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6:55 PM ET, May 1, 2009

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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, Pulse2, Beet.TV and Gawker
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sorry, Tom Curley: Don't Expect A Google Ranking Boost For The AP
Thanks:atul
Vishesh Kumar / Digits:
Verizon to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Broadband Subscribers  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is preparing to offer free Wi-Fi access at hotspots to subscribers to its home broadband services, according to people familiar with the matter.  The phone giant will partner with Boingo …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Boingo Wireless Now $10 per Month  —  Boingo's unlimited North American hotspot access plan is now $10/mo: The hotspot aggregator has long offered access for $22/mo, often with 1 month free or $10/mo for three months promotion.  Now, the price is simply $10/mo (a nickel shy to be precise, but I prefer round numbers).
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
Discussion: Maximum PC all
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Valleywag Out.  Owen Thomas Leaving Gawker.  —  Owen Thomas, who has run the Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag for the past couple years, is leaving Gawker, the site's parent company, we've learned.  This move is a bad blow for the site which significantly cut its workforce a few months ago …
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Gabriel Snyder / Gawker:   Meet the New Valleywag: Ryan Tate
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 …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
A Silver Ooze That Could Shrink the iPod  —  Bill Watkins, the outspoken former chief executive of Seagate, wants to make a thinner iPod.  —  The Silicon Valley veteran has joined the board of Vertical Circuits, a start-up that has come up with a technique for cramming large amounts of flash memory into a tight space.
Discussion: Digits and CNET News
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Why Did the White House Delete Bush's Tweets?  —  Barack Obama's Webheads are getting ready to launch a new Twitter feed for President Change.  But the White House already had a Twitter account.  It has disappeared down the memory hole.  —  Given the widespread belief that Obama invented the Internet …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Neowin.net
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Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
President Obama's New Twitter Feed
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Will Foleo Be Revived As A Netbook?  —  Is Palm (PALM) working on a netbook?  —  Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research, asserts in a note to clients today that Palm is doing exactly that: he says they intend to produce a $399 netbook that will run the Palm Web OS …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 to get motion-sensing add-on with full body game control?  —  Here's a wild one.  We just got a tip from someone who purports to be in the know on Microsoft's efforts to beat the Wii at its own motion-sensing game, with some of the details lining up with what we were hearing last year along these lines.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Impressive: The Wolfram Alpha “Fact Engine”  —  Much attention has been focused on the forthcoming Wolfram Alpha search service.  Will it be as important as Google has become?  Perhaps!  A new search paradigm?  Yes!  Or at least a new way of gathering information.  A Google-killer?  Nope!
Discussion: Wolfram and Lifehacker
Mina Kimes / Fortune:
Apple's app store thinks small  —  With a new ad campaign and business-oriented downloads, the iPhone maker targets company owners and entrepreneurs.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — In the battle for corporate customers, BlackBerry reigns supreme.  But will the iPhone become the mobile device of choice for small businesses?
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
The Sims 3 gets social network, microtransactions  —  The online features for The Sims 3 have been detailed, and it will include a new in-game store for purchasing items as well as a heap of social networking features.  —  The release of the next main entry in The Sims franchise …
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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple says Psystar holding back info in Mac clone legal case  —  Apple this week asked a federal court judge to intervene in its discovery process with unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar, which is reportedly violating proper procedure by refusing to answer key questions and turn over critical financial information about its business.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former RIAA Lawyer At DOJ Will Only Avoid RIAA Issues For A Year  —  Plenty of folks have noted that the Justice Department has been the landing place for a number of RIAA lawyers.  Some have suggested not to get too worked up about this, given that the Obama administration's ethics rules supposedly forbade …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Problem With Cable Is Television  —  I've been looking closely at the recently announced first-quarter financial results of Comcast and Time Warner, the country's two largest cable systems.  —  Overall, these companies are doing quite well, making more money than ever, with lower capital investment.
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Will ‘Wolverine’ benefit from (Bit)Torrent of publicity?  —  Outfitted with a skeleton forged from a super alloy, the comic book hero Wolverine is supposed to be indestructible.  —  After a raw version of the movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” leaked to the Web last month …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Los Angeles Times
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Exclusive: Sony PSP Go!  Storage Tech Revealed  —  Sources close to Sony PSP development have hinted to Game On what Sony's planning to stick in its rumored smaller, sleeker PSP Go!.  Remember this CES 2009 press release back in January?  The one where SanDisk revealed a panoply of tinier, higher-speed memory products?
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 …
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.
Sagar Meghani / Associated Press:
Pentagon uses Facebook, Twitter to spread message  —  FORT MONROE, Va. - You don't often hear a three-star general using the word “friend” as a verb.  —  But for Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley and other Army brass, a new era has brought a new language — and new tools like online social networks Twitter …
Discussion: digg.com
Peter Clarke / EE Times:
Is Windows 7 launch set to reveal ARM processor support?  —  LONDON — There have been rumors for a while now that Microsoft engineers in Redmond, Washington, have been demonstrating the Windows XP operating system running on chips with ARM processing cores inside.  —  Officially Big Windows does not run on ARM processor cores.
Discussion: Liliputing and Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sued Over Android Name... But Was It Actually Being Used?  —  A whole bunch of people have been sending in varieties of the story that Google has been sued by a guy named Erich Specht, who holds a trademark on the term “Android Data,” supposedly for Android Data Corporation, the company he apparently runs.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Satellite to offer 10Mbit broadband to entire UK  —  Not cheap, but better than nothing  —  Free whitepaper - Deploying high-density zones in a low-density data center  —  A French firm plans to launch a satellite next year that it says will offer the entire UK up to 10Mbit/s broadband …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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,” …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Should Buy Acer, Bernstein Says  —  There has been speculation for months now that Dell (DELL) at some point will make a big acquisition.  Most of thinking has been about diversifation moves.  But Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi proposes an idea that would boost Dell's stake in the PC business: consider buying Acer.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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