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8:40 PM ET, April 13, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
StumbleUpon Stumbles Out of eBay's Arms to Be Reborn as a Start-Up (Plus the Entire Press Release)  —  The content discovery service, StumbleUpon, has gotten itself back to start-up status, after being bought by eBay two years ago.  —  It announced today that it was returning to being an …
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gmc / Official StumbleUpon Blog:
StumbleUpon is a start-up again!  —  After nearly two years as a subsidiary of eBay, today StumbleUpon returns to being an independent company.  StumbleUpon is now backed by myself and co-founder Geoff Smith, along with several great investors who've backed companies such as Google and Facebook.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Breaks Free from eBay - Founders Buy it Back  —  Want a geeky way to chill out after a long work day of focus, focus, focus?  There are few better ways online to keep the synapses lubricated than through the semi-serendipity of social sharing service StumbleUpon.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre gets caught taking a walk in the park  —  If you're looking for rhyme or reason, unfortunately we can't offer either for the time being.  All we know is this: It looks like Sprint and Palm may be loosening the reins a bit when it comes to allowing the Palm Pre out into the wild.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre launching no earlier than May 16 according to leaked doc?  —  We've been made privy to some Sprint planning documentation that implies that the carrier is looking to get all its Pre ducks in a row by May 16, which would suggest that there's no way in hell it's launching any earlier than that.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon: “ham-fisted” error caused glitch with gay books  —  Amazon has been taking a beating online for the removal of sales ranking on a number of gay- and lesbian-themed books.  The company initially called it a glitch that was being fixed.  Now Amazon is calling it a “ham-fisted” error that goes far beyond gay titles.
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker's Behind Amazon's Big Gay Outrage
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
OpenSecrets.org Goes OpenData  —  Award-winning website from the Center for Responsive Politics now provides 20 years of downloadable money-in-politics data—for free  —  WASHINGTON — Politicians, prepare yourselves.  Lobbyists, look out.  Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics …
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:   OpenSecrets lets users download data for free
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Top Facebook Applications See 25 Percent Drop In Traffic Since Redesign  —  If you thought the last redesign spelled the death of the Facebook platform, you ain't seen nothing yet!  Last July Facebook released their new design and within a matter of months, widget applications had become a thing of the past.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Analyst: Apple placed chip order for 32GB iPhones  —  Apple has reportedly ordered 100 million units of 8-gigabit and 16-gigabit NAND flash chips, with the bulk of its order coming from its main iPhone chip supplier, Samsung, according to a research report released Monday by a Lazard Capital Markets analyst.
Discussion: Electronista and SlashGear
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: More Vids to Fewer Uniques in March  —  Monthly viewer stats used to be pretty boring to write.  To paraphrase Jan Brady, it was always “YouTube, YouTube, YouTube!”  Then along came Hulu and things got more interesting as the premium content site started to take off.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year  —  New data shows that the vast majority of corporate IT departments won't touch Microsoft's next OS until at least 2011.  —  Microsoft may need to keep its Windows XP operating system around a little longer—at least for its deep-pocketed corporate customers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jim Breyer Joins Dell Board Of Directors, Fast Becoming Most Powerful Man In Silicon Valley  —  Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, joined the board of directors of Dell today.  That's interesting in itself, but the man also sits on the board of Facebook, Walmart and Marvel, as well as a number of younger startups.
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 …
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.
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.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Kindle 2's Fuzzy Fonts Have Users Seeing Red  —  Amazon's Kindle 2 is slimmer, faster and has longer battery life than its predecessor.  But the newly launched e-book reader falls short when it comes to how well it displays text, say some users.  —  “When you read a lot of text on the screen …
Discussion: Engadget and Mass High Tech
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft to start pushing IE 8 browser  —  Microsoft said it plans next week to start pushing its Internet Explorer 8 browser to consumers who have Windows' automatic-update feature turned on.  —  The software maker released the browser for download at last month's Mix conference …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Report: Carriers ‘pass’ on forthcoming Dell handset  —  Whenever Dell does unveil its much-hinted-about new handset, it will apparently be taking a nontraditional route to the market, according to an analyst report Monday.  —  Dell has decided to sell its new product through retailers only, Ashok Kumar of Collins Stewart said.
Louis Gray:
Twazzup Takes On Twitter Search to Make Sense of Real-Time Web  —  Twitter's acquisition of Summize in 2008 gained the red-hot status update service arguably the most impactful new entrant into the Web 2.0 space last year, as the company looked to harness the millions of daily tweets flowing through its system and make sense of it all.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News, Thanks:jesse
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Miramax Rewards Would-Be BitTorrent Pirate With Free Ticket  —  Most people sharing files on the Internet are aware that at any time they could be being monitored by any number of anti-piracy companies, investigators or lobby groups.  There can be little doubt that file-sharing forums …
Discussion: Crave
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Retail Patapon 2 to be UMD-free  —  Our inside source has given us word that Sony will release its upcoming title Patapon 2 purely through digital means, even though empty cases with the download code will be available at retailers.  Sony may be inching even closer …
Katherine Bourzac / Technology Review:
Gmail Sidesteps the App Store  —  The technology behind the new Gmail could challenge Apple's control over third-party applications.  —  Last week, Google announced an upgrade to its Web-based Gmail service for users of the iPhone and Android-powered devices.
Discussion: GigaOM
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Print is still king: Only 3 percent of newspaper reading happens online  —  Surprise.  —  All generally accepted truths notwithstanding, more than 96 percent of newspaper reading is still done in the print editions, and the online share of the newspaper audience attention is only a bit more than 3 percent.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Intel's Stress Test  —  The microprocessor goliath is feeling some pain, but Intel has far worse things planned for rivals.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — If you're in the microprocessor business right now, you have two problems: the rotten economy and Intel.  That means if you're Intel …
Galen Moore / Mass High Tech:
Online video firm ScanScout lands $8M funding  —  ScanScout Inc. has received a $5.1 million tranche, part of a funding round valued at $8.1 million, according to a document filed with federal regulatory authorities.  —  The round is the third for the Boston-based in-stream video ad network provider …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, VentureBeat and Beet.TV
 
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Peter Lattman / Deal Journal:
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Mike Linksvayer / Creative Commons:
Wikipedia community vote on migration to CC BY-SA begins now
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft rep faces tough questions at Linux Summit
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Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Buyer Beware: Twitter Search Is Powerful-And Limited
Thanks:atul
Chris Kanaracus / ITworld.com:
Sun's open source boss slams App Engine's Java support
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Buy A Smartphone Until June!
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista/7 more secure than Linux and Mac OS X
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and tinyComb