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5:50 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans Kindle for Textbooks
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon plans big screen Kindle: Textbook margins are the real aim …
Discussion: iGeneration
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press
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 …
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!
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Starts To Leverage Latitude Location Through New Apps  —  Google is now expanding its map-based, location-aware service Latitude beyond the the Latitude destination in new ways with a public location sharing badge for third party sites and other apps that incorporate location.
Discussion: eWeek, ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and CNET News, Thanks:sinkercat
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 …
Robbie / 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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube to Publishers: Don't Put Your Own Ads Into Those Videos!
Discussion: Mashable!
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  Over 40% of young adult US households view Internet video on the TV at least once per month.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Comcast Has To Worry About Hulu
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.
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.
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.
24/7 Wall Street:
The Sun Sets On BusinessWeek, Forbes, And Fortune  —  The May 11 issue of Fortune Magazine is a perfect demonstration of what the three largest business magazines have done for decades.  Its cover story, “How Bernie Did It' is the culmination of a four-month investigation into the details …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Adding ‘Push’ To BlackBerry Apps  —  BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM) is giving app developers access to the company's flagship “push” technology, via a new API, announced today.  This as Apple rolls out a similar feature this summer for its iPhone apps.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Create A Powerful Custom URL Shortener For Your Own Domain  —  You may have noticed over the last few weeks that TechCrunch links on Twitter have had a nifty custom URL, with links looking like' instead of more generic codes from TinyURL or
Discussion: SnowBlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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 …
Adam Hupp Today / 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.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T picks up Acer Aspire One 10.1″ netbook; available from Costco on May 11th  —  There were rumors going around not long ago about more subsidized netbooks making their way over to AT&T. Well, it looks like AT&T is about to start offering the Acer Aspire One 10.1″ netbook complete …
David Kaplan /
Online Growth Failed To Offset B2B Media Companies' Decline In '08  —  B2B media companies had some good news and some bad news last year: revenue from online, conferences, trade shows and data were up significantly over 2007, but it wasn't enough to offset the decline in magazine revenue …
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review - First Impressions  —  A 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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Shuts Down RSS Feed App
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: We're not ditching Vista until at least 2011
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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Discussion: MarketingVOX
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Huw Jones / Reuters:
EU urges Internet governance revamp
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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Report: Ultrawideband dies by 2013
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Merge With Liberty Entertainment
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Facebook Co-Founder Settles in at General Catalyst: Out to Learn …
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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
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