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12:35 PM ET, April 23, 2009

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Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial  —  A lawyer representing one of the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial has called for a retrial after reports that the judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the main entertainment industry representatives.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial  —  It's been almost a week since the verdicts of one year in prison and heavy financial damages were passed against the four accused in the Pirate Bay trial.  The sentence seemed surprisingly tough to many analysts …
Bruce Perens / perens.com:
A Cyber-Attack on an American City  —  Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot
Fred / A VC:
A Second Market Is Emerging  —  Claire Cain Miller has a story in today's NY Times about Second Market, a NYC based company that makes markets in illiquid securities.  She reports that they will shortly be launching a marketplace for private company stock.  —  I've written about this idea in the past and I think it is badly needed.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Pirate Google Bay Gives the Finger to Record Companies, Studios  —  Demonstrating how futile the war against Pirate Bay really is, someone has created The Pirate Google bay: A Google custom search dedicated to find torrent files.  I can't wait for the industry to sue Google.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With MySpace Changes, a Social Networking Era Ends  —  Murdochs & MySpacers Tom Anderson & Chris DeWolfe in Happier Days.  (Photo via Flickr courtesy of Oxfam America)  —  The legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra is rumored to have said about a restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.”
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News Corporation:
Chris DeWolfe to Step Down as CEO of MySpace  —  Will serve as strategic advisor to Company  —  Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 2009 - MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller, announced today that, by mutual agreement, Mr. DeWolfe will not be renewing …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Q2: Analyzing the analysts  —  No analyst we know of correctly predicted Apple's (AAPL) second fiscal quarter results for 2009, in which the company proved that computer makers don't have to slash prices or build “junky” $400 netbooks to weather an economic storm.  But some analysts did better than others.
Orange Newsroom:
Orange forms world's first mobile and internet partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation  —  This partnership, the first of its kind, will expand the reach of Wikimedia content through co-branded channels on Orange's mobile and web portals.  —  The two partners will work together to develop …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Unwired View and mocoNews
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Orange and Wikimedia join forces for mobile information portals
Discussion: The Register, Digits and TechCrunch
Keith Kleiner / Singularity Hub:
Tweetbomb - A Tweet To Shake The World  —  A simple message, less than 140 characters, is sent out to followers around the world and within hours, perhaps minutes, more than 100 million people have been mobilized to act.  The message might instruct those who read it to look at a certain website …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 9.04 is available for download  —  Right on schedule, the folks at Canonical released the latest version of Ubuntu Linux this morning.  Ubuntu 9.04 adds a number of new features including a revamped notification system, support for the Ext4 file system, and updated applications like Firefox 3 and OpenOffice.org 3.0.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com, Datamation and Engadget
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple pulls iPhone ‘Baby Shaker’ game  —  Game for Apple iPhone that asks users to quiet baby by shaking it withdrawn amid outrage after two days  —  A game called “Baby Shaker” for Apple's iPhone, which encouraged people to try to quiet a crying baby by shaking it, has been withdrawn …
Rob Stacey / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android and iPhone  —  In my spare time, I like to build computer systems at home.  So I often use Google Product Search on a desktop computer to look for video cards, memory, and peripherals.  Google Product Search gives me information like prices, ratings, reviews, and product details from all over the web.
Ze Pequeno / Tiny Mix Tapes:
Joe Biden's Problem with Music  —  A different perspective on the RIAA's takeover of the Department of Justice  —  If there's something to be said about Vice Presidents, it's that they can wield unlikely power.  They may be just background figures at times, men who are simply one heartbeat away from becoming President themselves.
Discussion: ZDNet Government, p2pnet and BetaNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The State Of The iPhone Is Strong — Very Strong  —  Of the major companies that announced their earnings yesterday, two of them, AT&T and Apple, beat Wall Street estimates largely thanks to a single product: The iPhone.  We're approaching the two year birthday of the device, and it still remains one of the hottest items out there.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Digits and CNET News
William P. Barrett / Forbes:
Steve Jobs: Nobody Loves Me  —  Steve Jobs, adulated gadget hero, was feeling underappreciated not too long ago.  —  Steve Jobs, the man rolling out iPods, iPhones and cool computers to millions of adoring customers, once felt he wasn't getting enough respect—from his own board of directors.
Engineering Windows 7:
Ink Input and Tablet PC  —  There's a strong community of developers who take advantage of the ink input/TabletPC functionality to develop unique solutions for specific markets (medicine, education, line of business) and create software in Windows that builds on this experience to streamline …
csh.rit.edu:
Fun with YouTube's Audio Content ID System  —  Anybody who hasn't been living under a rock knows about YouTube.  It's a video site built entirely around user-submitted content.  Anybody can film anything, upload it to the site, and anybody on the Internet can watch it if they so choose.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Rural Riddle: Do Jobs Follow Broadband Access?  —  Two Hamlets That Got High-Speed Lines Show Wildly Different Results  —  In the southwest corner of Virginia, where tobacco farms meet the Appalachian Mountains, two towns desperately in need of an economic boost were given what many had hoped …
Discussion: DSLreports
DigiTimes:
MSI to showcase Android-based netbook at Computex, says paper  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to showcase an Android-based netbook at Computex 2009 aiming to gain orders from global PC vendors, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Time Warner, Embarq Fight to Outlaw 100 Mbps Community Broadband in Wilson, NC  —  The cable companies aren't happy that they've been one-upped in both price and quality of service  —  Time Warner Inc., after finally dropping its plans for metered internet services for the time being, appears to be back to its old ways.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Asks Users If They'll Pay For Vanity URLs  —  As Facebook searches for ways to increase their revenue, some users are being asked if they are willing to pay for vanity URLs.  For those unaware of what vanity URLs are, they are the short strings that follow “facebook.com”.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon unveils the Samsung Trance  —  Just as we said in our exclusive post a few weeks ago, Verizon Wireless has just announced that the Samsung Trance will go on sale Friday, April 24th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in with a two-year contract.  For those of you not familiar with the device …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Lost laptops cost companies $50k apiece  —  Encryption no match for corporate accounting  —  Free whitepaper - It's all about the salesperson: Taking advantage of Web 2.0  —  A single lost or stolen laptop costs a business an average of nearly $50,000.  At least, that's the word …
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: Street Celebrates Strong Quarter; Multiple Upgrades  —  The ranks of the non-believers are thinning.  —  Thanks to a strong March quarter which features better-than-expected iPhone sales and higher-than-expected gross margins, Apple (AAPL) shares are sharply higher this morning.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: The four elephants in the room  —  Microsoft's fiscal third quarter results will be notable on four fronts: Potential layoffs, the impact on weak PC demand, the effect of netbooks and how Windows 7 may impact the June quarter.  —  Wall Street is expecting Microsoft …
Discussion: CNET News
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Skyfire for BlackBerry gets shot up  —  We reported a little while back that Skyfire was testing a version of their web browser made for the BlackBerry with a “small friends and family” group of alpha testers.  Well, apparently they weren't that close because one of our ninjas just blessed us with a bunch of shots.
Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
nVidia's GT300 specifications revealed - it's a cGPU!  —  Over the past six months, we heard different bits'n'pieces of information when it comes to GT300, nVidia's next-gen part.  We decided to stay silent until we have information confirmed from multiple sources, and now we feel more confident …
Discussion: Softpedia News and bit-tech.net
Kevin Fitchard / blog.telephonyonline.com:
T-Mobile: 1 million Android phones sold  —  Deutsche Telekom revealed one particularly interesting tidbit when it released T-Mobile's Q1 subscriber numbers Monday: T-Mobile USA has sold 1 million G1 Android phones since the Google-powered device emerged in October.
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Mmpc / Microsoft Malware Protection Center:
Vundo Employs Worm Behavior
Discussion: Security Watch and Softpedia News
Kablenet / The Register:
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Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Why Yahoo shouldn't sell search
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Google Street View cleared of breaking Data Protection Act
Discussion: BBC
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Music rights are killing good TV shows
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nielsen Data Offers Real Reason ISPs Are Metering
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