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5:55 PM ET, April 30, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Eos: super-thin, 3G, and headed to AT&T?  —  Liked that blurry photo of a new Palm webOS phone we saw earlier?  Well how about some specs, a name, and a better look at this thing?  Enter the device above, apparently dubbed the Palm Eos (codenamed Castle... where have we seen that before? …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm's next webOS device?  Pre Centro?  —  One of our ninjas just hit us up with the above photo... they said it would be Palm's next webOS device, the rumored Centro-esque handset.  No specs or anything, just a “Fall” release date.  Sorry for the blurry and small photo, but it's legit!
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Microsoft:
Windows 7 Release Candidate Is Available From Microsoft  —  Industry experts advise partners, companies and developers to preview Microsoft's next operating system.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. has reached a significant milestone with the Release Candidate (RC) of the highly anticipated Windows …
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Windows 7 free for a year
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to introduce more affordable Macs, sources say  —  Determined to grow its share of the personal computer market during the worst economic climate in its corporate history, Apple is tailoring changes to a pair of its offerings that will help drive down prices of some of the most popular Macs, AppleInsider has learned.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Finally: Disney, Hulu Deal Announced  —  Took 'em long enough.  —  Just as MediaMemo predicted, Walt Disney Co. has finally taken a stake in Hulu, the video-streaming site operated by General Electric's (GE) NBC Universal, News Corp. (NWS) and Providence Equity Partners.
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Hulu Blog:
Like minds  —  Big day!  I'm happy to announce that The Walt Disney Company is going to join us in our admittedly ambitious mission.  The specifics are in the official release below.  —  As a Hulu team, we are over the moon for a number of reasons.  Yes, we are excited to help audiences …
Discussion: Company Town, Macworld and Engadget HD
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Disney to Acquire 30% Hulu Stake, Full ABC Shows on the Way: Report
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Is Serious About Gaming: Steals Xbox Senior Director of Strategy  —  Anybody who said Apple wasn't serious about gaming can swallow their pundit nuggets right now: They just hired Richard Teversham, Xbox Europe's (now former) senior director of business, insights and strategy.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Time's 100 Most Influential People Includes 4chan And Twitter Creators  —  This list is in.  Time has released its annual Time 100 list, honoring the most influential people in the world.  There are a lot of interesting names including Sarah Palin and President Obama, but let's focus on the names from the tech sphere.
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Rick Astley / Time:   moot  —  Back in the '80s, I was known for being reclusive …
Ashton Kutcher / Time:   The Twitter Guys  —  Years from now, when historians reflect …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
Acer confirms Windows 7 available 23 October … Acer has confirmed that Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on their new all-in-one Z5600 PC, from the 23 October 2009, not by the end of January 2010 as Microsoft has been previously suggesting.  —  Although some rumours have put …
PRWeb:
Nielsen Mobile Highlights Twitter and Predicto as Industry Leaders; Report Details the Diversity Among Free Versus Paid Mobile Communities  —  A study released today utilizing data from Nielsen Mobile, illustrated a comparative analysis of the user demographics and market penetration of Twitter …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Twitter is dominated by males. Quick: What does that mean?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Sweeps JD Power Consumer Smartphone Ratings — Except In Battery Life  —  The latest 2009 JD Power Consumer Smartphone Satisfaction Study numbers are in.  And the winner is ... the iPhone.  Apple's device nearly swept every category, with top marks in operating system, features …
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Amazon starts charging by the megabyte for delivering personal documents to your Kindle - adds support for DOCX and RTF file formats  —  Amazon just revealed a few changes to their Kindle supported documents as well as modifications to their whispernet fee structure.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gadgetell
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: “The Pre Is DOA”  —  Here's the flip side of reports that Palm plans to deliberately keep supplies of the Pre artificially low to foster the perception of a shortage and spur demand: There will be a shortage, but it won't be deliberate or artificial.
Discussion: GMSV, Thanks:atul
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Filing confirms Apple exploring carbon fiber Mac enclosures  —  A new patent filing discovered by AppleInsider provides some of the first public evidence that Apple is indeed exploring carbon fiber-like enclosures for future product designs, corroborating an earlier report on the matter.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
FACE(BOOK) VALUE  —  SOCIAL NETWORK CAN'T GET FRIENDLY FUNDING NUMBERS  —  Facebook has been holding exploratory meetings with private-equity firms about raising another round of funding, but the two sides are $3 billion apart on what the popular social-networking Web site is worth, The Post has learned.
BBC:
Web tool ‘as important as Google’  —  A web tool that “could be as important as Google”, according to some experts, has been shown off to the public.  —  Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram.  —  The free program aims to answer questions directly …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg Will Be Profitable By 2010, Says CEO  —  We ran into Digg CEO Jay Adelson at a party last night in lower Manhattan.  He gave us a couple updates on the social news startup:  — Plans to hire its own ad sales force are proceeding apace.  Digg's already hired a rep in New York …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
A Look Inside the Twitter Admin Panel  —  According to French blog Nowhere Else, someone has been able to access Twitter's administration area, and they've got a bunch of screenshots to prove it.  —  The URL which leads to Twitter's admin page is simple enough (and open to everyone): “https …
Discussion: The Register, Zero Day and ITworld.com
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ARIN heads off IP address land grab  —  IPv4 depletion: T minus 2 years  —  Free whitepaper - Deploying high-density zones in a low-density data center  —  Older types of internet protocol addresses are about to get harder to come by - at least in North America.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah to launch cause-oriented iPhone entertainment apps  —  Booyah is nearing the completion of its first round of cause-oriented apps for the iPhone.  —  Keith Lee, (pictured below) chief executive of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, said the first app will be out this spring …
Discussion: Macworld, Pulse2 and mocoNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes Default Location Provider For Firefox  —  Many of us have been saying it for a long time: location based services are the future.  But up until now they've been a distant, hazy future, because they've been so difficult to use.  That's going to change soon, and it looks like Google is going to be leading the way.
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Ruba Banking on Facebook Connect to Accelerate User Generated Content Library  —  Travel site Ruba has just launched, and it's taking advantage of Facebook Connect to build its user-generated content library.  —  Ruba features user-generated reviews and articles on travel centering …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
 
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GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 to be dominant in 3 - 5 years, says Reeves
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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft fires another shot at Linux netbooks by extending XP availability
Discussion: PC World and Liliputing, Thanks:leemathews
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mobile Communication Startup fring Bags More Funding
Discussion: fring, VentureBeat and mocoNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Inspired By A Pile Of Crap, Gmail Adds More Emoticons
Discussion: CNET News and Gmail Blog
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Announces New President Of Global Advertising, Ex-Googler Jeff Levick
Discussion: Pulse2 and ReadWriteHire
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New Phishing Attack Spreading On Facebook.  This Time From FBstarter (Updated)
Discussion: CircleID, CNET News and All Facebook
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Advertising is Shakable and Location-Based
Thanks:blogfisher
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Eucalyptus in the cloud: researchers commercialize OSS project
Discussion: CloudAve
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Death to Windows AutoRun!
Discussion: BetaNews and ITworld.com
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
Making Movies: The Next Big Thing in iPhones?
Discussion: mocoNews, Macworld and blogs.chron.com
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Google Could Have Caught Swine Flu Early
 

 
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