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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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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 …
Dan Costa / PC Magazine:
The Pirate Bay Verdict Won't Affect File Sharing  —  The trial and conviction of four crypto-anarchists doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the mad world of copyright protection.  —  Today, a court in Stockholm, Sweden passed judgment on the four guys who run The Pirate Bay …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:kmonson
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Copyright holders cheer Pirate Bay verdict
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Softpedia News
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: The Underwire
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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kutcher Plays His Pied Piper Flute And Gets A Million Twitter Followers
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
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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.
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.
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: ThreatChaos and Threatpost Blog
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.
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: MacRumors, Gizmodo and The iPhone Blog
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 …
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: Lifehacker and Gawker
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04's final test version released  —  The Ubuntu project has published a release candidate, or final testing version, for the upcoming 9.04 version of its popular Linux distribution.  —  “We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable and suitable for testing by any user …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Download Squad
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NBC Universal Earnings Sliced In Half, but There's a Bright Side  —  The bad news for NBC Universal: The TV and movie powerhouse saw earnings drop 45 percent in the last quarter.  The good news: The GE unit says that if you stripped out one-time costs, charges, etc., it would have only been down something like 15 to 25 percent.
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.
Discussion: MediaPost and CrunchGear
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Hiroshi Suzuki / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Shares Fall After U.S. Wii Sales Drop for First Time in 14 Months
Discussion: paidContent.org, Joystiq and Engadget
 
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