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6:35 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!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 impressions, insights, and expectations  —  As you may or may not know, Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 has been officially handed out to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today, and there are plans to unleash the heavily-hyped OS to the waiting public at large come May 5th.
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PC Pro:
Windows 7 free for a year  —  Microsoft is effectively giving away Windows 7 free for a year with the launch of the Release Candidate.  —  The Release Candidate is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and will go on unlimited, general release on 5 May.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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 …
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 and Macworld
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.
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 …
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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Ashton Kutcher / Time:   The Twitter Guys  —  Years from now, when historians reflect …
Rick Astley / Time:   moot  —  Back in the '80s, I was known for being reclusive …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Twitter is dominated by males.  Quick: What does that mean?  —  The majority of people who send text messages on Twitter are male, according to a study released by Nielsen Mobile, a mobile market research company.  —  Some 57 percent of Twitter users are men, while only 45 percent of users …
Discussion: Mashable!
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PRWeb:   Nielsen Mobile Highlights Twitter and Predicto as Industry Leaders …
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 …
Nielsen Wire:
Return of the Twitter Quitters  —  David Martin, Vice President, Primary Research, Nielsen Online  —  Our recent post about how the majority of people who use Twitter wind up abandoning the service received a lot of great coverage and feedback.  We also received a healthy amount of criticism …
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Christian Science Monitor:
Is Twitter the next Second Life?
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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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.
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.
Thanks:atul
WordPress:
Make Friends with BuddyPress  —  Filed under Cousins.  —  What if there was software with the elegance and extensibility of WordPress but all the features you've come to expect from social networks like Facebook?  Now there is: check out BuddyPress.  —  BuddyPress is an official sister project of WordPress.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Search for Everyone!  —  Every public update sent to Twitter from anywhere in the world 24/7 can be instantly indexed and made discoverable via our newly launched real-time search.  What was that loud noise outside your apartment?  Did you just feel an earthquake?
Discussion: TechCrunch, 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.
Discussion: The Register, Gizmodo and MacRumors
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 …
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
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Who's on deck in tech?  —  Apple's Steve Jobs isn't the only chief executive apparently without a concrete plan for passing the torch.  Surprisingly few technology CEOs have anointed heirs.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Last year when Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed visible signs of illness …
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 to be dominant in 3 - 5 years, says Reeves  —  Outgoing Sony Europe president David Reeves has said that the PlayStation 3 still has a long way to go before it can overtake Microsoft's Xbox 360 on the market, with the exec predicting it could take up to five more years for the console to become the market leader.
Discussion: Joystiq
 
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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
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Ruba Banking on Facebook Connect to Accelerate User Generated Content Library
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Inspired By A Pile Of Crap, Gmail Adds More Emoticons
Discussion: Webware.com and Gmail Blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah to launch cause-oriented iPhone entertainment apps
Discussion: Macworld and Pulse2
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Announces New President Of Global Advertising, Ex-Googler Jeff Levick
Discussion: Pulse2 and ReadWriteHire
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New Phishing Attack Spreading On Facebook.  This Time From FBstarter (Updated)
Discussion: CircleID, CNET News and All Facebook
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Death to Windows AutoRun!
Discussion: BetaNews and ITworld.com
 

 
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