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12:50 AM ET, May 14, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
We Learned A Lot  —  This morning we received lots of great info about the replies setting we changed yesterday.  Folks loved this feature because it allowed them to discover new people and participate serendipitously in various conversations.  The problem with the setting was that it didn't scale …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Ongoing Mystery That is Twitter  —  Boy, you can't take your eyes off Twitter for even a few hours without falling behind.  I'm late on reporting on the fact that Twitter tweaked its settings yesterday so that tweets that begin with an @username (so that they address that person specifically …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
KISS FAIL.  You Can Now See Twitter Replies Sometimes, Except When You Can't.
Gmail Blog:
Import your mail and contacts from other accounts  —  Gmail users can be a passionate bunch.  Many of us have, at one time or another, encouraged or cajoled friends and family to join us @gmail.com.  But switching email accounts can be pretty painful.  It's like getting out of a relationship.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Stuck On Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Or AOL?  Gmail Just Made It Incredibly Easy To Switch  —  Since launching back in 2004, Gmail has set the gold standard for webmail clients, offering a large amount of storage and a highly usable interface, free of charge.  But for many people it has remained out of reach …
Benjamin Grol / The Google Apps Blog:
Bringing your contacts to the cloud
Thanks:kevinmarks
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Craigslist to remove erotic services section, monitor adult services posts [Updated]  —  Updated at 10:17 a.m.: This post has been updated to add comments from Craigslist Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster, Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and a Craigslist spokeswoman.
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Craigslist Clarifies: It Wants to Be Paid to Get You Laid  —  Here's the backwards result of the legal crusade against Craigslist: The site never used to make money from its “erotic services” ads.  But the service tells Valleywag that it's now planning to profit from porn.
Jim / craigslist blog:
Striking a New Balance  —  As of today for all US craigslist sites, postings to the “erotic services” category will no longer be accepted, and in 7 days the category will be removed.  —  Also effective today for all US sites, a new category entitled “adult services” will be opened for postings by legal adult service providers.
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
New iPhone Could Still Come At WWDC
Discussion: Gizmodo and tinyComb
Troy Wolverton / SiliconBeat:
AT&T: “Slinging” barred on all devices, not just iPhone  —  The problem with Sling Media's new new iPhone application has nothing to do with the fact that it's running on the iPhone, an AT&T spokesman, responding to the controversy over the new program, told me today.
Discussion: TUAW and Macworld
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple snags ex-OLPC security chief  —  Former director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Ivan Krstic has joined Apple to help thwart hacker attacks against the Mac operating system.  —  Krstic, a well-respected innovator who designed the Bitfrost security specification …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook demand dropped 26% in Q1  —  Demand for netbooks was indeed down in Q1 - as yesterday's Atom processor shipment figures suggested - but by the industry average, figures form market watcher DisplaySearch show.  —  According to the researcher, 5.9m netbooks were shipped worldwide in Q1 …
Discussion: last100
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kindle Publishing Now Open To All Blogs  —  One of the neat little sub-features of Amazon's Kindle is being able to subscribe to blogs on it.  You have to pay for the privilege, but for heavy Kindle users, it makes sense as you can get the content delivered to you wirelessly for your favorite blogs.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New ‘WSJ’ Conduct Rules Target Twitter, Facebook  —  NEW YORK Staffers at The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday were given a newly compiled list of rules for “professional conduct,” which included a lengthy guide for use of online outlets, noting cautions for activities on social networking sites.
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Sony Walkman X: Hands-On Video  —  Sony introduced its first Walkman cassette player in 1979, and the world changed.  People began walking city streets and riding buses sporting big, bombastic headphones and enjoying a personal, portable soundtrack for the first time.  Vinyl gave way to tapes.
Thanks:dmac1
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple Store now taking iPhone 3G orders online  —  Back when we were your age, we had to buy our iPhone 3Gs partway online, then we'd trudge across 17 miles of frozen tundra to the Apple Store to complete the sale — and that's the way we liked it.  Now, you whippersnappers have the option …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Real Networks Sues Studios on Antitrust Grounds  —  Escalating its already simmering court battle with Hollywood, Real Networks has sued the six major Hollywood movie studios and the DVD Copy Control Association, a cross-industry consortium, in federal court in northern California.
Asa Dotzler:
longterm browser trends  —  Today I put together a chart of browser usage share for the major players, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.  It charts the usage breakdown from autumn of 2004 when Firefox 1.0 was released through last month.  —  data from Net Applications Browser Market Share Report
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Spammers harvesting emails from Twitter - in real time  —  Spammers are no strangers to the ever-growing Twitter.  From commercial Twitter spamming tools, to re-tweeting trending topics for delivering their message, a new crafty search technique can provide spammers with fresh …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
How Yahoo Got To Be So Bloated  —  Since she took over as CEO at the beginning of the year, Carol Bartz has been pruning the product lines at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).  She has laid off 700 employees and killed a handful of products, including the fairly successful GeoCities, which reaches almost 14 million visitors a month.
David Cohen / Colorado Startups:
Announcing my new startup seed fund  —  Today, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of a new seed fund designed to invest in early stage web/software startups nationwide.  This new $2.5M fund was finalized last week and will begin investing immediately.  —  As many of you know …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Innovation Economy
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
DocStoc Charges Out Of Beta With DocCash, APIs, And More Blog-Like Homepage  —  A year and a half after launching at our first TechCrunch40 conference, document-sharing service Docstoc is taking off its “beta” label with a homepage redesign, open APIs, and a new revenue-sharing model called DocCash.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Paid Search Traffic Share Down 26%  —  Hitwise data indicate that the share of search traffic coming from paid listings is decreasing at the expense of organic traffic.  In the four weeks to May 9, 2009, 7.25% of search engine traffic to All Categories of websites was from paid clicks.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google wants to know if you're sick  —  Google is attempting to find out how much of a role Internet searches play in the self-diagnosis process.  —  The company plans later Wednesday to start rolling out a subtle question at the bottom of pages with search results for a few common ailments …
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
With Valeo deal, Google Apps gains business cred  —  Gmail may not yet have the same footprint as Microsoft Exchange, but megadeals such as a recently announced 30,000-seat installation at Valeo prove that large enterprises are comfortable running applications in the cloud.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds Tasks  —  Google first implemented a basic task management service as a Gmail Labs feature, then it developed an iPhone version and an iGoogle gadget.  Now you can manage your tasks from Google Calendar.  There are two ways to view your tasks in Google Calendar …
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits
Discussion: DefectiveByDesign.org and digg.com
Peter Galli / Port 25:
Announcing the PHP SDK for Windows Azure
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Factory-Overclocked ATI Radeon HD 4890 Is First 1GHz Graphics Card
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Not-so-shocking: Jammie Thomas, RIAA unable to settle
AdAge:
Can Vitaminwater Help MySpace Music Make Some Money?
BBC:
Credit card code to combat fraud
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PlayStation LifeStyle:
Redesigned PS3 to be Revealed at E3
Russell Adams / Digits:
Google Exec Leaves for Bloomberg
Discussion: paidContent
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Rumor: Zune HD coming in September
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Tellme Founder and GM McCue Departs, as Microsoft …
Discussion: GigaOM, Beyond Binary, mocoNews and CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Don't Fight The Stream: Facebook And FriendFeed Redesigns Are Paying Off
Discussion: TechCrunchIT