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12:10 PM ET, May 13, 2009

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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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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 and The Tech Report
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)
Discussion: Licence to Roam, Thanks:brickandclick
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 …
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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CNET News:
Apple and AT&T playing favorites with the App Store?  —  Just under a year since first announced, the SlingPlayer Mobile application is finally available for the iPhone.  But compared with the capabilities of the same application available on other smartphone platforms, the iPhone version of SlingPlayer is curiously handicapped.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone: an in-depth review
Verizon:
Verizon to Divest Wireline Businesses in 14 States; Significant Benefits to Verizon Shareholders  —  Frontier to Provide Seamless Transition for Customers and Employees, and Target Increased Broadband Penetration  —  NEW YORK - In a move that will further accelerate the company's focus on wireless …
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Sells Huge Chunk Of Network To Frontier …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: MacFixIt and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Oracle's Latest Acquisition Is Virtual Iron  —  Oracle purchased Virtual Iron, a designer of server virtualization software, after months of rumors.  The acquisition will allow Oracle to compete more fully within the virtualization market against VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Systems …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skydeck Mashed Up With Google Voice Could Be The Perfect Combination  —  One of the few necessary evils that accompanies the uber-cool and recently launched Google Voice service (which was officially released in March) is the necessity to convert all of your numbers (cell, landline, office) to one number.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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:
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 expected as soon as next week  —  One of the biggest questions at Microsoft's TechEd conference this week — other than the whereabouts of popular speaker and former Microsoft security expert Steve Riley — is where is the beta of Visual Studio 2010.
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
 
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Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
What Google's David Lawee Recently Said About Twitter
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
iLike gives bands automatic iPhone App creator
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Why Didn't PubSub Become Twitter?
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Here it is, the first “tweet from space”
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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