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5:50 PM ET, April 8, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
200 Million Strong  —  We will welcome our 200 millionth active user to Facebook some time today, and I want to take this opportunity to describe what this means to us and what we hope it can mean for everyone using Facebook.  —  When we built Facebook in 2004, our goal was to create a richer …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Techmeme founder: WSJ, NYT are aggregators  —  Techmeme is one of the sites that Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of the The Wall Street Journal, presumably thinks is a “parasite” or “tech tapeworm in the intestines of the Internet.”  —  The Web site aggregates links to stories.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A.P. Exec Doesn't Know It Has A YouTube Channel: Threatens Affiliate For Embedding Videos  —  Here is another great moment in A.P. history.  In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.'s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness.
Jonathan Adams / New York Times:
Apple Sued Over Touch-Screen Rights  —  TAIPEI — The Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics has sued Apple Computer, alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, a company spokesman said Wednesday.  —  The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Oracle Offering Gadget Wizard for Google Apps  —  Oracle announced the release of Oracle Gadget Wizard for Google Apps.  In addition, Oracle Sibel CRM applications can now interact securely with the Google cloud platform through Google Secure Data Connector, allowing multi-tenancy support for accessing corporate data behind firewalls.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine:
Massive Acer Launch Includes New Timeline Laptop Line  —  It's rare when a company can launch over twenty new products on a single night.  Acer did just that Tuesday night at an event held in New Jersey, unleashing a bevy of new systems that include a new line of laptops, two netbooks …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies  —  Robert Moran monitors an electric grid in Dallas.  Such infrastructure grids across the country are vulnerable to cyberattacks.  —  WASHINGTON — Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Variable pricing spreads to Amazon, Lala, Rhapsody, Wal-Mart  —  At Macworld Expo in January 2009, Apple announced that it had negotiated a deal that would allow it to join the rest of the digital music distribution industry by removing DRM from all 10 million songs in its download catalog.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple building 5-6 million new iPhones - Analyst  —  Adding his voice to the drumbeat of speculation about Apple's (AAPL) future iPhone plans, Kaufman Bros.' Shaw Wu weighed in early Wednesday with a new report from his supply chain and industry sources.  —  Among his findings:  — Two out of three.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Spam overwhelms e-mail messages  —  More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report.  —  The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.
David / TmoNews:
T-mobile Market Research Hints to “Sapphire” Naming?!  —  Via a very lucky T-mobile customer who was selected at random to participate in a market survey from T-mobile, our tipster was able to take some snapshots of possible names for the codenamed: “Sapphire/Magic/Dream.”
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Takes Online Gamble With New Fiesta  —  Auto Maker to Loan 100 Young People a Car; They'll Post Videos Over Which Ford Has No Control  —  Auto makers must boost fuel economy under new government regulations, and a sure way to do that is promote small cars.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent, Thanks:blissfork
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Socializing: Limbo Merges With Brightkite And Announces $9 Million Funding Round  —  In the nascent world of mobile social networking, there are the big dogs (Facebook and MySpace) and everyone who wants to be a big dog.  Two of the puppies just got bigger.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Barnes & Noble  —  , AMZN , SNE , BKS , S , VZ , T , AAPL , MSFT  —  Rumor has it you can soon add one more so-called eBook to the Amazon (AMZN Quote - Cramer on AMZN - Stock Picks) Kindle and Sony (SNE Quote - Cramer on SNE - Stock Picks) Digital Book party.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Teams Up With Stanza to Create Open EBook Catalog Standard  —  Adobe and Lexcycle, the company behind the popular Stanza eBook application, announced today that they are working together with the Internet Archive on turning the Stanza online catalog system into an open standard for distributing free and commercial eBooks.
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Putting a Price on Social Connections  —  Researchers at IBM and MIT have found that certain e-mail connections and patterns at work correlate with higher revenue production  —  (Editor's note: This is the first in a series, Value of Virtual Friends, exploring the ways our lives are affected …
Discussion: Rough Type and Blogspotting, Thanks:atul
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Lost in the Real World, Found via Cyberspace  —  Rhonda Surman and her husband were hiking around some Bronze Age ruins in western Scotland last year when they glimpsed sunlight reflecting off burnished metal.  It was an Olympus digital camera, lying on the ground.
Discussion: Gawker
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Faces Branding Problem In Effort to Top Google  —  A stark sign of the challenge Yusuf Mehdi faces as a point man for Microsoft in the company's battle with Google comes from the company's own research into the habits of consumers online.  —  Yusuf Mehdi
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Blocks All Pirate Bay Links  —  It was less than two weeks ago when The Pirate Bay implemented a new feature making it easier for site users to post links to torrents on their Facebook profile, so their friends can download those torrents with just a single click.
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Will Wright and EA Partner on Stupid Fun Club  —  Legendary Game Designer to Explore New Projects  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that EA is making an equity investment in Stupid Fun Club, Will Wright's new adventure.
massa.house.gov:
Congressman Eric Massa calls on Time Warner to eliminate Broadband Internet Cap  —  Rep. Massa: “Internet access is as essential to our economy as water is to our survival”  —  CORNING, NY - Today Congressman Eric Massa announced his opposition to Time Warner's monopolistic plan to charge customers …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube Moving the Needle on Ad Sales  —  Site Now Selling Against More Videos Than No. 2's Total Views  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — YouTube is still Google's toughest sell to advertisers, but the video site is doing better by one measure than most people think: YouTube is selling ads …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wall Street Journal:
Cox Plans to Launch a Cellular Network  —  Unlike Cable Rivals, Atlanta Company Sees Need to Own a Wireless System  —  Cox Communications Inc. will have the tough job of trying to differentiate itself from competitors as the cable operator prepares to start a wireless service this year in an already crowded U.S. market.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
RIM spokesman confirms BlackBerry Storm 2 launch in 2009 and novel input method  —  Alain Segond von Banchet, Channel Sales manger for RIM in the Netherlands, reportedly spoke freely about the BlackBerry Storm 2 during the TeleVisie 2009 Expo in the Netherlands yesterday.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Start-Up Gets Course in Survival  —  In October, when Wall Street was already wallowing in the financial crisis, many in the technology industry still thought they might be insulated from the worst of it.  —  Sequoia Capital, the venture capital firm that backed Google, Yahoo and YouTube …
Thanks:turoczy
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
This Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others  —  This morning my home wifi was having trouble and I posted a message to Twitter saying, “My wife has decided to start the day with a call to Comcast customer service, I should have offered to poke her in the eye with a spoon.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
U2 manager finds what he's looking for: French 3-strikes law  —  U2 manager Paul McGuinness takes to the op-ed page to make his case for France's proposed new “graduated response” approach to online copyright infringement, which he calls a model for the world.  —  Hey, file-swappers—who's going to ride your wild horses?
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Guardian and Techdirt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hot Rods: Top Car Social Networks CarDomain And StreetFire Merge  —  CarDomain and StreetFire, the no. 1 and no. 2 social networks for car enthusiasts, respectively, have merged.  An announcement will be made later this morning.  StreetFire CEO Glenn Rogers will run the combined entity …
Royal Pingdom:
40% still use old Google Analytics script  —  We have performed a survey of the top 10,000 websites on the Internet to find out not just how many of them are using Google Analytics, but also the division between the legacy urchin.js script and the new ga.js script.  —  We found out two very interesting things:
 
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Donald Tanguay / The Official Google Blog:
Search the rainbow  —  No one likes to take work home …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone's Wi-Fi problems cause heated speculation
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Polar Rose Combines Facebook Connect With Facial Recognition …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Quietly Rolls Out AdSense For Video To Claimed Copyrighted Content
Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft nabs Sun chip executive
Discussion: The Register and Bits
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Nokia Win Gives Immersion Good Vibrations
Discussion: Unwired View
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: Fiber to the Home
Discussion: DSLreports
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hotelicopter is real, though simply a travel search engine
Discussion: TechCrunch and bub.blicio.us
Justin Pearse / nma.co.uk:
Twitter backs first UK ad partner
Discussion: MediaPost, The Blog Herald and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Bumptop gives Windows 7 touchscreen PCs purpose
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
The new TV remote: Your bare hand?
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise:
Macs Aren't Safer, Just a Smaller Target
Discussion: MacDailyNews