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3:55 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Thousands cut off from phone service
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube in Music Video Deal With Universal  —  YouTube and Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, said on Thursday that they had reached an agreement to create a new online hub for music videos called Vevo.  It will be the latest of many efforts by YouTube, which is owned by Google …
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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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 …
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Rejects 3 Strikes Anti-Piracy Law
Discussion: Ars Technica, The Register and digg.com
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Update: Delicious, Advanced Language, and News Capabilities  —  Today we're adding several new tools to the Yahoo! Search BOSS developer war chest: Delicious content, advanced language capabilities, and news sorting functionality to the BOSS news service.
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
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 …
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Dismantles Its Live Labs Group  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is breaking up its high-profile Live Labs group, which was created three years ago to speed up innovation in the company's online business, paidContent.org has learned.  —  The group, whose mission has been to hatch new ideas …
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 …
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
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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone To Get Qualcomm's ‘FLO TV’ Mobile TV  —  One reason that Qualcomm's FLO TV mobile television division has had a slow start: It's only available on select phones that have a special chip inside them.  That's currently about 9 phones of roughly 100-plus in the U.S. market …
Thanks:atul
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
Mayor Bloomberg: Facebook in Talks to Open New York Office  —  Facebook is in talks to open an official New York City office location, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a crowd of journalists at the Brooklyn Navy Yard today.  Although a “secret” Facebook office on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street …
Discussion: MediaFile and Facebook Blog
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,” …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nortel Won't Be Coming Back from Bankruptcy  —  Nokia Siemens Networks has offered to buy several business units of bankrupt telecommunications gear provider Nortel, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The Journal reports that Nokia Siemens has bid on Nortel's Long Term Evolution (LTE) …
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.
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
 
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