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11:10 AM ET, April 13, 2009


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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Deconstructing Apple's Tiny iPod Shuffle  —  A teardown by researchers shows the device's components cost a mere 28% of its retail price—a fat profit margin.  Biggest supplier: Samsung  —  When the first iPod graced store shelves almost eight years ago, it could pack about 1,000 songs …
Scott Campbell / Net News Daily:
Interview with the Creator of the StalkDaily Worm  —  Today, Twitter was infamously attacked by a worm which maliciously effected accounts by forcing them to post a link to the website StalkDaily.  I spoke to its creator, 17 year old Michael Mooney, who lives in Winnfield, Louisiana.
Discussion: Network World
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: offering Apple official unlocked iPhones for $799  — is offering an official Apple Unlocked iPhones now for $799.  This is an official Apple iPhone which isn't jailbroken.  You can do iTunes updates and not have to worry about locking your iPhone up again.  Apple warranty also applies.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's best move: Jobs as chairman with Cook as CEO  —  Apple chief Steve Jobs is involved with all of the company's key product plans, had a hand in the iPhone 3.0 launch and at least a few people expect him to return in June.  —  Those interesting takeaways appeared in a Wall Street Journal story …
Martyn Williams / PC World:
Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea  —  Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.
New York Times:
‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers  —  If your local newspaper shuts down, what will take the place of its coverage?  Perhaps a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer.  —  A number of Web start-up companies are creating …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Seagate: Revenue better than expected; Raises cash to pay debt  —  Seagate Technology on Monday said revenue in its fiscal third quarter will be about $2.1 billion, better than the $1.88 billion projected by Wall Street.  Meanwhile, Seagate said it has raised $430 million in a private bond offering …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
PR Newswire:   Seagate Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Fiscal Third …
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
A One-Time Raging Bull on Apple Rages Again.  —  Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu is out with a report this morning, advising investors that Apple's stock could rise from its current $119 to $152.  That would be a 26% gain in the shares, which have already risen 45% in recent weeks despite concerns …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Tech Trader Daily
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista/7 more secure than Linux and Mac OS X  —  Operating system security is always a hotly contended subject, and last week Microsoft amped up the hype by claiming that Windows Vista and the soon-to-be-released 7 is the world's most secure OS, beating both Linux and Mac OS X.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Update, Open Sourced  —  It doesn't have an interface, it's always running in the background, ready to silently update your Google software: Google Update is the service that makes Google's desktop applications behave more like the constantly updated web applications.
Discussion: CNET News and Beyond Search
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Will Be Using FriendFeed In The Future — But It May Be Called Facebook  —  Last week, we wrote that FriendFeed was in danger of becoming “the coolest app that no one uses.”  The thought was that while FriendFeed is doing some great things both in terms of its technology and feature-wise …
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog, Thanks:bobcaswell
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Barcodes: Big In France!  —  We've always known mobile barcodes are big in Japan, but on a vacation in Paris, we saw some there, too.  —  Here's how they work: Web-connected phone users take a picture of the barcodes, phone software reads the code and does something like send that user a coupon or directs them to a Web site.
Arn / MacRumors:
All-Time Top iPhone App Sales Figures and Estimates  —  As part of Apple's one billion app countdown for their iTunes App Store, they have also compiled a list of the all-time top 20 apps [App Store] for both Paid and Free apps.  —  Perhaps most interesting is what the potential market for a very successful paid iPhone app might be.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, I4U News and Softpedia News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let's Go Crazy: New Prince iPod Costs $150 Per Song  —  The newest special edition to iPod to hit the market comes from Prince.  It is purple, it is produced in a limited batch of 950, and it will cost you $2,100.  —  But at least it contains every Prince song ever recorded, right?  Nope.
Discussion: Obsessable, Gizmodo, Engadget and hypebot
Jesse Stay /
Twitteronia vs. The Battle for Hosted Microblogging Begins  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Facebook/FriendFeed)  —  It's no secret that I'm a huge proponent of self-hosted Microblogging.  I've written numerous times on and my own blog about the benefits business can see by …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Channels Miss Cleo: A Twitter Transaction?  More Facebook Follies?  And Will There Finally Be a Yahoo-Microsoft Deal?  —  This weekend on Twitter, someone paid BoomTown a compliment of a sort: “I read you because you are a solid fact-based reporter with a Miss Cleo intuition :)”
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Our ears may have built-in passwords  —  YOU are the victim of identity theft and the fraudster calls your bank to transfer money into their own account.  But instead of asking them for your personal details, the bank assistant simply presses a button that causes the phone to produce a brief series of clicks in the fraudster's ear.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
What iPhone Apps Are Used Most?  Hint: Not Games  —  When it comes to the type of applications iPhone owners use most, ones for checking the weather trump games, music, news and everything else.  —  According to an upcoming report on smartphone usage by online market research firm Compete …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Bloggers Be Warned: FTC May Monitor What You Say  —  Proposed Plan Would Hold Web Writers Liable for False Brand Discourse  —  NEW YORK ( — Thinking about letting a big-name blogger test-drive your new hybrid in the hope he'll post a glowing review about it …
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Amazon responds to queries, blames a ‘glitch’  —  As readers continue to try to figure out what happened in Amazon's database so that the sales rankings of certain books and not others disappeared — which caused some to be omitted from search results on the site — it seems that Amazon is doing much the same thing.
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
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Owen Fletcher / Network World:
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PR Newswire:
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Discussion: Between the Lines
 Earlier Items: 
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Digggate: Conspiracy Theory or Brave New World for Digg
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Time Warner's Broadband Cap Plans Draw Lawmaker's Ire
Discussion: DSLreports
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On (to) TechCrunch  —  Matt Marshall has taught me a lot of things.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Times change: print no longer default MLA citation style
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
EBay buys Korean rival's stake for $413 million: report
Discussion: Associated Press
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
The problem with push: can small developers afford it?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog

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