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10:30 PM ET, May 7, 2009

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Sergey Brin / The Official Google Blog:
The 2008 Founders' Letter  —  Every year our founders take turns writing a letter that is included in our annual report.  We originally published the 2008 Founders' Letter on our Investor Relations site.  Since today is the annual Stockholders' Meeting at our Mountain View headquarters, we wanted to make it more widely available.
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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Schmidt Hasn't Considered Quitting AAPL Board  —  Speaking to reporters at a press briefing ahead of the company's annual meeting taking place this afternoon, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt said he hadn't considered resigning from the Apple (AAPL) board in response …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Press Day, Live
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Considering $10 Drop in iPhone Monthly Plan Rates?  —  TheStreet.com reports on comments from analyst Michael Cote suggesting that AT&T is considering reducing the basic monthly iPhone plan from $69 to $59 alongside an announcement of the next-generation iPhone at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Discussion: Techgeist and eWeek
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Apple
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Internal Palm memo may reveal Pre launch timing  —  We're prefacing this by saying we're definitely not 100%, but it looks like Palm could be gearing up for a round of meetings that will lead up to the day we've all been waiting for — Palm Pre launch day.  We just received what an anonymous …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
David Simon: Dead-Wrong Dinosaur  —  The creator of the brilliant television series The Wire today asked Congress to legalize monopolistic collusion by newspapers.  Only they can really cover City Hall, he said.  Apparently he hasn't been there in a while.
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Hulu agrees international TV deals  —  Hulu, the US online video service owned by NBC Universal, Fox and Walt Disney, has signed its first batch of content deals with international television producers, the first step towards a full global launch of the service.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys game developer BigPark to beef up Xbox 360 offering  —  Microsoft has been scaling back its internal staff across the board and in games.  But the software giant showed today that it's still willing to invest in the game business by buying BigPark, a game development studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Discussion: PC Magazine, Joystiq and CNET News, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Agrees to Acquire BigPark Inc.
Discussion: TechFlash, eWeek and paidContent.org, Thanks:blogfisher
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Free web news era over, says Murdoch  —  Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul  —  Rupert ­Murdoch expects to start charging for access to News Corporation's newspaper websites within a year as he strives to fix a ­"malfunctioning" business model.
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 …
Discussion: Economist
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Facing criticism, Google tries buffing its image
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard to support native 3G Wireless WAN hardware  —  Building on evidence that Apple is seeking to hire engineers to test new Macs with 3G Wireless WAN support, people familiar with the company's plans say Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will incorporate new support for native WWAN hardware.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Mozilla Weave to Integrate Auto-Login with Firefox  —  We've shown you how Mozilla Weave syncs your browsing experience—including bookmarks and passwords—in the past, but the folks at Mozilla are hoping to improve this experience with integration for automatic web site logins.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7  —  With Windows 7, Microsoft is making some subtle changes to the ways it tries to thwart piracy.  —  As has been the case for some time, Microsoft's strategy hinges on requiring a user to electronically verify their copy of the software …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone App Store: 40,000 and counting  —  Noah's rain lasted 40 days and 40 nights, but the flood of submissions to the iPhone App Store — which hit the 40,000 mark in late April — continues unabated.  —  The current numbers, as of Thursday afternoon are as follows:
Discussion: Engadget, PC Magazine and Macworld
Nick Mediati / PC World:
Speed Test: Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista  —  Though Windows 7 edged out Vista in our lab tests, you may not notice much of a difference.  —  Recommends  —  Improving performance is one of Microsoft's design goals with Windows 7, and many early reviewers (including ours) …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8520's hitting T-Mobile in Q4  —  We just got some hands on time with the now infamous BlackBerry 8520 (code-named Gemini).  Optical trackball?  Ooooh yeah.  While there hasn't been too much time to play with them, early impressions are definitely fitting in with what CrackBerry reported …
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 …
Discussion: Unwired View
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.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and PMP Today
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Warner Music Group Walks Away From Digital Start-Ups Lala and Imeem, Loses $33 Million  —  It's par for the course for big music labels to boast about their digital music sales as their CD sales tank.  And that's just what Warner Music Group (WMG) did that this morning …
PE Hub Blog:
Amazon Backs Foodista  —  Foodista.com, a Seattle-based online online cooking encyclopedia that can be edited by users, has raised Series A funding led by Amazon.com.  No financial terms were disclosed, but a recent regulatory filing suggests that the round was for approximately $600,000.
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Photosynth Goes to Work: Integrates With Virtual Earth  —  Microsoft announced today that it will now give its commerical partners the option to mash up Virtual Earth and Photosynth to create immersive 3D photo experiences.  In order to facilitate this, Microsoft also announced …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google's Strength May Be Part of Microsoft Defense Strategy  —  BERLIN — Microsoft will argue against a European Commission proposal that it promote competing browsers in its Windows operating system on the ground that such a move would strengthen its rival Google's dominance …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The background-check scams: Is WhitePages really better than Intelius?  —  WhitePages has released a mobile application on the BlackBerry Bold that, among other things, lets you screen incoming callers to see who they are before you answer.  For example, it lets you see if a caller …
Discussion: TechFlash and BlackBerry Cool
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google Friend Connect gets comment translation
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Happiness In Slavery: NIN iPhone App Approved With No Changes
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET News and MSNBC
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
J-School Identifies Apple-Friendly Financial Aid Loophole
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hello India!  Facebook Now Available In Local Languages of Almost 1B More People
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
eBay CEO: $2B Valuation for Skype Is “Low”
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
HP's Million Sensitive Spots
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE-Oracle to keep Sun's hardware business
Discussion: Reuters, Digits, CNET News and SiliconBeat
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Activision Blizzard beats expectations as consumer keep playing its hit games
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Good news, bad news for Silicon Valley leaders in D.C.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Skype Cofounders Aim to Raise $266M Venture Fund
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
T-Mobile USA covers its jailbroken iPhone customers
Discussion: Consumerist, TmoNews and TUAW
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
3 Reasons Why Twitter Will NOT Index the Links You Share (Updated)