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10:50 PM ET, April 16, 2009

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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  —  Google has just announced its Q1 2009 results, and for the first time ever, there has been a dip.  Revenue fell 3% for the quarter versus the fourth quarter of 2008.  But, for the year, revenues were still up.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube signs Sony, preps site for studio content  —  Move over Hotforwords, Lonelygirl15, and all the other YouTube stars.  The video site is bringing in more professionally made content and plans to make it a marquee product.  —  The Internet's largest video site on Thursday announced …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Preps Its (Sort of) Hulu Answer: Movies, TV Shows From Sony, Others  —  Here's Google's sort-of answer to Hulu: A newly designed page to showcase TV shows and movies, along with new players and a new ad strategy.  —  What's not included: almost any first-run TV show or newly released movie.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google bringing pay-per-view to YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Beet.TV and TechSpot
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:
Should Twitter Remove Its Follower Count?  —  Over the past few days, actor Ashton Kutcher has been racing CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers.  Kutcher and other parties like EA have been pulling out all the stops to help his account gain followers as quickly as possible to hit the number.
Discussion: TechVi
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
They're gone!  After outcry, Time Warner uncaps the tubes  —  After a public outcry and the attention of several members of Congress, Time Warner Cable has stopped its trial of Internet data caps, but not before making “metered billing” a tough sell for all other American ISPs.
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Mark Zuckerberg Today / Facebook Blog:
Voting Begins on Governing the Facebook Site  —  Today, we take the next step in opening our site governance to everyone who uses Facebook with our first user vote.  Through an application developed by Wildfire Promotion Builder, you can now vote on which documents you want to serve as the foundation for governing the Facebook site.
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Facebook opens up vote on new terms of service  —  Following Facebook's privacy debacle earlier this year, the social-networking site is encouraging users to vote on whether a proposed terms of service culled from user feedback should replace the existing terms of service.
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.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Domino's: How One YouTube Video Can Ruin a Brand
Discussion: USA Today and TomsTechBlog.com
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
National Geographic's Infinite Photograph will mesmerize you  —  National Geographic has a fun new feature called the Infinite Photograph that takes over 300,000 photos collected from its archives and submitted by users, and turns them into a giant photo mosaic.
Discussion: BetaNews and Photography Blog
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 …
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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Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Nintendo and Sony “Freaking Out” Over Apple iPhone  —  If you go and do something like found Electronic Arts, which then goes on to be one of the dominant forces in video games worldwide, people tend to take notice of things you say.  Yesterday in an interview with Venture Beat's Dean Takahashi …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet Google's New Global Sales Boss, Nikesh Arora  —  President of international operations Nikesh Arora — best known for running Google Europe until April — will replace Omid Kordestani as Google's (GOOG) global sales boss, according to a note in the company's quarterly filing.
Discussion: VentureBeat, MediaMemo and Gawker
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
Dave McClure / Facebook Developers:
Want to Get Connected?  Apply for fbFund '09 Incubator Program and Come to California!  —  Guest post by Founders Fund startup investor and geek blogger Dave McClure, who will be running the fbFund 2009 Incubator Program.  — “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Yahoo's taskmaster  —  Carol Bartz is shrewd, strong-minded, blunt, and disciplined.  (Don't even think about leaking company information!)  But can this no-nonsense tech veteran come up with a plan to save Yahoo?  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Carol Bartz wasn't interested when Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang …
Thanks:marissac
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon chief talks LTE iPhones, hates on rival: “I don't know what Sprint thinks it is”  —  In a refreshingly open, straight-shooting interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon boss Ivan Seidenberg — who has a reputation for being candid — talked about virtually every hot-button topic facing …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's a Socialthing: AOL's Plan To Take On Facebook Connect With Lifestreaming and Chat  —  If you want to take a peek at how AOL plans to take on Facebook, you need to look beyond Bebo (the social network it bought for $850 million last year) to theBoot, a country music site hidden away off in a corner of AOL Music.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
HTC Touch Pro2 priced: it will retail for about $880  —  You may already know that the new HTC Touch Pro2 will be available for purchase starting this summer - after all, HTC said so when it officially announced the smartphone (at the same time with the Touch Diamond2).
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 …
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: Techdirt and TechFlash
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 …
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Public Profile Statuses Officially Become Public
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Discussion: Beet.TV and Andrew Baron
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Court blocks webcast of RIAA file sharing case against Harvard student
Hiroto Tokusei / YouTube Blog:
Caption Editor Now in TestTube
Discussion: CNET News
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Electricpig.co.uk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing The TechFellow Awards With Founders Fund
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp's New And Improved iPhone App Officially Hits The App Store
Discussion: Gizmodo, ReadWriteWeb and AppScout
New York Times:
N.S.A.'s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress
Lee Williams / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Symbian on Intel's Atom
Discussion: MobileContentToday and Liliputing
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Mac vs. PC: What You Don't Get for $699
Discussion: AppleInsider, CNET News and The Toybox
 

 
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