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3:00 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.
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, 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  —  Apparently talks between Google and the Associated Press aren't going well, or so says Forbes today, with AP chief executive Tom Curley threatening to take his content and play elsewhere.  —  Where that will be is hard to say.
Thanks:atul
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: Silicon Alley Insider and p2pnet, Thanks:paulboutin
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:   Why Did the White House Delete Bush's Tweets?
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 …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Unauthorized Access: An Update on Security  —  This week, unauthorized access to Twitter was gained by an outside party.  Our initial security reviews and investigations indicate that no account information was altered or removed in any way.  However, we discovered that 10 individual accounts …
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
Discussion: threatpost
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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?
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
 
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Will the Handset Spin-Off Really Help Motorola?
Discussion: New York Times
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast's Billion Dollar Project Nets Big Bandwidth …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
HP Researchers Design Intelligent Social Network with Focus on “Real” Friends
Thanks:atul
BBC:
Norway tests laptop exam scheme
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, PSFK and Engadget
Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Copyright Office holds hearings on proposed DMCA exemptions
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Recession's Effect on Entrepreneurship
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Microsoft Offers Secure Windows ... But Only to the Government
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