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10:56 PM ET, May 4, 2009

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New York Times:
F.T.C. Looks Into Ties Between Apple and Google Boards  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission has begun an inquiry into whether the close ties among the boards of two of technology's most prominent companies, Apple and Google, amounts to a violation of antitrust laws, according to several people briefed on the inquiry.
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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Amazon Plans Kindle for Textbooks
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why the Kindle HD Can't Save Newspapers
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Outsold By BlackBerry Curve In U.S. Last Quarter
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Why BlackBerry's Lead Over the iPhone Won't Last
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Rohan Seth / Google Mobile Blog:
Do more with Google Latitude!  —  When we launched Google Latitude a couple of months ago, we were flooded with feature suggestions.  One frequent request was to allow you to share your location with even more people and not just your Latitude friends.  Today, we're launching two applications that do just that!
In-Stat:
Web-to-TV Video Streaming Services Will Drive Nearly $3 Billion in Revenue by 2013  —  The under-35 adult population in the US has already adopted Web-to-TV video capability, reports In-Stat http://www.in-stat.com.  Over 40% of young adult US households view Internet video on the TV at least once per month.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Comcast Has To Worry About Hulu
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
RIM plans next-gen Storm as it eyes untapped market  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion is planning a next-generation version of its touchscreen BlackBerry Storm smartphone as part of a continuing push into the retail market, its co-CEO said on Monday.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New Application Parental Controls to let Apple put adult content on iPhone  —  Apple will soon have an excuse to slang those controversial potty-mouth NIN apps to all of your kids.  In version 3 of the iPhone and in iTunes 8.2 (image below) you can now select parental control for apps and choose the age of the iPhone owner.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google Chrome on the Mac: what's the holdup?  (UpdateD)  —  Want Google Chrome for Mac?  You can have it - though note that there's plenty that's not actually, um, working just at the moment.  It's odd how many months it's taking Google to do this port (and how the shine seems to have come off Chrome …
Discussion: Technologizer
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.
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
A Manifesto  —  Newspapers and magazines won't vanish.  But they must change.  Here's how to save media.  —  Even a few years ago, Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele, those 18th-century London gallants and the founders of the Spectator, would have recognized the forms and modes of business …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Adam Hupp / Facebook Blog:
Live Updating the Stream  —  Since introducing the new home page, we've been working to make it easier for you to stay updated with your friends and connections.  Your News Feed, in the center of your home page, offers you an updated stream of what's happening with them.  Beginning today, that stream is going live.
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Some thoughts about the PSD format  —  Here's what I think people want to know: Is Photoshop's PSD format a goofy, antiquated piece of crap, and by extension is Photoshop slow, clumsy, and/or outdated?  —  No. (Read on for details.)  —  The questions arise because various Web sites1 …
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
HyperMac External Battery Gives MacBooks a 32 Hour Boost  —  A battery that provides 32 hours of continuous MacBook use?  Now we're talkin'.  Sound's great until you find out that the 222Wh Hypermac external charger costs a whopping $500.  —  On the plus side, Hypermac is offering …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Heavily Promoting Mobile Services  —  Over the past day or so Facebook has begun heavily promoting their mobile services through ads on the site which all link to a new Facebook mobile landing page.  They are trying to alert users to the robust set of mobile features …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Local Mobile Search
Stephen Williams / Gadgetwise:
Consumer Reports Takes a Shine to Apple  —  Hitting for the cycle is a rare event in baseball, and rare as well in the pages of Consumer Reports.  —  So when you go three for three—as Apple has in the recent laptop computer-ratings issue—and score highly in other categories, it's worth at least a nod.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Researchers hijack botnet, score 56,000 passwords in an hour  —  The Torpig botnet was hijacked by the good guys for ten days earlier this year before its controllers issued an update and took the botnet back.  During that time, however, researchers were able to gain a glimpse into the kind …
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
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.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review - First Impressions  —  A CrackBerry.com Hands-On First Look at the BlackBerry Curve 8520...  A New “Low End” BlackBerry That Rocks?!  —  Rumors of a new BlackBerry with the codename “Gemini” have been running around the interwebs since early 2009, evolving slightly with every new blog post made about it.
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google: Drop the AP first  —  Forbes quotes AP head Tom Curley sabre-rattling in negotiations with Google: “Curley warned that if Google doesn't strike the right deal with the AP soon, ‘They will not get our copy going forward.’” This is more than mere negotiation.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo and Microsoft Deal Progress “Meaningful"-Plus the Deal Team Rosters  —  Recently, BoomTown reported that talks between Microsoft and Yahoo had gotten “hot and heavy.”  —  That mood seems to be continuing, as many sources close to the situation on both sides said that the pair …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Libraries ask court to monitor Google after book settlement is approved  —  Google's project to digitize books is garnering objections.  Credit: Wonderland via Flickr  —  Three organizations representing 139,000 libraries today asked the judge overseeing Google's settlement with authors …
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Layoffs at Omidyar Network  —  Omidyar Network, the philanthropic venture capital firm formed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has laid off several members of its investment staff.  In an email sent this morning to friends and colleagues, one investment manager wrote:
 
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