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1:30 AM ET, May 10, 2009

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Miguel Helf / New York Times:
Data, Not Design, Is King in the Age of Google  —  CAN a company blunt its innovation edge if it listens to its customers too closely?  Can its products become dull if they are tailored to match exactly what users say they want?  These questions surfaced recently when Douglas Bowman, a top visual designer, left Google.
Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Rampant Piracy Will Be The Kindle DX's Savior  —  Earlier this week, we got our first glimpse of the Kindle DX, Amazon's upcoming E-book reader that has taken the original Kindle's nearly prohibitive $359 price tag and bumped it up to an even more exorbitant $489 for good measure.
Thanks:bobcaswell
Thomas Crampton:
Reporter to NY Times Publisher: You Erased My Career  —  Hell hath no fury like a reporter deleted.  —  I have a major personal and professional gripe against The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.  —  For more than a decade, as you know, I enjoyed a wonderful and globe-trotting career at both newspapers.
Discussion: p2pnet, Geek News Central and TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Fights In The Google Monopoly Debate Miss Key Points  —  The noise about whether Google is a monopoly that needs to be controlled continues to ramp up, with Google itself releasing a “charm offensive” set of slides after its lobbying using those slides was outed by Consumer Watchdog.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Layoffs Hit MySpace  —  MySpace has let go of as many as 45 employees in the last week, we've confirmed.  Sources close to the company say that the exact figure may be smaller, but that MySpace has definitely laid off a significant number of people.  MySpace has refused to comment on the matter …
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Bloglines Offline for Hours (and Outsourced to China)  —  Things aren't looking good today at Bloglines, the popular web-based service I've been using for years to read RSS feeds.  The site has been offline for at least eight hours and isn't even responding to web requests with an error.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and CloudAve, Thanks:rcade
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile to Launch Many Android Devices Later This Year  —  T-Mobile USA is looking to introduce Android-based devices from three different manufacturers, Cole Brodman, chief technology officer of the company, said in a conversation with me earlier today.  Android is a mobile OS developed …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitterrific Comes Roaring Back Into The iPhone Twitter App Wars  —  During the past several months, a war has been brewing between Twitter apps for the iPhone.  But it's been largely two-sided.  You were either in the Twitterfon camp or the Tweetie camp.  And if you were using any other app …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
An iPhone App Developer's Take on Piracy: Work With Pirates, Not Against Them  —  The creator of iCombat weighed in with his thoughts on newly-popular piracy of iPhone apps with an interesting conclusion: It's not worth the trouble to police the pirates, and they might even prove helpful.
Discussion: iCombat
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
EC wants software makers held liable for code  —  Software companies could be held responsible for the security and efficacy of their products, if a new European Commission consumer protection proposal becomes law.  —  Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva have proposed …
Discussion: Slashdot
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
The Next Age of Discovery  —  In a 21st-century version of the age of discovery, teams of computer scientists, conservationists and scholars are fanning out across the globe in a race to digitize crumbling literary treasures.  —  In the process, they're uncovering unexpected troves of new finds …
Discussion: Imaging Insider and Slashdot
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Pirate Bay attorney outlines arguments for appeal  —  The judge had a conflict of interest—that's one argument that will be used in appealing the Pirate Bay verdict, an attorney of one of the defendants told CNET News on Friday.  —  Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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John Ozimek / The Register:
Aussie censors implement six degrees of separation policy
Discussion: ZDNET.com.au
Stars & Stripes:
Official: No options ‘off the table’ for U.S. response to cyber attacks
Discussion: Slashdot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tech Jobs Still Scarce But Layoffs May Be Slowing Down
 Earlier Items: 
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
It's time voice mail threw in the towel.
Discussion: CrunchGear
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What Marissa Mayer said about Google and Twitter
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Reuters and ReadWriteWeb
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
SugarSync Gets Free Version
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nuts: Twitter Inventor About To Launch His Next Project, Code-named Squirrel
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joking Or Not, Official Or Not, Facebook Needs To Grow Up
Discussion: Gawker
 

 
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