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10:25 AM ET, May 9, 2009


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nuts: Twitter Inventor About To Launch His Next Project, Code-named Squirrel  —  Almost immediately following Twitter coming back from a planned downtime this afternoon, co-founder and current Chairman Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet letting his followers know that he was, “Getting ready to embark on something new and entirely different.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G2 with a surprise
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
It's time voice mail threw in the towel.  —  Since March, I've been using Google Voice, the search company's fantastic Web app that gives you a single number to connect all your phones and lets you make rules about who can call which phone when.  Voice is packed with many other amazing tricks …
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
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.
Discussion: Consumer Watchdog, Industry Standard and eWeek, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's “We're Not A Monopoly” PowerPoint Presentation
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What Marissa Mayer said about Google and Twitter  —  There have been a couple of posts today speculating about what Eric Schmidt and his team said about Twitter at a company press event in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday.  I have the verbatim text, which I thought might be helpful to post below for the record.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tech Jobs Still Scarce But Layoffs May Be Slowing Down  —  April proved to be a dismal month for technology sector jobs and overall employment, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Granted, this morning brought sobering news of the U.S. unemployment rate hitting its highest mark since 1983: 8.9%.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joking Or Not, Official Or Not, Facebook Needs To Grow Up  —  It's sort of funny when Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg takes her frustration out on a club bouncer by saying (it has now been removed) it would be “a huge bummer if their facebook pages “accidentally” went down.”
Discussion: Gawker
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome ads on TV  —  A couple of months ago, the Google Japan team produced a fun video to demonstrate how clean and simple our Google Chrome user interface is.  After releasing this video on the web, we got lots of positive feedback and thoughtful comments.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixed Emotions: Our First Hands-On Test Of Wolfram|Alpha  —  Wolfram Alpha, the hyped “Google killer” will officially launch on May 18, but we already got preview access to it today, and had a chance to put it through its paces.  —  Let's get this out of the way quickly: Wolfram Alpha is not …
Discussion: CNN,, Obsessable and Mashable!
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Could Wolfram|Alpha Sway Google Regulators?
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET News
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Analysis: SSD performance — is a slowdown inevitable?  —  How well an SSD performs over time depends on the firmware, controller  —  Computerworld) The recent revelation that Intel Corp.'s consumer-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives suffer from fragmentation that can cause …
Discussion: Slashdot and
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Try To Create A Better Travel Guide With Nextstop  —  Are you looking for the best beer bars in the world, good places to make out in San Francisco, or where to go on the Big Island in Hawaii?  A travel recommendation site called nextstop mixes social recommendations with search …
Discussion: Google Maps Mania, Thanks:mrinaldesai
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
SugarSync Gets Free Version  —  We first mentioned SugarSync over a year ago, and the online backup service has been growing in both size and services since then.  Those folks don't seem to ever stand still and have apps to keep your data in sync across multiple computers and phone platforms.
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.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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Todd / The Official Netflix Blog:
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Discussion: Beet.TV, CNET News and VentureBeat
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
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Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:johnhcook
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