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3:55 PM ET, May 12, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Search Options, Declares Real-Time Search Biggest Challenge  —  Google has just launched a new “search options” feature on its main search page.  When you click on “Search options” you can filter your search by different types of results (videos, forums, and reviews), by time …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google: Understanding is the next frontier of search; Meet Wonder Wheel, Google Squared  —  Google executives argued that “understanding people, health, communication, education and knowledge” is the next frontier of search.  —  At its annual Searchology powwow Tuesday …
Timothy M. O'Brien / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Announces Support for Microformats and RDFa
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
This just in from Microsoft: No Zune in June  —  A few hours ago we reported that someone from Microsoft was reportedly tweeting some hints at a possible June release for a new device.  We've been speaking with company officials all morning, and there seems to have been a big mix-up.
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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.
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.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone coming shortly: $29.99, no 3G support  —  After what has become one of the longer (and certainly one of the highest-profile) App Store approval delays, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone has finally gotten Apple's blessing — with some serious changes under the hood.
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Jeff Longo / MacRumors:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone Release Imminent?  Wi-Fi only?  —  MacRumors has heard that Sling Media's long awaited SlingPlayer Mobile may finally appear on the App Store tonight.  —  In addition to full support of current Slingboxes (PRO-HD and SOLO), legacy Slingboxes, which include the Classic …
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 …
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 …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Approves Crackdown on Internet Piracy  —  PARIS — The French National Assembly on Tuesday approved a plan by President Nicolas Sarkozy to punish digital pirates with the possible suspension of their Internet connections, a little more than a month after the same body had rejected the proposal in a surprise vote.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Madison Avenue and the App Store  —  There are two new reports this week about how to use Apple's (AAPL) App Store as a marketing medium.  —  The first, in today's Wall Street Journal, cites several success stories, including Zippo's virtual lighter and Lions Gate's (LGF) Stun-O-Matic.
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Gets Bigger as Ad Medium
Discussion: Fast Company and IntoMobile, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: Download Squad and TheNextWeb.com
Rupert Goodwins / CNET News:
Microsoft Research...why make the effort?  —  CAMBRIDGE, England—At Microsoft Research's open day here recently, a certain line was heavily promoted.  That line: fundamental research helps generate new technologies that give companies competitive advantages.  —  In some cases, that's unarguable.
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Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:   In defense of Microsoft's $9 billion research budget
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 …
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Darren Waters / BBC:   Net firms reject ‘policing role’
PC World:
AMD Gains Processor Market Share on Intel  —  After five quarters of declining market share, Advanced Micro Devices gained ground in chip shipments over chief rival Intel during the first quarter of 2009, IDC said on Tuesday.  —  AMD saw its market share in processor shipments reach 22.3 percent during …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Arjun Banker / Facebook Blog:
Be the First to Know with Immediate Notifications  —  Notifications let you know when people take actions on Facebook related to you, so you can quickly check out a photo you've been tagged in or read a new posting on your Wall.  They already are available from your home page …
Discussion: Rough Type, bub.blicio.us and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
Wladimir Palant / Adblock Plus and (a little) more:
An approach to fair ad blocking  —  Update: Sorry but I won't answer most comments individually any more - they are just reiterating points that have been mentioned already.  I am going to summarize the feedback in a new blog post soon.  —  As I stated many times before …
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: NewTeeVee
Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
Dell undercuts Netbook competitors with the $299 Mini 10v  —  Dell has released a revamp of its Mini 10 Netbook, that “delivers on value,” says the company.  Accordingly, the new product's name is the Dell Mini 10v.  Starting at $299, the Mini 10v is a bold shot across the bow of the competition, notably Acer's $349 Aspire One.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome-on-Mac precursor rough but workable  —  I spent the better part of Monday trying out the Mac OS X version of Chromium, the open-source project on which Google Chrome is based, and I'm favorably impressed.  —  The software, available for download from the Chromium Web site …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Remains Stubbornly Proud Of Position On Holocaust Denial  —  Facebook is apparently done talking about Holocaust denial for now.  A couple of groups that got more out of hand than the rest were taken down, but the company's policy of permitting the groups on the site remains.
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Wolfram Alpha gets supercomputer boost
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Nokia halts investment in media-sharing site
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Boston VCs Grok Social Media—So Can We Please Not Tell That Facebook Story Anymore?
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StockTwits Takes Over Chart.ly To Enrich Trading Chatter On Twitter
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