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4:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
They Pay for Cable, Music and Extra Bags.  How About News?  —  Just a year ago, most media companies believed the formula for Internet success was to offer free content, build an audience and rake in advertising dollars.  Now, with the recession battering advertising online …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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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.
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Nokia Win Gives Immersion Good Vibrations
Discussion: Unwired View
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.
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?
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Guardian:
Why France has the solution to online piracy
Discussion: Techdirt and ZeroPaid.com
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.
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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, paidContent.org and TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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.”
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, Thanks:atul
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yet another Googler leaves: Singh Cassidy joins Accel Partners  —  The exodus from Google continues at a torrid pace.  —  Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Google's president for Asia-Pacific (APAC) & Latin American Operations, has left the company to join Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm …
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 …
Google App Engine Blog:
Seriously this time, the new language on App Engine: Java™  —  Today, we're very excited to announce the availability of a new programming language for Google App Engine.  Please welcome the Java runtime!  —  When the two of us first heard the promise of Google App Engine …
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Google Secure Data Tool Ties Apps to Company Data  —  Google's new Secure Data Connector could result in a plethora of tie-ups between its productivity software and a range of enterprise applications and data sources.  —  The SDC, announced late Tuesday evening, allows data from behind …
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:
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Acer execs downplay Android, hint at Verizon Netbook deal  —  Acer executives said that Google's Android still has a long way to go before it can be used as the operating system for the hot new category of laptops known as Netbooks.  And the CEO of the Taiwanese company hinted that its Netbooks …
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.
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 …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: Fiber to the Home
Discussion: DSLreports
John Leyden / The Register:
MS blames non-Redmond apps for security woes
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
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple delaying web standard with patent royalty claim
Discussion: CNET News and Apple iPhone Apps
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Poll reveals user love for Windows 7