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BBC:
No browser in Windows 7 in EU  —  European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves.  —  Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.  —  The company said it would make it easy for PC makers and users …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement … The European Commission notes with interest Microsoft's announcement of its plans for Windows 7, and in particular of the apparent separation of Internet Explorer (IE) from Windows in the EEA.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Best Buy to offer Apple's iPhone 3G S with insurance  —  Those who want added protection for their new iPhone 3G S units on launch day will have the option of queuing up at Best Buy to purchase both Apple's device as well as a rare accident insurance plan, albeit one which may cost almost as much as the phone itself.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
New study shows iPhone users to be in a class by themselves  —  iPhone users are richer, younger, and perhaps even more productive at work than those who use competing smartphones, according to a new study released Friday.  —  The study ($750 fee) from independent market analysis company …
Discussion: The Register, VentureBeat and Apple 2.0
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Is In Far Worse Shape Than Its New Executives Thought  —  Running MySpace, new CEO Owen Van Natta and News Corp. (NWS) digital head Jon Miller are beginning to realize they have taken on a much bigger challenge than they initially thought, sources close to both executives tell us.
Discussion: CNET News, Beet.TV, Gawker and Reuters, Thanks:atul
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Guardian:
Hundreds of jobs on the line as MySpace considers cuts
Discussion: DailyFinance and TechCrunch
DELL-Stefanie N / Direct2Dell:
@DellOutlet Surpasses $2 Million on Twitter  —  There was some buzz back in December around Dell generating over $1 million in revenue by posting offers and responding to questions on Twitter.com/DellOutlet— there's still mention of it on Twitter even today.
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Wall Street Journal:
Tax Man's Target: The Mobile Phone  —  The use of company-issued mobile phones could trigger new federal income taxes on millions of Americans as a “fringe benefit,” spurring efforts by the wireless industry and others to kill the idea.  —  The Internal Revenue Service proposed …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
When the Cell Phone Is the Office Phone, Taxing It Is Wrong
Discussion: Mobile Messaging 2.0
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Safari 4 Downloads Top 11 Million in Three Days  —  Apple® today announced that more than 11 million copies of Safari® 4 have been downloaded in the first three days of its release, including more than six million downloads of Safari for Windows.  Safari 4 is the world's fastest …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Moves Up The Twitpocalypse.  All Hell May Break Loose Today.  —  Twitter users, the Twitpocalypse is upon us.  —  Twitpocalypse is the name given to a bug that's about to be exposed.  Apparently, it's similar to the Y2K bug in its nature, and stems from the fact that every tweet sent out has a unique numeric identifier.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   No fail-whale purgatory for us—debunking the twitpocalypse
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Against real-time: Facebook to sort of bring back the old site design  —  Facebook is backing away from its March site redesign, a source tells me.  The one that has focused users' homepages on a quickly updating “stream” of status updates — and was trying to take on microblogging service Twitter, as the source put it.
Discussion: Mashable!
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zynga Could IPO In 18 Months  —  A source close to social games maker Zynga tells us that the widely-circulated estimate of its projected revenues for 2009, about $100 million, is “conservative.”  —  It wasn't the first time we heard it.  So when a Silicon Valley executive who interviewed …
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Social game company Zynga says it's not planning for IPO
Google Mobile Blog:
Snack time with the new iGoogle for Android and iPhone  —  We like iGoogle because it lets us “snack” on interesting information all day long.  We can read a little bit of news here and there, glance at finance portfolios, take a look at the weather forecast, and then do a Google search.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Internal Startup Exec To Leave  —  Sanjay Parthasarathy, the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) corporate vice president who oversees the company's Startup Business Accelerator group—which was set up last year with the charter of building new businesses for the company—is leaving Microsoft, paidContent has learned.
Discussion: CNET News and TechFlash, Thanks:c_santiago
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
RSS Feeds Nielsen Online Ire, Glitch Inflated Times, USA Today, Fox Numbers  —  RSS is an acronym that stands for the online publishing term really simple syndication, but it recently proved to be anything but simple for online audience researcher Nielsen.  In an especially embarrassing glitch …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
AT&T Says Forget About Cheaper Data Rates For The iPhone 3G S  —  AT&T (NYSE: T) may want iPhone sales to continue at a fast clip, and it may want to extend its exclusive contract with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), but it is not willing to drop data plan rates for the phone in order to do that.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, There's No Way To Save The TV Business  —  The traditional TV industry—cable companies, networks, and broadcasters—is where the newspaper industry was about five years ago:  —  In denial.  —  There are murmurings on the edges about how longstanding business models will come under pressure …
Discussion: Lucas Gonze's blog, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Palm Pixie Is Real, But May Never Come To Market  —  Lots of excitement today over a second Palm WebOS device now that the Pre has launched.  The only problem is that none of this is news.  We broke the story about the device, code named Pixie, on April 29.  A day later we had the Pixie name and additional details.
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
HTC Snap Available For Sprint Users  —  The smartphone has an “Inner Circle” button designed to open a filtered in-box that only shows messages from predetermined contacts.  —  HTC's Snap smartphone is now available for Sprint Nextel customers, and it's designed to keep mobile professionals connected on the go.
Chris Morris / CNBC.com:
PlayStation Prez On Leaks  —  You have to feel bad for Sony.  By any normal standards, the company's press conference at E3 should have had jaws on the floor.  —  A new portable gaming system.  A motion sensing game controller.  A greatly increased focus on digital distribution.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Vanity URLs Will be Available to Pages With Under 1,000 Fans in 2 Weeks  —  The Facebook username landrush starts tonight at 12:01am EDT, and with it comes potentially the best one-time opportunity for businesses to improve their Facebook identity and SEO by getting a good Facebook vanity URL.
Discussion: CNET News, All Facebook and Screenwerk
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com settles with Toys “R” Us, will pay $51 million  —  Amazon.com has settled its longstanding lawsuit with Toys “R” Us and will pay the toy company $51 million, Amazon said in a regulatory filing Friday.  The two companies formed a major ecommerce alliance in 2000 but the partnership dissolved …
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
How Facebook Uses Your “Skipped” Webmail Contacts  —  Yesterday, Facebook suggested two people to me through its “Suggestions” feature which usually includes friends of friends, co-workers and people I used to go to school with.  The odd thing about these two suggestions was that although …
 
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Ian Youngs / BBC:
Bands ‘better because of piracy’
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
“Spam King” Sanford Wallace Files for Bankruptcy as Judge Rules …
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Google's Grab for the Display Ad Market
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Infosys Says It's Ready to Boost U.S. Staff in Case of ‘Hire American’ Law
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: 100,000 Pre Units Shipped So Far, Analyst Says
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Chana R. Schoenberger / Forbes:
In Tokyo, A Rare Incubator For Startups
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Daily Start-Up: Biz Grads Keep Pouring Into Venture Capital
Discussion: Digits and Best of Boating
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla takes Jetpack back to the future with v.2 release
Discussion: AppScout
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street not fully appreciating Apple's notebook price cuts
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them
 

 
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