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7:30 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Why the Kindle HD Can't Save Newspapers
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans Kindle for Textbooks
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press
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
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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 …
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:   Why BlackBerry's Lead Over the iPhone Won't Last
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!
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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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Comcast Has To Worry About Hulu
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.
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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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Awe.sm: 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 tcrn.ch/1A' instead of more generic codes from TinyURL or Bit.ly.
Discussion: SnowBlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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:
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel describes ‘ultra-thin’, Nehalem mobile strategy  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Thin is getting thinner.  That's Intel's message as a wave of affordable, ultra-thin laptops is expected break this summer.  —  Last week, I sat down with Erik Reid, direct of marketing for the Mobile Products Group at Intel.
 
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Should the White House Be a Place for Friends?
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
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Battle of the Carriers: Take Wired.com's 3G Smartphone Speed Test
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Social Media: The Ashton Kutcher Effect
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Wants Your Help With Usability Testing
Huw Jones / Reuters:
EU urges Internet governance revamp
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