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5:35 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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Techmeme founder: WSJ, NYT are aggregators  —  Update: 3:40 p.m.: To include Wall Street Journal's deals for some of the news that it aggregates.  —  Techmeme is one of the sites that Robert Thomson, managing editor of the The Wall Street Journal, presumably thinks is a “parasite” or “tech tapeworm in the intestines of the Internet.”
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.
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.
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash supply to tighten after Apple reportedly placing 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.
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 …
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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news.ea.com:
Will Wright and EA Partner on Stupid Fun Club
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 and CNET News
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft nabs Sun chip executive
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: TrendLabs
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Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
New Downad/Conficker variant spreading over P2P
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 …
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
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
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Biz Ops SVP McCombs to Tumri as CFO  —  Yahoo's ranks keep fanning out all over the tech scene.  —  This time it is former top-ranking Yahoo exec Jeff McCombs (pictured here), who has signed on to be CFO of Tumri, an online advertising start-up.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Donald Tanguay / The Official Google Blog:
Search the rainbow  —  No one likes to take work home, but lately I've been looking forward to it.  That's because I've been working on our new color filter in Google Image Search, and my daughter and I have been having a great time together looking at all the colorful animals that we've seen in the tide pools.
Times of India:
HCL bags 5-year services contract from Microsoft  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies is learnt to have bagged a five-year IT services contract from software giant Microsoft worth close to $170 million, or Rs 848 crore.  —  HCL has become a strategic vendor for providing technology services …
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
Discussion: webmonkey
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: Anil Dash, 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?
Thanks:atul
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: 3% of e-mail is stuff we want; the rest is spam  —  According to Microsoft, 97 percent of all e-mail sent on the Internet is spam.  This number is higher than data collected by other firms, but everyone's in agreement that spam-wielding botnets are growing.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
New Symantec CEO Tells Conference: ‘Stop Buying Storage’  —  Enrique Salem tells Storage Networking World attendees that storing and securing data more efficiently — and not simply adding new capacity to handle the ever-increasing data flow — is the way IT managers are going to have to go during the recession.
David / TmoNews:
T-mobile Market Research Hints to “Sapphire” Naming?!  —  Via a very lucky T-mobile customer who was selected at random to participate in a market survey from T-mobile, our tipster was able to take some snapshots of possible names for the codenamed: “Sapphire/Magic/Dream.”
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Myst For iPhone Preview Video: Hope You Like Tapping  —  Remember how the “groundbreaking” game Myst for PC was clickfest 1993?  It's now going to be tapfest 2009 for your iPhone.  —  From the video, it's pretty much the same game.  You go around a pre-rendered world solving puzzles …
Discussion: PMP Today, IntoMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Teams Up With Stanza to Create Open EBook Catalog Standard  —  Adobe and Lexcycle, the company behind the popular Stanza eBook application, announced today that they are working together with the Internet Archive on turning the Stanza online catalog system into an open standard for distributing free and commercial eBooks.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google's Lead Growing, Searches Getting Longer  —  Google's share of the U.S. search market continues to grow according to Hitwise data released today.  (PDF download)  —  Google's market share rose from 72.11% in February to 72.39% in March, while both Yahoo and Live Search saw declines.
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and WMExperts, 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  —  Within the past week, two colocation companies have contacted me to say that Cisco is acquiring colocation space in various third party data centers in the U.S. for what Cisco is calling a new Cisco based content delivery network.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner Cable Profits Will Grow With Broadband Caps  —  The backlash is growing against Time Warner Cable's plans to impose limits on how much its broadband customers can download.  Consumers are not only complaining, but they are organizing on Web sites like stopthecap.com.
 
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Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst Interview: Why Good Internet Companies Make Bad Acquisition Decisions
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Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone's Wi-Fi problems cause heated speculation
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Quietly Rolls Out AdSense For Video To Claimed Copyrighted Content
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Barnes & Noble
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Blocks All Pirate Bay Links
Discussion: Download Squad and Threat Level
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Takes Online Gamble With New Fiesta
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
200 Million Strong  —  We will welcome our 200 millionth active user …