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4:10 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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon plans big screen Kindle: Textbook margins are the real aim …
Discussion: iGeneration
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 …
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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
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: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and CNET News, Thanks:sinkercat
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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!
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 …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube to Publishers: Don't Put Your Own Ads Into Those Videos!
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Register and yardley.ca
Ludovic Privat / GPS BUSINESS NEWS:
NAVIGON stops PND business in North America  —  After a few days of rumors about NAVIGON withdrawal from the North American market, NAVIGON's CEO Egon Minar spoke this morning to GPS Business News: “Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw …
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 …
PC World:
Microsoft Mum on Vista Plans After Windows 7 Launch  —  How long does Microsoft plan to keep selling copies of its Windows Vista operating system after the upcoming launch of Windows 7?  The company isn't saying.  —  With previous versions of Windows, Microsoft used a transition period …
Discussion: Technologizer and TechSpot
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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 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
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Merge With Liberty Entertainment  —  DirecTV Group Inc. will merge with majority shareholder Liberty Entertainment once that unit is spun off from parent company Liberty Media Corp. as the John Malone-controlled vehicle looks to simplify its capital structure.
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
Globe says it won't file closing notice  —  Boston Globe management said today that it won't file a plant closing notice required to shutter the newspaper after reaching cost saving agreements with six of seven unions involved in negotiations for concessions.
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Times
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Wants Your Help With Usability Testing
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU hearing on Microsoft antitrust case in June
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle tweaks extended support fees
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
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Huw Jones / Reuters:
EU urges Internet governance revamp
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Report: Ultrawideband dies by 2013
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Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Facebook Co-Founder Settles in at General Catalyst: Out to Learn …
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