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10:55 AM ET, May 11, 2009

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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
iPhones in Iraq - the US Army's new weapon  —  Applications prove invaluable for soldiers on the battlefield  —  In Basra's Hayaniyah district, a notorious stronghold of Shia militias, a US army sergeant leading a patrol faced two suspects in the street.  Amid rising tension he produced …
Discussion: Gearlog, Thanks:wedocreative
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
University of Missouri Requires Students Buy iPhone or iPod  —  Budding reporters and editors at the Missouri School of Journalism will be required to own an Apple iPhone or iPod touch starting this fall.  —  Journalism students at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism …
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Stephen Wolfram Reveals Radical New Formula for Web Search  —  The home page is nearly blank.  At the center, just below a colorful logo, you'll find an empty data field.  Type in a phrase, hit Return, and knowledge appears.  —  No, it's not Google.  It's Wolfram|Alpha, named after its creator …
Discussion: Network World
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New Search Tool Aims at Answering Tough Queries, but Not at Taking on Google
Serge Jespers:
The future of newspapers is now: New York Times Reader v2 released  —  Ever tried reading a newspaper on a plane?  I bet you kept bumping into your neighbour, didn't you?  Have you ever tried locating an article that you read last Wednesday in a stack of newspapers?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gadgetell
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   WSJ To Try Micropayments: What A Bad Idea
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   WSJ Online Expanded Pay Plans Include Bundles, Micropayments
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren't Lactating  —  Way more countries have laws against holocaust denial (11 or so) than breast feeding (0), but guess which one is banned on Facebook?  That's right.  Pictures of breast feeding babies are indecent, so they're a no go.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Assuming There's a New York Times in 2040, I Hope It's Not This One  —  I just went to NYTimes.com, as I do multiple times a day.  A split-second after I arrived at the homepage, it was covered up with a full-page ad overlay.  That was irritating, but I'm willing to tolerate some annoyance in return for excellent free content.
Discussion: Mashable!
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Dish Network Loses 94,000 Subscribers  —  Still has 13.5 million subscribers...  While DirecTV just posted their best subscriber gains in four years (460,000 new subscribers), rival Dish Network this morning announced they lost 94,000 subscribers during the first quarter.
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Beyond Clicks And CPMs: A Look At 'Engagement'-Based Ad Deals  —  CPMs are the default standard for buying display, and paid search ads get measured in clicks.  But when it comes to valuing a social-media sponsorship, “advertorial” content on a magazine site or even a virtual-world campaign …
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Firefox passive-aggressives adjudicate Nerd Law  —  Better than a severed horse head  —  Free whitepaper - Achieving Efficient Governance Risk and Compliance  —  Fail and You Last week, blood was shed in the Firefox community as two popular extensions to the browser - NoScript and Adblock Plus …
JKK / jkkmobile:
Windows 7 on Viliv S5 UMPC  —  My Installation notes:  —  Have USB keyboard ready as you will need it ones.  —  Plug in dvd or usb stick with W7 media on it.  —  Open BIOS, choose your media as first boot drive.. boot from it.  —  Continue with Windows installer.. You can use S5's joystick …
Discussion: Softpedia News and SlashGear
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Invests In Video Search Startup EveryZing And Signs Up As Its Biggest Customer  —  Video search startup EveryZing just landed its biggest fish yet: NBC Universal.  Boston-based EveryZing signed a master service agreement with NBC to provide video search and search-optimization technologies across …
Arn / MacRumors:
Citrix Demos of a New Kind of Virtual Machine for Mac  —  Citrix made a number of announcements last week related to Mac and iPhone.  While most of these announcements were targeted specifically towards IT/enterprise customers, one announcement has more potential mainstream significance.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Survey: one in five US households are cellphone only  —  The latest results from the National Center for Health Statistics' survey on wireless phone use are in, and they reveal that just over 20 percent of all US households have now cut the wire and exclusively use cell phones for voice communication.
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?  —  Huzzah for Windows, ho-hum for Linux, OS X  —  Free whitepaper - Achieving Efficient Governance Risk and Compliance  —  Review OpenOffice.org remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite …
Discussion: PC World
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Has the Most Effective Updater  —  A paper published last week titled “Why Silent Updates Boost Security” showed that Google Chrome is the browser that has the most effective updating mechanism.  Google Chrome's updater works automatically, it requires no user interaction and it can't be disabled from the interface.
Discussion: Roger's Security Blog
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Living with Windows 7 release candidate  —  The first few hours with Windows 7 release candidate were a bit rocky for CNET News' Ina Fried, given that none of the windows appeared to have a close or minimize button.  But once that glitch resolved itself, it has been smooth sailing.
 
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 More Items: 
John Moylan / BBC:
New smart meter plan is unveiled
Discussion: Softpedia News
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Google Android Will Grow 900 Percent in 2009, Analysts Say
Discussion: Electronista
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Signs Your Wireless Carrier Loves You
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Documentarians, DVDs and the MPAA
Discussion: techPresident, Thanks:atul
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Obama's tax reforms could impact Microsoft's bottom line
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Thomson Reuters Launches BlackBerry, iPhone Apps; First Big Step …
Thanks:atul
ReadWriteWeb:
Did Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiration for Facebook Come Before Harvard?
Discussion: Time and Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is BBC iPlayer a Typical App For Our Hyperconnected Future?
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CubeTree Launches As A Facebook + FriendFeed + Twitter For Enterprise
Discussion: Between the Lines
John Cook / TechFlash:
Former Twitter, Microsoft execs create new startup: Digiting
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:toddbishop
Business Week:
CEOs Who Use Twitter