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1:15 PM ET, April 2, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
The Discovery Engine Is Coming  —  A few weeks ago we started testing Twitter Search in the web interface for a subset of folks.  We had the search box way up near the top of the page and the results on a separate page.  It turns out that's not the awesome way to do it.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms And Details New “Discovery Engine”  —  We've been getting a lot of tips today and yesterday about the limited roll-out of a new Twitter homepage design, which gives the search functionality a more prominent place along with some additional features.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:gspowart
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Twitter Search Engine Revised
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon launches Hadoop data crunching service  —  Amazon on Thursday announced a new cloud computing service that uses Hadoop, a free software framework, to crunch tons of data.  —  The service, called Amazon Elastic MapReduce, is designed for businesses, researchers and analysts trying …
Discussion: TechCrunch, BetaNews and Beyond Search
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
Really?  I can't touch the Palm Pre?  Really!?!  —  Those are not my hands.  —  (Credit: Bonnie Cha/CNET)  —  OK, I know I just got done gushing about the third-party apps on the Palm Pre, and I didn't want to take anything away from that but there's something I need to get off my chest.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm announces webOS SDK availability, Palm OS emulation for Pre, new cloud services
BBC:
Piracy law cuts internet traffic  —  Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.  —  Sweden's new policy - the Local IPRED law - allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Swedish web traffic tumbles as IPRED arrives
Discussion: paidContent and Techdirt
John Pallatto / eWeek:
Microsoft Executive Raises Hope for Office iPhone Edition  —  Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's Business Division, tantalized attendees of Web 2.0 Expo with hints that the software giant will eventually release a mobile version of Office for the iPhone.
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Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu encrypts its HTML to fend off Boxee...again.  —  The parry and thrust routine between Hulu and Boxee is still on.  Engadget is reporting that Hulu has started encrypting its HTML content to keep non-browser applications (like the ones through Boxee's media streaming software) from accessing its video library.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Contentinople
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Nick / Rough Type:
Google lifts its skirts  —  Yesterday was a remarkable day for the small, slightly obsessed band of Google data-center watchers of which I am one.  Around each of the company's sprawling server farms is a high metal fence patrolled by a particularly devoted squad of rent-a-cops, who may or may not be cyborgian in nature.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Facebook Goodbye-Gideon-We-Are-the-Money- Champions Memo  —  Dear Elliot Schrage:  —  BoomTown wins.  —  As Sheryl knows from experience, don't mess with the Swish.  Or Texas.  Or Zohan.  —  Just don't mess.  —  For everyone else, here is the entire memo that Facebook sent …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dissent Is Dead At Facebook, Employees Complain
Thanks:atul
New York Times:
Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap.  —  AT&T announced on Tuesday that customers in Atlanta could get a type of compact PC called a netbook for just $50 …
Jill Colvin / New York Times:
You've Got Voice Mail, but Do You Care?  —  WHEN Steve Hamrick left his last job as manager at a software corporation, he had at least 25 unheard messages in his office voice mailbox.  And that's not counting the unreturned calls on his cellphone or landline at home.  —  It's not that he doesn't like to talk.
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Glue Gets Stickier With Conversations and Recommendations  —  AdaptiveBlue, creators of the contextual social network Glue, announced today the immediate availability of an updated version of their semantic browser extension that adds several powerful new features.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Releases All New Windows Live Client For Windows Mobile  —  Windows Live may seem like a failure in the eyes of many a TechCrunch reader, but there are a number of services that continue to thrive within the scope of a vast, mainstream audience.  Hence it's worth noting that Microsoft …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone to Go Public, Ending IPO Dry Spell  —  Rosetta Stone, an Arlington-based language instruction company, plans to file an initial public offering this month, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  It would be the first venture-capital-based IPO in six months.
Discussion: Between the Lines and DealBook
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Is Twitter Killing RSS?  —  For media, there are two primary use cases for RSS, promotion of new content and content syndication.  The latter is true plumbing that offers low cost, reliability and convenience while the former is a means for promoting new content through RSS client applications …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Stealth Webmail Product Definitely Happening (Internal Memo)  —  In January we wrote about rumors of MySpace launching a webmail product that would compete head on with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.  At launch it could be as large as some of the biggest players in the space.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetSuite aims to connect to Salesforce.com's cloud  —  NetSuite on Thursday announced a set of connectors from third party developers that will hook up its enterprise planning software suite with Salesforce.com's CRM apps.  —  The idea: Allow Salesforce.com customers to integrate NetSuite applications …
Discussion: InfoWorld
QuickPWN:
QuickPWN 3.0 BETA Jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2  —  Any iPhone Devs want to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2?  QuickPWN 3.0 Beta 2 is out!  This is an unofficial release and it's not created by the iPhone Dev Team.  I know there are iPhone developers out there who want to upgrade to iPhone 3.0 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and GPS Obsessed
Cade Metz / The Register:
Twitter jilts Ruby for Scala  —  A new love on the back-end  —  Free whitepaper - Data center projects: standardized process  —  Famously, when Twitter's Web2.0rhea app was suddenly embraced by digerati+dog in late in 2007, its original Ruby on Rails architecture had more than a little trouble keeping …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu to replace video ads with questions?  —  Would you rather answer a question instead of watching a commercial?  Executives at the online video hub Hulu think so.  Chief executive Jason Kilar told iMedia that the company is working with advertisers to incorporate question-based prompts in place of traditional video ads.
Discussion: TechVi
 
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Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Skype seeks British Court ruling to overturn claims by license holder Joltid
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes iPhone that calls security agency when stolen
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electricpig.co.uk
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Labels In Germany Learning That YouTube Has The Leverage
Discussion: CNET News, Epicenter and NewTeeVee
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple cracks down on rogue app stores
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 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
MindTouch rides the bus in collaboration platform
Discussion: Social Business and TechCrunchIT
Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Sony: PS3 and PSP sales to rise “10-15%” globally in coming year
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Goodbye “Knock-off Nigel”
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet and paidContent
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: NVIDIA's ION-based netbooks and nettops are go for launch
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Senators agree on patent changes
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gawkk, the online video Twitter?
Discussion: RotorBlog.com and PRWeb
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No Joke: The Onion Wins One of Journalism's Biggest Awards
Discussion: Digits