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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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty  —  Just minutes ago the verdict in the case of The Pirate Bay Four was announced.  All four defendants were accused of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’.  Peter Sunde: Guilty.  Fredrik Neij: Guilty.  Gottfrid Svartholm: Guilty.
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Techdirt:
Pirate Bay Loses A Lawsuit; Entertainment Industry Loses An Opportunity  —  Well, the verdict has come down in the trial against The Pirate Bay in Sweden, and it appears The Pirate Bay has been found guilty and each of the defendants has been sentenced to a year in jail and told to pay $3.6 million in damages …
Discussion: Threat Level
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kutcher Plays His Pied Piper Flute And Gets A Million Twitter Followers  —  The first man in space.  The first man on the moon.  The first man with a million Twitter followers.  Yes, this is one of those great achievements in human history.  Congratulations Ashton Kutcher.
Discussion: Telegraph, CNN, Hi Tech and BoomTown
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Backs Off Metered Billing - Consumers: 1 Time Warner Cable: 0
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Domino's: How One YouTube Video Can Ruin a Brand  —  In terms of its social media presence, Domino's Pizza gets a lot of things right.  It has a YouTube Channel, a Twitter account, and both a Facebook and MySpace profile.  What Domino's could not plan for, however, was that two of its employees …
Discussion: USA Today
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Take-Two's ‘Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars’ Bellyflops  —  Take-Two's (TTWO) Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is dying on the shelves.  —  We noted earlier this week that analysts were split on how well the game would do when the NPD Group reported US videogame sales for March.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku, Thanks:ekrangel
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Sidekick LX 2009 is a Lean, Mean Twittering Machine (With a Better Screen)  —  T-Mobile's new Sidekick LX 2009 isn't a radical new departure from past models, but it brings a beautiful, 3.2-inch, 854x480 screen to the table along with Twitter integration.  It's also the slimmest Sidekick to date.
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
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Appeals court blocks Internet streaming order in RIAA music piracy case  —  Judges cite 1996 camera ban in overturning decision to allow webcast of hearing in lawsuit against college student Joel Tenenbaum  —  Computerworld) In a victory for the Recording Industry Association of America …
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).
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: Hi Tech and TechVi
Bloomberg:
Sony Ericsson to Cut 2,000 More Jobs After Third Straight Quarterly Loss  —  Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd., the mobile-phone venture of Sony Corp. and Ericsson AB, said it will cut an additional 2,000 jobs to revive profit amid falling demand.  —  The measure will reduce costs …
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Reuters
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Role of Bush NSA Plan Under Review  —  Obama Administration Attuned to Privacy, Security Issues in Protecting Networks  —  The Bush administration planned last year to direct the National Security Agency, which specializes in spying electronically on foreign adversaries …
Discussion: New York Times
Philip Lam / Your Source for Palm Pre News:
Palm Pre available from Chinese Accessories wholesaler?  —  An anonymous tipster and treocentral forums have pointed out that new Palm Pre photos had surfaced on a chinese treo forum.  The photos were taken by Ludle International, a wholesaler company in China that produces and sells electronic accessories and parts.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
EBay's Donahoe Says Changes Could Take Three or Four Years  —  In the past week, eBay Inc. chief executive John Donahoe has taken steps to divest two businesses, acquire another, and revamp his company's core e-commerce website.  —  John Donahoe  —  During a call with investors Thursday morning …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ariel Schwartz / INHABITAT:
Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone  —  Charting the future of cell phone technology, Kyocera recently unveiled a kinetic energy-powered phone that is capable of folding up like a wallet.  Designed by industrial designer Susan McKinney, the EOS phone consists of a soft …
Discussion: MobileContentToday and Engadget
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
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Public Profile Statuses Officially Become Public  —Grant Status Access Button-Big news for developers today: public profile status updates can now be accessed through the developer API.  Andy Young, the developer behind Selective Twitter Status, was the first developer that we've seen …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
 
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Hiroto Tokusei / YouTube Blog:
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
300,000 Kindle 2s Sold To Date
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