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4:05 PM ET, April 24, 2009

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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple retail sheds 1,600 full-time positions  —  Apple's retail group shed about 1,600 full-time equivalent workers during its second fiscal quarter.  —  Apple's second fiscal quarter was a blowout considering the state of the economy, but executives noted that the retail division took …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Apple Just Fire 1,600 Retail Workers?  Nope  —  Question of the day: Did Apple (AAPL) somehow lay off 10% of its retail staff in the last quarter without anyone noticing until today?  Answer: No.  —  My bloggy brethren are hopped up about Apple's disclosure, via its most recent quarterly filing …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Seeking Alpha
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Stores: The big chill  —  Is there an Apple Store near you?  Count yourself lucky, because the days of Apple's (AAPL) aggressive expansion into the branded retail space are over — at least for now.  —  After opening more than 250 company-owned stores in eight years …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 RC (7100) out early on torrent trackers  —  While the partner page Microsoft put up a few days back announcing the availability of the Windows 7 RC turned out to be another minor slip-up, the results in Mininova's index are a bit more real.  —  You guessed it - the Windows 7 RC build (7100) has been leaked.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Go test drive Windows 7 RC (7100) today  —  If you're like me and watched from a distance leaked builds of Windows 7 fly past like water balloons in a water balloon fight, then the time to join the fun is now.  The highly anticipated release candidate (RC) build of Windows 7 has been leaked and its authenticity is entirely undisputed.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta Confirmed as CEO of MySpace-The Full Press Release  —  Former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta has finally been officially named as CEO of MySpace, as BoomTown reported yesterday, according to a press release from News Corp.  —  He will replace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe, who stepped down from the job earlier this week.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Project Playlist Names Former MTV Exec Sykes as CEO, Replacing Van Natta
Jon Swartz / USA Today:   MySpace shake-up: Upper hand is elusive in social-media arena
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple's Revolutionary App Store Downloads Top One Billion in Just Nine Months  —  Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded one billion applications from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.  The one billionth app, Bump created by Bump Technologies …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Billionth iPhone App Downloader Scores Freebies; Developer Wins Too  —  Nine months after Apple began selling apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Connecticut downloaded the billionth application from the iTunes store.  —  Poetically, it was a free app.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable: DPI is good for us; Congressman: it's frightening  —  While the cable industry told Congress that deep packet inspection technology was great for consumers, Rick Boucher (D-VA) expressed some doubts.  DPI's “privacy intrusion potential is nothing short of frightening,” he said …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Technology Generation Gap at Work is Oh So Wide  —  Recently, business information solutions provider LexisNexis released the results of a study that examined how technology was used in the American workplace.  The focus of the study was on the differing opinions between generational groups.
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X  —  Here's what the official press release won't tell you about Ubuntu 9.04, which formally hit the streets overnight: its designers have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October.
Ted Ullyot / Facebook Blog:
Results of the Inaugural Facebook Site Governance Vote  —  Today, the Facebook site governance vote ended after a week in which you were able to voice your opinions as to which documents should serve as the foundation for governing the site.  On behalf of everyone at Facebook …
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BBC:
Facebook users say yes to changes
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard Server to offer low cost, secure mobile access to iPhone  —  Apple will leverage the popularity of the iPhone to deliver business users new Mobile Access services in Snow Leopard Server to securely deliver corporate email, contact, calendar, and intranet web services to iPhone …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Eats World: Global Visitors Shoot Up To 19 Million  —  Twitter's march towards world domination continues apace.  This morning comScore released its global numbers for March, 2009.  Worldwide visitors to Twitter.com increased 95 percent in the month of March from 9.8 million to 19.1 million, according to its estimates.
Discussion: Epicenter, Rev2.org and LIVEdigitally
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia Art dispute pits artists against Wikimedia Foundation  —  Wikipedia uses plenty of copyrighted material and trademarks under the doctrine of fair use.  But a trademark infringement lawsuit against a couple of artists would put the Wikimedia Foundation on the opposite side of the fair use fight.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gamefly: USPS handles DVD rentals with kid gloves, ignores us  —  Gamefly has filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission accusing the US Postal Service of improper sorting, leading to many games being broken in transit.  The game rental service also alleges that its competitors are given better service by the USPS.
Discussion: Technologizer and Blue's News
Aulia Masna / Macworld:
Interview: Tweetie creator Loren Brichter  —  Atebits software released Tweetie for Mac this week and Aulia Masna, executive editor of Macworld Indonesia, scored an interview with author Loren Brichter in between his sleeps.  That is, if he slept at all.  Given the popularity of Tweetie …
Discussion: Macworld
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Sports Organization Claim Copyright On Stuff You Filmed Yourself?  —  Earlier this year, we noted that with the rise of the ability to film and broadcast video directly from mobile phones, it was only a matter of time until we ran into some legal battles about fans filming and “broadcasting” a live sporting event.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Obama's BlackBerry  —  President Obama will soon get his souped-up, high-security BlackBerry for use in and around the White House and during presidential travel, according to Obama administration officials.  The top-secret BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development …
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Meet the ‘Bill Gates of Bangalore’  —  Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys, shares his views on open markets and the failure of public systems  —  The man who inspired the slogan “the world is flat” has a small revision to make in the light of recent events.
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Nvidia ION netbooks confirmed for June … The netbook is about to get a graphics boost as early as June Pocket-lint has learnt with a number of companies preparing to announce Nvidia ION powered models.  —  Although reluctant to tell us which companies will be announcing new models …
Discussion: SlashGear, Liliputing and Electronista
 
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Dot-com collapse prepared Bay Area companies to react to downturn
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Internet blacklist  —  The BBC goes behind the scenes …
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Dissent Made Safer  —  How anonymity technology could save free speech on the Internet.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VC crunch continues: BlueRun Ventures falls short of $300M target
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Opscode Gets $2.5M to Automate the Cloud
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
YouTube's Bold Move Toward Profitability
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Gatekeeper Role Draws Scrutiny
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Boom times ahead for mobile Web access
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Pushes Its Own Blue-laser Optical Discs
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