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4:30 PM ET, April 16, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Movement-Aware Interfaces for iPhones, Depicts Front-Facing Video Camera  —  Apple has been conducting ongoing research into how to further improve their mobile device interfaces as evidenced by a couple of patent applications published over the past couple of weeks.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion-adaptive iPhone with video chat
Discussion: DailyTech and O'Grady's PowerPage
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” …
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.  —  “Google had a good quarter given the depth of the recession—while revenues were down quarter over quarter, they grew 6% year over year, thanks to continued strong query growth.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Shows a 3% Sequential Dip In Revenues: First One Ever
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Ning hits 1 million social networks  —  It launched just over two years ago.  —  Ning now has 22 million registered users, about 6.1 million of whom are considered active.  Out of the million networks, about a fifth are currently active.  —  While these numbers are still small compared …
Kate Perry / Democrat And Chronicle:
Time Warner Cable cancels Internet tier pricing plan  —  Time Warner Cable is canceling plans for a new Internet pricing plan for the Rochester area that would have billed people according to how many gigabytes they use each month, Sen. Charles Schumer announced today.
Discussion: eWeek, GigaOM, Epicenter, WHAM-TV and Engadget
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Operation Basement Dad: How 4Chan Could Beat CNN & Ashton Kutcher  —  While Ashton Kutcher and CNN are trying to be the first to hit 1 million followers on Twitter, Joseph Frieschel, an inconspicuous Australian MD, is quickly catching up.  Frieschel only opened his Twitter account last night, but he already has over 200,000 followers.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Oprah's First Tweet Will Be Tomorrow On Her Show. …
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.
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Nokia Sees Handset Demand Stabilizing; Shares Jump
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.
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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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Tax-free Internet shopping may be at an end  —  If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over.  —  A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early …
Discussion: rockinst.org
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.
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.
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).
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Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Price Hikes Dampened iTunes Sales  —  Last week was the first week of iTunes's new, steeper pricing on some tracks, and consumers voted with their wallets, according to Billboard.  Sales figures from iTunes show that tracks that now sell for $1.29, up from $.99, sold 12.5 percent fewer units …
Discussion: Between the Lines, AppScout and hypebot
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 …
CBC News:
Cybercriminals create botnet using Mac computers  —  A piece of malicious software unwittingly shared over a peer-to-peer network in January was the key tool in what security researchers are saying was the first known attempt to create a botnet of Mac computers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
300,000 Kindle 2s Sold To Date  —  Amazon's Kindle 2, which first shipped in late February, is selling at roughly double the rate of the first generation device, says a source close to Amazon.  Approximately 300,000 of the Kindle 2s have been shipped to date, suggesting Amazon …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TeleRead
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco's Unified Server Takes Memory to the Max  —  A month after Cisco unveiled its Unified Computing System, it has finally released pricing, processing power and memory details.  The bottom line is this: the performance of the servers and overall system seem to be in line with competing products …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Closing The Gap: Facebook Only 9 Million Visitors Away From Passing MySpace In U.S.  —  One of our favorite parlor games here at TechCrunch is trying to guess when exactly Facebook will pass MySpace to become the No. 1 social network in the U.S. by unique visitors.  Worldwide, Facebook took that crown long ago (in April, 2008).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Excel-Lookalike Twitter Client Helps You Goof Off At Work  —  For a full-featured Twitter client, we like TweetDeck.  But if we had a real job — something other than tech journalist, where we're obliged to goof off on Twitter at the office — we'd use Spreadtweet.
Discussion: Channel 10 and Download Squad
The Local:
ISP sabotages file sharing law  —  Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung, a vociferous opponent of the measures that came into force on April 1st, has said he is determined to protect the company's clients.  —  The new file sharing law is based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive …
Discussion: Ars Technica and DSLreports
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
The Beatles: Rock Band limited edition bundle priced, detailed
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Gov't won't classify proxies as ‘sophisticated’
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Activision Blizzard's March Quarter Net Revenues and Earnings …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Jessie Scanlon / Business Week:
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Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Google's Q1 forecast looks cautiously optimistic
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Steve Espinosa / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Twitter Will Win Local Search
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TwitPic Hits 1 Million Users, Brick Wall
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