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11:05 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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Google book settlement delayed, DoJ has antitrust concerns
Discussion: CNET News and Epicenter
Steve O'Hear / last100:
PR wars: Palm Pre could go on sale 24 hours before next gen iPhone unveiled  —  The latest rumored release date for Palm's comeback device, the Palm Pre, is June 7th, one day before Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC).  If true, this would be an audacious move from the handset maker …
Discussion: PreCentral.net and Crave
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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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finishes Vista SP2  —  Yesterday's rumors were true: Microsoft has released to manufacturing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 R2.  —  SP2 hit the torrents on April 28, hours before Microsoft officially announced it was done (via a posting to the Windows Vista Team Blog).
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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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Windows 7's virtual XP has intangible system requirements  —  Microsoft tickled our meta-OS fancies last week by talking up the virtualized version of Windows XP included with Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate Edition.  However, the company has now revealed that ponying up for one of the top tiers …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft's silence on Windows release date reflects new era
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Will Oremus / Mercury News:
Apple CEO stays home; attorney makes case for demolishing Woodside home  —  Steve Jobs stayed home Tuesday night, leaving his attorney to make the case to the Woodside Town Council that he should be allowed to demolish his historic 14-bedroom house and build a new one.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and The Mac Observer
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: AppScout and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
TellMe voice search ready for Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Microsoft will begin offering phone makers a native version of its TellMe voice search technology customized for Windows Mobile 6.5 starting on April 29.  —  According to CNet.com's Download Blog:
Discussion: Gearlog
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Tony Peric / prethinking.com:
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 …
David Richards / Smarthouse:
Panasonic Working On OLED New 37" TV In 18 months  —  Senior Pansonic executives who were in Australia yesterday for the launch of a new range of plasma TVs including a new 54" 1" thick wireless TV have said that Pansonic is currently researching HD OLED TV and that the Japanese Company will have an OLED TV within 18 months to 2 years.
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: Royal Pingdom and Mashable!
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Amimon Unveils Second Gen WHDI Chipset  —  Amimon announced today the availability of the second generation of its wireless HD transmitter and receiver chips.  Designed for the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) standard, the company says its AMN 2120 and 2220 can wirelessly deliver full …
Discussion: PC Magazine, Gizmodo and VentureBeat
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.
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.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's New Era  —  The Jobs era has been defined by software.  Is that changing?  —  Apple is working on something big.  But it's too soon to know what, exactly, Steve Jobs & Co. are doing.  But it is not too early to know who is doing it.  And that, ultimately, may be more important.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
$99 - The new “high end” for GPUs  —  AMD's launch off the Radeon HD 4770 redefines the graphics card market, and has the potential to make $99 the new “high end” for GPUs.  —  The last couple of years have been great for PC gaming enthusiasts looking for more power and more frames per second.
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Time Warner Cable Turns In Strong Quarter; One-Time Costs Hurt Profits  —  In its first quarter as its own public company, a number of one-time costs - mostly related to its separation from Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) Inc. - sent profit at Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) …
Discussion: DSLreports, Business Wire and mocoNews
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Reinventing the Book in the Age of the Web  —  There's a lot of excitement about ebooks these days, and rightly so.  While Amazon doesn't release sales figures for the Kindle, there's no question that it represents a turning point in the public perception of ebook devices.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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 …
 
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Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
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France Telecom First-Quarter Profit Drops 4.4% on Cost of TV Programming
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Facebook Signs Agreement With GSA
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Oracle-Sun deal renews calls for OpenOffice.org's independence
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