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1:10 PM ET, April 28, 2009

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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft debuts Vine in Seattle: Twitter+Facebook on steroids  —  It's been awhile since Microsoft introduced a game-changing social Web application, but Vine — a service that's debuting today with a beta test in Seattle — could be a contender.  —  Vine is a hyperlocal, personalized message and alert system.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Vine To Connect Family, Friends When Crisis Hits  —  Microsoft is launching a new product into private beta on Tuesday morning with the aim of keeping friends and family in touch during emergencies.  The idea for product, called Microsoft Vine, came to Microsoft GM Public Safety …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Goes Social (& Local) With Vine
Discussion: Beyond Search
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Apple iPhone Owners Don't Use It For Work  —  Do you treat your iPhone as a guilty pleasure?  You're not alone.  —  A new report from Compete surveying the behavior of smartphone users found that 73 percent of iPhone owners used their mobile devices primarily for personal reasons, such as entertainment.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
iPhone Owners Don't Use Their Devices For Work?  Yeah, Right.  —  We haven't actually seen the details of it since a first look was given exclusively to the New York Times, but there's a new Compete report coming out supposedly later today that claims only 27% of iPhone owners use …
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 …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Adieu to the old-fashioned desktop computer?  —  Some giants of the PC industry are just beginning to sell tiny and cheap Netbooks and all-in-one desktops, which have the monitor and processor in the same box.  —  Tae-Hyun “Tiger” Cho  —  (Credit: Averatec)
Darren Waters / BBC:
Home Office ‘colluded with Phorm’  —  The Home Office has been accused of colluding with online ad firm Phorm on “informal guidance” to the public on whether the company's service is legal.  —  E-mails between the ministry and Phorm show the department asking if the firm would be “comforted” by its position.
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Phorm launches rebuttal website
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Phorm chief labels critics ‘serial agitators’
Discussion: p2pnet, Stop Phoul Play and Web User
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mint Turns Personal Finance Into A Game.  It's Not As Bad As It Sounds  —  Mint, the popular personal finance site that won 2007's TechCrunch40, is launching a new feature called “Financial Fitness” which, strange as it may sound, adds an element of gaming to the service.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Dell Studio 19 Multitouch All-in-One Arrives in US of A for $699, No Signs of Swine Flu  —  Six weeks after Dell's multitouch Studio 19 all-in-one hit Japan, it's finally coming to the US.  Despite my penchant for mocking Dell's designers, if you're looking for a non-iMac all-in-one, it's worth a shot.
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Dell-Tara G / Direct2Dell:
Studio One 19 Available in the US and Europe Today
Discussion: Neowin.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook, Firefox, Twitter Lead App, Web Usage  —  Facebook and Mozilla Firefox are the applications used most across different platforms, according to data collected by Wakoopa, a software-oriented social network.  The Amsterdam-based startup offers a small download client that's installed on the desktops of its 75,000 users.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Coming soon: A new, smarter Google News?  —  Google may be working on a new, intelligent news distribution system, according to Sharon Waxman, a reporter for Hollywood newsblog TheWrap.  She approached chief executive Eric Schmidt at a soiree thrown by Arianna Huffington last week …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Zoho preps mobile suite  —  Zoho on Tuesday rolled out a unified mobile front for its suite of Web applications.  —  Zoho had offered some basic iPhone and Windows Mobile support previously, but now is unifying applications like Mail, Calendar, Writer, Sheet, Show & Creator into one interface.
Randall C. Kennedy / Randall C. Kennedy's blog:
Windows 7's ‘XP mode’: Right idea, wrong technology  —  Why Microsoft's decision to implement a VM-based legacy compatibility solution is a dumb move  —  Well, it finally happened.  After years of patching and tweaking the Windows runtime to preserve backward compatibility …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
With no $10 laptop in sight, India buys 250,000 OLPCs  —  India has purchased 250,000 XO laptops.  This move will boost the One Laptop Per Child project and could help the deflating effort get back on its feet.  —  The government of India has signed an agreement with the One Laptop Per Child …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Quub: A Micromessaging Service That Asks “What Are You Doing?”  And Means It  —  At its core, Twitter is supposed to be a micro-presence service that invites users to answer the question, “What are you doing?”.  That's all well and good, but most people tend to ignore this question entirely …
Discussion: Obsessable and MarketingVOX
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
As Hulu Gets More Mainstream, Long Viewing Sessions Wane  —  Hulu continues to claw its way up the U.S. video charts, and in March surpassed Yahoo to claim the No. 3 spot by number of video streams (Yahoo still claims No. 3 by number of visitors).  Hulu had 380 million streams …
Discussion: Contentinople
Microsoft:
Office Service Pack 2 A Significant Stability, Performance and Interoperability Upgrade  —  Q&A: Group Program Manager Jane Liles talks about the enhancements now available through Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.  —  As part of its efforts to continually improve …
Live Search:
Live Search Is Only a Phone Call Away  —  We launched Live Search 411 (1-800-CALL-411 or 1-800-225-5411) in October 2007, and since then have been rolling out new features that have helped our users in all kinds of ways.  There's Business Search to find that restaurant where your friends are waiting for you.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Socialthing Starts Spreading Across 75 AOL Sites  —  A couple weeks ago, I spotted the reincarnation of Socialthing on AOL's country-music Website TheBoot and speculated that it would potentially be rolled out across AOL's other MediaGlow properties as well.
Discussion: Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Emily Chung / CBC News:
Who will cash in on Canada's love for online video?  —  Canadian TV networks still testing online waters as Hulu looks north  —  Many TV shows and movies available online in the U.S. are blocked to users in Canada, but Canadians are still among the most voracious consumers of online video in the world.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Damaster / LiveSide:
Windows Live Profile (April) update is here!  —  As announced one week ago, the newly updated Windows Live Profile has been rolled out to all users now!  A summary of all the changes that were part of this update include:  — 20 new Web Activities, including Facebook, Digg, Last.fm …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
RapidShare hands over user info in Germany, users panic  —  File hosting service RapidShare has reportedly handed over user IP data to the record industry, leading to at least one user's home being raided in Germany.  This has led to speculation that content owners may start abusing Germany's copyright law …
Discussion: p2pnet, Pulse2 and Music Ally
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Keep It Simple, Stupid  —  K-I-S-S: Keep It Simple, Stupid.  It's a mantra that always pops into my head when I'm looking at new startups.  A lot of them seem to want to do a million different things because other companies have been successful at one of those things in the past.  But that's a bad idea.
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
New “Google for Advertisers” site has launched  —  We're excited to announce the launch of Google for Advertisers.  Google for Advertisers is a place where we've brought together information about the broad range of our marketing solutions — and where you can explore and discover the combination …
Electronista:
Nokia to shrink online services, cut 450 jobs  —  Nokia this morning took extra steps to improve its finances and said it would scale back the development of its online services.  Calling it a new “focus,” the Finland-based company plans to draw more heavily on third parties for its image …
Discussion: Reuters and BetaNews
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Metro PCS, ZTE Working On LTE Phones  —  Handsets with the 4G technology are expected arrive in late 2010.  —  Since 2007, Chinese manufacturer ZTE and Dallas-based carrier Metro PCS have enjoyed a successful “East meets West” business relationship, with ZTE's U.S. subsidiary providing low-cost cellphones for Metro PCS' network.
Discussion: FierceWireless
 
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Square Enix eyes further acquisitions
Discussion: GameLife and VG247
New York Times:
U.S. Steps Up Effort on Digital Defenses
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Unboxing the UMID mbook M1
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Engadget and PMP Today
David Barboza / New York Times:
In China, Knockoff Cellphones Are a Hit
Discussion: Gizmodo, FierceWireless and TG Daily
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Hello Wembley, I'm on my iPhone
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Emma Hall / AdAge:
Online Ad Effectiveness Depends on Time of Day
Bruce Schneier / Wall Street Journal:
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Ad Retargeting Can Outperform Paid Search
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Illinois attorney general demands shutdown of Craigslist's erotic services section
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's XV6175 for Verizon outed in render form
Jason Scott / ASCII:
Geocities: Lessons So Far
Discussion: hughstimson.org