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8:20 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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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Register and Zero Day
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Google Operating System, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Unwired View
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Germany fines Microsoft $11.9M for anticompetitive Office pricing  —  Microsoft disagrees but will pay fine to avoid long legal battle  —  IDG News Service) Germany has fined Microsoft Corp. $11.9 million for illegally pressing a retailer to sell its Office productivity software for a certain price …
Discussion: Bundeskartellamt and GMSV
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Why Facebook and Twitter are glad they're getting older  —  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.
Discussion: comScore Voices and The Toybox, Thanks:atul
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Dotcom veterans in Twitter ‘brains trust’  —  Some of the best-known names in the London dotcom world are joining forces to cash in on the popularity of Twitter, the rapidly growing social network.  —  Twitter Partners said that it will help brands, media companies and celebrities to monitor …
Discussion: Drew B's take on tech PR, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
LG Viewty II due June!  —  Somehow, the LG Viewty II has so far managed to stay pretty much under wraps.  The specs list might have leaked out, along with one lone piccie, but we've just heard that the LG Viewty II is shipping much sooner than expected - June!  Read on for the lowdown.
Times of India:
Email providers will need to have servers in India  —  Text:  —  BANGALORE: Indian investigating agencies dealing with cyber crime have much to cheer following recent amendments to the IT Act.  The amendments passed by Parliament require internet behemoths like Google, Rediff and Microsoft …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Waxy.org:
Attribution and Affiliation on All Things Digital  —  Getting linked from a high-profile website is almost always a huge compliment, well-received by any blogger.  But Monday morning, I saw two friends taken by surprise when they were featured on the front page of AllThingsD …
Discussion: Gawker and Anil Dash, Thanks:atul
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 …
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?
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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Betting On Technology  —  Depression-era history hints that big technology firms might do best in a long economic downturn.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. - Last fall, Kristin Gilbertson, who manages the University of Pennsylvania's $5.3 billion endowment, had what she calls an “uh-oh moment.”
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
True/Slant Tests Another Model Of Web Journalism  —  As newspapers, magazines and TV stations face dire economic challenges, and journalism moves increasingly online, debates are raging about how best to preserve quality news and commentary while still making money.
Discussion: All Things Digital and CyberJournalist.net, Thanks:atul
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Riding With Tech's Kings  —  You can find a nice spot even in a depression—if you have the cash and ambition.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif - Cisco Systems Chief Executive John Chambers controls $33 billion in cash, and he is not afraid to use it.  With the banks in crisis, he notes, cash is “king, queen, and the royal family.”
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
PRS deals with Spotify, but not YouTube  —  The stand-off between YouTube and Britain's music societies - which led to the Google-owned site taking down music videos for British users over arguments about royalty payments - is still going strong.  But it seems there is plenty of deal-making going on elsewhere.
Don Clark / Digits:
What Could Microsoft Want With a Chip Guy?  —  It's not too surprising that microprocessor guru Marc Tremblay has decided to leave Sun Microsystems, which was experiencing challenges and executive departures well before the brouhaha over stalled takeover talks with IBM.
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News, ReadWriteHire and Bits
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 …
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.
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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: BetaNews, Gizmodo and p2pnet
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.
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Biz Ops SVP McCombs to Tumri as CFO
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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
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Times of India:
HCL bags 5-year services contract from Microsoft
Discussion: TechFlash
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst Interview: Why Good Internet Companies Make Bad Acquisition Decisions
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
New Symantec CEO Tells Conference: ‘Stop Buying Storage’
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google's Lead Growing, Searches Getting Longer
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and WMExperts, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Beth Winkowski / SKYHOOK Wireless:
Less than 10% of LBS Developers Will Port Apps to Palm & Symbian
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Myst For iPhone Preview Video: Hope You Like Tapping
Discussion: PMP Today, IntoMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone's Wi-Fi problems cause heated speculation
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
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