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12:55 AM ET, May 7, 2009

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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Kindle DX Offers 9.7 Inches of E-Ink for $489  —  Amazon's new Kindle DX boasts a newspaper-friendly screen that's 2.5x bigger than the standard Kindle, but it's also got a few tricks of its own (new features in bold):  —  • 9.7-inch E-Ink screen (1200 x 824 with 16 shades of grey)
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kindle Books Now A Shocking 35% Of Sales When Kindle Version Available  —  Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos dropped a bomb on the book industry while rolling out the big-screen Kindle this morning, Dan Frommer reports:  —  Kindle sales are now 35% of book sales when Kindle editions are available.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Contentinople
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Kindle Lets Amazon Make a Lot From the Few
Discussion: Core77 and New York Times
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer: We need to be more disruptive in search  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—While trailing Google badly in search has lots of disadvantages, it also opens some doors, says Steve Ballmer.  And, he said, it's time Microsoft starts walking through more of those doors.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google: We're good for journalism  —  Google is under attack for profiting from content produced by newspaper executives, magazine publishers, and The Associated Press, but the company's Marissa Mayer on Wednesday sought to convince the U.S. Senate that Google adds to journalism, too.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Dallas Morning News To Senate: Amazon Kindle Is Not A Business Model For Newspapers
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Arianna Huffington Says Online Journalists May Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
10 Reasons Apple Will Sell iPhone Via More U.S. Telcos  —  Sooner or later, Apple (APPL) is almost certain to offer versions of the iPhone through more U.S. carriers.  While the relationship with AT&T (T) has served both sides well, the exclusive distribution arrangement is nearing an end …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Bill Bulkeley / Digits:
Xerox Launches Revolutionary Color Printer  —  Many companies restrict the use of color printers because of high costs — up to eight cents a page, compared to a penny a page for black and white.  Xerox hopes to loosen up the color pursestrings with a new $20,000 printer that is says will sharply cut those costs.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and New York Times
*Shacknews* Games:
Duke Nukem Developer 3D Realms Shuts Down (Update 3)  —  Update 3: 3D Realms webmaster Joe Siegler has commented on the shut down, stating: “It's not a marketing thing.  It's true.  I have nothing further to say at this time.”  —  Siegler's post also reflects the unexpected nature of the situation …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
URL Shortening Wars: Twitter Ditches TinyURL For bit.ly  —  Sharing links on Twitter can be quite a pain when you need to input a web address that consumes most of the space you have at your disposal for your micro-message.  The startup realized that quickly and automatically started shortening long URLs …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Sorry Apple, Biz Stone says Twitter's not for sale  —  Making a TV appearance today, Twitter co-founder tries to dispel buyout rumors  —  Computerworld) Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone said today the company is not for sale despite reports that Apple Inc. is in late-stage negotiations to buy the microblogging site.
Genevieve Carbery / The Irish Times:
Student's Wikipedia hoax quote used worldwide in newspaper obituaries  —  A WIKIPEDIA hoax by a 22-year-old Dublin student resulted in a fake quote being published in newspaper obituaries around the world.  —  The quote was attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre who died at the end of March.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Jonathan Matus / Google Mobile Blog:
YouTube uploads and more now available on Android  —  If there is one thing I've always wanted, that is to be able to record and share special moments in my life, anytime, anywhere.  Needless to say, I am quite excited that I can now pick up my Android-powered phone, start recording videos left …
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Busted IPO Market Presents Opportunity For Some VCs  —  A closed-off IPO market is allowing some later-stage venture capital firms to buy into private companies that in past years might already be public.  —  Such is the case for Battery Ventures and Scale Venture Partners …
Discussion: TechFlash, TechCrunch and cms.ibj.com
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exacttarget.com:
ExactTarget Secures $70M Venture Capital Investment
Discussion: paidContent.org
David Pogue / New York Times:
Wi-Fi to Go, No Cafe Needed  —  Someday, we'll tell our grandchildren how we had to drive around town looking for a coffee shop when we needed to get online, and they'll laugh their heads off.  Every building in America has running water, electricity and ventilation; what's the holdup on universal wireless Internet?
Discussion: Crave and Wi-Fi Networking News
Anupreeta Das / MediaFile:
Murdoch toys with idea of Kindle-like reader  —  Where will the mogul strike next?  Doesn't seem like he's yearning right now for The New York Times, which is doing battle with a guild that doesn't want to give up lifetime job guarantees of 190-odd Boston Globe staffers.
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
NEWS CORP. STUDIES WEB CONTENT PLATFORMS
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp: The Economy is Rough, but “The Worst Is Over”  —  For the past year or so, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has been a consistent voice of pessimism, and he forecast an ugly economy before his big-media peers did.  —  And now he's more upbeat than his fellow media CEOs.  Here's his opening salvo:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Control Freaks: Hulu Now Blocks Anonymous Proxies Too  —  There are few web services hotter than Hulu these days.  It's about to surge into the number two web video position (behind only YouTube) and it just signed a deal with Disney to give it even more great content.  It's all great — if you live in the U.S.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Techgeist and Gizmodo
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Netbook phenomenon caught Intel by surprise  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The popularity of the Netbook caught Intel by surprise—more than once.  —  Shipments of this category of inexpensive, ultra-light, handy laptops are set to hit at least 20 million units this year, about twice the number shipped in 2008, according to IDC.
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
AMD Merges Chip and Graphics Businesses  —  Three years after buying ATI for $5.4 billion, AMD is finally merging its processor and graphics businesses in a reorganization that will create four operating units.  The goal is to not only help internal development of products and platforms …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Is Dell cooking up an Android-powered netbook?  —  Um, okay?  Straight out of the left-most corner of left field, software provider Bsquare has just outed Dell's newest netbook — or so it seems.  The same company that recently announced that it was bringing Adobe Flash to Android …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA: “we have no choice” but to file more named lawsuits  —  The RIAA said it would file no more “new” lawsuits against individual file-swappers, but it filed more such lawsuits in April.  How to explain the apparent contradiction?  By defining “new” in a particular way.
Discussion: Techgeist, p2pnet, TechSpot and Epicenter
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ning's one million networks get their own applications  —  Create-your-own-social-network provider Ning has offered a developer platform for years — users across its one million social networks could add simple music players, slideshow applications and more.
Matthew Ogle / Last.fm:
Last.fm Visual Radio  —  I'm happy to announce a new and improved version of Last.fm radio on the web.  —  We've been cooking this one in the Last.fm labs for a while now and thought it was time for you to have a play, discover some new music and new features, and let us know what you think.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Outside Counsel Clearly Well-Prepared for FTC Fight Over Apple Board Seat-See This Internal Doc  —  If the Federal Trade Commission takes issue with Google and Apple's interlocking boards, Google will be well prepared.  Last October, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
No Mob Wars Here: WonderHill Nabs $7 Million To Build Wholesome Casual Games  —  It's quickly becoming clear that social gaming is a goldmine.  Zynga is reportedly making as much as nine figures in revenues, and as users become more accustomed to microtransactions, these figures are poised to grow even more.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
10-Q Watch: No Earnout For Club Penguin Founders In '08; Still Have Shot At $175 Million  —  When the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) acquired popular virtual world Club Penguin in August 2007, the company was upfront about the cost: $350 million in cash at the time with the possibility of another $350 million.
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
US air traffic faces ‘serious harm’ from cyber attackers
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCO to fight US bankruptcy trustee's motion to liquidate it
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