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11:10 AM ET, May 13, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Small Settings Update  —  We've updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies.  Based on usage patterns and feedback, we've learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it's a good way to stay in the loop.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Decides We're Not Smart Enough For @Replies, Changes Them Again  —  Twitter is officially getting dumbed down.  —  For the second time in less than two months, Twitter has changed its @reply system, this time by removing an option that has existed for many months in an effort to appease confused newcomers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Puts a Muzzle on Your Friends: Goodbye People I Never Knew (Updated)  —  It's not exactly a silent spring, but a change made to Twitter's settings this afternoon has already greatly reduced the tweets its users are witness to.  In what the company called a small settings update …
Discussion: Licence to Roam, Thanks:brickandclick
James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Fines Intel a Record $1.45 Billion in Antitrust Case  —  BRUSSELS — The European Commission fined Intel a record €1.06 billion on Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the computer chip market to exclude its only serious rival, Advanced Micro Devices.
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Intel:
EC Ruling: Statement by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:  —  “Intel takes strong exception to this decision.
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission imposes fine of €1.06 bn on Intel …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Teresa Brewer / Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off with Keynote Address on Monday, June 8  —  Apple® will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. A team of Apple executives, led by Philip Schiller …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple confirms WWDC keynote time, Phil Schiller leading the way  —  The anticipation is palpable, sure, but those hoping for a Steve Jobs comeback at this year's WWDC should be prepared for disappointment.  Apple just affirmed that this year's Worldwide Developers Conference will indeed kick off on Monday …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
‘Team of Apple executives’ to deliver WWDC Keynote
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Apple Ad Mocks Microsoft Laptop Hunters In Usual Smarmy Way  —  Apple's new ad takes solid aim at Microsoft's recent much-talked-about Laptop Hunters ad series with the Apple style fully intact.  In other words, it's really, really smug.  —  The ad has a Lauren-type actress give her list …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Apple responds to Microsoft's Laptop Hunters... with a Megan  —  According to Apple, there aren't any PCs with fast processors and big screens that work without viruses, crashes or headaches.  But folks, this isn't reality, this is advertising.  In fact, this is Apple's …
Discussion: The Toybox
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T issues official statement on SlingPlayer's 3G blackout for iPhone  —  Sweating bullets over network saturation, are we?  AT&T's obviously taking a good helping of heat today over Sling's rock-and-a-hard-place decision to remove 3G streaming capability from its SlingPlayer Mobile build for the iPhone …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone: an in-depth review
The Official Google Blog:
More Search Options and other updates from our Searchology event  —  Today we are hosting our second Searchology event, to update our users, partners, and customers on the progress we have made in search and tell them about new features.  Our first Searchology was two years ago …
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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update  —  The 10.5.7 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website.
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Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Digging into Apple's OS X 10.5.7 update
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacFixIt
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Sells Huge Chunk Of Network To Frontier - $8.5 deal offloads swath of ‘unprofitable’ markets...  Frontier Communications will pay $5.3 billion in common stock and take on $3.3 billion in debt in order to acquire Verizon's DSL and landline networks in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: BlogHer Nabs $7 million in New Funding  —  BlogHer, which bills itself as “the community for women who blog,” has gotten $7 million more in a Series C funding, which will bring the total investment in the site to about $15.5 million.  —  The new round includes a return by two existing investors …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Clearwire selects Cisco to help build 4G network  —  Clearwire named networking equipment maker Cisco Systems as a key supplier to help it build its nationwide 4G wireless network, the companies announced Wednesday.  —  As part of the new strategic partnership, Cisco will provide IP routers …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Frank Rose / Epicenter:
Hulu, a Victim of Its Own Success?  —  Hulu, the online TV service launched two years ago by Fox and NBC, has enjoyed incredible success with viewers — too much, it may turn out.  —  Two weeks ago, comScore's report that Hulu had pulled into the top three streaming video sites was quickly followed …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Deletes Fake Kanye West Account After Kanye Freaks Out  —  Twitter has suspended a fake Kanye West profile after the music star complained loudly on his blog.  —  As TechCrunch's MG Siegler reported earlier, Kanye was apparently angry at Twitter over a fake account purporting to be him.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obnoxious Newspaper Bailout Begins  —  Senator Kerry isn't cutting Arthur Sulzburger a fat check or anything so obvious, but make no mistake: the newspaper bailout is on.  —  Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today approved a 40% tax cut for that state's newspaper printers and publishers.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Swings at Wii With Videocam  —  Microsoft Corp. is developing a new videocamera for the Xbox 360 console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies, people familiar with the matter said, an effort to attract the casual players that have fueled Nintendo Co.'s recent success.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Real-Time Search-Off  —  Today saw the launch of two new real-time search engines, from OneRiot and Tweetmeme.  While the two are slightly different in ways that I went into earlier, all that really matters are the results you get.  So I put those two to the test along with Twitter Search …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?  —  While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and “Pink” phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding.  —  First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Video: Palm Pre Unboxed  —  We don't know where, when, or by whom this was filmed, but it looks very real to us, confirming our earlier suspicions that the Pre will be packaged in a box.  Update:  —  It's from CES says Josh T. It's the same difference to me, because I am indifferent to unboxing …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
A Modest Proposal: Three-Strikes for Print  —  Yesterday the French parliament adopted a proposal to create a “three-strikes” system that would kick people off the Internet if they are accused of copyright infringement three times.  —  This is such a good idea that it should be applied to other media as well.
Discussion: Techdirt and Electronista
Jer / blprnt.blg:
Just Landed: Processing, Twitter, MetaCarta & Hidden Data  —  I have a friend who has a Ph.D in bioinformatics.  Over a beer last week, we ended up discussing the H1N1 flu virus, epidemic modeling, and countless other fascinating and somewhat scary things.  She told me that epidemiologists …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay's Nazi Ordeal A Decade Ago Mirrors Facebook's Plight On Holocaust Denial Today
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Samsung to announce shipment of its 32GB moviNAND
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Pogoplug Ready To Go Open Source, But Only If It Dies
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Ubuntu One's Online Storage Looks an Awful Lot Like Dropbox
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
iLike gives bands automatic iPhone App creator
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Why Didn't PubSub Become Twitter?
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
Here it is, the first “tweet from space”
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Larry Ellison's Plan A: Buy only Sun's software assets
Discussion: The Register
 

 
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