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6:00 PM ET, May 8, 2009

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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Google Chrome Ads Coming to Your TV  —  Google plans to promote its Web browser through a television ad that first appeared online.  —  The ad comes from Google's Japan office, part a series of viral videos spotlighting its browser Chrome.  Google will be using its TV Ads platform to launch the campaign this weekend
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G1 v2  —  So check this, our brothers and sisters at TmoToday broke news of this second iteration of the T-Mobile G1 aka Bigfoot (aka Morrison according to the Walmart roadmap).  But we've uncovered something very sexy — an awesome image!  Full slide-out HTC-style QWERTY?
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G2 with a surprise
Discussion: Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Botnet master hits the kill switch, takes down 100,000 PCs  —  Botnets aren't just dangerous because they can steal massive amounts of personal data and launch denial-of-service attacks—they can also self-destruct, leaving the owners of affected machines in the dust.
Discussion: Geek News Central
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
ZeusTracker and the Nuclear Option
Discussion: SlashGear, Security Watch and Slashdot
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
SEC filing: Sun shareholders sue to block Oracle acquisition  —  Sun Microsystems' shareholders have filed three separate class action suits to block the $7.4 billion acquisition by Oracle, the company revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun Open-Sources U.S. Antibribery Laws
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So Long Federated Media, And Thanks For All The Fish  —  Federated Media has been our advertising partner since December 2005.  The first checks they sent us allowed TechCrunch to become something more than a guy sitting in a spare bedroom talking about startups to a small audience.
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple changes to App Store review policy worry developers  —  With the iPhone 3.0 firmware on its way, developers are running into new development headaches and are worried that a purge of “junk” apps may be on its way.  —  Apple sent shock waves through the iPhone developer community Thursday …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
Asus Eee PC T91 launching by June!  —  The Asus Eee PC T91, the first touchscreen convertible netbook from the Taiwanese tech giant, will be twisting its way over to the UK within a month, and we now know how much for.  Read on for the full scoop.  —  Although the Asus Eee PC T91 was unveiled …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 RC gets its first bug, and it's a doozy  —  The first documented bug in the Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) is a doozy.  —  Yesterday, Microsoft published Knowledge Base article 970789, which provides details of a problem that affects the 32-bit (x86) English-language version of Windows 7 build 7100.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Execs: Twitter-like Functionality Could Be Added to Search  —  While taking questions yesterday about alleged violation of anti-trust laws, Google execs including CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly told press that the company is, in the words of Reuters scribe Alexei Oreskovic, “looking at …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's “We're Not A Monopoly” PowerPoint Presentation  —  Update: Google sent us a color version of the deck.  We've embedded it instead.  Here's the company's response, too.  —  Earlier: An organization called Consumer Watchdog landed a copy of a presentation Google is showing around Washington D.C …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Wolfram Alpha Launches May 18  —  After briefly going live yesterday, Wolfram Alpha — the much anticipated fact engine — was quickly shutdown.  Now the company tells us that May 18 is the official launch data.  For more about the service, see my write-up, Impressive: The Wolfram Alpha “Fact Engine”.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo-aka “YouTube Music"-Gets a CEO: Universal Digital Boss Rio Caraeff  —  There are plenty of question marks surrounding Vevo, Universal Music Group's new music video site that's scheduled to launch later this year with a big assist from Google's YouTube.  But here's one answer …
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon creates its own URL shortener for products  —  Amazon.com has quietly created its own URL shortener for products sold on its sites.  People can now type “amzn.com/” and a product number to create a short URL, without the need for sites like tinyurl.com and bit.ly.
Thanks:johnhcook
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft Buy SeeqPod?  —  Long plagued by legal challenges from major record labels, bankrupt MP3 search engine SeeqPod has been on the brink of extinction for months.  But CEO Kasian Franks recently told Wired.com that SeeqPod was in final acquisition talks with a major media company …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google's Schmidt And His Dismissive Attitude  —  I mean this with all due respect, but is Google's CEO Eric Schmidt whacked?  —  Over the past several weeks, I and others have begun questioning his dual roles on both Google's Board of Directors, as well as Apple's.
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Sphinx - text search The Pirate Bay way  —  Like MySQL.  But it can scale  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in the call center  —  In 2001, Andrew Aksyonoff had an itch.  He ran a website that indexed song lyrics and allowed users to search them.  At the time, none of the open source options for text search worked.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Search Goes Real-Time With Scoopler.  Twitter Dominates Results.  —  There's a new trend that starting to sweep the web: Real-time.  Everyone wants access to information as it happens instantaneously.  FriendFeed recently went real-time and now Facebook is starting to embrace it.
Todd / The Official Netflix Blog:
More Accurate Star Predictions  —  Hi, this is Todd Yellin, Director of Product Management, and Jon Sanders, Director of Recommendation Systems, here at Netflix.  We're pleased to announce that we have improved the way we predict the movies you're going to love.
Discussion: Download Squad and AppScout
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
UC hacking leaves thousands at risk of ID theft  —  Overseas hackers gained access to confidential information belonging to tens of thousands of students and alumni at UC Berkeley and Mills College after breaking into computer databases at the Berkeley campus' health services center, officials said today.
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.
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, TeleRead and p2pnet
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube May Be Solving Its Ad Problem-Slowly  —  YouTube is the world's biggest video destination.  But it has yet to generate a penny of profit for Google, which paid more than $1.6 billion for the site in 2006.  —  That's because the site is very expensive to run-YouTube served …
Discussion: CNET News and NewTeeVee
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
The Price of Staying Connected  —  WIRELESS Internet access is no longer a rarefied luxury.  It's free in cafes, parks, fast-food chains, campgrounds and gas stations — yes, gas stations.  —  Yet in some places travelers still must pay for Wi-Fi access, and perhaps nowhere is that more disturbing than in an upscale hotel room.
Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Insider Rounds Rule As VCs Tend Portfolios  —  More evidence that venture capitalists were preoccupied with their portfolio companies in the first three months of 2009: The rate of insider rounds jumped to 57% in the first quarter.  —  That was the same period during which venture investment fell …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
XSS flaws poke ridicule at entertainment industry
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Streaming Video Torrents? Check Out Bitlet
Discussion: winandmac.com and digg.com
Anand Iyer / artificial ignorance:
FUD 101  —  I woke up this morning, and as I usually do …
Discussion: The Open Road, Thanks:jacobmullins
Google Research Blog:
The bar-bet phenomenon: increasing diversity in mobile searches
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Google heading for global trademark storm
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
California open source digital textbook plan faces barriers
Discussion: Techgeist
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
From MIT Blackjack Team to Amazon Acquisition: The Lexcycle Story
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell to offer own Moblin-based distro for hardware makers
Discussion: eWeek and Softpedia News
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple opens developer forums to Snow Leopard discussion
Discussion: Softpedia News, MacRumors and TUAW
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: Google will start walking away from bad AdSense deals like MySpace
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User Interface & Design - east vs west
Thanks:atul
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Facebook platform developers could see $500M in revenue this year
 

 
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