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8:45 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
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:
Oprah's First Tweet Will Be Tomorrow On Her Show. …
Discussion: PC World, Bits, CNET News and dot.life blog
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.
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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.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Domino's: How One YouTube Video Can Ruin a Brand
Discussion: USA Today
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
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: Gawker
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Still Shaking Up Sales Force: Nikesh Arora Replaces Omid Kordestani
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
So much for recession proof: U.S. video game sales take a 17 percent dip in March  —  U.S. video game sales have held up in the recession, until now.  Sales of console games, hardware and accessories fell 17 percent in March to $1.43 billion from $1.72 billion a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group.
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing The TechFellow Awards With Founders Fund  —  I'm very pleased to announce a new startup investment program today called The TechFellow Awards in partnership with Founders Fund.  The goal is to honor technology innovators and stoke new investment in great early stage ideas.
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.
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: Gizmodo, ReadWriteWeb and AppScout
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.
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.
HTC Press Release:
New HTC Touch Diamond2™ and HTC Touch Pro2™ Signal a New Wave in Communication  —  New phones simplify information access with HTC Push Internet and unify personal communication with single-view contact integration  —  HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones …
 
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Jon Fortt / Fortune:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Public Profile Statuses Officially Become Public
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's a Socialthing: AOL's Plan To Take On Facebook Connect …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Intel Sponsors Rocketboom
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Court blocks webcast of RIAA file sharing case against Harvard student
Discussion: Ars Technica and Threat Level
Ariel Schwartz / INHABITAT:
Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone
David Chartier / Macworld:
Undercover can track down your lost or stolen iPhone, kinda
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Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact
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Closing The Gap: Facebook Only 9 Million Visitors Away From Passing MySpace In U.S.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco's Unified Server Takes Memory to the Max
New York Times:
N.S.A.'s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress
Lee Williams / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Symbian on Intel's Atom
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