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7:00 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: The Entire Memo  —  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 “investor-backed startup” …
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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.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker's Behind Amazon's Big Gay Outrage  —  Twitter had a big tizzy yesterday over Amazon.com's supposed censorship of gay and lesbian titles, did you hear?  Just one problem: A well-known hacker has come forward and claimed the whole thing was his prank.
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Blogs and Twitter Coin “AmazonFail”  —  This weekend's news that Amazon.com removed sales rankings for gay and lesbian books has coined a new term, already in heavy rotation on Twitter and the blogosphere: AmazonFail.  —  Twitter posts tagged “AmazonFail” are flooding the microblogging site.
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.
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Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
Internet Users Flock to Foreign Sites to Avoid Censorship
Discussion: BetaNews
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Sony PSP trend?  Retail Patapon 2 rumored 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.
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.
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, CNET News and Mashable!, Thanks:jesse
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
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.
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.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Allow Telecoms to Apply for Cuba Licenses  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will allow U.S. telecom companies and other providers to apply for licenses to do business in Cuba, including setting up television and mobile-phone service, an administration official said Monday.
Discussion: DSLreports, Silicon Alley Insider and Reuters, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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: Boy Genius Report
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft rep faces tough questions at Linux Summit
Discussion: OSNews
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Ongoing problems at Twitter
Discussion: ITworld.com and eWeek
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
SMS search tool Kwiry to shut down next week
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
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Miramax Rewards Would-Be BitTorrent Pirate With Free Ticket
Discussion: Crave
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Galen Moore / Mass High Tech:
Online video firm ScanScout lands $8M funding
Discussion: NewTeeVee, VentureBeat and Beet.TV
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Buyer Beware: Twitter Search Is Powerful-And Limited
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
OpenSecrets lets users download data for free
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Chris Kanaracus / ITworld.com:
Sun's open source boss slams App Engine's Java support
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Enterprise 2.0 and the Trough of Disillusionment
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise, Thanks:atul
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
A One-Time Raging Bull on Apple Rages Again.