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12:50 PM 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 would 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, dailywireless.org and Gearlog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Sees Handset Demand Stabilizing; Shares Jump
Discussion: All Things Digital
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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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
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's US Market Share Slips in 1Q 2009  —  Gartner has released a preliminary report detailing U.S. and worldwide PC shipments for the first quarter of 2009.  The report pegs Apple's U.S. market share in fourth place among vendors at 7.4%, down from 8.0% in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Discussion: IDC, TECH.BLORGE.com and OSNews
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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
PR Newswire:
Activision Blizzard's March Quarter Net Revenues and Earnings Tracking Ahead of Prior Outlook  —  Due to the better-than-expected performance of its titles at retail, Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that its March quarter net revenues and earnings per diluted share are tracking ahead of the company's prior outlook.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Activision Jumps; Sees Q1 Ahead Of Previous Guidance
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp's New And Improved iPhone App Officially Hits The App Store  —  Yelp's version 2.0 of its iPhone app has officially hit Apple's App store.  We reported on Yelp's focus on the mobile space and its importance here.  —  As we wrote recently, the new app gives consumers even more ease …
Discussion: AppScout
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Google's Q1 forecast looks cautiously optimistic  —  The economy has been chewing up tech companies left and right, but tomorrow (Thursday) will reveal the quarterly fate of one of the industry's biggest — Google.  After a Wall Street-beating fourth quarter, the Mountain View …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Video Prank at Domino's Taints Brand  —  When two Domino's Pizza employees filmed a prank in the restaurant's kitchen, they decided to post it online.  In a few days, thanks to the power of social media, they ended up with felony charges, more than a million disgusted viewers, and a major company facing a public relations crisis.
New York Times:
N.S.A.'s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.
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
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 …
 
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Reuters:
eBay to Buy South Korea's Gmarket
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gannett's Disappearing Ad Revenue Signals More Bad News for Newspapers
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Stanford's Cinder OS tightens mobile power control
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David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Redesigning the Smartphone Show
Discussion: The Register and All About Symbian
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How Twitter Will Win Local Search
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