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12:45 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
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’.
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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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: Gizmodo and DigitalKoans
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.
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 …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Laid-off Virgin Mobile Customers to Get Free Service  —  Paying bills when your 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,” …
Discussion: eWeek and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
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
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.”
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.
Thanks:atul
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?
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
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
 
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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
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Betting On Technology  —  Depression-era history hints …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Cisco Buying Colo Space In Third Party Data Centers, Says It's For New CDN Offering
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Adobe offers free Flex 3 license to unemployed developers
 

 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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