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4:00 AM ET, May 1, 2009


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Twitter.  Triumph of humanity.  —  Twitter's meteoric rise to ubiquity is proof positive that the world, in all its complexity, is eager to embrace simplicity.  Wielding more impact on social networking than most communication tools this generation has yet seen, Twitter is one of those universal phenomena …
Discussion: Screenwerk and TechCrunch
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? …
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.
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: PC World and All about Microsoft
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.
Mike / Marksonland:
Google Likes To Steal Other's Thunder  —  In the office, Rich and Greg were noting that some of Google's recent announcements had some pretty interesting timing.  To wit:  —  * This past Tuesday, Wolfram Alpha announces its structured data search product.  On the same day, Google announced its new structured data product.
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?
Chris Hall /
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 …
Christian Science Monitor:
Is Twitter the next Second Life?  —  Lance Armstrong loves it.  Oprah's all over it.  Ashton Kutcher found a million people to follow him on it.  Heck, Barack Obama used it to get elected president.  So why is Twitter in trouble?  —  According to David Martin, Vice President of Primary Research …
Nielsen Wire:
Return of the Twitter Quitters
Discussion: MediaMemo and I'm Not Actually a Geek, Thanks:atul
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Google Search right in Gmail  —  I used to have a problem.  People would ask me questions, over chat or email, and I'd have to leave Gmail to search Google for an answer.  Then I'd have to select the answer, copy it, go back to Gmail and paste the answer into the chat window or my reply.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Staci D. Kramer /
Odd Net Out CBS Responds To Disney Joining News Corp-NBCU In Hulu  —  In the wake of the Disney deal with Hulu, what about CBS?  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar told paidContent he'd love to have CBS (NYSE: CBS) add its programming to the video service, while CBS Interactive, representing …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intelius buys Spock, the people search engine  —  Intelius, a company that performs background checks on people, has acquired Spock, a people search engine, for an undisclosed amount.  —  The deal was signed today, VentureBeat just confirmed with Spock's co-founder Jaideep Singh.
Discussion: TechFlash and
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Zend PHP framework accesses Amazon cloud  —  In addition to Amazon cloud capabilities, Zend Framework 1.8 also offers RAD tooling  —  Zend Technologies, maker of tools for building PHP applications, is extending its Web development framework to the Amazon Web Services computing cloud.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android Angst  —  A software developer has sued the Internet giant over the trademarked term Android.  —  Could a lawsuit hold up Android, Google's high-priority, open-source software project?  —  It could if Erich Specht gets his way.  The software developer is seeking close …
Discussion: TechCrunch and OpsanBlog
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Wolfram Alpha Demo Returns, This Time With Actual Footage Of The Service  —  Yesterday, days of hype culminated in the unveiling of the Wolfram Alpha search engine, which made its debut at a presentation put on by Harvard University's Berkman Center.  Unfortunately the resulting video footage turned …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Allan Swann / National Business Review:
Entire Copyright Act to be scrapped  —  The National government will freeze any further changes to the Copyright Act with an eye to throwing the whole thing out and rewriting it from scratch.  —  Over the last two months the National government has progressively scrapped Labour's ‘band-aid’ adjustments to the Copyright Act 1994.
Discussion: Techdirt
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Custom Search Cuts uTorrent Off  —  With over 28 million active users a month, uTorrent has established itself as the client of choice for most BitTorrent users.  In an attempt to bring in some much needed revenue, BitTorrent Inc. decided to add a search engine to its website using Google's custom search program.
Discussion: WebProNews
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Papa Johns Says iPhone App is a Dud - Maybe They Should Try Launching a Real One  —  At the OMMA Mobile conference on Wednesday, Jim McDonnell, marketing manager, emerging channels for Papa John's International, shared some bad news about the potential for mobile applications associated with a business.
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.
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The EFF digs deep into the FBI's “everything bucket”
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Cloud Standards Effort Could Turn into a Dustup
Navneet Goel / Google Enterprise Blog:
Sync Google Apps user accounts with your LDAP system
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The $100 Million Mobile App Question
Discussion: Dealscape
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Analyst: Why Google Will Soon Steal Share From Baidu In China
Discussion: mocoNews
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Federal Felony To Use Blogs, the Web, Etc.  To Cause Substantial …
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Needle in a haystack: efficient storage of billions of photos
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Discussion: Joystiq
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Who's on deck in tech?
Discussion: Network World
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Twitter is dominated by males. Quick: What does that mean?
Discussion: Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Inspired By A Pile Of Crap, Gmail Adds More Emoticons