American teenagers, the other of professionals and early adopters, show interest in Apple's (AAPL) iPhone holding steady despite increased competition from Research in Motion (RIMM), Google (GOOG) and Palm (PALM).
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Chris James / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
PSP 2 coming pre-Christmas will be an iPhone beater  —  Sony's new compact handheld console will feature sliding touchscreen and dual analogue sticks  —  Whether it's labelled the PSP 4000 or the PSP 2, there's been a lot of rumour recently about an imminent successor to Sony's handheld console.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DoubleTwist raises $5M to help you manage your music and more  —  A startup called doubleTwist wants to make it easier for you to share media like music files, photos, and videos across friends and devices.  After launching a test version of its Mac application in February …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
GM and Segway announce two-wheeled urban transport vehicle  —  UPDATE: Check out our test drive...  General Motors and Segway have teamed up on Project PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), a two-wheeled city vehicle capable of reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour …
 
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Amol Sharma / Digits:
Silicon Valley Goes from Libertarian to Keynesian
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:atul
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
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Andreas Ehn / Spotify:
Spotify opens its doors to developers
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:agaton
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Three Companies Eye Midway For Buy Out
Discussion: VG247
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Michelle Maltais / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Don Clark / Digits:
A Software Combatant Returns as a Hardware CEO
Discussion: Electronista
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes in 10.5.7; Security Update 2009-002 in testing
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
India Charges 9 After Inquiry of Outsourcing Company
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner COO: Metered Billing Is What Consumers Want …
Discussion: Public Knowledge and Stop the Cap!
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Yahoo Opens Up Its Music Site: Now Includes YouTube, Pandora, Last.fm
 

 
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