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1:55 PM ET, May 1, 2009

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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
What Disney-Hulu Means for Apple  —  The growing popularity of free video-viewing site Hulu could test the viability of Apple's pay-as-you-go iTunes download business  —  When Walt Disney (DIS) said it would start streaming shows via online video site Hulu, attention immediately turned …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why It Took More Than Four Months, and Millions of Dollars, to Get “Lost” on Hulu  —  What does it take to add a third player to a joint venture between two media conglomerates?  More than four months of negotiations.  Tens of millions of dollars help too.
David Carnoy / CNET News:
70 percent of Kindle owners over 40?  —  Back in March, I did a post titled, “What's the average age of Kindle owners?”  I cited a thread in Amazon.com's forums discussing Kindle owners' ages.  —  Well, I have a little follow-up on the whole issue.  Apparently, someone went ahead …
Discussion: Engadget
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Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
President Obama's New Twitter Feed  —  Since the day Barack Obama took office as President, I've urged him to keep up his eager use of Twitter.  The fast-growing micro-blogging site had helped drive his campaign, both as a fundraising tool and as proof that the candidate had a firm grasp of the new, participatory Internet.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Gawker and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:paulboutin
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Giving Away 250,000 Google Profile Business Cards  —  Google has teamed up with iPrint.com to offer free Google Profile business cards to the first 10,000 people who claim them.  Each person can get a set of 25 cards that shows the Google.com home page with his/her Google Profile URL underneath it in green.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Quick Online Tips and Gearlog, Thanks:mattmcgee
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune Small Business:
Want the biggest iPod in the world?  —  Ask this small gadget shop, which specializes in going where Apple won't.  —  (Fortune Small Business) — Like many consumers, John Mayberry was looking to upgrade his iPod.  The IT technician had 50,000 songs stored on his computer, but his 60-gigabyte iPod maxed out at 12,000 songs.
Discussion: Macworld
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
AP's Curley Has Fightin' Words For Google  —  Associated Press Chief Tom Curley threatens a news blackout.  Will Google flinch?  —  If Associated Press Chief Executive Tom Curley's remarks this week about Google reflect the tenor of the talks between the two, discussions can't be going well.
Discussion: MediaPost
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want To Avoid Swine Flu?  There's An App For That Too.  —  Yesterday, we talked a bit about how some companies are clearly trying to capitalize on the Swine Flu craze that is sweeping the nation.  Naturally, someone just had to make an iPhone app.  —  And the winner is IntuApps …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Facebook's Photo Factory  —  Ever since I got BlackBerry 8900 with a 3.2 Megapixel camera, I've been busy taking photos — randomly at times — and uploading them to my Facebook account to share with 2,000 or so of my closest friends.  Apparently I'm just one of millions of people …
Discussion: Guardian, Lonely CEO Media and Facebook
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Fixya Adds Product Recommendations, And Why VC's Are Hot For It  —  Ask your average Israeli venture capitalist to name a few companies they're keeping tabs on and Fixya usually makes the short list—so do Benchmark's Conduit and Sequoia's Kenshoo.  If you haven't heard of Fixya …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Quicken Online strikes back at upstarts with iPhone app  —  There's been a lot of buzz around personal finance websites like Mint and Wesabe, but finance software maker Intuit has joined the online fray too- and no, not just by sending threatening letters to Mint.
ReadWriteWeb:
First-Mover Advantage Is About Compound Interest, Not Market Share  —  “It is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.”  - Albert Einstein on compound interest.  —  There is a fallacy that startups need to be super-secretive and then, when they launch, move very fast to capture the market.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors  —  The Iranian government, more than almost any other, censors what citizens can read online, using elaborate technology to block millions of Web sites offering news, commentary, videos, music and, until recently, Facebook and YouTube.
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
GoDaddy Advises Against Buying a Domain Name from a Disappearing Island  —  If you want to buy a .tv domain name, Bob Parsons's GoDaddy registrar will sell it to you.  But not without a tsk-tsk lecture about how the island of Tuvalu, which owns .tv, is sinking.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Coming To The Blackberry (Leaked Pic)  —  It's been just one month since email startup Xobni got an investment from the Blackberry Partners Fund, which brought its total B round up to $10 million, and already it has a working prototype for an upcoming Blackberry app.
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com:
Palm Eos Coming to Sprint After Pre Launch  —  Following the confirmation of the Palm Eos for AT&T, sources within Sprint have confirmed to PhoneNews.com the existence of the CDMA version of the forthcoming smart device for the carrier.  —  The device is currently testing within Sprint …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
PHOTOS: Acer Aspire One 751 11.6 netbook … Acer pulled the covers off their new line-up of notebooks, netbooks, nettops and AIOs in London yesterday which we detailed earlier in April.  —  Two new netbook models were on display, the Aspire One 751 and D250, the former taking a slight departure with some interesting design details.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast's Billion Dollar Project Nets Big Bandwidth - Comcast going all digital instead of 1Ghz, SDV  —  When discussing yesterday's stellar earnings in a conference call with analysts, Comcast cable division president Steve Burke spent a lot of time talking about “Project Cavalry,” …
Arn / MacRumors:
Next iPhone to Easily Record, Edit and Share Movies?  —  Considering all the leaked evidence of video recording and editing in the iPhone 3.0 beta, it's not really a stretch to predict that the next iPhone will offer long-requested video features.  Still, Businessweek's Peter Burrows confirms …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Coldplay giving away free live album as MP3s  —  Coldplay has announced plans to give away a free nine-track live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, at every gig this year.  That'll be in CD form, but the album will also be made available as a free download from the band's website for fans not attending the concerts.
Discussion: Download Squad, coldplay and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Developers Threaten To Sue Apple Over Late Payments  —  We've reported in the past on how Apple has not only been late on payments to iPhone app developers, but has also neglected to pay some developers for their app sales at the store entirely.  We thought that perhaps our post might call Apple's attention to the problem.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Samsung Alias 2 launching on May 11, E Ink confirmed?  —  We're hearing that the Alias 2 is on track for a release in less than two weeks from now — May 11, to be exact — which would mean that we're just a few short days away from seeing the very first E Ink handset launch in the States.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and SlashGear
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Washington Post's Slide Makes The New York Times Look Better  —  For the last year or so, the Washington Post Co. (WPO) has reported steadily declining results for its newspaper business-just like every other newspaper publisher in the country.  But in previous quarters …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Canada joins China, Russia in US list of top IP scofflaws  —  The usual suspects have shown up once again on the US Trade Representative's annual Special 301 report on nations that need to step up their game when it comes to enforcing intellectual property rights.
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and Techdirt
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
HP Researchers Design Intelligent Social Network with Focus on “Real” Friends  —  New from HP's Social Computing Lab comes news of Friendlee, an entirely new kind of social network that focuses on the intimate connections between close friends, family, and colleagues.
Discussion: TechNation Australia, Thanks:atul
Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Sony's motion sensing controller for PS3 to be unveiled at E3  —  Sony's much rumored motion sensing controller for the Playstation 3 is real and it will likely be unveiled at E3.  —  That's what I've been hearing from several sources, one of whom has seen the device and two of whom …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Twitter.co.uk - the tale of a forgotten domain  —  Ever been to Twitter.co.uk by mistake?  You're one of about 3,000 people who do exactly that every day - and that might not be a problem for Twitter if it actually owned the domain twitter.co.uk.  —  Instead, it is owned …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Research In Motion: UBS Sees Economic Recovery Play
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
LimeWire Chairman Assures Congress: Privacy Safeguards Are in Place
Financial Times:
Pressure rises on T-Mobile UK
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BBC:
Norway tests laptop exam scheme
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Courtney Lowery / NewWest:
Judge Shuts Down NewWest.Net Twitter Feed from Yellowstone Club Trial
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Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Copyright Office holds hearings on proposed DMCA exemptions
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Google, Books and the Nature of Evil
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Recession's Effect on Entrepreneurship
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Robot Made Me Do It: Comparing Three New Cyborg Q&A Services
Discussion: Lifehacker and andyhickl.com
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
Online Ad Spending To Follow Video and Social Networking
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
New consumer confidence seen as boon to Apple
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Microsoft Offers Secure Windows ... But Only to the Government
isen.blog:
Broadband without Internet ain't worth squat
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update on Warner Music
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