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7:40 AM ET, May 4, 2009

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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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New Amazon Device Debuts Wednesday  —  The last time Amazon (AMZN) held a press conference in New York City was in February, when it introduced the Kindle 2.0.  Now it is scheduling one for Wednesday morning at Pace University in lower Manhattan.  —  Expect a new, large format device that's optimized …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Big Screen Kindle Hail Mary To Newspapers Will Fall Incomplete  —  Hail Mary - noun: A long forward pass in football, esp. as a last-ditch attempt at the end of a game, where completion is considered unlikely.  —  New reports have several companies on the verge of releasing large screen …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy to trial launch Palm Pre on June 7th  —  Well lookie here.  This one isn't 100% confirmed just yet but a ninja hit us up with what could be some pretty juicy launch details for the rumor mill's favorite handset du jour, the Palm Pre.  Here we go — according to our ninja …
Fred / A VC:
The End Of The IPO Drought Is Coming  —  I've said it a few times on this blog recently as offhand comments, but I feel compelled to say it a bit more loudly.  I think we will see the end of the IPO drought for venture backed companies within the next year, possibly by the end of this year.
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why text messages are limited to 160 characters  —  Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times  —  Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper.  —  As he went along …
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts:
Marketplace for Mobile: What's prohibited  —  One of the bigger beefs with Apple's App Store is the seemingly indiscriminate nature in which some updated apps are rejected, even after they've already been approved.  (See: Tweetie and more recently, the Nine Inch Nails app.)
Boston Herald:
Deadline passes as Globe threatens to shut down paper  —  A midnight deadline passed with no official announcement on the fate of the Boston Globe as do-or-die negotiations continued into this morning.  —  The Boston Globe told union members late last night to cough up final financial …
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.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Mini-Links to Web Sites Are Multiplying  —  If you have spent any time on the Internet in the last few months, chances are you have clicked on a shortened link Web address.  —  URL shorteners, which abbreviate unwieldy Web addresses into bite-size links, have been around for years.
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2:
Larry Page Delivers Powerful Commencement Speech At U of M [Video]  —  Earlier today I had the privilege to hear Google co-founder Larry Page speak at the University of Michigan.  I found his commencement speech to be quite moving.  He talked about how his parents first met at the University …
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Scalia: Free Speech Trumps Privacy Online  —  Some lawmakers are talking about enacting new online privacy laws, but at least one U.S. Supreme Court Judge has indicated that such laws might not be constitutional.  —  Earlier this year, conservative judge Antonin Scalia said new privacy laws would conflict with the First Amendment.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Five-year hole may help Google in Android trademark lawsuit  —  A developer named Erich Specht has filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against Google and 47 other companies over their involvement in the Android OS.  It turns out that Specht has owned the trademark to “Android” …
 
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
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When the Cellphone Teaches Sex Education
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Controversial Web ‘Framing’ Makes a Comeback
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick Summers / Newsweek:
Walking the Cyberbeat
Discussion: Slashdot
Guardian:
Apple launches a revolution - and then gets overtaken
Jay Alabaster / Associated Press:
Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets
Discussion: NEWS.com.au and digg.com