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10:50 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
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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Business Week:
New Gear from Apple and Verizon Wireless?  —  The companies are in talks to develop two iPhone-like handhelds that could be unveiled as soon as this year  —  Verizon Wireless is warming to the idea of an Apple (AAPL) partnership.  Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute …
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.
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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's OpenID Challenge: Making It Not Suck
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
SeeqPod CEO: Acquisition Imminent  —  SeeqPod CEO Kasian Franks, pictured here with a 2005 iteration of the technology behind SeeqPod (courtesy of lbl.gov)  —  Music search engine SeeqPod is on the verge of being acquired by a major new media company, CEO Kasian Franks told wired.com Monday …
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 …
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.”
Joe Clark / Personal Weblog of Joe Clark, Toronto:
The extreme Google brain  —  It's been a month since Google's Aspergerian nerds drove their sole known visual designer, Doug Bowman, to quit the company.  I still say good for him.  —  I read dozens of postings about Bowman's decision.  Most were laced with appeasement of the Google position, to the extent one exists.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
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.)
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB Nearing $1 Million In iPhone Revenue  —  Major League Baseball's At Bat iPhone app is a hit — and a money maker.  —  The league tells us it's sold 130,000 copies of the $10 app so far this year.  That translates to about $1.3 million in gross revenue.
Discussion: 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
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 …
Discussion: City Room
John Cook / TechFlash:
Amazon's startup investment portfolio takes a big valuation hit  —  Earlier today, I noted how venture capitalists are struggling to find positive returns in this tough economy.  But it's not just the VCs that are hurting.  —  Amazon.com today said that the value of its investments …
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Swine Flu SEO  —  Swine Flu is in the news worldwide and search trends are spiking in North America:  —  We're seeing lots of domains being registered.  Here's a list of the ones registered over the weekend.  —  No malware sites... yet.  But plenty of them are opportunistic:
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 …
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
 
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Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Beware of geeks bearing gifts
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
One week later, it's time for Firefox 3.0.10
Discussion: Mozilla.org and Security Watch
John Cook / TechFlash:
Secretive 5to1.com shows Heckman, Levinsohn as directors
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Bases Block Official Army Tweets
Jim Hornthal / Business Week:
Startups Need Bridge Capital, Not Bailouts
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Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Yelp Closing in on Citysearch
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Esr / Armed and Dangerous:
The Economic Case Against the GPL
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Turning Facebook Into a Massive Ad-Sales Platform
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Yahoo?  —  Something seems to be pressuring Yahoo (YHOO) shares.
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
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Cassatt Near The End
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
Plan to monitor all internet use
Discussion: p2pnet
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung I7500 with OLED touchscreen powered by Android, dreams
 

 
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