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6:30 PM ET, April 17, 2009

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Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Secret to Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Success?  Billboards  —  Should He Be Disqualified for Such Old-School Advertising?  —  OAAA gets Twitterpated  —  Here's how Ashton Kutcher really won the Twitter war with CNN: digital billboards.  —  Lamar Advertising, the third-largest billboard company …
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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CNN:
Oprah, Ashton Kutcher mark Twitter ‘turning point’  —  (CNN) — As Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to collect 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah Winfrey sends out her first tweet, tech observers are debating: Does Friday mark a new peak for the microblogging service?  Or the beginning of its demise?
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Underwire
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The Pirate Bay Guilty; Jail for File-Sharing Foursome  —  Oscar Swartz reports.  —  Four men connected to The Pirate Bay, the world's most notorious file sharing site, were convicted by a Swedish court Friday of contributory copyright infringement, and each sentenced to a year in prison.
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Dan Costa / PC Magazine:
The Pirate Bay Verdict Won't Affect File Sharing
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:kmonson
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu iPhone App Coming Soon, ‘Badass’  —  Hulu is in the process of developing an app for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch, we have learned from a plugged-in industry executive.  The app is coming soon (within a few months) and is “badass” — as excellent as Hulu's Web site.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
This iPhone App Helps You Make iPhone Apps  —  Do you have a great idea for an iPhone app but not the coding skills to actually build it?  Well, there's an app for that.  The AppIncubator iPhone App from MEDL Mobile lets you submit your ideas which the company's development team will then build into apps for you.
Discussion: textually.org
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Suggest more recipients  —  Have you ever realized you mistakenly left someone important out of an email, or just spent too much time trying to decide who from your long list of contacts to include?  Well, some of us on the Gmail team feel your pain, so we wrote a new Gmail Labs feature called “Suggest more recipients.”
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Hacking Their Way to a Job?  —  17-Year-Old Behind Recent Twitter Worm Offered Job After Claiming Responsibility  —  For the social networking darling Twitter, it was a headache and potential threat.  But for the young man behind the computer worm that attacked the micro-blogging site this week, it was a fast track to a job.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Mobile 6.5 launch: Pencil in May 11  —  The first Windows Mobile 6.5 phones aren't expected to be available until this fall, but it looks like that isn't stopping Microsoft from “launching” the next version of its mobile operating system on May 11.  —  May 11 is the opening …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Google's CEO Predicts Strong Year for Android  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted good times ahead for Android, the company's mobile phone OS and software.  —  “Overall, it looks like Android is going to have a very strong year,” he said during the company's first quarter investors' conference.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Review: YouTube's New Premium Shows Design  —  We'd worried that YouTube's redesign to promote premium content would crowd out the site's homegrown stars.  But now that YouTube has launched its site refresh, we see we might have been overly concerned.  The new shows and movies section is well-contained within a little header tab.
Discussion: Gawker and Lifehacker
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Documents: FBI Spyware Has Been Snaring Extortionists, Hackers for Years  —  A sophisticated FBI-produced spyware program has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in federal investigations into extortion plots, terrorist threats and hacker attacks in cases stretching back at least seven years, newly declassified documents show.
Discussion: Threatpost Blog and ThreatChaos
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
TC50/DEMO revisited: What's alive, what's dead?  —  Last year, 124 products were unveiled during the TechCrunch50 and DemoFall conferences.  A week later, we went through and sorted out which ones you could actually use.  As anticipated, most were closed off from public use.  Was this a surprise?
Discussion: Gadgetwise
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
New discoveries turn up in betas of Apple's iPhone 3.0 software [u]  —  Developer sources familiarizing themselves with betas of Apple's iPhone 3.0 software have uncovered a handful of additional tweaks and improvements to the system in recent weeks, including changes to Safari's window handling …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo and MacRumors
Brad Stone / Bits:
Apple Tops PC Customer Service Rankings  —  When it comes to customer service, PC manufacturers aren't held with quite the same contempt as cable companies, health insurers and Internet service providers — but they don't have much to brag about, either.  —  Forrester Research's 2008 customer …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple's shares rose as its market share shrank  —  On Wednesday, Gartner Research reported that Apple's (AAPL) share of the U.S. computer market, which topped 9% in calendar Q3 last year, dropped to 7.4% in Q1 2009 — putting it in fourth place behind HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Acer.
Discussion: eWeek
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
World's First Mac Botnet?  Not Quite.  —  This morning, as I scrolled down the list of security Web sites I normally check via my RSS reader, I noticed several items referencing news about the “world's first Mac botnet.”  As I read on, it became clear this was neither news nor a first.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Why File Sharing Will Save Hollywood, Music  —  To hear some tell it, file sharing gutted the music industry by encouraging people to gorge themselves on free, illegal content.  Indeed, unless Friday's landmark verdict against The Pirate Bay is overturned, four Swedes will spend a year in jail …
Discussion: MediaPost and Threat Level
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Polaroid sells its assets for US$88-million  —  Polaroid Corp., the twice-bankrupt pioneer of instant photography, won bankruptcy court approval to sell itself for US$88-million to a joint venture led by two liquidation firms.  —  The partnership, led by Gordon Brothers Brands LLC …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Kindle owners find out about DRM's ever-present threat  —  Some Kindle users are angry because Amazon blocked them from their Kindle accounts, thereby blocking them from accessing their already-purchased media.  Even if these stories are exaggerated, they once again highlight the caveats that come with DRMed media.
Discussion: TechFlash and Technologizer
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Twitter Posts on Paint Projects, Ear Infections Start to Irk Some Users  —  Rachel Gard, who started using Twitter two months ago to keep in touch with friends, says she may stop using the site if companies keep contacting her.  —  Already Home Depot Inc. has wished her luck painting her room …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Bridgestone's 13-inch color e-paper display handles pen input, has the future written all over it  —  While it'll always be difficult to accept innovative technology from a company that makes our tires, there's just no faulting Bridgestone's work in the e-paper space, or their latest color entry, above.
Fred / A VC:
The Power Of Passed Links  —  Links are the currency of the web.  That's the reason that Google is the king of the web right now.  Google generates more click thrus to more websites than any other web service out there.  —  But I've been ruminating on a comment that was left on my earned media post a few weeks ago by Ben Straley.
Thanks:sampad
Reuters:
Taiwan's Asustek to use Linux in new smartphone  —  Netbook PC pioneer Asustek (2357.TW) will use a Linux-based operating system in one of its first two smartphones, a senior company official said on Friday, in a boost for the system's developer.  —  Both Microsoft's (MSFT.O) …
Discussion: GPS Tracklog and Electronista
 
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Yuzo Yamaguchi / Wall Street Journal:
Toshiba Plans Further Job Cuts
Discussion: CNET News
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Creating a Public Nuisance with Insecure Web Sites
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
DRAM spot prices up significantly
Discussion: The Tech Report
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Watch Out, TwitPic: PhotoBucket Is Coming At You With TwitGoo
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Bullis / Technology Review:
Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NBC Universal Earnings Sliced In Half, but There's a Bright Side
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04's final test version released
Discussion: Ars Technica and Download Squad
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look Back At Some Prescient Predictions On Copyright
Discussion: Beyond Search
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO Schmidt Wants A Twitter Search Deal
Discussion: eWeek, Dealscape and paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Snow Day, Employee Arrest At Fox/MySpace
Discussion: The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
 

 
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Chinese Activists Go on Trial for Protesting Media Censorship; Lawyers Claim Human Rights Violation

 
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