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11:00 AM ET, April 21, 2009


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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice control and feedback  —  Various voice-related features, under the codename “Jibbler,” have been discovered in the version of SpringBoard set to ship with the next update to Apple's mobile operating system.  —  Sources speaking to Ars have discovered evidence …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Web IM In Hotmail  —  Web IM is coming to Hotmail.  It became available to users in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and starting today it will roll out to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA.  If your country is not in this list yet, don't fret!
Windows Live team blog:
Web IM in Hotmail!
Discussion: iGeneration
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes  —  Google has launched two experimental products it hopes will change the way users search for pictures and news.  —  A feature known as Similar Images uses a picture rather than text to find other matching images.  —  Timeline presents information already available …
Andy Hertzfeld / Google News Blog:
Introducing Google News Timeline
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project  —  WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Digg's Kevin Rose: The State of The Union  —  Last week I sat down with Digg founder Kevin Rose to get the Digg “State of the Union.”  The company, now more than four years old, has continued to grow incredibly since launching in late 2004 and regularly innovates with new products.
Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today a first-quarter 2009 operating loss of $61.6 million compared with operating profit of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2008.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Ad Sales Plummet 28.4%
Discussion: and MediaMemo
Wall Street Journal:
America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire  —  In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers.  Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz said last month that she created a “wall of shame” for products she isn't happy with.  She's counting on her top technology executive to fix them.
Paul Meller / Computerworld:
Microsoft gains familiar ally in IE antitrust battle in Europe  —  ACT trade group joins case as third party, says there is ‘something surreal’ about EC's charges  —  IDG News Service) Microsoft Corp. gained a familiar ally in its latest antitrust battle with the European Commission today …
Investor plays matchmaker in Sun sale to Oracle  —  * Southeastern talked to potential buyers on Sun's behalf  —  * Talks with Oracle began after IBM talks collapsed  —  * Negotiations led by Sun's Schwartz, Oracle's Catz  —  * Southeastern stands to lose a quarter of investment
Discussion: Between the Lines and Bloomberg
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Considers Building An Ad Network  —  As its been speculated, but never confirmed, Facebook is considering building an ad network on the back of Facebook Connect — but not for at least another six months, an advertising industry source who's discussed the issue with Facebook tells us.
Discussion:, The Social and VentureBeat
Matt Mullenweg:
Sun, Oracle, WordPress, and MySQL  —  It's magically beautiful outside in San Francisco today, but instead everyone is talking about the $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle.  (More on Techmeme.)  A number of people have contacted me with questions to the effect of …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: pirates biggest music buyers.  Labels: yeah, right  —  Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management.  Researchers examined the music downloading habits …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos  —  In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.  —  AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brand Mentions Preferred over Ads  —  Young people especially receptive.  —  Want to get Internet users to visit your Website or follow your brand?  —  The best way to accomplish those tasks, according to ARAnet, based on polling by Opinion Research Corporation, may not be advertising.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Omniture adds viral video analytics, targets startup rivals  —  Web analytics heavyweight Omniture is taking on a few video analytics startups today, by introducing a new service for tracking data about online videos across the web.  The public company already offers a variety of software tools …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A packs LCD trackpad for the whiz-bang crowd  —  And you thought Apple's button-less “glass trackpad” was hot stuff.  Sharp has just let loose details on its thoroughly Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A, which sadly packs an exceptionally boring list of internal components …
Joseph Tartakoff /
Korean Officials Angered By Google's Decision To Bypass Law  —  Google's decision to bypass a new South Korean law by shutting off comments and video uploads on its YouTube Korea site appears to have seriously irked the Korean government.  Korean paper Hankyoreh reports that the Korean government …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and NewTeeVee
PC Pro:
BT blocks off Pirate Bay  —  Updated at 1.10pm: BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a “self-regulation” scheme.  —  BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a “content blocked” message.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
LOLapps Emerges from Stealth Mode to Take Over Facebook Apps  —  LOLapps is officially launching today, after having been in stealth mode for well over six months now.  The company is actually a developer firm that's behind many apps you're probably familiar with, including Quiz Creator and Gift Creator.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
The legal copy in Apple's ‘Legal Copy’ ad  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  We all know someone who claims they can't tell the difference between HD and standard-definition video.  Well, if being able to count the number of stitches on a baseball as it's flying towards the plate …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Fair Use, Turnitin, And... Why Google Never Should Have Caved On Book Scanning  —  Last year, we wrote about a district court decision that noted iParadigm's popular Turnitin plagiarism checker service wasn't violating copyright by adding every student's paper to its database, noting that this was fair use.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Bully Amazee Into Changing Its Name  —  Online retail juggernaut Amazon isn't too pleased with the name Swiss startup Amazee picked for its social collaboration service, and is now trying to persuade the young company to change it to something else.
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Acer, Asustek, MSI see 1Q09 netbook sales fall short of expectations
Discussion: SlashGear and
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Interesting Northern European Analyses Of The Music Industry
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
LG Electronics Operating Profit Beats Estimates; Higher Revenue Predicted
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Should Google pay a tax to media corporations?
Chen May Yee / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Mayo opens private medical-data website
Discussion: PR Newswire and Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
A Magazine With a Puzzle Buried Inside
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware unveils its cloud OS; Wants to be a bridge for the enterprise
Matt Mullenweg: Lives On  —  Do you guys remember
Discussion:, Thanks:socialcoop
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Healthline's semantic search engine adds treatment and doctor search
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
6 Weeks After Redesign, A Look at the Top 10 App Developers on Facebook by Reach
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Mac Business To Shrink For First Time Since 2003