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11:35 AM ET, April 22, 2009

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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The True Cost of Amazon's New Kindle  —  The research firm iSuppli tears apart the Kindle 2 to determine how much its components really cost  —  It has taken the online retailer Amazon less than two years to make its Kindle device more or less synonymous with the electronic book reader,
Business Wire:
AT&T's First-Quarter Results Highlighted by Wireless Gains, U-verse TV Growth, Double-Digit Increase in IP Data Revenues  — EPS of $0.53 versus $0.57 for the year-earlier first quarter; incremental noncash pension/retiree benefit costs reduced first-quarter 2009 EPS by $0.05, consistent with full-year outlook
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T: First quarter earnings shine; 1.6 million iPhones activated  —  AT&T on Wednesday delivered first quarter net income of $3.1 billion, or 53 cents a share, on revenue of $30.6 billion.  That tally handily topped Wall Street estimates.  Meanwhile, AT&T said it activated 1.6 million iPhones in the quarter.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T activates 1.6M more iPhone 3Gs as data revenues jump
Discussion: Electronista
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo analysts play deal or no deal on Microsoft search pact  —  Yahoo's first quarter earnings conference call was a humdinger—and possibly designed that way.  —  Everyone knew Yahoo's quarter would be so-so at best (Techmeme).  And everyone knew attention would be focused on potentially outsourcing search to Microsoft.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo's Bartz Rewrites the Script on APT
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:   Yahoo to lay off 675 after profit slides 78%
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Pro Apps and MacBooks to see update at WWDC  —  We just got a call in from our favorite Apple source who says that Apple is going to have a minor update at WWDC for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.  He said he wasn't sure what the minor upgrade was but there was speculation that there might …
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
First Google Android Netbooks spotted  —  Certainly this can't be it.  The first Google Android netbook should certainly be more monumental than this $100 device from SkyTone.  Guanzhou, China-based Skytone is famous for making Skype headsets and ultra low cost children's computers.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Congress wants new probe into P2P file-sharing snafus  —  Congress is growling at LimeWire again over the “inadvertent file sharing” problem.  Two House members want to know what the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are doing to fix things.
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:   House Panel Seeks Accounts of File-Sharing Curbs
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Nokia: We Don't Know Why Criminals Want Our Old Phones  —  The mystery why cybercriminals want a discontinued Nokia phone isn't getting any clearer.  —  Hackers have been offering up to €25,000 (US$32,413) in undergrounds forums for Nokia 1100 phones made in the company's former factory in Bochum, Germany.
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
I Should Have Heeded My Own Advice About Twitter  —  About a full year ago, I wrote of developers leaving the Twitter development platform due to Twitter consistently removing features, making changes without warning developers, and effectively putting developers out of business with just a single change of policy.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Core MySpace Executive Team “Definitely Out.”  Expect Announcement Soon.  —  An update to my post earlier today that News Corp., under new CEO of Digital Media Jonathan Miller, is looking to replace MySpace CEO and cofounder Chris DeWolfe.  We've confirmed that things are actually moving …
Joe Teh / TechieLobang:
Specifications Of Acer Latest Smart Handheld  —  Today, ACER launches 5 smart handheld.  You can read the press release here or the media launch coverage here.  It is rare that a brand launches so many handsets at a time.  Nevertheless, I understand that many are interested in the specifications of them.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Your health on the iPhone!  —  For my entire life, I've relied on habit.  I wake up when my eyes open in the morning (sometimes prompted by the alarm clock), eat when my tummy says its time, exercise in the mornings, and fall asleep when I'm dead tired.  —  But the applications being built …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0.9 targets 12 security vulnerabilities  —  Mozilla released an update to Firefox 3 on Tuesday that patches 12 security vulnerabilities, four of which it rated as critical.  —  Firefox 3..9, the Web browser's third update this year, fixes two critical vulnerabilities …
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Face recognition comes to Flickr  —  Without any big fuss, a face-recognition feature has been added to Flickr.  —  The new feature was launched recently by Swedish start-up Polar Rose.  It lets users import all their photos from a Flickr account to an account on Polar Rose …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Saul Hansell / Bits:
PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web  —  Public television may be non-profit and government-sponsored, but it has many of the same problems as commercial broadcasters when it comes to the Web.  More and more viewers want to watch “Nova,” “Frontline,” and “Antiques Roadshow” …
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Sorting out the Pirate Bay verdict  —  In the aftermath of the Pirate Bay trial, many Swedish law experts say they consider Friday's high-profile guilty verdict severe but fair.  Very few had predicted the verdict before it was handed out.  —  Complicating the case in many observers' eyes …
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spammers Solving Difficult AI Problems With An Underground X Prize  —  Slashdot points us to an interview with Luis von Ahn (who we're a big fan of), where he talks about how spammers who are frustrated by various types of CAPTCHA tests have set up their own sort of “innovation prize,” …
Wall Street Journal:
New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to create a new military command to coordinate the defense of Pentagon computer networks and improve U.S. offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare, according to current and former officials familiar with the plans.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Trackle brings personal updates to any website  —  Trackle, the surprisingly useful service that sends you personalized alerts from around the web, is now extending its technology to other web sites with new “Trackle It” buttons.  —  The concept sounds a little dodgy at first.  Updates?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Todd Ogasawara / MobileContentToday:
Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Mobile App Analytics  —  To paraphrase Mark Twain and Benjamin Disraeli... There are lies, damned lies, statistics and mobile app analytics.  There's no doubt in my mind that apps for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch lead in number of apps …
Discussion: AppleInsider and digg.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Peanut butter manifesto scribe seeking to raise $150M venture fund  —  The last thing anyone in their right mind would do these days, you'd think, would be to try to create a new venture capital firm.  —  The list of the walking dead venture firms is growing, because the sector …
Finjan Secure Web Gateway …:
MCRC Blog - 2009  —  How a cybergang operates a network of 1.9 million infected computers  —  Today we announced our recent discovery of a network of 1.9 million infected computers controlled by cybercriminals.  This is one of the largest bot networks controlled by a single team of cybercriminals …
Discussion: The Register and Technology Live
 
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Dianne Hackborn / Android Developers Blog:
Updating Applications for On-screen Input Methods
Discussion: Android Central and AndroidGuys
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Global Music Income Down 8.3 Percent In '08 Despite Digital Uptick
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Suzanne Bearne / nma.co.uk:
Virgin Media steps away from Phorm as top sites opt out
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Katalyst and Slide tap into video-sharing on Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Hit A Billion Apps At 1:24:06 AM PST On April 23 (As Of Right Now)
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent and CrunchGear, Thanks:bobcaswell
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Move Networks acquires Inuk Networks and its cool Web TV platform
Discussion: Contentinople and paidContent
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Jumps Into The HD Stream As Well.  Doesn't Really Make A Splash.
Discussion: Amazon.com, TechFlash and Engadget HD
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Could Comcast Build an App Store?
Discussion: ParisLemon and Light Reading, Thanks:hveng
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
CNN Shows Its Thin Skin
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
TWC to Customers: You Don't Want Tiers, You Don't Get Super-fast Broadband
Discussion: Engadget
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