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9:10 AM ET, April 17, 2009


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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty  —  While only a few weeks ago, it seems like an eternity since the trial of The Pirate Bay Four ended and the court retired to consider its verdict.  The prosecution claimed that the four defendants were 'assisting in making copyright content available …
Michael Masnick / 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 …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Court Says File-Sharing Site Violated Copyright  —  PARIS — A court in Sweden on Friday convicted four men linked to the notorious Internet file-sharing service The Pirate Bay of violating copyright law, handing the music and movie industries a high-profile victory in their campaign to curb online piracy.
Discussion: p2pnet and Technology Live
Darren Waters / blog:
Pirate Bay beached but not sunk  —  From Hollywood to Stockholm via London, the movie and music industries will be breathing a sigh of relief, albeit one which will only last a short while.  —  The Pirate Bay has been, as far as the professional creative industries are concerned …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Music Ally and The Register
Four jailed in landmark Pirate Bay case  —  STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CNN) — Four men behind a Swedish file-sharing Web site used by millions to exchange movies and music have been jailed for a year for collaborating to violate copyright law in a landmark court verdict in Stockholm.
Discussion: Engadget
Court jails Pirate Bay founders  —  A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case.  —  Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.
The Local:
Pirate Bay guilty
Discussion: Music Ally and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Snow Day, Employee Arrest At Fox/MySpace  —  Los Angeles tech companies may not be able to stand up to their northern California neighbors when it comes to technology clout, but they sure do seem to have a more interesting and varied work life.  While Silicon Valley based Facebook …
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
U.S. video games sales fall 17 pct in March: NPD  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Overall U.S. video game sales fell 17 percent in March to $1.43 billion, research group NPD said on Thursday, a revealing figure for an industry that had so far shown resilience in the economic downturn.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google bringing pay-per-view to YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
Agence France Presse:
Sony Ericsson to cut 2,000 jobs after losses  —  Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson on Friday said it would cut 2,000 more jobs after it swung to a loss of 293 million euros (384 million dollars) in the first quarter of the year.  —  The group, which experienced losses in the third …
Bloomberg:   Sony Ericsson to Cut 2,000 More Jobs After Third Straight Quarterly Loss
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Interview With Automattic's Matt Mullenweg: “Blogging Is Not Slowing Down”  —  We're still at The Next Web Conference 2009 here in Amsterdam, and I just ran into Matt Mullenweg from Automattic / WordPress and immediately cornered him, put him against a brick wall outside and got him to answer …
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.
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Documents: FBI Spyware Has Been Snaring Extortionists and Hackers for Years
Gordon Brown backs broadband for all
Discussion: The Register
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
EBay's Donahoe Says Changes Could Take Three or Four Years
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Role of Bush NSA Plan Under Review
Discussion: New York Times
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NBC Hits 1B Full Episode Streams
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and Techdirt
Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3
Discussion: MobileCrunch and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Should Twitter Remove Its Follower Count?
Discussion: Hi Tech and TechVi
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Yahoo's taskmaster  —  Carol Bartz is shrewd, strong-minded, blunt, and disciplined.
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ariel Schwartz / INHABITAT:
Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon chief talks LTE iPhones, hates on rival: “I don't know …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
National Geographic's Infinite Photograph will mesmerize you
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Didi Tang / Associated Press:
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