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3:40 PM ET, April 23, 2009

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The Local:
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 …
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Pirate Bay trial judge denies accusations of bias
Discussion: TechSpot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Pulls The Plug On Geocities  —  Not with a bang, but with a whimper.  Yahoo! is unceremoniously closing GeoCities, one of the original web-hosting services acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 for $2.87 billion.  (Fun venture fact: Fred Wilson's Flatiron Partners was an investor).
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Product Search Finally Useful as Mobile Service
Discussion: TechCrunch and GPS Obsessed
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.
Discussion: StartupDunia
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
With Private Trades, Venture Capital Seeks a New Way Out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Founders of start-ups and the venture capitalists who finance them have two ways to get their money out of the company: sell it to another company or sell shares to the public.  —  The market for initial public offerings …
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.
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.
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Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: Street Celebrates Strong Quarter; Multiple Upgrades
Discussion: MacDailyNews and 24/7 Wall Street
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Android Catches Up To Palm In Mobile Ad Market Share.  IPhone Still Blows It Away.  —  Android is making steady gains in mobile ad market share, accounting for 6 percent of all mobile ad requests measured by AdMob in its latest March metrics (full report embedded below).
Discussion: Big in Japan, Thanks:atul
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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
ITV, YouTube and Simon Cowell miss out on Susan Boyle windfall  —  ITV, YouTube and Simon Cowell have missed sharing a million-pound windfall because they have failed to reach a deal to sell advertising against clips of Susan Boyle, the internet singing sensation.
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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Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Aliph and Plantronics in ears race escalation  —  It's an ears race rather than an arms race, but the contest for the coolest and quietest Bluetooth headset has just been stepped up another notch with new releases by Aliph and Plantronics.  —  San Francisco-based Aliph brought forward …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook TOS Voting Concludes, Users Vote for New Revised Documents  —  Facebook's first-ever user vote on proposed changes to the site's Terms of Service has just concluded, and the results are in: the new documents have won out over the old documents by a 74% - 26% margin.
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
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.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look  —  Oracle's conference call left plenty of questions about its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  Here are a few, and how they might be resolved  —  Oracle's Apr. 20 conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss its $7.4 billion buyout …
Discussion: Storage Station and eWeek
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Experts: Malicious program targets Macs  —  (CNN) — Mac computers are known for their near-immunity to malicious computer programs that plague PCs.  —  But that may be changing somewhat, according to computer security researchers.  It seems that as sleek Mac computers become more popular …
Sumner Lemon / Network World:
Researchers show how to take control of Windows 7  —  Proof-of-concept code takes control of the computer during the boot process  —  Security researchers demonstrated how to take control of a computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system at the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITB) in Dubai on Thursday.
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 …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Methods to Offer Customized Control of Browser-Based Audio Content  —  In a patent application filed in November 2007 and released today, Apple reveals that it is researching methods for providing customized audio control for Internet browser content.
Discussion: blackrimglasses
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
Jacob Comenetz / Reuters:
German GEMA in talks with YouTube on video dispute  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - German music authors' society GEMA said on Thursday it was in talks with Google Inc's YouTube to resolve a dispute over royalty payments and the conditions under which music videos are made available online.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why high-performance computing needs financial engineering  —  Richard Bookstaber, the quant's quant, suggests that the CPU- and GPGPU-driven arms race among high-frequency, computer-automated trading shops should, and eventually might, come to a halt.  If it does, this would not be good for …
 
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Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Activision has High Moon working on Transformers, Radical on Spider-Man
Discussion: GoNintendo, Joystiq, Kotaku and Game|Life
Peter Galli / Port 25:
An Open Source Network File System Client for Windows
Alice Marwick / tiara.org:
Foursquare, Locative Media, and Prescriptive Social Software - Part One
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Computer Buyers Have to Consider System Upgrades
Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
nVidia's GT300 specifications revealed - it's a cGPU!
Discussion: Softpedia News and bit-tech.net
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Google Reader Limits Your RSS Article Spam Potential
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Why Yahoo shouldn't sell search
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, Thanks:atul
csh.rit.edu:
Fun with YouTube's Audio Content ID System
Keith Kleiner / Singularity Hub:
Tweetbomb - A Tweet To Shake The World
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: The four elephants in the room
Discussion: CNET News
Ze Pequeno / Tiny Mix Tapes:
Joe Biden's Problem with Music
Discussion: ZDNet Government