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11:50 AM ET, May 5, 2009


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Mania: Google Got Shut Down.  Apple Rumors Heat Up.  —  Twitter!  Whether you use it or not, or understand it or not, it's the hottest thing in Silicon Valley right now.  It's brought up in every conversation.  And no wonder - the service has exploded to somewhere north …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ignore the Twitter Buyout Rumors: Here's the Facts in Five Beyoncé-Madonna-Approved Steps  —  Was it more than a month ago that the Google was rumored to be in “late-stage negotiations to acquire Twitter”?  —  Not so much late-stage, I guess, with a gestation period that seems interminable …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:
Could Apple Buy Twitter?  —  Facebook tried to buy Twitter.  Google and Microsoft have been giving the red-hot Internet-messaging startup the eye.  But we hear it's Apple that's closest to sealing a deal, possibly for as much as $700 million.  —  A source who's plugged into the Valley's deal scene …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Twapple?  Let's Recap a Dozen Other Apple Acquisitions That Aren't Going to Happen
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle DX to feature 9.7-inch display?  Update: Pictures!  —  [It's still an elusive target for our old friend Mr. Blurrycam, but ]We just got some basic specs on the new, decidedly more newspaper- and college textbook-friendly Amazon Kindle DX.  Here's what we know: it's got a 9.7-inch display …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The big Kindle: Pondering Wi-Fi; Netbooks; Market implications  —  The speculation-o-meter is running wild ahead of Amazon's roll-out of its large-screen Kindle Wednesday, but there are more than a few loose-ends to tie up.  —  First, the latest.  Engadget reports that the latest Kindle will have a 9.7-inch display.
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Leaked! Images of Large Screen Kindle ‘DX’
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What to expect from Windows 7  —  It feels odd to be writing a review of Windows 7 this early.  Normally, software reviews don't make sense until the code is officially released and you have to make a buying decision: upgrade, pass, or buy a new PC with the new OS.
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Windows 7 Fail  —  Windows 7 RC is out today.  —  This is great news.  —  Because surely by now they've fixed Windows Explorer.  —  You see, in Windows NT, 2000, XP and Vista, Explorer used to Hide extensions for known file types.  And virus writers used this “feature” …
Sean Bradford /
Exclusive: Windows 7 RC download goes live
Discussion: The Windows Blog and eWeek, Thanks:rebelsean
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer's layoff mail to the troops fails to rule out more cuts  —  On May 5, Microsoft began the second round of job cuts it announced it would make back in January.  —  Here's the full text of the e-mail that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to Microsoft employees notifying them of today's actions.
Discussion: eWeek and Microsoft Pri0
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft continues layoff plan, eliminates thousands more jobs  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this morning informed employees that the company will be cutting more jobs — going forward with the second phase of its previously announced plan to eliminate up to 5,000 positions by June 2010.
Erik Palm /
Google launches stand-alone contacts manager  —  Google has launched a contacts manager that users of services like Google Docs, Picasa, and Calendar can use, without having to be a Gmail users.  —  Aimed at letting users share contacts more easily between different services, Google Contacts works like any other contacts function.
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifehacker
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple's FileMaker division launches Bento personal assistant iPhone app  —  In a rare move, one of Apple's own divisions is launching an app for the iPhone.  —  Apple's FileMaker is publishing its Bento personal database app today for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Discussion: Macworld, Ars Technica and Gizmodo
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
FileMaker unpacks a Bento database for iPhone
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off  —  Our exclusive test shows how the two Web engines compare when given the same queries.  —  Last week, as physicist Stephen Wolfram was demonstrating his new Web-based “computation engine”—Wolfram Alpha—to the public, Google announced a data-centric service of its own.
Code Android Singapore:
Leaked Image of G3 aka HTC Hero Surfaced  —  An anonymous reader sent us these photos of the G3, aka as the HTC Hero, that will be released probably in Q3 this year.  This device look very similar to the HTC Magic in terms of the form factor and possibly slightly slimmer …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Foundry Group, Allen's Vulcan inject $6.75 million into Gist  —  Anyone who feels overwhelmed with email, blog posts, Twitter messages and Facebook updates will understand the business problem being addressed by Gist.  The year-old Seattle startup company, which today is announcing $6.75 million …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
P2P bill could regulate Web browsers, FTP clients  —  news analysis The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to examine a bill that would force peer-to-peer applications to provide specific notice to consumers that their files might be shared.
Discussion: Electronista and
Stephen Lawson / Macworld:
iPass aims for mobile cloud service platform  —  iPass has staked its claim to most laptop and smartphone platforms with the introduction of enterprise iPhone and Nokia S60 clients on Tuesday, but the mobile network aggregator now aims to become a platform for other vendors' services.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Arn / MacRumors Page 2:
Apple Looking to Takeover Electronic Arts?  —  TheStreet's David Tong relays that FastMoney's Guy Adami claims that there is “chatter” that Apple is eyeing an Electronic Arts takeover.  —  Adami noted that there is chatter that Apple (AAPL Quote) is eyeing Electronic Arts(ERTS Quote) as a takeover target.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Hasn't Google Cleared, Fired Or Suspended Accused AdWords Employee?  —  Google takes plenty of well-publicized heat for things it hasn't really done or concerns that get hyped.  But in the case of one of its AdWords employees being accused of bypassing AdWords policies for his own benefit …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Vudu Goes Box-free for Entone  —  “Over the top” video services carry the implication of going behind the backs of existing television operators.  But two of the (admittedly smaller) players in IPTV and web-delivered video on demand are teaming up to give us a glance of what a united future could look like.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
“Apple Netbook” Student Project Is a Pencil-Drawn Beauty  —  This little project has been making the rounds as the “new Apple netbook,” which, unfortunately, is way off.  But the truth is pretty cool anyway: It's a beautiful pencil-drawn, wooden model.  —  Student Kyle Buckner …
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Naomi Alderman / Guardian:
If you can't buy it legally, then ofcourse you'll download it
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Hollywood battling ‘DVD copying’
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Expands Socialthing to Warner Bros. TV, While Prepping …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink
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Court Says VoIP Is Not A Telco Service; States Can't Tax It As One
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Growth Curve: RIM Device Surges Past iPhone In Q1
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Hope and fear mark Yahoo at crossroads
Dan Tynan / InfoWorld:
True believers: The biggest cults in tech
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Recession forces new focus in e-commerce marketing
Discussion: Between the Lines
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple's cash grows, but no hint of its plans
Discussion: GMSV
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CrossLoop's Screen-Sharing App Comes To The Mac
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo and Microsoft Deal Progress “Meaningful"-Plus the Deal Team Rosters