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7:50 PM ET, April 27, 2009

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Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
The Facebook Open Stream API  —  Today we are excited to announce an important step toward greater openness through Facebook Platform.  For the first time, we're opening the core Facebook product experience — the stream — with the new Facebook Open Stream API.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Don't get confused: Facebook's open stream approach isn't like Twitter's  —  Facebook announced the launch today of its Open Stream API, a new set of tools that will allow application developers to access users' “streams” — the never-ending set of updates, photos and shared links that constitute …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
New AIR Applications Take Real-Time Sharing Outside Facebook.com
Discussion: Download Squad and TheNextWeb.com
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Acquires Stanza, an E-Book Application for the iPhone  —  Update |  4:06 p.m. Added quotation from Lexcycle blog post about the deal.  —  Update |  4:04 p.m. Added comment from Amazon.com.  —  Seeking to strengthen its presence on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon has acquired Lexcycle …
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Lexcycle:
Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!  —  We are very excited to announce that Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!  —  It has been an amazing experience to see Stanza grow out of our brainstormed ideas into one of the most downloaded iPhone applications.
The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council  —  WASHINGTON - Today, during remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, President Barack Obama announced the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  The full membership of PCAST is below.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's Mundie, Google's Schmidt named Obama advisers  —  Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, was among 20 science and technology leaders appointed this morning to President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  Also on the list is Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple building YouTube support into Snow Leopard  —  Apple will further its endorsement of YouTube and open video standards by building support for the Google-owned video sharing service into one of its flagship applications due to ship later this summer as part of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Inside Steve Jobs' tear-down mansion  —  On Tuesday a California city council will reconsider Steve Jobs' longstanding request for permission to tear down the empty 84-year-old mansion that stands on the site where he wants to build a smaller, modern house more to his exacting taste.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gawker
Inside Sprint Now:
Some Palm Pre Questions  —  Despite the fact that all of us that know the actual release date of the device are bound by a NDA and our job titles, we all know that it's going to be soon... so I figured it might be nice to answer a few FAQ before it arrives.  Here's some questions and facts …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over legal threats to wiki operator  —  It's possible to use Apple's iPods and iPhone with third-party software, and BluWiki's users wanted to make sure the world could find out how.  Apple, however, was not fond of the situation and threatened BluWiki with legal action if the information was not removed.
Discussion: AppleInsider, The Register and TechSpot
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Three's Company: Meet Your New MySpace Executive Team  —  Less than a week ago MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe still felt secure in his job.  Fast forward to today and DeWolfe is out and a new CEO, Owen Van Natta, is starting his first day on the job.  —  And he's already got two lieutenants …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
What's Apple Building in There?  —  Apple has fleshed out its chip design group with another key hire.  The company has recruited Bob Drebin, former CTO of AMD's Graphics Products Group, as a senior director.  —  Apple (AAPL) won't say what it is exactly that Drebin's going to work on …
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Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Former AMD/ATI chief technology officer joins Apple
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Eric Schmidt on Google's New Plan for the News  —  The upper crust of Hollywood swirled about the vestibule and dining room of Arianna Huffington's Brentwood mansion on Friday night at a party for author Kathy Freston, and to kick off this weekend's L.A. Times Book Festival.  (More on this later.)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook First Big Site To Really Embrace OpenID  —  Apparently it's embrace the developer community day at Facebook.  In addition to the news that they are making activity stream data available to third party developers, they'll also be making an announcement around OpenID, we've heard.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:gregkumparak
Jeff Bercovici / Portfolio:
Conde Nast Closing ‘Portfolio’  —  For nearly two years I've been covering the media industry's bad news on this blog, including some that's hit very close to home.  Now it hits closer still: Condé Nast Portfolio is closing.  —  Our editor in chief, Joanne Lipman, just broke the news to staff …
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 1.5 is here!  —  I've got some good news today: the Android 1.5 SDK, release 1 is ready!  Grab it from the download page.  —  For an overview of the new Android 1.5 features, see the 1.5 release notes page in our developer site.  —  I am also happy to let you know that our partners …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
N.Y. plane scare: From terrifying tweet to news report — in 4 minutes  —  Shortly before 10 this morning, Amy Trachtman heard what seemed like a military jet zoom past her apartment building in Jersey City, N.J. Her first instinct?  Tweet about it.  —  “just had a mild heart attack …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's Mark Papermaster finally ready for work  —  Six months after Mark Papermaster accepted a key leadership role at Apple, he has finally started leading the group developing future iPhones and iPods.  —  Papermaster's first official day was Friday.  His title is senior vice president …
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Pulling In Geotagged Flickr Photos  —  Our own Barry Schwartz spotted this today on Google Maps: A search for rustybrick includes a link to see Flickr photos displayed on Google Maps:  —  Clicking on that link leads to a fairly lengthy list of photos imported into Google Maps via the Flickr API.
Discussion: AppScout
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung I7500 with OLED touchscreen powered by Android, dreams  —  Anticipated for months, Samsung's first Android phone is finally a (paper) reality after being flushed through the rumor mill just hours ago.  Launching “in major European countries from June,” the 11.9-mm slim quad-band GSM …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Public Booted from DVD Copying Trial Over ‘Secret’ CSS Code  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Whether the public has a right to make a “fair use” copy of DVDs is on trial in a San Francisco federal court.  Yet the public may never know whether the verdict was reached fairly because the presiding judge removed …
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Newspapers, The Recording Industry And A Misplaced Sense Of Entitlement  —  Earlier this month, the Guardian's Henry Porter wrote a poorly thought out opinion piece attacking Google for not simply handing money over to the recording industry, declaring that Google “creates nothing.”
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Cassatt Near The End  —  Software maker that vowed to topple giants hit by economy, slower sales—and giants.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Cassatt, an ambitious software start-up designed to run big computer systems is “close to the end,” according to founder and Chief Executive William Coleman.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Countdown to Kumo?  Neowin reader spots 40 day clock  —  A post on a Neowin forum crossed our path this weekend (thanks for the tip, CalumJR!): apparently the poster was hanging out at Bldg 88 (which does house parts of Live Search), and spotted a “Countdown to Kumo” clock on a TV there.
 
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Jim Hornthal / Business Week:
Startups Need Bridge Capital, Not Bailouts
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
SeeqPod CEO: Acquisition Imminent
Discussion: TechCrunch and Obsessable
Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Yelp Closing in on Citysearch
Esr / Armed and Dangerous:
The Economic Case Against the GPL
Google Public Policy Blog:
Extending notice on the Google Book Search settlement
Discussion: CNET News and AppScout
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Turning Facebook Into a Massive Ad-Sales Platform
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Yahoo?  —  Something seems to be pressuring Yahoo (YHOO) shares.
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lesson For Companies Being Over-Aggressive In Trademark Protection: Look At Twitter
Discussion: TechLaw
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FTC says Internet firms near “last chance”
Discussion: Ars Technica
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Whoops! Apple miscounted the “Say on Pay” vote, reverses decision
Discussion: The Register and Apple
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
Plan to monitor all internet use
Discussion: p2pnet
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Will Oracle kill MySQL? Who cares?