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8:50 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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon plans big screen Kindle: Textbook margins are the real aim not saving newspapers  —  Amazon will reportedly unveil a new large-screen Kindle Wednesday.  The company just scheduled a press conference for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in New York City at Pace University.  Get the subtle hint?
Discussion: SlashGear
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
NYT: Big-screen Kindle coming from Amazon “as early as this week”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:   How OpenTable Could Actually Matter
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 …
New York Times:
Losing Popularity Contest, MySpace Tries a Makeover  —  As Owen Van Natta, the new chief executive of MySpace, starts his second week at the sprawling social network , he faces an acute demographic problem.  —  While Facebook is adding users, MySpace is losing them.
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 …
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.
Nokia:
Nokia E71x with AT&T in stores across the U.S. today  —  Text it, don't say it - survey reveals growing trend in messaging  —  White Plains, NY, USA - Nokia announced that the slimmest smartphone on the market, the Nokia E71x, will be available in AT&T retail stores and online beginning today.
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.)
 
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Jerry Shen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month
Discussion: Softpedia News and SlashGear
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Web giants must limit internet's carbon footprint, say experts
Discussion: Gawker
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Scalia: Free Speech Trumps Privacy Online
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Mini-Links to Web Sites Are Multiplying
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Technologies Like Facebook, Twitter and Cellphones Affect Dating Compatibility
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
When the Cellphone Teaches Sex Education
Discussion: textually.org
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Controversial Web ‘Framing’ Makes a Comeback
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Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Corporate Tweets and the SEC: Sometimes It's Better To Keep Your Mouth Shut
Thanks:atul
Nick Summers / Newsweek:
Walking the Cyberbeat
Discussion: Slashdot
Guardian:
Apple launches a revolution - and then gets overtaken
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2:
Larry Page Delivers Powerful Commencement Speech At U of M [Video]
Discussion: Mashable!
Jay Alabaster / Associated Press:
Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets
Discussion: NEWS.com.au and digg.com