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5:50 PM ET, April 9, 2009

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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: Data Center Knowledge
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Fiber optic line damaged in Silicon Valley; impact is far-reaching  —  No matter all of the advancements in wireless and mobile technology, at the end of the day, we're all still connected to a big wire somewhere.  Early this morning, we discovered that one of those big wires is located under a busy Silicon Valley roadway.
Discussion: Technologizer and KCBS
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Who Will Be Twitter's Bestest Search Friend?  Google and Microsoft Engage in Yet Another Pick-Me Face-Off.  —  [UPDATED: With added information about range of product discussions.]  —  In this digital era's version of “Spy Vs. Spy,” Microsoft and Google find themselves in yet another sharp-elbowed battle …
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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
It's Official: YouTube, Universal Music Launching New Video Site
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 …
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.
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’.
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 …
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Extreme borrowing in the blogosphere  —  In the past week, both Joshua Schachter and Matt Haughey published articles that were excerpted in the Voices section of All Things Digital, a web site owned by Dow Jones and run by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of the WSJ.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Breaks Up Its Live Labs Group  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is downsizing 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Electronista, MacDailyNews and Engadget, Thanks:atul
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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Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
The neverending story  —  Last night the Kido (aka Conficker/ Downadup) botnet kicked into action - what everyone's been on the lookout for since 1st April.  —  The computers infected with Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Kido (aka Conficker.c) contacted each other over P2P, telling infected machines to download new malicious files.
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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 …
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.
Business Week:
Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook's Future  —  In an exclusive BusinessWeek interview, the social networking site's chief operating officer talks about controversies and strategy  —  Watch the Video...  The social networking site Facebook has proven wildly popular, with the company announcing …
Discussion: Tech Beat and WalletPop Blog, Thanks:atul
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's ad pitch: Meet the ‘active network’
Discussion: Virtual Goods News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Investment Ireland:
Big Fish Games expected to create up to 100 jobs in Cork  —  Big Fish Games  —  Leading Online Games and Entertainment Company to establish European Headquarters  —  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, TD, announced jointly with Jeremy Lewis …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and TechFlash
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 …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Avoid the Apple Tax - Cash in on the value of Windows  —  With the ailing global economy, I am looking at ways I get better value for my money.  One way I can do this if I need to replace a computer is by avoiding the “Apple Tax.”  —  Microsoft sponsored a new whitepaper (PDF) …
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Yelp Gives Small Businesses a Louder Voice  —  Small businesses will soon feel a little more love in their love-hate relationship with Yelp, the review site.  —  Yelp will begin allowing small business owners to respond publicly to reviews they think are incorrect.
Discussion: CNET News and Associated Press
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2009  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: April 9, 2009  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: April 14, 2009  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on April 14, 2009.
Discussion: Ars Technica, CNET News, Zero Day and eWeek
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 …
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: Ars Technica and Electricpig.co.uk
OUT-LAW News:
US outlines secretive international piracy deal  —  The world's major economic powers are considering whether to involve internet service providers (ISPs) in fighting copyright infringement and how to stop pirated material crossing borders, according to documents released by the US Government.
Discussion: Brave New World
 
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Daniel Burka / Digg the Blog:
Digg Search: Now With 99.987% Less Suck
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Research In Motion Quietly Hires The Mastermind Behind The iPhone User Interface
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Engadget
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bill Gates and friends apply for electromagnetic engine patents
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
You're a Mac, you're a PC...Now it's our turn, says Linux
Discussion: iTnews Australia and Market Wire
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Mayor Bloomberg: Facebook in Talks to Open New York Office
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nortel Won't Be Coming Back from Bankruptcy
Discussion: IntoMobile
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
No Phishing Zone  —  How a cybersecurity blowup and millions …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Q&A: Foursquare co-creator on privacy, Easter eggs
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
Venture Capital Dispatch:
As VC, Google's Miner Looks Beyond Android
Discussion: Xconomy
Agence France Presse:
Nintendo says Wii losing luster but no price cut
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash supply to tighten after Apple reportedly places large order
 

 
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