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9:20 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
David Ellis /
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 …
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
Tony Peric /
Palm Pre Early SDK: New WebOS Screenshots  —  Click on it for the whole Gallery!  —  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 …
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 …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Business Wire
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Magazine:
The Twitter Approval Matrix  —  Our deliberately oversimplified guide to whose tweets are worth following.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Tragic Story Shows Limits of Startups Like ReputationDefender  —  Earlier this month, I wrote a short post about the startup ReputationDefender, whose mission it is to obliterate the damaging links of its clients, who pay it on a month-to-month or yearly basis.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Conductor Raises $10 Million For SEO Management And Optimization Technology  —  Conductor, a New York-based provider of SEO measurement and optimization solutions, has raised a Series B round of funding to the tune of $10 million, led by Matrix Partners and joined by FirstMark Capital, who led the startup's Series A financing.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
IAC Buys UrbanSpoon Based On Good Recommendations  —  UrbanSpoon, a restaurant recommendation service, started out with a simple plan.  It was three former Jobster employees, Ethan Lowry, Adam Doppelt and Patrick O'Donnell who set out to see if they could build a company in today's world without needing …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IMShopping Is A Human Powered Product Search Engine For Twitter  —  IMShopping has launched a human-powered shopping search site and Twitter shopping service designed to help consumers find niche products on the web.  It's sort of like a shopping 411 service, which human guides on call respond …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Working on Several Android Devices  —  Acer is already working on several different devices using Google's Android operating system and software, and plans to launch a smartphone using the software later this year.  —  “The entire industry is looking at Android,” said Acer president …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 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 …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Oracle-Sun deal renews calls for'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 suite …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Can Sony's Free Realms Compete With Club Penguin?  —  When it comes to MMOs, freemium worlds for kids are enormously popular and lucrative; for the most part, however, the major game publishers have done little to pursue this market.  That changes this month with the launch of Free Realms …
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
Big Bang machine detectors will be ‘even more perfect’  —  (CNN) — On a recent episode of “South Park,” Mr. Marsh steals a particle accelerator magnet so his son, Stan, can win the Pinewood Derby.  The magnet's power results in an alien encounter, and chaos ensues.
Discussion: DailyTech
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Panda introduces cloud-based free antivirus  —  With threats like Conficker fresh in the public's mind, security remains a top concern for Windows users.  Panda Security, publishers of Panda Internet Security and Panda Antivirus, is set to take antivirus where it hasn't been yet: into the clouds.
Discussion: AppScout and Computerworld Blogs
Jessica Lee / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook Reports: Why Hasn't Facebook Grown More in China?  —  Facebook recently celebrated its 200 millionth active user.  Interestingly, according to Facebook, only 300,000 of those users are in China - a small figure considering the fact that China is the most populous country …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's silence on Windows release date reflects new era  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 Release Candidate is due out later this week.  It's the last big milestone before the next version of the flagship product hits the market.  However, the company hasn't yet announced a final release date.
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Huw Jones / Reuters:
EU reaches draft deal over Internet spat
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's New Era  —  The Jobs era has been defined by software.
Rudy Ruitenberg / Bloomberg:
France Telecom First-Quarter Profit Drops 4.4% on Cost of TV Programming
Discussion: paidContent
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Four years and two lawsuits later, RIAA settles for $7,000
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday:
Twitter and the DMCA: A Fine Mess
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Swedish ISPs vow to erase users' traffic data
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Associated Content Raises $6 Million For Publishing Platform
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Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
Adding search power to public data

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
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