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12:20 PM ET, April 9, 2009

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Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash supply to tighten after Apple reportedly places 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.
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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Apple to Bulk Up iPhone Storage, says Report  —  Apple has ordered large amounts of Flash memory to be used in a new iPhone expected in June, according to reports.  What makes this report interesting is that Apple is allegedly ordering twice as much Flash as it did last year, according to reports from DigiTimes.
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Sender time zone  —  Let's say your girlfriend sends you an angry email.  It's mostly about how you behaved at the party last night and then left for a business trip without saying goodbye.  You read it from the other side of the globe, jet-lagged after a 12 hour flight.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   It's Watching: Gmail Can Now Tell Which Of Your Contacts Are Awake
Benjamin Wayne / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Is Doomed  —  YouTube, that incandescent tower of video Babel; monument to the sloughed-off detritus of our exponentially-exploding digital culture; a Technicolor cataract of skateboarding dogs, lip-synching college students, political punditry, and porn; has reached the zenith of its meteoric rise …
Discussion: MediaPost
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Conficker wakes up, updates via P2P, drops payload  —  The Conficker worm is finally doing something—updating via peer-to-peer between infected computers and dropping a mystery payload on infected computers, Trend Micro said on Wednesday.  —  Researchers were analyzing the code of the software …
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Bluetooth 3.0 Is Ready for Prime Time  —  The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is set to announce the Bluetooth 3.0 specification later this month.  Bluetooth 3.0 will feature dramatically increased speeds, allowing for the transfer of large video files, music collections and photo libraries wirelessly ‘within seconds’.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Rejects 3 Strikes Anti-Piracy Law  —  In order to reduce piracy, the French Parliament approved the new ‘HADOPI’ (Creation and Internet) law.  Under the new legislation ISPs have to send warnings to alleged copyright infringers, who would eventually lose their Internet access upon receiving their third warning.
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Rejects Plan to Curb Internet Piracy
Discussion: DigitalKoans
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco to Buy Tidal as Part of Its Data Center Rush  —  Cisco this morning said it plans to acquire Tidal Software for $105 million in cash as part of its expansion into the data center.  Tidal, which raised venture money from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Panorama Capital …
Discussion: VentureBeat and investor.cisco.com
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Cisco Buying Colo Space In Third Party Data Centers, Says It's For New CDN Offering
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Alert: Nokia Jumps Into Touchscreens  —  Nokia(NOK Quote) has finally embraced the touchscreen movement.  —  The Finnish phone titan has plans to introduce three devices that feature big touchscreens and so-called Qwerty keypads, according to industry sources, say analysts.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
12seconds crowd-sources commercials for a business model on top of Twitter  —  While Twitter itself still may not have its final business model yet, the hot thing to do these days is for third-parties to use the service to create their own business models.  Short-form video startup 12seconds …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Agence France Presse:
Nintendo says Wii losing luster but no price cut  —  TOKYO - Nintendo admitted Thursday that its hit Wii video game console was going through its toughest time yet in the competitive Japanese market, but it said there was no plan to cut the price.  —  “The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Is Silicon Valley a Systemic Risk?  —  Treasury decides to treat venture capitalists like hedge funds.  —  The Obama administration wants to regulate venture capital firms to prevent systemic risks.  Silicon Valley residents are scratching their heads and asking: What risks?
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Applications down for foreign worker visas  —  The economic downturn — and perhaps a push in Washington to protect American jobs — has turned the annual torrent of H-1B visa applications for foreign workers into a trickle.  —  For years, U.S. tech companies have lobbied for more H-1B visas …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Why Facebook and Twitter are aging gratefully  —  Facebook and Twitter users have wrinkles, torn hamstrings, and many, many fillings.  And increasingly, they're beginning to complain about chillblains, varicose veins, and the Social Security system.  —  In just the last two months, the number of Facebook members over 35 has doubled.
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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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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Moxi's spring updates brings PlayOn, DLNA and a little home automation  —  In Digeo's latest move into the consumer DVR market it is rolling out first big update since the launch only a few months ago.  The list of additions is pretty nice, but our most anticipated feature, the Moxi-mate, is still just “coming soon.”
Anil Dash:
Fair Use for Fair People  —  Worth noting: Both independent bloggers on the web and the Associated Press are in the news this week for asking for appropriate credit for their work when it's excerpted for fair use by online news aggregators.  But the web natives frame their argument in terms …
Discussion: MarketingVOX, Gawker and Softpedia News
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Waxy.org:
Attribution and Affiliation on All Things Digital
Discussion: kottke.org, Thanks:atul
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
From Space, All Eyes on North Korea  —  While North Korea is largely inaccessible to the rest of the world, satellite images, particularly of its missile sites, have helped analysts keep close tabs on the country's activities.  —  GeoEye  —  Shots of the Musudan complex in North Korea, annotated by Jane's Information Group
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zooming In On ClosR And Zoomorama  —  To be perfectly honest, I'd never heard of Zoomorama until they commented on this post about the upcoming Web Trend Map from Information Architects.  I was planning on doing a review of the web application soon, but now a new, similar online tool called ClosR landed …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Download Squad
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Twitter Is Huge?  Yes.  Twitter Is a Popular Marketing Tool?  Probably no.  —  Twitter sometimes looks like it has been here forever with everyone seemingly using it everywhere and for just about every purpose.  And of course we have all seen various marketing and promotion techniques employed …
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 …
Venture Capital Dispatch:
As VC, Google's Miner Looks Beyond Android  —  “I'm sure I'll be seeing some mobile deals,” Rich Miner allowed Tuesday at an Xconomy conference in Cambridge, Mass., where he talked about his latest assignment, running Google Inc.'s new venture capital group.
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's still working on iChat video answering machine
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Mark Redgrave / MediaPost:
Marketers Need To Understand Discussion Before Joining It
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Is Yahoo a Better Friend to Newspapers Than Google?
Discussion: ClickZ and Screenwerk
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's ad pitch: Meet the ‘active network’
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
LG Viewty II due June!
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Riding With Tech's Kings
 Earlier Items: 
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
True/Slant Tests Another Model Of Web Journalism
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Dotcom veterans in Twitter ‘brains trust’
Discussion: Drew B's take on tech PR, Thanks:atul
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Betting On Technology  —  Depression-era history hints …
Don Clark / Digits:
What Could Microsoft Want With a Chip Guy?
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News, ReadWriteHire and Bits
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Germany fines Microsoft $11.9M for anticompetitive Office pricing
Discussion: Bundeskartellamt and GMSV
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Biz Ops SVP McCombs to Tumri as CFO
Discussion: paidContent.org
Times of India:
Email providers will need to have servers in India
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Adobe offers free Flex 3 license to unemployed developers
 

 
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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Vice Media's Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit

 
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