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10:00 AM ET, May 12, 2009

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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.
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
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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Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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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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.
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” …
Discussion: Mashable! and TheNextWeb.com
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: BlogHer and Fred Destin
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 …
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Global:
SANYO Creates Industry's First*1 IEEE802.11n*2 High-speed Wireless Wide XGA Ultra  —  Portable LCD Projector - the LP-WXU700  —  Wireless LAN functionality with 'Video Streaming function'*3  —  SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) today introduces the industry's first*1 IEEE802.11n*2 high-speed …
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo, OhGizmo! and I4U News
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Sanyo to roll out new high-end projector for $6,000
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Engadget
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ViewSonic throws caution to the wind, plans own 3G smartphone  —  Take it from Garmin-Asus — making a smartphone ain't exactly easy sauce.  Regardless of the facts, ViewSonic has decided it prudent to jump head first into the tumultuous waters known only as “the smartphone industry,” …
Discussion: Business Wire and Mobilewhack.com
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James Sherwood / The Register:
ViewSonic dials into smartphones
Discussion: Unwired View and Gizmodo
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?
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Baby monitors killing urban Wi-Fi
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear and Ubergizmo
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: TechCrunch
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC?  Motorola's first Android phone?  —  You read that right!  We just got a tip that basically more or less confirmed the phone we posted a couple days is going to be manufactured by Motorola for T-Mobile.  Why isn't HTC in the picture on this one?
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
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Ad Network?  Yes, and This One's For iPhone Apps: Medialets Raises $4 Million  —  Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users have downloaded 1 billion apps for their devices in 9 months.  Someone other than Steve Jobs and co. ought to be able to make money from that, right?
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
What Google knows about you  —  Google may know more about you than your mother does.  Got a problem with that?  —  Computerworld) “Google knows more about you than your mother.”  —  Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently made that statement to this reporter.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:loic
 
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Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
Notes push e-mail coming to iPhone
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Ruben Mookerjee / BLogitech:
Wireless Guitar Controller for PS3 and PS2: Logitech's Guitar …
Discussion: I4U News, OhGizmo!, Engadget and SlashGear
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SeeqPod Seeks New Life at Microsoft
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Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos
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