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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Netflix comes to Windows Media Center  —  Starting tomorrow, Windows Media Center users who are also Netflix members will gain access to more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly within Windows Media Center on their PCs.  —  Using the two together is easy and convenient.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Movie fans to get a TV-friendly Netflix experience on Windows Media Center  —  Microsoft is announcing today that its Windows Media Center can now show more than 12,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix's library of online video rentals.  —  The videos are now available to watch instantly …
Jim / craigslist blog:
CL Sues SC AG For Declaratory Relief  —  craigslist has filed suit against SC AG Henry McMaster in federal court in South Carolina, seeking declaratory relief and a restraining order with respect to criminal charges he has repeatedly threatened against craigslist and its executives.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft Expected to Debut Updated Search Engine at D: All Things Digital  —  The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft's search engine will soon make its debut.  —  Sources with knowledge of the situation said the company is expected to demonstrate it at our D: All Things Digital conference next week.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forget Kumo — Will Microsoft's New Search Engine Launch Soon As Bing?  —  It's not long now.  Microsoft's new search engine has been widely expected to launch soon, and now it appears likely to happen within the next week or two.  And might Bing be the new name?
Discussion: PC World and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 9.4 Per Cent and Smartphones Grew 12.7 Per Cent in First Quarter of 2009  —  Inventory Destocking Adds 25 Million Units to Sell-In  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Look at This Article.  It's One of Our Most Popular  —  Top-Ten Lists Abound Online, but Following the Herd Can Make You Wonder About the Wisdom of Crowds  —  Popularity is, unfortunately, still all the rage.  —  The Internet has facilitated an outbreak of popularity contests …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook CEO says IPO a few years out  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to eventually take his company public but said it won't be for a few years, and stressed that the world's largest online social network is in no immediate need of capital.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Confirms Ad Network Plans
Discussion: MediaFile
Ed Lu / The Official Google Blog:
Energized about our first Google PowerMeter partners  —  Earlier this year I blogged about energy information and a tool our engineers developed called Google PowerMeter, a Google gadget that can show consumers their personal electricity consumption right on a home computer.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm Pre to run $549 off-contract  —  We'd ventured a guess that the Pre would run close to $500 off-contract, and it looks like we were in the ballpark — Sprint customer service is apparently telling people that Palm's first WebOS device will run $549 without a two-year commitment.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo: We're Moving From Web Of Pages To Web Of Objects  —  Yahoo held a search event today in San Francisco at which the company connected the dots among a number of search initiatives that it has rolled out over the past couple of years: Search Assist, BOSS, Search Monkey, Search Pad and oneSearch.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Open Source Developer Intends To Block Belgian Government From Using His Technology Over Tax Dispute  —  Open source developer Bruno Lowagie is about to set a remarkable precedent in the F/OSS world by restricting any government body in his (and my) home country, Belgium …
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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
9 Month Old Critical Java Vuln.  Still Not Patched in Mac OS X  —  Six months ago, a certain security flaw in Java was fixed by Sun.  This flaw was present in OpenJDK, GIJ, icedtea and Sun's JRE, but it got fixed in those.  There's one important shipping Java implementation that still …
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Dell Demonstrates the Mini 10v Running Android Cupcake  —  Warning: Dell has not announced that their 10-inch, $299 Mini 10v netbook will be optionally loaded with Google's smartphone environment Android (Cupcake).  But that hasn't stopped Dell from demonstrating it working.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Updates The Kindle App To Be More iPhone-ified  —  As a Kindle owner, I love the fact that Amazon released an iPhone app to allow me to continue reading my content even when I don't have the actual Kindle with me.  Of course, the experience of reading on the iPhone's much smaller …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre's Irritating $100 Rebate Will Be Instant At Best Buy  —  Annoyingly, you won't be able to get a Palm Pre for the advertised $199 without redeeming a $100 mail-in rebate—something Sprint is depending on you not doing.  Solution: get yours at Best Buy.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Freemium Model And A Desktop App Get The Thumbs Up With Pandora One  —  You'd be hard pressed to find someone who tries the online streaming radio service Pandora that doesn't like it.  In fact, some users like it so much that they actually ask for ways to pay the company …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
NebuAd Technology Resurrected As InsightReady  —  Yesterday we reported that targeted ad firm NebuAd bit the dust, but it appears that its Insight technology platform has risen again in the UK as part of a company called InsightReady.  Folks from a publication called Clickz called the phone number …
Discussion: The Register, ClickZ and p2pnet
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BlackBerry Location Apps Are Expensive; Apple Has More  —  Apple's iTunes App Store has the largest number of location-based applications: 2,300, according to data collected by Skyhook Wireless, a location information platform provider based in Boston.  Nearly 75 percent of the iPhone's location-aware apps are paid applications.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, IntoMobile and AppScout
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Push Notification Settings and Screenshots  —  Apple began high volume testing of the upcoming Push notification system for iPhone applications earlier this week.  The system offers 3rd party applications the ability to push notifications to the user even when they are not the running application.
Discussion: DailyTech
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Elemental Shakes Up Video Servers With Parallel Processing  —  Elemental Technologies — aka the smart young startup in Portland that makes video processing better by doing it in parallel — is beta-releasing a video encoding and transcoding server.  —  In the last year, Elemental has put GPUs …
Discussion: Between the Lines and VentureBeat
Fred O'Connor / PC World:
Nokia Sees Mobile Users Wanting Services Over Phones  —  Services, such as maps and music downloads, will dictate how consumers select their mobile phones, and hardware will adapt to meet this trend, said Tero Ojanperä, Nokia's executive vice president of services.  —  “The consumer expects more.
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and mocoNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former MySpace Execs Get Funding For New Venture; Some Details Leak  —  Remember when MySpace lost three key execs before the whole chaotic reorganization?  They announced their departure in March.  And we've now confirmed that they are closing a substantial round of funding, even before they've picked a final name for the company.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
New DNS bug and fix announced  —  Domain name registries are patching hole found in popular NSD software  —  Domain name registries are scrambling to patch a newly discovered bug in popular open source DNS software that could be exploited for denial-of-service attacks.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Ozzie defends Microsoft's aggressive online spending  —  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie defended Microsoft's continued heavy investments in the online-systems arena, claiming the flowing trail of red ink from Microsoft's Online Systems Business (OSB) doesn't tell the whole story.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stanford's iPhone U: The rise of the armchair coder
Discussion: TUAW and MobileContentToday, Thanks:bigdogst
Ben Long / Macworld:
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Discussion: Imaging Insider
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Updated: “MP” tweets “election in weeks” then deletes Twitter account.
Discussion: The Register
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly News:
Built-to-Thrive - The Standard Bearers: Apple, Google, Amazon
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The Independent:
File share programmer sued by record companies
Discussion: p2pnet
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Tweeting Too Hard: A site for shaming the twitteringly self-important
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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple patents all-seeing display
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:sinkercat
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