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8:10 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  —  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
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!
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
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Ozzie On His Company's Web Strategy  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, who famously zinged his company back in 2006 for not moving aggressively enough to the Web, was much kinder to the company during the annual State of Technology luncheon in Seattle Friday.
Discussion: TechFlash and Microsoft Pri0
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: VentureBeat, Digits and CNET News
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 …
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
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter Is Giving Facebook an Inferiority Complex  —  I'm not sure why, but Facebook seems to be completely thrown off its game by Twitter and all the attention being lavished on San Francisco-based start-up.  First Facebook added Twitter-styled status updates, much to the chagrin of its users.
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews, Thanks:wedocreative
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 …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Interest In Gaming Isn't Casual  —  Developers say the computer and gizmo maker is in gaming for the long haul.  —  Apple appears to be preparing an all-out assault on the handheld gaming market, moving to snap up gaming industry insiders from Microsoft to go with its growing team of graphics-chip specialists.
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.
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?
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Texting delays mar popularity of $50 Boost plan  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A new $50 unlimited-calling plan sold under the Boost brand has been a badly needed success story for Sprint Nextel Corp., luring hundreds of thousands of new customers, by industry estimates.
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
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?
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
First Live Photos of the Gemini - BlackBerry Curve 8520!  —  If you saw this forum post the other week or listened to our last podcast, you'll know that we've been starting to get a better idea of what the “Gemini” is all about.  And thanks to these first live photos, now you can see it for yourself!!!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Online Ad Recession Is Officially Here: First Quarterly Decline In Revenues  —  It was the last part of the advertising sector to fall and may be the first to recover, but online advertising is now in a recession.  With the four largest Web advertising companies (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft …
Thanks:atul
The White House:
WhiteHouse 2.0  —  In the President's last Weekly Address, he called on government to “recognize that we cannot meet the challenges of today with old habits and stale thinking.”  He added that “we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gadgetwise and techPresident, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
LimeWire Chairman Assures Congress: Privacy Safeguards Are in Place  —  Peer-to-peer software company LimeWire is gently telling Congress to calm down, reassuring anxious lawmakers that the company's software prevents users from putting the nation's top secrets or their tax returns at risk …
Discussion: BetaNews and CNET 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 …
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: Threat Level and digg.com
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
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 …
 
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