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1:00 PM 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 …
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.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Q1 VC Fundraising: Down & Up  —  Forty U.S.-based venture capital firms raised just $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, according to data released this morning by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.  The downside is that this represents the lowest number of funds to raise capital since Q3 2003.
Discussion: TechFlash
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Spencer Ante / Tech Beat:
New Venture Capital Investment Nearly Comes to a Halt  —  It's official: Institutional investors have put the kibosh on investing in new venture capital funds, though established firms with track records have been able to scare up some money.  That's the big news out of today's announcement …
Discussion: TechCrunch and DealZone
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Apple Put Everyone In an App State of Mind
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Buy.com offering Apple official unlocked iPhones for $799  —  Buy.com 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.
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Buy A Smartphone Until June!  —  In the market for a smartphone?  Unless you desperately need one today, it's a smart idea to wait — at least until early June.  Apple, Palm, and other companies are readying new phones for summer launches.  And there's a good chance you'll want to try out one or more of them.
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: BetaNews and Network World
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let's Go Crazy: New Prince iPod Costs $150 Per Song  —  The newest special edition 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.
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Rumor: Apple Expect 4 Million New iPhones Shipment by end Q2  —  Together with the rumors on the new iPhone in the past few months, here is yet another rumor from chinatimes according to its source from iPhone component suppliers.  According to its insider news, Apple has already ordered 4 million units …
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 …
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
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitteronia vs. Status.net: 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 LouisGray.com and my own blog about the benefits business can see by …
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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.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Electronista
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
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PR Newswire:   Seagate Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Fiscal Third …
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
HP upgrades home server, adds video streaming to iPhones  —  With serious competitors for its MediaSmart home server finally coming to the U.S., Hewlett-Packard today is announcing a big software update of the Windows Home Server-based system.  —  Highlight include new software …
TOP 20 MSI News:
Work and Play Smart with U123 Series MSI Launches U123 Series in Wind Netbook  —  Taipeiã€'MSI today announces U123 Series in Wind Netbook.  The first three models in U123 Series are U123, U123H and U123T.  —  Though major notebook branders around the world have recently launched a blizzard of …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Liliputing and Engadget
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Enterprise 2.0 and the Trough of Disillusionment … It feels like I'm seeing more posts describing the challenges that Enterprise 2.0 faces.  I'm not alone, Dion Hinchcliffe noted a similar trend yesterday as well on ZDNet.  Of course, these concerns have always been there …
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise and Enterprise Web 2.0, Thanks:atul
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
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 …
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Top Facebook Applications See 25 Percent Drop In Traffic Since Redesign
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Spikes Over $14 On Microsoft Deal Talks
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year
Discussion: DailyTech and Slashdot
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Our ears may have built-in passwords
Discussion: Softpedia News
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Wireless Carriers: Your New PC Retailer?
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
New Skype Vulnerability Discovered
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Channels Miss Cleo: A Twitter Transaction? …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Owen Fletcher / Network World:
Analyst: Dell in smartphone talks with China Mobile
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Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Digggate: Conspiracy Theory or Brave New World for Digg
Thanks:atul
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Bloggers Be Warned: FTC May Monitor What You Say
Discussion: The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Time Warner's Broadband Cap Plans Draw Lawmaker's Ire
Discussion: DSLreports and The Tech Report
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On (to) TechCrunch  —  Matt Marshall has taught me a lot of things.
Discussion: TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Will Be Using FriendFeed In The Future — But It May Be Called Facebook
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog, Thanks:bobcaswell
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