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11:15 AM ET, May 12, 2009

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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Print Books Are Target of Pirates on the Web  —  Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction writer, was perusing the Web site Scribd last month when she came across digital copies of some books that seemed quite familiar to her.  No wonder.  She wrote them, including a free-for-the-taking copy …
Discussion: Brave New World and TeleRead
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft hints at June for new Zune  —  Microsoft is heating up the Zune advertising and is hinting at June for a “new product launch”.  —  We've had the hints that a new Zune, namely the Zune HD, could be surfacing this year but an interesting twitter update from the Microsoft Office 2010 …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Did Microsoft Just Announce a Zune Phone on Twitter?  —  The blogs are buzzing over some tweets from a Twitter account run by the Office 2010 team, noting what looks like the outright announcement of a Zune phone.  Something doesn't feel right.  —  First, the tweets:
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's next Apple price attack: Zune Pass vs iTunes  —  Microsoft's Laptop Hunter ads (one, two, three, and four) must be doing quite well, because what Microsoft started off as a price attack on Macs seems to have transcended over to the online music store business.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Chinese rumor claims 2009 iPhone will be modest upgrade  —  A forum thread on a Chinese Apple fan site is generating some interest by AppleInsider readers because one commenter claims to have used prototypes of Apple's next-gen iPhone because he purportedly has a friend working at the company's manufacturing partner Foxconn.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google News Gets An Update.  Still Sucks.  —  I'm sorry, but for as good as Google is at organizing the world's data, Google News absolutely sucks.  Now, to be fair, I'm going to focus on Google News from a tech news perspective, because that's what I follow.  Maybe it's better in other areas, but I doubt it's much better.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm and Sprint announcing Pre availability May 19th in the WSJ?  —  We just got a tip from a very proven tipster who informed us that Palm and Sprint were set to make a big announcement in the Wall Street Journal on May 19th.  They said that there's a very good chance of Palm and Sprint announcing the Pre release date then.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel outlines notebook plans for 2H09  —  Intel recently outlined its plans for traditional notebook, CULV-based ultra-thin notebook and netbook product lines for its partners, according to sources at notebook makers.  —  Intel's next-generation Calpella notebook platform will launch …
Aurora Dizon / PC World:
Security Alert: Twitter Porn Names Scam  —  Popular social networking site Twitter's current top trending topic, or things that are twittered the most in a period of time has a security hole.  What larger hole to patch then that of human error itself.  The “twitter porn names” …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook confirms removal of two Holocaust denial groups.  Is it enough?  —  Facebook has confirmed my earlier suspicion that it has disabled two of the five Holocaust denial groups whose presence has caused much controversy over the past week, following attorney Brian Cuban's consistent pressure for the groups' removal.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Remains Stubbornly Proud Of Position On Holocaust Denial
Discussion: PC World, BlogHer and Fred Destin
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to test payments system with developers “in a few weeks”  —  Developers may be making tens of millions of dollars through games and virtual goods on Facebook's platform, but the social network itself hasn't had a way to get a share of that money.  This may be about to change …
Discussion: All Facebook, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Wladimir Palant / Adblock Plus and (a little) more:
An approach to fair ad blocking  —  Welcome, Slashdot readers.  Feel free to read this proposal before commenting on it.  —  As I stated many times before, my goal with Adblock Plus isn't to destroy the advertising industry.  In the end, the Internet does need money to run and ads are still …
Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Hit With Major Class Action Trademark Lawsuit Over Trademarked Keyword Ad Sales—FPX v. Google  —  FPX, LLC v. Google, Inc., 2:2009cv00142 (E.D. Tex. complaint filed May 11, 2009)  —  In retrospect, it seems so obvious.  Why were the lawyers for these chickenscratch plaintiffs (Rescuecom?
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Overblown Wi-Fi signal worry: Don't toss that baby monitor  —  Quick!  Get rid of the baby monitor.  It's killing the Wi-Fi.  —  That's what geeks could conclude following reports about a UK-based study on Wi-Fi interference.  Can you picture your average guy looking at his router in one hand weighing it against the baby monitor?
Discussion: Computerworld and TechRadar.com
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Baby monitors killing urban Wi-Fi
Discussion: Gizmodo
Darren Waters / BBC:
Call to ‘disconnect file-sharers’  —  Persistent illegal file-sharers should be cut off from the net, an alliance of UK creative industries will tell the government on Tuesday.  —  The alliance wants the government to force internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect users …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness  —  For old-fashioned detectives, the problem was always acquiring information.  For the cybersleuth, hunting evidence in the data tangle of the Internet, the problem is different.  —  “The holy grail is how can you distinguish between information …
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Who will control the New York Times?  —  Sources: Geffen made an offer for hedge fund's big stake.  —  LOS ANGELES (Fortune) — Every day for months now, pundits and peanut gallery members have weighed in on the subject of what The New York Times might do to save itself.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Up to 24 percent of software purchases now open source  —  Open source has become big business, suggests an article in the Investors Business Daily, but it has done so by becoming more like the proprietary-software world it purports to leave behind.  —  The article cites recent research …
Andrew Baron:
Magma!  —  Today we let the cat out of the bag on Magma.  Here is a quick rundown of what the site is!  —  Magma is an entry point for online video.  When you first land on the page you are presented with two sections.  The top section shows you the most definitive view to date of the most popular videos on the internet.
Discussion: Podcasting News and CenterNetworks
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Adobe beams up new Strobe video framework  —  As part of the Streaming Media East conference in New York, Adobe has unveiled “Strobe,” the “open framework” for its Flash video player that the company first announced last month.  It's expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Beet.TV
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung Spica and BigFoot Android 2.0/ Donut phone details leaked  —  Figures.  I just finished my today's rant about those loud Android 10x growth predictions and Mobile Review had to come out with the hard info on upcoming new Samsung Android phones and Adroid 2.0/Donut OS update, right after pressed “post”...
ABCNEWS:
Nightline Teams Up With Twitter for New Web Show  —  Join the Conversation With Nightline Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. ET  —  “Nightline” is expanding its ongoing relationship with Twitter to develop “NightTline,” a new half-hour digital program hosted by the show's anchors and correspondents …
Discussion: Mashable! and BNET Media
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple, Dell, HP laptop owners sue Nvidia over faulty graphics  —  Five plaintiffs join forces to demand class-action lawsuit  —  Computerworld) Owners of Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard laptops have combined their lawsuits against Nvidia in an attempt to force the graphics chip maker …
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Oprah, Ashton Propel Twitter's Traffic Past The WSJ, NYT  —  This, is what the “Oprah impact,” Ashton Kutcher's followers race with CNN and non-stop coverage from tech and media blogs amounts to: Twitter actually surpassed both the NYT and the WSJ for unique visits in April.  —  Related
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Make Room for the Wide Load Ads  —  When the going gets tough, the ads get bigger.  —  Amid all the hand-wringing about the decline of the news business and the need for subscription revenue, big publishers are doing something concrete: They are trying to sell more ads for more money.
Sunshine / LiveSide:
MSN QnA Beta Is Closing On May 21st  —  All things come to an end, same goes for the QnA beta.  The team just announced the end of the beta and the closing of the QnA site: … In their blog post you can find information on how to stay in touch with your QnA friends.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple freezes Snow Leopard APIs as software nears final stretch  —  Apple this past weekend distributed a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard that altered the programming methods used to optimize code for multi-core Macs, telling developers they were the last programming-oriented changes planned ahead of the software's release.
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
A Meeting in New York?  Can't We Videoconference?  —  I HAD been planning to spend this month in Tucson, where I have been finishing a book on air travel.  Then I got a phone call from my publisher in New York asking if I could come to a meeting to discuss the changes that seem to be occurring each day in the travel industry.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
SeeqPod Seeks New Life at Microsoft  —  Seeqpod CEO Kasian Franks confirmed to wired.com Monday that the embattled music search engine was talking to Microsoft about a sale of part of the company, and said other parts of its search engine, which corrals MP3s from around the web …
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
At Start-Ups, Boards Spar Over Cash Plans  —  Managers Face Dilemma Over Whether to Save or Spend Amid Recession, Slump in Financing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — At a recent board meeting, Jaspersoft Corp. Chief Executive Brian Gentile found himself stuck between two camps: the savers and the spenders.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
‘Anonymous’ hacker pleads guilty to 2008 attack on Scientology sites
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ViewSonic throws caution to the wind, plans own 3G smartphone
Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
Notes push e-mail coming to iPhone
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Peter Sciretta / /Film:
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
What Google knows about you  —  Google may know more about you than your mother does.
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Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos
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Times Wire Gives You NYT In Real-Time. But The News May Be Old.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Radio Trips Up Google's Off-Line Ad Push
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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