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4:09 AM ET, April 10, 2009

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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
AT&T offers $100K reward in fiber optic vandalism; notes second incident  —  updated below:  —  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 …
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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 …
Discussion: eWeek, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
TechCrunch Tablet makes an early debut  —  Leaks are always hardest when they hit at home.  Now we know how Apple feels.  The party responsible for the leak has been penalized severely (whipped with wet spaghetti), so believe us when we say this kind of thing won't ever happen again.
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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.
Thanks:atul
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner's Unlimited Bandwidth Plan: $150 a Month  —  Time Warner Cable has modestly softened its proposal to impose bandwidth limits on all of 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.
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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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) …
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 …
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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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
You're a Mac, you're a PC...Now it's our turn, says Linux  —  The Linux Foundation has announced its own ads that extol the virtues of open source.  —  The Mac vs. PC viral video and advertising war continues to rage, but now Linux has gotten involved.  The nonprofit Linux Foundation began …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux Foundation CEO: Linux is “fastest growing platform”
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent and digg.com
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: New York Times
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Yelp Gives Small Businesses a Louder Voice
Discussion: CNET News and Between the Lines
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Research In Motion Quietly Hires A Key iPhone Designer  —  BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion has scooped up Don Lindsay, who according to one report played a big role in the iPhone user interface.  In his new role, he will be charged with “creating” the VP of user experience, according to his updated LinkedIn profile.
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Domain Pigeon now finds open Twitter names  —  Domain Pigeon, the domain finding service that lets you search and browse unclaimed domains, now does the same thing for Twitter usernames.  It shows you which names are unclaimed, and puts some of the most recent or popular additions on the front page …
Telegraph:
Pete Waterman: ‘I was exploited by Google’  —  Pete Waterman, the force behind dozens of multi-million selling chart hits, claims he is being “exploited” by internet giant Google.  —  The 62-year-old said the Rick Astley classic Never Gonna Give You Up, which he co-wrote and which was the subject …
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
True/Slant fascinates journalists, bores readers  —  Wall Street Journal gadget guru Walt Mossberg surprised me this morning by devoting his hugely influential Personal Technology column not to a smartphone, a desktop app, or an online tax service, but to a news and commentary site called True/Slant.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:ilamont
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.
Discussion: CNET News and The Apple Core
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 …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Loses Toolbar Deals; Search Share To Drop?  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that the loss of two agreements with computer makers could cost Yahoo as much as 15% of its search traffic in the next 12-18 months.  —  Early this year, HP made Live Search the default search toolbar on its computers.
iPodNN:
Unibody concept migrating into iPods?  —  Apple may be exploring the concept of a unibody iPod, a freshly-exposed patent application implies.  Apple began incorporating unibody designs into its products in October of last year, with the introduction of new MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
Discussion: Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Daniel Burka / Digg the Blog:
Digg Search: Now With 99.987% Less Suck  —  An apology is due - until today, Digg's search has been pretty terrible.  I'm really excited to announce that our search no longer sucks.  In fact, I think it's awfully good but you should try it out and judge for yourself.
Discussion: Beyond Search, ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Is Shaq trying to seduce Mark Cuban via Twitter?  —  Shaquille O'Neal and Mark Cuban are deeply confirmed Twitterers.  —  They have different styles but their fingers seem rarely to leave their keyboards.  Perhaps one can even blame sore Twitter-finger for Shaq's poor free-throw percentage.
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Does Facebook's Business Plan Include Premium Memberships?  —  The world's largest social network sometimes gets flack from bloggers and industry pundits for not having much of a business model.  It's true that for now, Facebook is more focused on growing its number of users - which passed 200 million this week - than its bottom line.
Thanks:atul
 
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