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12:55 PM ET, May 11, 2009

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Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Demands on Network Are an iPhone Hang-Up  —  The iPhone has made AT&T the cool kid on the cellphone block, bringing in lots of new customers all eager to play with the shiny new device.  —  Trouble is, the iPhone is expensive for AT&T, and not just because of the heavy subsidies on the initial purchase price.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The iPhone Will Not Destroy the Wireless Business
Discussion: Chetan Sharma
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
First Look: BlackBerry Onyx Spotted in the Wild!  —  * Update 3: So much for a relaxing Sunday night, huh?  BG just posted a little update addressing a couple points.... Regarding device model, he's got some intel that this device could launch as part of the 96xx series (makes sense looking at the keyboard) …
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 …
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 TeleRead
John Murrell / GMSV:
Two-Facedbook?  The no-win dilemma of managing speech  —  Running an online social site based on user content is not all pokes and giggles.  Aside from the business and technical challenges, once you offer yourself as a platform for a full spectrum of social interaction …
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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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Video SEO EveryZing Raises $8.25M Third Round, With Backing From NBCU
Discussion: BNET Technology
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 …
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: 9 to 5 Mac
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft files for debt offering  —  Microsoft filed on Monday to issue debt that could see the company raising billions in additional capital.  —  The filing, which was made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, doesn't specify an amount to be raised.
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: ReadWriteWeb, Mashable! and Engadget
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Get The Real-Time Twitter Scoop With Twitscoop  —  Twitscoop, a real-time visualization tool that lets you see hot trends and buzz on Twitter, is getting a makeover and adding several useful features that may help you “mine the thought stream.”  These features will officially roll out at 8 AM PST.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Google's diversity causing it antitrust trouble  —  Google's stated goal is to have an index of all the world's information.  It started with the Web, where the information it obtained allowed it to build a hugely successful search service.  From there, the company branched out …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Ten Twitter Mythconceptions  —  Poor Twitter!  It may be the hottest service on the Web, but it's also profoundly misunderstood.  Lots of people cheerfully admit they don't get it.  Others emphatically believe things about it that aren't true.  I encounter confusion over Twitter every day …
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
mdn.mainichi.jp:
Researchers develop EL display that can stretch like rubber  —  Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new kind of organic electroluminescent (EL) display that can stretch and deform like rubber.  —  The team demonstrated a face-shaped display showing changing expressions …
Discussion: SlashGear, I4U News, OhGizmo! and Engadget
Mike Shields / Adweek:
A New (Full-Page) Look for Online Ads  —  ShortTail Media's D30, soon in beta, puts traditional spots between Web pages  —  NEW YORK David Payne wants to radically alter what online ads look like and how they get sold.  And he's recruiting some of Web publishing's heavy hitters to help in his cause …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Rejects Another iPhone App: Religious Photo Parodies ‘Objectionable’  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to serve as nanny and tastemaker for its iPhone app store.  It's rejected yet another app from the app store: A religious photo parody app called “Me So Holy.”  Apple insists the app is “objectionable.”
Discussion: The Register and Me So Holy
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Minnesota Sued Over Online Gambling Ban, While Frank Again Introduces Bill To Legalize It  —  We noted several days ago that Minnesota was trying to force ISPs to block gambling web sites, going down a path trodden by several other states.  That path, of course, has always ended in failure after the courts have weighed in.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Thomson Reuters Launches BlackBerry, iPhone Apps; First Big Step In $1 Billion Multimedia Investment  —  Reuters lags news-service rivals AP and Bloomberg in releasing mobile apps, but the company plans to spend heavily to make up for any lost time.  Today, the UK news services company …
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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 …
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.
 
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Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Verizon Wireless, ATandT Plan to Swap Wireless Assets
Discussion: AppleInsider
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
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
University of Missouri Requires Students Buy iPhone or iPod
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Living with Windows 7 release candidate
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Has the Most Effective Updater
Discussion: Roger's Security Blog
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
ReadWriteWeb:
Did Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiration for Facebook Come Before Harvard?
Discussion: Time and Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CubeTree Launches As A Facebook + FriendFeed + Twitter For Enterprise
Discussion: Between the Lines