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7:25 AM ET, April 11, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Is this the Zune HD?  —  Uh.  Looks like something is happening — big time — in Zune land.  We present what might possibly be your first look at, yes... the Zune HD.  In the gallery below, you can see images from what appears to be a forthcoming marketing campaign for Microsoft's new PMP.
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Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Confirmed: Zune HD is Third Generation Model  —  Technologizer has learned that rumors surrounding the fourth third generation Zune model are indeed true, and Microsoft's music player would be getting a high-definition upgrade sometime in the fall, most likely in September or October.
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Ubergizmo, Thanks:edoswald
Electronista:
Zune HD to take on iPod touch?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Skype Founders Seek to Buy Service Back  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The European duo who created Skype and sold it to eBay for billions may have another trick up their sleeve: buying it back.  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the original founders of Skype, have approached several private equity firms …
Joshua Topolsky:
Why Engadget is blocking the DiggBar  —  Some of you may be wondering why you're not seeing the latest piece of Digg's news-puzzle — the DiggBar — on Engadget.  Let me explain.  —  If you've seen the tool in action, then you know that it appears to offer an easy way to read an article …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Growth Of Framebars & Kevin Rose On The DiggBar  —  The DiggBar has been out for about a week now.  Since then, there continues to be concerns over twin issues of whether it robs sites of link love and frames their contents in a way that's unfair to publishers.
Faruk Ate / FarukAt.e:
JavaScript DiggBar killer (but not blocker)  —  EVENT:  —  Digg came up with the “DiggBar”, a frame that keeps visitors on the digg.com domain while framing the destination website below it.  —  EFFECT:  —  This event caused massive controversy and anger, and has led to the creation of many …
Discussion: webmonkey and CNET News
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Steve Jobs Still Running The Show At Apple (From Home)  —  While speculation has continued as to whether Steve Jobs will even back at Apple's helm at the midway point of a self-imposed six month medical leave, WSJ cites unidentified sources who contend the company's co-founder is still running the show, albeit from his home.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
$1.29 iTunes Songs Mysteriously Get Less Popular  —  Billboard's crack scientists conducted a quick study on a mysterious new phenomenon: More expensive $1.29 songs on iTunes are becoming less popular!  (Actually, the results will surprise you.)  —  One day after the price jump …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
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Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
iTunes Price Changes Hurt Some Rankings
Discussion: iLounge
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bye, MG Siegler, we'll miss you — especially your headlines  —  It's with a heavy heart that I write this post.  Reporter MG Siegler is leaving VentureBeat to begin work at competing blog TechCrunch.  We always viewed MG as one of our better writers, and he fit really well with our team.
Discussion: ParisLemon, lalawag and Beet.TV, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple stores to ditch Windows EasyPay systems for iPhone tech  —  Apple retail stores are looking to move away from Windows Mobile-based handheld checkout devices in favor of iPod touches with custom accessory add-ons, with a transition expected to follow the release of iPhone 3.0 later this year.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft cancels campus pub  —  Beer and wine won't be flowing at a Microsoft campus bar after all.  Just three days before the Spitfire pub was to open there, the company has pulled the plug on the project.  The decision has left pub owner Jonathan Sposato mystified.
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent.org
PE Hub Blog:
Current TV Cans IPO  —  Current Media Inc. (a.k.a. Current TV), a San Francisco-based television news and information network for young adults, has withdrawn registration for a $100 million IPO.  It cited “current market conditions.”  —  The company had planned to trade on the Nasdaq …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Against Realtime  —  The future is now, more so than ever.  Silicon Valley, filled with worshipers of the new, has embraced “realtime” as the latest trend.  If it didn't happen in the last 10 minutes, it doesn't matter.  —  It's why blogs are supposedly killing sluggish print media.
Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal Authority Over the Internet?  The Cybersecurity Act of 2009  —  There's a new bill working its way through Congress that is cause for some alarm: the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF summary here), introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (D-ME).
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Apple releases iPod Shuffle VoiceOver Kit 1.0.1 upgrade  —  You know what really gets on our nerves?  When we're listening to Van der Graaf Generator (look it up!) on our newfangled iPod Shuffle and it pronounces the band's name wrong.  Seriously, this is an important function.
IEBlog:
Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8  —  In January we blogged about our plan to distribute IE8 via Automatic Update/Windows Update (for simplicity, we'll refer to this as Automatic Update for the rest of this blog post).  This post provides some additional information about how users …
Mark Gomez / Mercury News:
AT&T boosts reward to $250K in phone service sabotage  —  AT&T has increased its reward to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for cutting fiber-optics lines at four locations early Thursday morning in South San Jose and San Carlos.
Discussion: DSLreports and The Huffington Post
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Chris Shiflett:
Save the Internet with rev="canonical"  —  There's a new proposal ("URL shortening that doesn't hurt the Internet") floating around for using rev="canonical" to help put a stop to the URL-shortening madness.  It sounds like a pretty good idea, and based on some discussions on IRC this morning …
Discussion: Ben Ramsey
 
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Dell Adamo Full Review: Macho Outside, Sissy Inside
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Wikileaks:
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Financial Times:
Technology and music sectors call a truce
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Daily Beast Inks Monthlong Deal With Luxury Handbag Maker
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Should Colleges Continue to Host Email for Their Students?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AP Exec: “To the Untrained Eye It Looks Like We're Stupid”
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
German Collections Society Trying To Collect For Performances It Has No Rights Over
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington and I disagree on the future
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch, Thanks:blogfisher
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
At CHI Meeting, Microsoft Turns Computing Interfaces on Their Head …
Discussion: WinBeta
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
IPhone Needs A New Brain
Rick Jervis / USA Today:
YouTube riddled with drug cartel videos, messages
Discussion: Techdirt and WatchingTV Online