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12:25 AM ET, April 18, 2009

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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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Google Is The New Pirate Bay  —  If the site goes away, search engines could become the new starting points for digital pirates.  —  This week has offered a hard lesson for pirates, both water- and Web-based: Keep a low profile and your illicit business can flourish.
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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: Guardian, Threat Level and MediaPost
Threat Level:
The Pirate Bay Guilty; Jail for File-Sharing Foursome
Dan Costa / PC Magazine:
The Pirate Bay Verdict Won't Affect File Sharing
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:kmonson
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Oprah Fails to Tweet on Her Big Twitter Show  —  How could one possibly make Twitter even more of an exercise in self-absorption?  How about by broadcasting yourself on national TV while using Twitter?  Oprah's big Twitter show is on right now and we're watching.  —  The show starts with Oprah excited about joining Twitter.
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.”
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
Welcome to Our Site, Sorry You Can't Use It  —  There are plenty of upstart social networks besides Facebook and Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn.  But too many suffer from what I call Private Beta Disorder: Instead of letting you dive right in, they ask you to “sign up for our private beta program.”
Thanks:ilamont
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   TC50/DEMO revisited: What's alive, what's dead?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Obama Spurns Silicon Valley Vets, Names Virginia's Secretary of Technology As CTO  —  President Obama will be naming Aneesh Paul Chopra as his choice for CTO during tomorrow's weekly address, according to a press release posted to the White House's official web site.
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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Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
‘Twitter Sucks!’  The Backlash Begins  —  Twitter has been hyped, obsessively covered by “gee-whiz!” journalists (O.K., including us), and even studied by experts.  But now that the micro-blogging platform is the third most popular social network behind Facebook and MySpace …
Discussion: Industry Standard
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 …
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 …
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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.
Caterina.net:
Hunch data  —  We've been busy.  Since we launched Hunch, over 4.3 million questions have been answered, counting both THAY questions (Teach Hunch About You) and topic question/answers.  This is phenomenal, and gives us a ton of data to work with.  In the past, statistical prediction …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
A Better Calling Card: Twitter Challenges Facebook Connect  —  In the old days, self-important people use to carry calling cards.  Now we have Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to turn us all into mini-celebrities.  So what's the new calling card online?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Hueniverse, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Good luck with that funding: Q1 sees lowest VC investment in more than a decade  —  There are two new reports about the state of venture capital investing during the first three months of 2009, and they're even bleaker than I expected.  Remember when everyone was hoping that the economic downturn …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
WPP Sues Spot Runner for Securities Fraud, Breach of Contract  —  Accuses Agency of ‘Pump and Dump’ Stock Scheme  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — WPP has filed a lawsuit against Spot Runner, the Los Angeles self-service ad creator in which it has a stake, as well as the agency's chairman-CEO …
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.
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
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.
Pamela Samuelson / O'Reilly Radar:
Legally Speaking: The Dead Souls of the Google Booksearch Settlement  —  Guest blogger Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos on Kindle sales and The Karate Kid  —  Amazon.com released CEO Jeff Bezos' 2008 annual letter to shareholders today.  Among the highlights: Bezos says sales of the electronic Kindle reader “have exceeded our most optimistic expectations.”
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome update offers tab micromanagement options  —  One of the features that set Chrome apart from rivals on its debut, the array of Web page thumbnails that greeted users when they launched the browser or opened a new browsing tab, is becoming optional.  —  In the Chrome 2..174. update …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
My Mythical Online Rental Service for Movies  —  Why Hollywood is so slow to catch up on offering all of its movies and shows online.  —  I've been watching most of my movies and a lot of my TV shows through Netflix for at least three years now.  But lately my red envelopes have been piling up …
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Blog to Print: Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Slowly Opens Its Wireless Network …
Discussion: Verizon and Engadget
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Another Contender Emerges: Posterous Takes On TwitPic With New API
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
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