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5:10 AM ET, April 17, 2009

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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.
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Preps Its (Sort of) Hulu Answer: Movies, TV Shows From Sony, Others  —  Here's Google's sort-of answer to Hulu: A newly designed page to showcase TV shows and movies, along with new players and a new ad strategy.  —  What's not included: almost any first-run TV show or newly released movie.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google bringing pay-per-view to YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechSpot and Neowin.net
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Oprah's First Tweet Will Be Tomorrow On Her Show. …
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.
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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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
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).
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
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
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile announces the 3G Sidekick LX, coming May 13  —  Well, well.  Looks like someone launched the new Sidekick LX page a little too early.  —  We've known about the upcoming Sidekick for months and yesterday's leaked memo hinted at an announcement for today, which turned out to be true after all.
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
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
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.
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
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.
QuickPWN:
Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3  —  On April 14 Apple released iPhone OS 3.0 beta 3 build 7A280f to developers.  You know the drill!  With each update comes a new jailbreak.  Even though iPhone OS 3.0 is still in beta, developers still want to keep the jailbreak.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and IntoMobile
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon chief talks LTE iPhones, hates on rival: “I don't know what Sprint thinks it is”  —  In a refreshingly open, straight-shooting interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon boss Ivan Seidenberg — who has a reputation for being candid — talked about virtually every hot-button topic facing …
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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Ning hits 1 million social networks  —  Sometime on Thursday, the one millionth site was created on Ning, the build-your-own-social-network company that was co-founded by Silicon Valley baron Marc Andreessen.  It launched just over two years ago.  —  Ning now has 22 million registered users …
 
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Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and Techdirt
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Nintendo and Sony “Freaking Out” Over Apple iPhone
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
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It's a Socialthing: AOL's Plan To Take On Facebook Connect …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
300,000 Kindle 2s Sold To Date
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Excel-Lookalike Twitter Client Helps You Goof Off At Work
Discussion: Channel 10
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing The TechFellow Awards With Founders Fund
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Tax-free Internet shopping may be at an end
Discussion: Techdirt and TechFlash
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Price Hikes Dampened iTunes Sales
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp's New And Improved iPhone App Officially Hits The App Store
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