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10:00 AM ET, May 7, 2009

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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Cool changes coming to Twitter Search  —  Twitter Search is going to get a lot more interesting soon, I learned tonight from Twitter's new VP of Operations, Santosh Jayaram.  Until recently, Jayaram was VP of Search Quality for Google.  —  Speaking (with LinkedIn co-founder Allen Blue) …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Revisiting the ROI of the Kindle DX: Why is Amazon blind to Wi-Fi?  —  Amazon unveiled its much hyped Kindle DX, an e-book with a 9.7-inch screen designed to raise a ruckus in the textbook market, but delivered a $489 curve ball that seriously alters the return on investment calculation for academia.
Discussion: The Toybox and New York Times
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Kindle Lets Amazon Make a Lot From the Few
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Arianna Huffington Says Online Journalists May Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
*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 …
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.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone Beta 5 Odds and Ends: No More MMS, Better YouTube?  —  The official script may have minimized it as a maintenance release, but some users are finding out that iPhone Beta 5 contains more than bugfixes.  So far: YouTube's improved, and hacked MMS is no more.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 and New iTunes 8.2 Pre-Release to Developers
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
IFPI Using Disputed Pirate Bay Verdict To Claim Web Hosting Companies Are Liable  —  After the entertainment industry partially won its Supreme Court decision against Grokster, it didn't take long at all for the RIAA to start claiming the ruling said stuff it didn't.
Discussion: Mashable!, TorrentFreak and digg.com
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
Thanks:atul
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.
Will Head / The Register:
Asus Eee Box B206 … Review On the outside, there's little to distinguish the Asus Eee Box B206 from its predecessor - put the two side by side and you'd be hard pressed to spot the difference.  The only real external clue is the DVI connector on the back of the original Eee Box has been replaced by an HDMI port instead.
Discussion: SlashGear
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed is absorbing more Twitter users, and that's good for Twitter  —  FriendFeed, the service that culls your activities on various social networks into a single stream, is seeing a surge in new users, at least from anecdotal evidence (including signups that VentureBeat's staff is seeing).
Discussion: TechCrunch and louisgray.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Garmin launches Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t outdoor navigators  —  Did you seriously shell out to have ARGONAUT plastered on your license plate?  Oh, yeah?  Listen up.  Garmin has just pushed out a new duo of navigators aimed squarely at you, the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t.
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Gist's New Funding Began With A Twitter Message  —  Sometimes a personal connection - really getting to know a venture capitalist - can be as important as any other factor in leading to venture funding.  —  T.A. McCann, chief executive of email management company Gist Inc. …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to turn .Net Micro Framework code, support over to the community  —  Microsoft is turning the source code for its embedded .Net Micro Framework over to the community and slowly withdrawing from that business, company officials are confirming.  —  On the rumored list of teams …
Discussion: TechFlash and LiveSide
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Apple  —  AT&T (T Quote) is considering a $10 price cut for the iPhone's monthly service plan when Apple (AAPL Quote) introduces the newest version of the phone next month.  —  There is a “strong possibility” that AT&T will drop the entry-level price to $59 from $69 …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Historical Perspective: At Least This Time Around We Don't Have Incubators For Incubators  —  Silicon Valley and the Internet community in general gets a lot of criticism and jeering over some of the absurd ideas that turn into venture funded startups.  People make fun of the business plans …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
French Anti-Piracy Proposal Undermines E.U. Telecommunications Overhaul  —  BERLIN — The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a long-planned revision of the Continent's telecommunications laws because of a controversial provision to punish Internet pirates.
Discussion: p2pnet, Techgeist, P2P Blog and Ars Technica
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?
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
FAA's Air-Traffic Computer Systems Penetrated by Hackers  —  WASHINGTON — Civilian air-traffic computer networks have been penetrated multiple times in recent years, including an attack that partially shut down air-traffic data systems in Alaska, according to a government report.
Discussion: The Register
Max Zeledon / Business Week:
Growing Pains for Online Video Chat  —  Seesmic, TokBox, and other startups in this area of social media must contend with issues of personality and, especially, privacy  —  Turns out, even the most outgoing social media animals get shy once in a while.  Tom Sparks can be found …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Google: American phenomenon and antitrust target  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google is more than a fabulously successful company — it is a cultural phenomenon facing increasing U.S. government scrutiny despite its chief executive's campaign support for President Barack Obama.
Jeremy Liew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
If onling gaming is growing so fast, why are the companies not valued more highly?  —  Asia is significantly ahead of the US in the development of the free to play MMOG market.  If China's market is an indication, the future certainly looks bright.  Says GamesIndustry.biz:
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Still Blocking Information on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty  —  Washington, D.C. - Two public interest groups today called on the government to stop blocking the release of information about a secret intellectual property trade agreement with broad implications for privacy and innovation around the world.
Discussion: p2pnet
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo posts soaring profits but warns of a slowdown ahead
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Looks To Increase Fines For Copyright Infringement By 10X
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
YouTube River Diverted Into The Google Social Ocean As Well
Discussion: YouTube Blog, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
No Mob Wars Here: WonderHill Nabs $7 Million To Build Wholesome Casual Games
Discussion: VentureBeat
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