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2:00 AM ET, May 8, 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.
Discussion: iTnews Australia
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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 …
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
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Facing criticism, Google tries buffing its image
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Google: A ‘natural monopoly’?
Discussion: Economist
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 …
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) …
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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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 …
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google expects scrutiny, likes Netbooks  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google shouldn't be surprised to face government scrutiny as it continues to grow.  —  At least, that's what CEO Eric Schmidt thinks.  In a wide-ranging discussion with reporters prior to Google's annual meeting …
Discussion: TechCrunch, eWeek and PCLaunches.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Press Day, Live
Discussion: CNET News and Wall Street Journal
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, Macworld and PC Magazine
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 …
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Is Accelerating Music Sales For Pandora  —  Pandora is a company that mainly makes its money through advertising deals on its streaming Internet radio service.  But a growing portion of the business is also affiliate downloads of songs that users hear on Pandora and want to buy on either iTunes or Amazon's MP3 service.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
SugarCRM CEO Roberts replaced by board member  —  John Roberts on Wednesday resigned from his post as CEO of open-source CRM vendor SugarCRM, leaving board member Larry Augustin to assume the role of interim CEO while the company conducts a formal search for his replacement.  —  John Roberts
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MPAA suggests teachers videotape TVs instead of ripping DVDs.  Seriously.  —  So the Copyright Office is currently in the middle reviewing proposed exceptions to the DMCA, and one of the proposals on the table would allow teachers and students to rip DVDs and edit them for use in the classroom.
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 …
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
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 …
Aaron Task / Tech Ticker:
Higher Taxes Mean Making “Compromises” - Including on Jobs, Cisco CFO Says  —  President Obama sent a shot across the bow of U.S. multinationals Monday when he announced plans to close offshore tax loopholes.  —  Intentionally or not, Cisco Systems is one of the companies potentially …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Happiness In Slavery: NIN iPhone App Approved With No Changes  —  Well, apparently if you speak loudly enough on the web with enough swear words, Apple does listen.  After initially rejecting an update to Nine Inch Nails' iPhone app, Apple has relented and accepted it back into the store.
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET News and Gadgetell
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
A Single PowerPoint Update in May's Patch Tuesday  —  Microsoft's Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2009 lists only a single update to be issued next Tuesday.  The update is rated Critical for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2000 Service Pack 3 and Important for a group of other PowerPoint versions and accessory programs.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google Friend Connect gets comment translation  —  Google's Friend Connect just got a really neat new feature: comment translation.  It can now unify the language of any comment thread, turning any and all comments into one language.  This means that if you have one post in Mandarin …
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why Raising The Pay Wall May Be An Impossible Dream
Discussion: Techdirt
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia sees graphics chip market stabilize, but losses continue
Discussion: The Register and EE Times
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”
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
HP's Million Sensitive Spots
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE-Oracle to keep Sun's hardware business
Discussion: 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
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Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
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