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11:00 AM ET, May 8, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Magnetometer in next iPhone confirmed?  —  We just got a couple images from one of our Apple ninjas and it appears to show a compass option in one of the debugging menus.  Our source says this is obviously for a built-in magnetometer in the upcoming iPhone hardware revision and with what's already been reported, we'd have to agree.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
A compass for the iPhone?  —  Ever since Apple (AAPL) …
Discussion: GMSV and Tech Central
Remo Knops / MobilityMinded:
Microsoft Facebook Application for Windows Mobile Phones Step-By-Step Overview  —  Back at CTIA 2009 Microsoft made several announcements of which one was the creation of a new Facebook application for Windows Phones.  Luckily I was able to test this application and the article below …
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Facebook's official Windows Mobile debut (at last!)  —  Back in March, Microsoft promised the world, and especially Windows Mobile 6 owners, a native Facebook application for Windows Mobile phones.  On Thursday, Redmond delivered.  OK, so Facebook for Windows Mobile 6 was forecast for April instead of May …
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Google: A ‘natural monopoly’?  —  The search giant says competition is “a click away.”  So what if it hasn't materialized?  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — For the second week in a row, reports have surfaced that government regulators are closely eyeing Google.  —  The Justice Department is taking …
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bijan sabet:
User Interface & Design - east vs west  —  A few weeks ago, Claire Miller from the NYT stopped by our office.  We talked about about a bunch of stuff.  —  One thing that often comes up when I speak with reporters is the east vs west topic.  How are VCs different, how are entrepreneurs different?
Thanks:atul
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft search to be powered by open source  —  Microsoft for years has been warning the world not to use open-source software.  Apparently, its Kumo search team didn't get the memo.  —  Kumo will weigh heavily on open source.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Ina Fried/CNET)
Discussion: The Register
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Nokia's Gigantic App Store  —  Nokia is preparing an app store second in size only to Apple's.  —  Nokia is about to shake up the app store world.  —  The Finnish company is planning to roll out an online store for mobile applications later this month.  Though Apple ( AAPL - news …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook platform developers could see $500M in revenue this year  —  A growing number of game makers on Facebook are making money from virtual goods — from poker chips to virtual clothes that users can buy or earn while playing gaming applications with their friends on Facebook.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Report: Blu-ray Sales on the Rise  —  A report from The NPD Group reveals sales—and consumer awareness—of Sony's Blu-ray players are increasing.  —  Sales of Sony's Blu-ray stand-alone player are picking up, according to market research company The NPD Group.
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Elgato Video Capture records analog video to MPEG-4, H.264  —  Elgato on Friday introduced Elgato Video Capture, a new device that enables Mac users to transfer analog video to H.264 or MPEG-4 video files.  It costs $100.  —  Elgato Video Capture includes a USB 2. interface that enables …
Discussion: Electronista
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
iPlayer uncovered: What powers the BBC's epic creation?  —  During peak hours, BBC iPlayer pumps out 12GB of data every second, and seven petabytes of data every month.  It's insanely popular on Apple's iPhone — but mostly after midnight — and the next version of iPlayer will land this year, with some exciting new features.
Discussion: Guardian and Electricpig.co.uk
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Contra Code Easter Egg  —  Remember the Nintendo game Contra from years ago?  Facebook has decided to use the Contra secret code as a special easter egg for users.  When you visit the site and enter the code up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter …
Discussion: CNET News
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
ZeusTracker and the Nuclear Option  —  One of the scarier realities about malicious software is that these programs leave ultimate control over victim machines in the hands of the attacker, who could simply decide to order all of the infected machines to self-destruct.
Discussion: Security Watch, SlashGear and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google: Looking over shoulder at Wolfram|Alpha?  —  Google's Sergey Brin, co-founder and president of the search giant, on Thursday delivered the company's annual “Founders' Letter” and apparently is keeping a watchful eye on Wolfram|Alpha.  —  If you recall, Wolfram|Alpha …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: Google will start walking away from bad AdSense deals like MySpace  —  Are the days of silly AdSense deals with the likes of MySpace and AOL over for Google?  Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay seems to think so.  The analyst upped his price target to $600 for Google shares on the theory …
Discussion: paidContent.org
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia hoax points to limits of journalists' research  —  A sociology student placed a fake quote on Wikipedia, only to see it show up in prominent newspapers, revealing that a lot of the press doesn't go much further than most 'Net users when it comes to researching a story.
Discussion: Pulse2
Michael Scherer / Time:
Obama and Twitter: White House Social-Networking  —  The first tweet the White House Twittered was not about the weather.  It had nothing to do with how the President was feeling, what he was doing or what he wanted for lunch.  The First Dog, Bo, failed to receive even an oblique mention.
Discussion: techPresident and digg.com
Reuters:
Panasonic, Sumitomo Chem co-developing OLED panels  —  * Panasonic, Sumitomo in ties to develop super-thin TV panels  —  * Panasonic shares down 0.7 pct vs Nikkei's 0.1 pct slide  —  Japan's Panasonic Corp (6752.T) said it was developing advanced display panels based on organic light-emitting diode …
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
Breaking News: No new app submissions unless they run on OS 3.0  —  iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 was only released for general consumption yesterday, and already Apple is rocking our collective faces off with big news.  While a cool new feature being uncovered would be great, what Apple has in store …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T and Verizon: Is the smartphone growth train slowing?  —  J.P. Morgan analyst Mike McCormack raised a bit of a ruckus with a downgrade of AT&T and Verizon largely based on “on deteriorating wireless fundamentals, specifically in the higher value postpaid subscriber base of each company.”
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
The Favicon Marks Your Spot  —  Yahoo! tests favicons with popular search ad results  —  It's good for everybody when a user searching for your website can quickly identify that your ad belongs to you.  That's why we're rolling out a new icon that helps searchers spot your site at a glance.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why Raising The Pay Wall May Be An Impossible Dream  —  The worsening advertising climate is forcing many publishers, facing only modest online gains after a decade of digital investment, to consider charging for content.  News Corp is considering a strategy that may involve e-readers …
Discussion: Techdirt
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Multi-processor support coming for Firefox  —  Mozilla has started a new project to make Firefox split in several processes at a time: one running the main user interface (chrome), and another or several others running the web content in each tab.  Like Chrome or Internet Explorer 8 …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
The President's Name Trips Up a Would-Be Voice of the News  —  The Amazon Kindle, an electronic reader, has been lavished with praise by hopeful newspaper and book executives who say they believe it has the potential to do for newspapers and books what the iPod did for music.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gawker
 
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Live Search:
Find video clips, baseball scores on Live Search Mobile
Discussion: Search Engine Land and LiveSide
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Nintendo's Mysterious Caution on FY '10
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Are The Public Markets Finally Beginning To Thaw?
Drew Cullen / The Register:
UK gov squeezes ‘best pricing’ pledge from MS
Eric Woodward / the blog of ejw:
Them There URLs  —  I was interviewed for this NY Times story …
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CNN:
Murdoch: Web sites to charge for content
Discussion: Digital Daily and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Is Accelerating Music Sales For Pandora
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia sees graphics chip market stabilize, but losses continue
Aaron Task / Tech Ticker:
Higher Taxes Mean Making “Compromises” - Including on Jobs, Cisco CFO Says
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Happiness In Slavery: NIN iPhone App Approved With No Changes
Discussion: MacRumors, OhGizmo! and CNET News
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The background-check scams: Is WhitePages really better than Intelius?
Discussion: TechFlash and BlackBerry Cool