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11:15 AM ET, May 7, 2009

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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Twitter Search to make broader sweeps  —  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.
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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
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS XM Radio Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Pro Forma Revenue of $605.5 Million, Up 5% Year Over Year  — Company Achieves $108.8 Million in Pro Forma Adjusted Income From  — Operations - An Improvement of $179 Million Year Over Year  — Cash Operating Costs Decrease 23% Year Over Year
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM Ups Full Year Outlook; But Subs Are Shrinking
Discussion: Digital Daily
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 …
*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 …
Canada NewsWire Group:
Canadians to Get Android-Powered Smartphones: Rogers Wireless prepares for the Mobile Revolution with the exclusive Canadian launch of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic  —  Rogers Wireless today announced the exclusive Canadian launch in June 2009 of the HTC Dream(TM) and HTC Magic(TM) smartphones …
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Rogers announces HTC Dream (G1) and Magic coming in June
Discussion: CNET News, Electronista and Engadget
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.
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Ning: The Latest Platform For App-Makers Wanting To Get Rich  —  Add one more platform to the ranks of Facebook, MySpace and the iPhone for developers wanting to cash in on the app trend: Ning.  The D-I-Y social network-creation service is rolling out “Ning Apps,” which let bands …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Growth in Adjusted EBITDA(1) -  — Second Consecutive Quarter of Positive Income from Operations -  — GAAP Net Income of $5 Million or $0.03 per Share -  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE …
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.
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Tuning in to TV data  —  This post is the latest in an ongoing series on The Power of Measurement.  Previous topics have covered ways to make your website as successful as possible through tools such as Analytics and Website Optimizer.  -Ed.  —  What if the ads we saw when watching TV were always just what we wanted to see?
Discussion: SEO by the Sea, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel, Novell stump for Moblin netbook OS  —  Intel and Novell on Thursday announced a deal to push Moblin, the open source Linux platform designed to work with the chip giant's Atom chip.  Intel cooked up Moblin and then handed it off to the open source community.  —  Among the details of the plan:
Discussion: Business Wire and LinuxWorld.com
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
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 …
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
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! and digg.com
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. …
 
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7
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Growing Pains for Online Video Chat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to turn .Net Micro Framework code, support over to the community
Discussion: TechFlash
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If onling gaming is growing so fast, why are the companies not valued more highly?
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
FAA's Air-Traffic Computer Systems Penetrated by Hackers
Discussion: The Register
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo posts soaring profits but warns of a slowdown ahead
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
YouTube River Diverted Into The Google Social Ocean As Well
Discussion: YouTube Blog, Thanks:atul
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Government Still Blocking Information on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty
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