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11:20 AM ET, April 16, 2009

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion-adaptive iPhone with video chat  —  Patent requests from Apple continue to provide clues as to where the company may take its iPhone interface in the coming years, such as a new filing which depicts a version of the handset with a front-facing video camera …
Discussion: DailyTech and O'Grady's PowerPage
Bloomberg:
Sun Said to Be Willing to Resume IBM Talks With Assurances Deal Will Close  —  Sun Microsystems Inc. would be willing to resume takeover talks with International Business Machines Corp. if IBM makes a stronger commitment to close the acquisition, two people familiar with the matter said.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun to IBM: We're willing to talk again; Big Blue not interested  —  Updated: Sun Microsystems will reportedly be willing to resume takeover talks with IBM if Big Blue says it'll commit to closing the deal.  —  Bloomberg reports the news based on two people familiar with the matter (Techmeme).
Reuters:   IBM not interested in Sun at any price: report
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Nokia's net profit falls 90 percent  —  If you were wondering how bad things have gotten for the mobile handset market, just take a look at Nokia, the world's largest maker of cell phones.  —  The company on Thursday reported a 90 percent fall in first-quarter net profits as the global recession took …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia Calls Bottom For Cellphone Industry
Discussion: Nokia and Gearlog
Bloomberg:
Nokia Profit Declines 90%, Misses Estimates as Demand for Handsets Falters
Discussion: mocoNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Nokia Sees Handset Demand Stabilizing; Shares Jump
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Twitter Wants Distribution Deals, Not a Buyout  —  Yes, Twitter is talking to big Internet companies about forming partnerships with them.  No, it is not looking to sell itself.  —  That is the latest from Fred Wilson, the Union Square Ventures partner who was an early investor in Twitter …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Facebook: Term Sheet Received At $2 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook has been pitching for a new round of funding these last few months to bridge itself to an IPO sometime in the future.  We've known that since October, when (former) CFO Gideon Yu was in Dubai.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook rejects funding at $4 billion valuation, may not raise more  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just had a board-level conversation about possibly accepting money at a $4 billion valuation, but decided against doing so.  —  Facebook isn't commenting directly …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Do You Think Bandwidth Grows on Trees?  —  User-generated content may have changed the Internet, but sites like YouTube are suffocating under the costs of storing it.  —  Everyone knows that print newspapers are our generation's horse-and-buggy; in the most wired cities, they've been pummeled by competition from the Web.
Discussion: CircleID and Technovia
Reuters:
eBay to Buy South Korea's Gmarket  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - eBay Inc offered to buy South Korean online retailer Gmarket Inc for up to $1.2 billion, making it the leader in the world's sixth-largest e-commerce market.  —  The U.S. online auctioneer said it already secured 67 percent of Gmarket …
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
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Bloomberg:   EBay Offers to Buy Korea's Gmarket for $1.2 Billion
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Activision Jumps; Sees Q1 Ahead Of Previous Guidance  —  Activision Blizzard (ATVI) shares are heading higher this morning after the company this morning said its March quarter results will beat previous guidance.  The old guidance was for GAAP revenues of $860 million and profits of 8 cents a share …
Clay Shirky:
The Failure of #amazonfail  —  In 1987, a teenage girl in suburban New York was discovered dazed and wrapped in a garbage bag, smeared with feces, with racial epithets scrawled on her torso.  She had been attacked by half a dozen white men, then left in that state on the grounds of an apartment building.
Lee Williams / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Symbian on Intel's Atom  —  There has been a lot of discussion about the potential of Symbian once combined with S60 and completely unleashed.  The fancies of the wildest and most pragmatic imaginations are most likely to be limited not by technical limitations, but by business realities.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Add Zoho to other sites with Zoho Gadgets  —  Zoho provides useful and free Web applications for productivity and business, just like Google does.  But Zoho has done a particularly impressive job integrating all these applications together.  Now it's integrating those apps with non-Zoho websites …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TwitPic Hits 1 Million Users, Brick Wall  —  Sharing photographs and other images on Twitter is a fairly natural and thus wildly popular extension of the micro-sharing service's main reason for being.  We've earlier noticed how TwitPic seems to have emerged as the leader of the pack.
Discussion: AppScout
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gannett's Disappearing Ad Revenue Bodes Badly For Newspapers  —  Yesterday we got a sense of how bad the first quarter was for the magazine business.  Today we get a report card from the newspaper industry, and it's equally grim.  —  If you're one of the few people gambling on Gannett …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jessie Scanlon / Business Week:
Kiva Robots Invade the Warehouse  —  Fetching goods and filling orders, little helpers from Kiva Systems are revolutionizing companies' supply-chain and distribution networks  —  In a warehouse at the headquarters of Kiva Systems in Woburn, Mass., an ottoman-shaped robot slides beneath …
Steve Espinosa / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Twitter Will Win Local Search  —  (This post was originally published on Local Search News)  —  Almost everything on Twitter is inherently local.  The simple question “What are you doing?” implies that because, unless you are at home watching TV, you are doing something that is local …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Beyond Search
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Mac vs. PC: What You Don't Get for $699  —  A 17-in.  PC may cost a lot less than a 17-in.  Mac.  But you get less, too, including security, multimedia tools, and, some say, satisfaction  —  I'm a sucker for a well-made TV ad.  —  Inspired by the Nike (NKE) “Just Do It” and “Air Jordan” …
Discussion: The Toybox and MacDailyNews
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
RIM CEO: Storm Just First Touch Product, Our Push Technology Crushes the Competition  —  The best way to describe RIM's year so far?  Very good, but a bit rocky.  One the one hand, the company has much to reason to celebrate.  It recently shipped the fifty-millionth BlackBerry …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Open-source ad company OpenX launches platform
Discussion: Tech Beat and TechCrunch
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Google's Q1 forecast looks cautiously optimistic
Discussion: Tech Check with Jim Goldman, Thanks:sampad
Stephen Lawson / Network World:
Stanford's Cinder OS tightens mobile power control
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Tiffany Sparks / PR Newswire:
IBM Technology Alliance Announces Availability of Advanced 28 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Redesigning the Smartphone Show
Discussion: The Register and All About Symbian
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
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Discussion: Telehouse and Slashdot
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Wall Street Journal iPhone App Sets Content Free
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