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8:00 AM ET, April 29, 2009

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Books Deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google's settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service, two people briefed on the matter said Tuesday.
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Nielsen Wire:
Twitter Quitters Post Roadblock to Long-Term Growth  —  David Martin, Vice President, Primary Research, Nielsen Online  —  Oprah embarrassed herself on it with a stuck caps lock.  That guy from Punk'd competed with “the most trusted name in news” for audience.  A befuddled Jon Stewart shook his fist at it in anger.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Not Smart: Warner Music Issues DMCA Takedown On Larry Lessig Presentation  —  If there were anyone out there to whom you would not want to send a random takedown notice for an online video, it would probably be Larry Lessig.  Given that Lessig has become the public face for those who feel …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows Vista SP2 RTM + Windows Vista SP1 Blocker Tool Removed  —  Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  SP2 represents the latest step in Microsoft's commitment to continuous improvement.
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Softpedia News:
Windows 7 Pirates Will Be Kept Safe and Cozy by Microsoft
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Ad Revenues Collapse  —  AOL ad revenue dropped a startling 20% in Q1.  For the first time, cost cuts did not keep up with revenue declines, so EBITDA also plunged, to $255 million.  —  The latter—the operating profit—is still impressive considering the wrenching changes AOL …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4 and iTunes 8.2 Pre-Release to Developers [Blu-Ray Evidence?]  —  Continuing a pattern of biweekly releases, Apple tonight seeded the fourth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 to developers.  Apple also issued a developer pre-release version of iTunes 8.2, which is required to activate the new beta.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
After Being Upstaged By Google, Wolfram Alpha Fires Back With A Leaked Screenshot  —  Today was supposed to be a big coming out party for stealthy search engine Wolfram Alpha.  Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram gave the first public demonstration of his knowledge mining search engine at Harvard.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
Adding search power to public data  —  Earthquakes are not the only thing that can shake Silicon Valley.  After the dot-com bubble burst back in 2000 the unemployment rate of Santa Clara county went up to 9.1%.  During the last couple of months, it has gone up again:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Public Data Search & Charts During Wolfram Alpha Demo
Discussion: bytes|genes
MG Siegler / MobileCrunch:
Is Palm Rolling Out The Pre The Day Before Apple's WWDC Keynote?  —  It's now just about May and there's still been no official word from Palm when it comes to an official launch date or pricing for the Pre.  All we know is what we've known for a long time — it'll launch the first half of 2009; a window that is quickly closing.
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Harrison Hoffman / CNET News:
Facebook maps the swine flu hysteria  —  There have been a lot of resources that have surfaced to help track the newly spreading swine flu.  On Monday, we covered some of these online resources to help you stay on top of it.  Tuesday night, Facebook released some interesting data …
Discussion: Mashable! and E-Media Tidbits
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Tellme voice app to search Windows Mobile  —  Everybody chuckled when Tellme, a mobile voice company snapped up by Microsoft almost two years ago, released its smartphone voice search application for BlackBerry, instead of for Windows Mobile.  Thanks to a new native application that will be released …
David Ellis / 1UP.com:
New PSP Named And Coming This Fall  —  Sources confirm the next PSP will gain an internal flash drive, ditch UMD, and nix the rumored second analog nub.  —  (Not an Actual PSP Go!  Photo)  —  Rumors of a major PSP hardware redesign have repeatedly bubbled to the surface over the last several months …
New York Magazine:
The Twitter Approval Matrix  —  Our deliberately oversimplified guide to whose tweets are worth following.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Oracle-Sun deal renews calls for OpenOffice.org's independence  —  Question remains about best role model: Mozilla, Apache or Linux Foundation?  —  Computerworld) Oracle Corp.'s purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc. announced last week is reviving calls for Sun's open-source OpenOffice.org suite …
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Swedish ISPs vow to erase users' traffic data  —  Having apparently been scared off illegal file sharing in large numbers by a new Swedish law that went into effect April 1, pirates in that country now have a new safe harbor to escape law enforcement.  —  Three Swedish Internet service providers …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Revenue and Profits Plunge at Sun Microsystems  —  In what may be its swan song as an independent company, Sun Microsystems reported financial results on Tuesday that pointed to the impact the global recession has had on the already struggling server computer maker.
Discussion: TechSpot
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Browsing the neighborhood on Zillow's new iPhone app  —  Home buyers, real estate agents and nosy neighbors now can get the power of Zillow.com in the palm of their hands.  The Seattle online real estate upstart today is unveiling a free iPhone application that allows users to browse property information …
Rudy Ruitenberg / Bloomberg:
France Telecom First-Quarter Profit Drops 4.4% on Cost of TV Programming  —  France Telecom SA, Europe's third- largest phone company, said first-quarter profit fell 4.4 percent on costs to buy programming for its new television services in France.  —  Earnings before interest …
Discussion: paidContent and mocoNews
Tony Peric / prethinking.com:
Palm Pre Early SDK: New WebOS Screenshots  —  This just in from an anonymous source: Several beautiful shots showing Palm's WebOS in action.  In one shot, you can see the following items under Preferences >software: Bluetooth, calculator, calendar, camera, contacts, date and time, device info, doc view.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is RealDVD dispute really about a DVD jukebox?  —  SAN FRANCISCO—When it comes to RealNetwork's strategy to offer consumers a digital alternative to movie discs, RealDVD is only one facet.  —  “Facet” is also the codename for Real's prototype DVD player.  The box, which Real CEO Rob Glaser …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Four years and two lawsuits later, RIAA settles for $7,000  —  One of the longest-running battles in the recording industry's war against file-sharing appears to have finally come to an end.  Michelle (age 22) and Robert (age 18) Santangelo have settled a lawsuit filed against them by the RIAA …
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Signs Agreement With GSA
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
As Sarkozy Pushes Three Strikes, He Pays Up For His Own Copyright Violations
Discussion: Reuters
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday:
Twitter and the DMCA: A Fine Mess
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's annual developer conference sells out in record time
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Associated Content Raises $6 Million For Publishing Platform
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