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1:05 AM ET, May 6, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft sends second wave of layoff notices to 3,000  —  Microsoft on Tuesday notified more than 3,000 workers that it was eliminating their jobs.  —  The software maker said in January that it would cut up to 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months.  It made 1,400 cuts at the time.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Massive in-game ad business takes hits among 3,000 overall layoffs
Discussion: CNET News
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Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
AT&T releases iPhone app to help you track minutes and manage your account
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life all:
Source: 10.5.7 Hitting Your Mac on Friday  —  If you've been champing at the bit for the magic of 10.5.7, according to a super-secret Apple source, your champing can cease on Friday.  The newest version of Leopard is slated to fix a slew of networking, syncing and bluetooth issues.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors and Edible Apple
Jim Spanfeller / paidContent.org:
What Google Can Do To Make The Web Less Of A ‘Cesspool’  —  Jim Spanfeller is president and CEO of Forbes.com.  He is also treasurer of the Online Publishers Association and chairman emeritus of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  —  After years of debate about the value of the near monopoly owned …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forbes.com CEO Spanfeller Attacks Google, Stumbles Into His Own Cesspool  —  Another publisher is complaining that Google isn't giving them their “fair share” — this time Forbes CEO Jim Spanfeller.  Google makes $60 million off the Forbes brand, he claims (with no proof), and boosting …
Thanks:atul
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Rest in Peace, RSS  —  It's time to get completely off RSS and switch to Twitter.  RSS just doesn't cut it anymore.  The River of News has become the East River of news, which means it's not worth swimming in if you get my drift.  —  I haven't been in Google Reader for months.
Discussion: Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:   RSS readers modeled after email clients are fundamentally broken
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is here!  —  As we previously announced, today the Windows 7 RC is now available for anyone interested in giving it a spin!  Typically, a release candidate is the last development milestone before release to manufacturing (RTM), signifying that engineering …
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David / TmoNews:
Visual Voicemail Coming!  —  Well I bet at least a few of you will be more than interested in getting your hands on this feature and while the above picture lacks any real detail, an approaching release date is interesting enough.  Visual voicemail is a feature the iPhone popularized …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Must Buy Twitter  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is about to finally consummate a search deal with Yahoo — and that's great.  But if Redmond really wants to carve into's Google search business over the next 10 years, it needs to offer whatever it takes — $800 million? $1 billion? more? — to buy Twitter right now.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and BoomTown
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Companies buying Twitter: Enough already!
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3.0 Firmware Taking Better Pictures than 2.2.1?  —  The iPhone's camera resolution leaves much to be desired, but there's more to image quality than just resolution.  And according to one series of tests, the firmware 3.0 is taking better photos than its predecessor.
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Report: Water-Damaged iPhones Now Swappable  —  Careless iPhone owners who have flipped their handset into a swimming pool-or glass of beer-can now reportedly save themselves the expense of purchasing a new handset under a new Apple store policy allowing the replacement of a liquid-damaged handset for $199.
Julie Rivera / Crave: The gadget blog:
Behind-the-scenes Palm Pre advert leaked...and stars Facebook?  —  We've already seen Palm and Apple clash when it comes to print advertisements, but now details of what could be the first Pre TV advertisement have leaked.  Photographer and film maker Jaime Gonzalez had been tweeting …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looky What Apple's Promoting: QuickPWN  —  If you own an iPhone or iPod touch you've probably at least heard of QuickPWN, the jailbreaking tool.  You'd think Apple doesn't want you know know about it, because it allows you to open up your iPhone to use apps outside of the App Store ecosystem.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Technologizer
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Rumored Microsoft 3D Wii killer: we think we played with it  —  The rumors, leaked images, and speculation are only going to get worse as we move closer to E3, and now it's Microsoft's turn to bear the scrutiny of the gaming press.  A report making the rounds, along with a “leaked” …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over reputed fire hazard of MagSafe power adapter  —  Apple is again the target of a class action lawsuit over power adapters, this time stemming from complaints about the company's MagSafe power adapters for its MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air computers.
Discussion: The Register and AppleInsider
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Evidence points to 3G radios in MacBooks, Tablets?  —  From the rumor mill to the evidence mill....  I heard from an Apple source last month that Apple laptops were going to get a slight update this summer.  There was speculation that update might be a 3G wireless radio added to MacBooks.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Tech Company's Campaign to Burnish Its Brand  —  AD AGENCIES usually hang on their clients' every directive.  But when Intel was developing its biggest advertising campaign in years, it handed a carefully thought-out brief to the ad agency Venables Bell & Partners, which said Intel's idea …
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
IPO pipeline has turned into a sieve  —  If Rosetta Stone was a Silicon Valley company, the local venture capital crowd might be feeling a bit more chipper these days.  The Virginia-based company makes language teaching software, with 31 languages available on CD-ROM.
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
announcing the boxee app dev challenge  —  the new boxee API enables developers to build and publish apps for boxee users. while people are working on a variety of boxee apps, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some extra incentive for the developers.
Discussion: last100 and eHomeUpgrade, Thanks:omfut
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
The Webby Awards Remain the Best Scam Going  —  For a dozen years, the Webby Awards have tried to make the Web glamorous.  But what they've really done is distill the hucksterism of the Internet into its purest form.  —  Among the inside crowd, the Webby Awards were always a joke …
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM in Post-Sun Rebound Acquisition  —  Looks like IBM found another use for some of the $6.5 billion it had considered using to acquire Sun (JAVA).  This morning the company said it is acquiring Exeros, a data relationship discovery company that it plans to roll into into its business analytics unit.
Will Oremus / Mercury News:
Facebook to vacate downtown Palo Alto in May 14 move  —  Facebook's long-planned move to new headquarters in the Stanford Research Park will begin May 14, the company said Monday.  —  The social networking firm's new home will bring together all of its more than 850 local employees …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Net neutrality and bandwidth caps don't matter  —  Comment They have nothing to do with the Internet  —  THERE HAS BEEN a lot of talk lately over usage quotas on cable modems and how some are fair and others are not at all.  The problem that most people don't get is that the numbers …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony OLED Walkman impressions  —  Considering that we're holding a Japanese unit in our hands, our impressions of Sony's OLED Walkman will be somewhat limited.  That said, we figured it prudent to pass along our initial judgments until the US model shows up sometime between tomorrow and next century.
Discussion: OLED-Info and PMP Today
BBC:
Could piracy blacklist backfire?  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist on how the US has angered allies with its list of the world's worst piracy offenders  —  Each April, the US releases the Special 301 Report, which examines the intellectual property laws of its main trading partners.
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and Slashdot
 
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Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Developers:
Updates to Facebook Platform Policy
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:blogfisher
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Amazon Awarded Kindle Patent
Discussion: TechFlash and PC World
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Future of Internet TV (in America)
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Demand for Bandwidth Leads to Fiber Boom
Rachael King / Business Week:
Hungry for iPhone Business Apps