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2:40 PM ET, April 9, 2009

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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 …
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
Discussion: Macworld
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Rejects Plan to Curb Internet Piracy  —  PARIS — In a major blow for President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to crack down on Internet piracy, the French National Assembly on Thursday rejected legislation that would have cut off the Internet connections of persistent copyright violators.
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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’.
Mark Gomez / Mercury News:
Widespread phone outage in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties  —  Thousands of residents in southern Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties are without phone service this morning and can't call 911 in case of an emergency, according to law enforcement officials.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Who Will Be Twitter's Bestest Search Friend?  Google and Microsoft Engage in Yet Another Pick-Me Face-Off  —  In this digital era's version of “Spy Vs. Spy,” Microsoft and Google find themselves in yet another sharp-elbowed battle to be the one to strike a commercial search advertising deal with Twitter …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The price-gouging premiums of Time Warner Cable's data caps  —  Time Warner Cable is expanding its test markets for paltry Internet data caps.  Ars breaks down the obscene price per gigabyte that the company thinks is “fair.”  —  Time Warner Cable, stung by online criticism of its paltry traffic caps …
Discussion: DSLreports, Multichannel News and Bits
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's ad pitch: Meet the ‘active network’  —  NEW YORK—"We're here today to talk about how many friends you can have," Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in her keynote address at the AdAge Digital conference on Wednesday, the same day that Facebook announced …
Discussion: Virtual Goods News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Why Facebook and Twitter are aging gratefully
Thanks:atul
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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BBC:
Conficker begins stealthy update
Discussion: Gizmodo
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
12seconds crowd-sources commercials for a business model on top of Twitter  —  While Twitter itself may not have a final business model yet, the hot thing these days is for third-parties to use the service to create their own business models.  Short-form video startup 12seconds is the latest to do this …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Laid-off Virgin Mobile Customers to Get Free Service  —  Paying bills when you're laid off can be quite difficult (trust me, I know).  If you're a customer of Virgin Mobile, that is about to get a whole lot easier.  The company introduced a service called “Pink Slip Protection,” …
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sony Pictures In Talks to Post Full-Length Movies on Google's YouTube Site  —  Sony Corp.'s entertainment division said it is in talks to post movies on Google Inc.'s YouTube video-sharing Web site.  —  “We are having conversations with YouTube,” Paula Askanas, a spokeswoman …
Latest Adrian's Rojak Pot Updates:
Downgrade Rights For Windows 7 & Windows Vista Leaked!  —  Downgrade Rights For Windows 7 And Windows Vista  —  Microsoft has decided to enhance the End User downgrade facilitation options available to OEMs for downgrading systems with Windows Vista Business or Ultimate editions to Windows XP Professional.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
No Phishing Zone  —  How a cybersecurity blowup and millions of typos are boosting a little Web-service firm.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's still working on iChat video answering machine  —  Apple's implementation of a digital video answering machine, once destined for inclusion in an earlier version of Mac OS X, has been resurrected in a patent filing, suggesting the company may give the concept a second go in the near future.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
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
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Q&A: Foursquare co-creator on privacy, Easter eggs  —  Developers who launch a new app at SXSWi have the distinct honor of getting it hammered on by a group of ravenous users.  Foursquare, a social broadcasting and discovery tool that launched the night before this year's conference, is no exception.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon launches BlackBerry app; Leaves Storm out  —  Updated: Amazon followed up its iPhone application with one for the BlackBerry, but only folks with trackball devices need to bother with the download.  The BlackBerry Storm isn't supported.  —  The company said in a statement Thursday …
Discussion: Amazon.com, MobileCrunch and jkOnTheRun
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
 
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