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1:30 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
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Fred / A VC:
When You Are A Public Company Without Being Public
Discussion: Blogspotting and Fortune
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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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.
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
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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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
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Phone company shelves unpopular Internet cap plan  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable Inc. is testing a new way of charging for Internet use — by the amount of traffic rather than solely based on download speed.  —  But now that it's expanding its trial into Rochester, N.Y. …
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Protests Planned …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Macworld
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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
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
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 …
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Gov't won't classify proxies as ‘sophisticated’  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  The U.S. government has dropped — for now — a plan to classify the use of “proxy” servers as evidence of sophistication in committing a crime.  —  Proxy servers are computers that disguise the source of Internet traffic.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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 …
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Attention Symantec: There's a bug crawling on your website
Reuters:
eBay to Buy South Korea's Gmarket
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gannett's Disappearing Ad Revenue Signals More Bad News for Newspapers
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jessie Scanlon / Business Week:
Kiva Robots Invade the Warehouse
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Google's Q1 forecast looks cautiously optimistic
Stephen Lawson / Network World:
Stanford's Cinder OS tightens mobile power control
Discussion: IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Supporters Throw Street Party in Moscow
Discussion: The Register, CNET News and digg.com
Steve Espinosa / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Twitter Will Win Local Search
Discussion: MediaPost, Screenwerk and Beyond Search
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TwitPic Hits 1 Million Users, Brick Wall
Discussion: AppScout
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
RIM CEO: Storm Just First Touch Product, Our Push Technology Crushes the Competition
 

 
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