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3:40 AM ET, April 9, 2009

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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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Techmeme founder: WSJ, NYT are aggregators  —  Update: 3:40 p.m.: To include Wall Street Journal's deals for some of the news that it aggregates.  —  Techmeme is one of the sites that Robert Thomson, managing editor of the The Wall Street Journal, presumably thinks is a “parasite” or “tech tapeworm in the intestines of the Internet.”
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online news aggregators - friend or foe?  —  This week kicked off with the Associated Press voicing concerns about how websites obtain permission to distribute content and share revenues.  A debate has sparked about the ‘fair use’ doctrine (publishing a headline and/or sentence from story) and tracking the legal use of the content.
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.
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Sims Creator Will Wright to Leave EA  —  Influential videogame designer Will Wright said Wednesday he is leaving Electronics Arts Inc., a blow to the company for which he created best-selling hits like The Sims and Spore.  —  Mr. Wright said in a statement he was resigning from the Redwood City …
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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The Pirate Bay's Anonymity Service Signs 100,000 Users Pre-Launch  —  Kerstin Sjoden reports.  —  Over 100,000 people have already signed up for The Pirate Bay's new anonymity service, Ipredator, designed to hide IP addresses from the authorities, the Bay's spokesman says.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
New Pirate Bay service takes aim at EU intellectual property law
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
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Bill McCoy / Adobe:
Announcing Open Publication Distribution System
Discussion: TOC Combined Feed and TeleRead
Sheryl Sandberg / Facebook Blog:
How Many Friends Can You Have?  —  One of the most common questions we're asked at Facebook is, “How many friends can you have?”  It's an increasingly important question as more people around the world share and connect on Facebook and on the Web overall, but it's also difficult to answer.
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash supply to tighten after Apple reportedly placing large order  —  Apple has reportedly placed orders for 100 million 8Gb NAND flash chips mostly with Samsung Electronics, which is likely to cause a supply shortage, according to sources at downstream suppliers.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple addressing cracks on white MacBook casings  —  Apple is privately acknowledging an issue with the enclosure on some of its white 13-inch MacBooks, which in some cases have seen the formation of hairline cracks during normal usage patterns.  —  The Cupertino-based Mac maker …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News
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 …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Adobe offers free Flex 3 license to unemployed developers  —  Say what you will about Adobe's licensing fees and whatnot, but at least they're willing to do something to provide a little assistance to developers that have been hit hard by the current economic situation.
Discussion: webmonkey
Times of India:
HCL bags 5-year services contract from Microsoft  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies is learnt to have bagged a five-year IT services contract from software giant Microsoft worth close to $170 million, or Rs 848 crore.  —  HCL has become a strategic vendor for providing technology services …
Discussion: TechFlash
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner Cable Profits Will Grow With Broadband Caps  —  The backlash is growing against Time Warner Cable's plans to impose limits on how much its broadband customers can download.  Consumers are not only complaining, but they are organizing on Web sites like stopthecap.com.
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.”
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst Interview: Why Good Internet Companies Make Bad Acquisition Decisions  —  Bernstein research analyst Jeffrey Lindsay published a report last week that caused some eyebrows to raise.  Using the rumors about a possible Google (NSDQ: GOOG) acquisition of Twitter, it made the argument …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Oracle Offering Gadget Wizard for Google Apps  —  Oracle announces the release of Oracle Gadget Wizard for Google Apps and says Oracle Siebel CRM applications can now interact securely with the Google cloud platform through Google Secure Data Connector, allowing multitenancy support for accessing corporate data behind firewalls.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Myst For iPhone Preview Video: Hope You Like Tapping  —  Remember how the “groundbreaking” game Myst for PC was clickfest 1993?  It's now going to be tapfest 2009 for your iPhone.  —  From the video, it's pretty much the same game.  You go around a pre-rendered world solving puzzles …
Discussion: PMP Today, IntoMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
New Symantec CEO Tells Conference: ‘Stop Buying Storage’  —  Enrique Salem tells Storage Networking World attendees that storing and securing data more efficiently — and not simply adding new capacity to handle the ever-increasing data flow — is the way IT managers are going to have to go during the recession.
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 …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google's Lead Growing, Searches Getting Longer  —  Google's share of the U.S. search market continues to grow according to Hitwise data released today.  (PDF download)  —  Google's market share rose from 72.11% in February to 72.39% in March, while both Yahoo and Live Search saw declines.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft nabs Sun chip executive  —  Taking a break from hiring people at Yahoo, Microsoft has scooped up a top chip executive from Sun Microsystems.  —  Marc Tremblay, a Sun fellow and chief technology officer for its chip unit, is joining Microsoft as a “distinguished engineer,” Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday.
Discussion: Digits, The Register and ReadWriteHire
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: 3% of e-mail is stuff we want; the rest is spam  —  According to Microsoft, 97 percent of all e-mail sent on the Internet is spam.  This number is higher than data collected by other firms, but everyone's in agreement that spam-wielding botnets are growing.
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Microsoft Blog
Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
New Downad/Conficker variant spreading over P2P  —  TrendLabs have this evening discovered a new variant of Downad/Conficker called WORM_DOWNAD.E spreading over the peer-to-peer functionality of the previous version of this now infamous worm.  —  As well as reactivating …
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.
Donald Tanguay / The Official Google Blog:
Search the rainbow  —  No one likes to take work home, but lately I've been looking forward to it.  That's because I've been working on our new color filter in Google Image Search, and my daughter and I have been having a great time together looking at all the colorful animals that we've seen in the tide pools.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and Threat Level
 
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Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Good Or Just Lucky?
Discussion: MediaPost and paidContent.org
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone's Wi-Fi problems cause heated speculation
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Quietly Rolls Out AdSense For Video To Claimed Copyrighted Content
Thanks:atul
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: 
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Putting a Price on Social Connections
Discussion: Rough Type, Blogspotting and Creative Capital, Thanks:atul
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Start-Up Gets Course in Survival
Thanks:turoczy
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Takes Online Gamble With New Fiesta