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3:40 PM ET, May 14, 2009

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloudy day: Google falters; Packets lost in key cities  —  Updating: We're getting various reports via that Google services are down or at least sucking some serious wind.  The service appears to be back as of noon-ish EDT in New York City, but packets are still being lost around the globe.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Reports point to widespread Google outages  —  Many people found Google's search site was extremely slow or inaccessible Thursday, and other reports pointed to troubles with other properties including YouTube, Gmail, Google Analytics, Google Maps, Google Docs, AdSense, and Blogger.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
It's Down!  The Day Google Stood Still (Updated)  —  We have seen our fair share of failures from web based products, but this morning, for a large number of users (at least in the U.S.), it looks like every Google service has been either wiped off the Internet or is running extremely slow for a large number of users.
Jeremy Liew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Apple has made no more than $20-45m in revenue from the app store  —  About a month ago Apple announced that one billion iphone apps have been downloaded in the first nine months.  That's an amazing number.  I wondered how much money Apple was making from the app store.
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Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:   1B Apps Served, One Disappointing Revenue Total for Apple
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: Steve Jobs' Amazon.com Account Hacked, Hacker Claims  —  CC-licensed picture by Ben Stanfield.  —  A hacker claims to have broken into Steve Jobs' private Amazon.com account.  —  The hacker is trying to sell details of Jobs' Amazon.com account to journalists …
Eiji Hirai / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android now with Barcode Scanning  —  Since we launched Google Product Search for mobile a few weeks ago, I've been using it to check prices, reviews and product details on my Android phone.  In addition to typing in my product searches, I've also had some fun speaking them.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Spectacularly Awful 24 Hours  —  Twitter just went through an awful 24-hour stretch.  It included taking away a feature some people loved, probably being misleading about it, getting a huge amount of backlash, halfway bringing the feature back, and getting railed by the press for it all …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows Mobile 6.5: the UI was rushed, more on widgets  —  A TechEd 2009 video gives more information on widgets, talks about how the UI in Windows Mobile 6.5 was rushed, and that Silverlight won't be coming till a later version.  —  TechEd 2009 already gave us details on Windows 7 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee Keyboard to launch by end of June  —  The dream of owning a keyboard embedded with a full-blown PC running XP on an Atom N270 processor and 5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display/trackpad is nearly upon us.  A dream, quite honestly, nobody had prior to seeing the reveal …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Network Use Not the Only Reason For AT&T to Hate 3G iPhone SlingPlayer  —  Everyone may think that AT&T threw their fat around and made Apple lock down the SlingPlayer iPhone app because of AT&T's lousy network, but a tipster tells us there's a more nefarious reason at play.
Discussion: OhGizmo!, SlashGear and The iPhone Blog
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
4G wireless makes progress with WiMax, LTE developments  —  Suddenly, there's a light at the end of the 4G tunnel.  We keep hearing about the next generation of wireless communications but thanks to two developments this week, it's finally starting to feel like we're getting close.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire: We Don't Need No Stinkin' LTE
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and DSLreports
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Don't Drink The 151.im — The Latest Facebook Phishing Scam  —  Facebook phishing attacks seem to be a dime a dozen these days.  The latest is oddly simple but people are still falling victim to it.  The subject line will be “Hello” and the body of the Facebook email will simply be a the domain 151.im.
Discussion: Mashable! and Etan on Tech, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google News spotlights YouTube, suffers outage  —  Click here for the latest on those widespread Google outages.  In addition, this story was corrected at 11:30 a.m. PDT to reflect that YouTube videos already had been available, but now are spotlighted as a part of a broader Google News facelift.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Mashable! and Pulse2
BBC:
Pirated pop keeps stars popular  —  File-sharing sites help make popular acts more popular, finds a study.  —  The research, by industry body PRS for Music, showed the most pirated pop songs tend to be those at the top of the music charts.  —  There was little evidence …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Blog Pirate
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The 10 Sites Benefiting The Most From Twitter's Traffic Explosion  —  US unique visitors to Twitter grew 83% between March and April, according to ComScore.  Since one of the main uses of Twitter is sharing links, we wondered: Who is feeling the Twitter love?  We asked Hitwise.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and TheNextWeb.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
April Video Winners: Hulu, of Course.  And... MTV?  —  Here's an online video story you haven't seen before: Viacom's MTV sites had a really good month last month.  —  This news comes from Nielsen Online, which just released its video traffic numbers for April.  The top line is more or less unchanged.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Contentinople
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Why isn't Zillow dead?  —  “Things are very good at Zillow,” Rich Barton, CEO of the online real estate company, was telling me.  We're in the thick of the worst economic crisis of a generation and a depressed real estate market, so this means that Barton is either a very clever CEO or an audacious liar.
Discussion: TechFlash and All Points Blog
Brad Stone / Bits:
RealNetworks Sues Studios on Antitrust Grounds  —  Escalating its already simmering court battle with Hollywood, RealNetworks has expanded its lawsuit against the six major Hollywood movie studios and the DVD Copy Control Association, a cross-industry consortium, in federal court in northern California.
Toshiba:
World's First PC Integrating 512GB SSD  —  Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502), reinforcing its “dynabook SS RX2 series” of notebook PCs offering light weight, slim lines, and long-lasting battery operation, today announced the introduction of the top-of-the-range “dynabook SS RX2/WAJ,” …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS bringing 1008HA, UX50 and U80V laptops Stateside, we go hands-on  —  We've got the skinny on ASUS's latest North American foray, with the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, UX50 and U80V “thin and light” all vying for your slice of the stimulus this summer.  The quite familiar (by now) …
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
What's Holding Back Google Apps?  —  The search giant aims to compete in business software with Google Apps.  But some clients fret over storing data on its servers—and its rivals are big  —  When Google (GOOG) announced a foray into business software two years ago, it touted General Electric (GE) as one of its trophy accounts.
Discussion: Software, Interrupted
Peter Wayner / Bits:
A Book Author Wonders How to Fight Piracy  —  The specter of piracy of my books materialized for me several weeks ago when I typed the four words “wayner data compression textbook” into Google.  Five of the top ten links pointed to sites distributing pirated copies.  (And now, it's six.)
Discussion: TeleRead
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
College Journalists Want To Erase Their Past From Google  —  While many professional journalists fondly remember the work they did in college — covering townie news for the university paper or radio station — some are trying to erase their past work from the Internet because it shows …
Google Code Blog:
Google OpenID API - taking the next steps  —  Six months ago, we announced our first step in supporting single sign-on using OpenID.  Well, we wanted to share with you what we have been working on since.  As a strong supporter of open standards such as OpenID, Google's top priority in this area …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbelt Tells Which Of Your Pages Were Recently Indexed or Linked  —  Google's new “show options” feature*, rolled out for everyone this week, lets you restrict results to just pages from the past 24 hours.  You can use this feature in combination with Google's “site” and “link” operators, too.
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
These The First Pics Of The PS3 Slim?  —  While rumors have been swirling that Sony will be announcing a PS3 Slim, the company has stated earlier that it “currently has no plans” for a redesign.  That was then, this is now.  —  Today, pictures of what appears to be a redesigned PS3 have appeared on Chinese message boards.
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. going after online bookers for hotel tax  —  San Francisco needs all the money it can get.  Expedia Inc., which does a pretty good business here, isn't helping.  Not only does the online travel site owe the city $32 million in unpaid hotel taxes, according to the city's accounting …
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Who Has the Most Web Servers?
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MacSpeech Dictate gets 20% more accurate with paid upgrade
Discussion: Macworld and Macsimum News
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Adobe plagued by 16-month-old XSS bug
Discussion: Softpedia News and threatpost
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Last MySpace Payment: $75 Million On June 20, 2010
Yokum / Startup Company Lawyer:
Obama proposes no capital gains tax on qualified small business stock
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell changes its Windows vs. Linux netbook strategy, plans new subsidized model
Discussion: OStatic blogs, Liliputing and eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft begins working on SP3 for Vista
Discussion: Softpedia News
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
AT&T announces the Samsung Jack, available on May 19th
Nic Fildes / Telegraph:
Vodafone drops ‘roaming’ charges for overseas calls
Discussion: Fast Company, Gizmodo and DailyTech
Lewis Page / The Register:
DARPA working on inertial-nav ‘Smart Boot’ tech
Discussion: CrunchGear and All Points Blog
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Software Problems with a Breath Alcohol Detector
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