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11:10 AM 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.
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.
Conficker begins stealthy update  —  The Conficker worm has started to update infected machines with a mystery package of data.  —  Computer security firms watching the malicious program noticed that it sprang into life late on 8 April.  —  The activity on its update system delivered encrypted software to compromised machines.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: DigitalKoans
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.
Discussion: Guardian and
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
France rejects Three Strikes
Discussion: p2pnet
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 …
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.
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.
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’.
Scott Moritz /
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.
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 …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Unbelievably Detailed Wall-E PC Case Mod  —  Ho-lee crap.  This is one serious case mod.  The incredibly precise and detailed project took one dedicated Russian modder 18 days to complete, which is an accomplishment by itself.  Jaw = dropped.  —  The whole process has been thoroughly documented …
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
Attribution and Affiliation on All Things Digital
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.”
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.
Mark Redgrave / MediaPost:
Marketers Need To Understand Discussion Before Joining It  —  Online social networks are here to stay.  They've existed, in various forms, even before they were called social networks — Friendster, GeoCities, and even Yahoo Groups come to mind.  People will always want to connect and engage …
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
Ben Sillis /
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.
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
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
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Times of India:
Email providers will need to have servers in India
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
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