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2:50 PM ET, May 4, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New Amazon Device Debuts Wednesday  —  The last time Amazon held a press conference in New York City was in February, when it introduced the Kindle 2.0.  Now the company has scheduled another one for Wednesday morning at Pace University in lower Manhattan.  —  Expect a new large-format …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon plans big screen Kindle: Textbook margins are the real aim …
Discussion: iGeneration
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Big Screen Kindle Hail Mary To Newspapers Will Fall Incomplete
Discussion: Beyond Search and TeleRead
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Outsold By BlackBerry Curve In U.S. Last Quarter  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was not the most-purchased consumer smartphone in the first quarter, according to research firm NPD Group.  That title goes to RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Curve 8300 series, which was on sale at more carriers …
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npd.com:
RIM Unseats Apple in The NPD Group's Latest Smartphone Ranking  —  Buy-one-get-one promotions helps RIM increase U.S. consumer market share in first quarter of 2009 … - RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)  — Apple iPhone 3G (all models)  — RIM BlackBerry Storm
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Facebook Police Shut Down One Of The Most Popular Public Profiles  —  This morning I got an email from the owner of the “Cristiano Ronaldo” public profile stating that he had been disable after attracting over 2.85 million fans.  The reason?  Most likely because the public profile …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube to Publishers: Don't Put Your Own Ads Into Those Videos!  —  According to a report from Mediaweek, YouTube has sent written warnings to a number of content producers who feature their own advertisers in videos on Google's popular video service.  YouTube, of course …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
YouTube: Placement Police
Jerry Shen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch an 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month, but will still consider 10-inch the mainstream specification for 2009, account for 50% of total shipments, while 11.6-inch models will account for 30%, according to company president Jerry Shen.
Ludovic Privat / GPS BUSINESS NEWS:
NAVIGON stops PND business in North America  —  After a few days of rumors about NAVIGON withdrawal from the North American market, NAVIGON's CEO Egon Minar spoke this morning to GPS Business News: “Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw …
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The two trends that are conspiring against Microsoft  —  If you clicked into this article thinking it would be a Microsoft bashapalooza or a vapid prediction about the downfall of the Seattle software giant then you're going to be disappointed.  —  Microsoft isn't going anywhere.
PC World:
Microsoft Mum on Vista Plans After Windows 7 Launch  —  How long does Microsoft plan to keep selling copies of its Windows Vista operating system after the upcoming launch of Windows 7?  The company isn't saying.  —  With previous versions of Windows, Microsoft used a transition period …
Discussion: Technologizer and TechSpot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Trent Reznor rips Apple, rates smartphone OSes  —  Why should you care about what Trent Reznor has to say about Apple or smartphones in general?  Well, for one thing, the front-man for Nine Inch Nails is a digital music visionary who's gone it alone and found gold in the deep coffers of the Internet.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla ponders policy change after Firefox extension battle  —  The NoScript Firefox extension faced a major backlash last week when users discovered that it was surreptitiously disrupting the operation of AdBlock Plus.  The developers behind the two extensions turned the browser into a battleground as their conflict escalated.
Discussion: yardley.ca
Matt Asay / CNET News:
SpringSource acquires Hyperic, with eye to take on IBM, Microsoft  —  SpringSource announced Monday its acquisition of Hyperic, a move that signals a new phase of commercial open-source competition.  —  Until recently, open-source vendors like SpringSource seemed content to play …
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Driven by success of Boost Monthly Unlimited and wholesale, achieved the best sequential improvement in total gross additions, and loss of 182,000 total net subscribers represents a sequential improvement of over 1 million …
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Facebook Co-Founder Settles in at General Catalyst: Out to Learn and Help Young Entrepreneurs  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  This article is a prototype for a new, still-unnamed weekly column featuring conversations with local innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Robbie / StatSheet.com ChangeLog:
Without Warning, Twitter Kills StatTweets (Businesses Beware)  —  Show your support for StatTweets by retweeting this message.  —  Twitter summarily shut down the StatTweets service without any warning.  It's been two weeks and I've received nothing but form responses from Twitter Support.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:andy_denton
Ed Sutherland / GigaOM:
Can Outsourcing Its Network Stem the Bleeding at Sprint?  —  Sprint, the No. 3 wireless carrier, is considering outsourcing network operations and management duties to Sweden's Ericsson, according to the Wall Street Journal.  But would it stem what one analyst called a “gushing chest wound?”
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
23andMe Raises At Least $11 Million  —  Personalized genetics company 23andMe Inc. has secured $11 million of a $24.26 million venture round, according to a regulatory filing.  —  This is the company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, which had raised around $9 million …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Philip Lam / prethinking.com:
Palm Pre Training to officially start on May 6th for Sprint Employees  —  We broke the news on Sprint Employees getting Palm Pre training starting in April, turns out that they were just picking store advocates.  Now time for some new Pre-training details!  According to Coal over at SprintGuru …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM rolls out latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server  —  RIM on Monday said its latest enterprise server was available and detailed a strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard.  —  As expected, RIM rolled out its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.  The latest version offers more IT administration controls …
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Merge With Liberty Entertainment  —  DirecTV Group Inc. will merge with majority shareholder Liberty Entertainment once that unit is spun off from parent company Liberty Media Corp. as the John Malone-controlled vehicle looks to simplify its capital structure.
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Report: Ultrawideband dies by 2013  —  In-Stat forecasts end for UWB in CE and PCs  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Ultrawideband (UWB) technology is effectively dead in consumer and computer markets, according to a new report from market watcher In-Stat.  Wi-Fi will take the vast majority of the market …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
 
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Fred / A VC:
The End Of The IPO Drought Is Coming
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog, Thanks:wedocreative