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5:45 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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Forget that redesign, you can get Facebook's “stream” anywhere  —  Facebook is trying to get third-party developers to integrate users' home page “streams” (formerly “news feeds") by adopting a new open standard.  Now these streams can be accessed from any site.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
New AIR Applications Take Real-Time Sharing Outside Facebook.com
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Mashable!
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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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.
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 …
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Sprint Leak: Remote Backup/Wipe, Memory Management, and More
Discussion: IntoMobile and The iPhone Blog
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
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 …
Discussion: BoomTown
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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.
Discussion: CNET News, MacRumors and Softpedia News
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Former AMD/ATI chief technology officer joins Apple  —  Bob Drebin has been hired from AMD by Apple and is now serving as a senior director.  He worked at AMD until January 2008.  —  “The just about a year interlude before joining Apple seems suspiciously like a non-compete/don't-sue-me hiatus,” notes The Inquirer.
Discussion: ReadWriteHire and The iPhone Blog
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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.)
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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 …
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 …
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Whoops!  Apple miscounted the “Say on Pay” vote, reverses decision  —  Apple this week informed the SEC that it had miscounted the shareholder votes on the ‘Say on Pay’ referendum at the February 25th shareholder meeting.  The referendum was intended to let shareholders weigh in on policies regarding executive pay and compensation.
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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 …
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 …
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Yahoo?  —  Something seems to be pressuring Yahoo (YHOO) shares.  If only I knew what it was.  There's no obvious market-moving news; I don't think the stock would sell off on the loss of the head of communications.  No analyst reports of note, either.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone is Boosting Demand For Location-Based Services  —  Nearly two years ago, I outlined five reasons Apple's iPhone will change the wireless business, the foremost being increased web usage on mobile phones.  I should have added another item to that list: catalysing location-based services …
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.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Wiki Operator Sues Apple Over Bogus Legal Threats
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Pulling In Geotagged Flickr Photos
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Turning Facebook Into a Massive Ad-Sales Platform
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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
Cari Tuna / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Blogs and ‘Tweets’ Must Keep SEC in Mind
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
Plan to monitor all internet use
Discussion: p2pnet and CircleID
PE Hub Blog:
VC Performance Declines Across All Time Horizons
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
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Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Now, LCD monitors watch you
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Will Oracle kill MySQL? Who cares?
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Steinbeck Heirs Seek to Slow Google Books Settlement
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Surge to Impose Online Sales Taxes
New York Times:
In Developing Countries, Web Grows Without Profit
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G.E.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc
 

 
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