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3:20 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
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
YouTube: Placement Police  —  Web video company looks for a chunk of integration ad revenue  —  In recent months, YouTube has set off some jangled nerves among several of its more popular content producers.  The company issued written notifications to several producers …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube to Publishers: Don't Put Your Own Ads Into Those Videos!
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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.
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: paidContent.org and TechCrunch, Thanks:andy_denton
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
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 …
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.
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: The Register and yardley.ca
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.
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.
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.
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 Gavin / Boston Globe:
Globe says it won't file closing notice  —  Boston Globe management said today that it won't file a plant closing notice required to shutter the newspaper after reaching cost saving agreements with six of seven unions involved in negotiations for concessions.
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?”
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:
Oracle tweaks extended support fees  —  Oracle on Monday said that it has waived extended support fees for its a bevy of products, including its E-Business Suite 11, 10, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11, Siebel CRM 7.8 and Oracle database 10g R2.  —  Extended support covers product and technology releases …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Emulex Board Unanimously Rejects Broadcom's Unsolicited Takeover Proposal  —  Emulex Corp., the maker of chips used in data centers, said its board rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Broadcom Corp. because the $764 million bid doesn't reflect its value.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU hearing on Microsoft antitrust case in June  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators have set a hearing next month for Microsoft to respond orally to EU charges that it sought to stymie rivals by tying the firm's Web browser to its Windows operating system.
 
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