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12:35 PM ET, April 10, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Bartz and Microsoft's Ballmer Finally Talking About Search and Advertising Partnership  —  In early discussions that began in the last several weeks that apparently included a face-to-face meeting last week, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer are finally talking …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About Those New CrunchPad Pictures  —  A little background for those of you who haven't heard of the CrunchPad: This is the post that kicked off the project.  I wanted something I couldn't buy, and found people who said it could be built for a lot less than I imagined.
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
CompUSA Comes Back From the Dead  —  About three months ago, Loretta Alkalay, a retired Florida resident, wanted to get a new HDTV.  So she decided to give the CompUSA near her home a try.  —  Yes, CompUSA.  The once-bankrupt electronics retailer is making a comeback …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Inserting images  —  Well, it's about time.  You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them.  Just turn on “Inserting images” from the Labs tab under Settings, and you'll see a new toolbar icon like this:
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How to Block the DiggBar  —  Last week Digg released something they call the DiggBar, which serves as both a new interface for Digg and doubles as a URL shortening service.  The way it works is that you just add “digg.com/” at the beginning of any URL, and Digg creates a short URL in the form of digg.com/1234.
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Greg / 3 Dog Media:
Google and Digg's Secret Backroom Deal  —  Over the last couple of months, I've been getting the urge to get back into blogging a bit.  However, when it's been awhile since you've attempted to construct a thought longer than a 140 character tweet, actually doing it is a bit harder than you regular bloggers might imagine.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yelp lets businesses set the record straight with owner comments  —  Yelp is trying to make business owners a little less cranky about getting dissed on the popular review site by allowing them to respond publicly to reviews they believe are inaccurate.  —  The site, which is best known …
Discussion: Ars Technica, CNET News and Bits
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Yelp Will Let Businesses Respond to Web Reviews
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Watch
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T uses Twitter during service outage  —  Want to find out why you suddenly don't have Internet access or cell phone service?  You might want to check out the social-networking site Twitter.  —  It seems that Twitter was one of the main ways that phone company AT&T has been communicating …
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Barrett Lyon / BitGravity: Blog:
Destroy the Internet with a hacksaw?
Austin / Billions With Zero Knowledge:
Why Twitter's Next Fail Whale can be found on their Recruiting Page  —  I love Twitter and am fascinated by the ecosystem that Evan, Biz and the team at Twitter have created around the popular microblogging service.  While many people on the sidelines are obsessed with when Twitter will make money …
Discussion: Twitterrati, Thanks:austinhill
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple begins countdown to 1 billion iPhone apps downloaded  —  The countdown has begun.  Apple posted a Web page on Friday counting down (or actually counting up) to the one billion app downloaded milestone on the App Store.  —  That's a significant goal for a couple of reasons.
Philip Lam / PreThinking:
Sprint Employees now training on the Palm Pre, Pre's Launch is Near  —  All the rumors and speculations of a mid-April/late April/May launch of the Palm Pre doesn't appear to be too far of a stretch.  Stated in an email from Sprint, “Employees can expect training to start in April …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Laptop Hunters ad proves Macs are just for children  —  Microsoft's latest installment in its popular series of ripped-from-the-headlines, “real America” style 'puter-buying adventures follows a mom and son duo — Lisa and Jackson.  We learn during the commercial that the two need a computer which is …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: IBM researcher says Moore's Law at end  —  Moore's Law is maxing out.  This is an oft-made prediction in the computer industry.  The latest to chime in is an IBM fellow, according to a report.  —  Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors …
Thanks:atul
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Sex, Lies, and Software Development  —  Are there any programming jobs you wouldn't take?  Not because the jobs didn't pay enough, had poor benefits, or limited upside — but because the work itself made you uncomfortable?  Consider the tale of one freshmeat.net writer: … That was eight years ago.
Casey Gotcher / AMD at Home:
AMD Fusion Media Explorer  —  A Better Media Experience  —  My name is Casey Gotcher, and this is my first official blog on AMD's behalf.  I chose to wait a while, specifically to speak to this particular topic.  We have been working diligently for over a year now on this product …
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
Activist Charged for Inciting ‘Twitter Revolution’ (Updated)  —  A Moldovan activist faces criminal charges for organizing demonstrations that were enabled by social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook, the Russian press reports.  —  In an interview with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS …
Discussion: techPresident
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Survey: 100% of Teens Want an iPod; 0% of Teens Want Any Other Player  —  News doesn't get much worse than this for the Zunes and Sansas of the world: a whopping 0% of surveyed teens planned on buying their devices, with 100% wanting an iPod in the coming year.
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Rick Jervis / USA Today:
YouTube riddled with drug cartel videos, messages  —  The violence among Mexican drug cartels is not filling just the streets of Mexican border towns: It's also spilling into gruesome online videos and chat rooms.  —  The videos on YouTube and Mexican-based sites are polished …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Companies That Fight Click Fraud Enjoy the Downturn  —  Many things are down during the recession.  But there's a boom in click fraud, the tricks used to make online ads seem more effective than they are.  And companies that police the practice are seeing fresh business as Internet concerns seek …
Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Time for an audit of Microsoft's ‘Apple Tax’  —  Microsoft puts forth a ‘tax return’ showing the cost difference between a Windows PC or Mac purchase.  However, CNET News' Ina Fried suggests auditors take a close look at the itemized deductions.  —  Microsoft is back touting the “Apple Tax” …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft Does the Math on the “Apple Tax.” Badly.
Discussion: Macworld and Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:marieadomingo
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner's Unlimited Download Plan: $150 a Month  —  Time Warner Cable has modestly softened its plan to test usage limits for its broadband data customers.  Landel Hobbs, the company's chief operating officer, has just published a post with the new price tiers for a test of the plan it will conduct in four cities.
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Emerging battlefield: Browser installers
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
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Network storage still not consumer-friendly
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Domain Pigeon now finds open Twitter names
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Pete Waterman: ‘I was exploited by Google’
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