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11:45 AM ET, April 3, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google In Talks To Acquire Twitter (Updated)  —  Here's a heck of a rumor that we've sourced from two separate people close to the negotiations: Google is in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter.  We don't know the price but can assume its well, well north of the $250 million valuation …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sorry to Get You All A-Twitter, But Google Is Not in “Late-Stage Talks” to Acquire the Hot Microblogging Service  —  While the “news” that Google was in “late-stage” talks to acquire Twitter, which TechCrunch reported last night, certainly sounds exciting, it isn't accurate in any way …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Showdown: Why Microsoft can't afford to lose Twitter to Google  —  Earlier this year, as Microsoft executives continued to lust publicly for a Yahoo search agreement, I started to wonder why the Redmond company wasn't turning its attention to Twitter instead.
Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
OmniVision lands CIS orders for next-generation iPhone  —  OmniVision has received 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone, according to market sources.  The company is also said to have secured 5-megapixel CIS orders for another Apple product expected to be launched later in the year.
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Chris Davies / iPhone Buzz:
3.2MP next-gen iPhone, new 5MP Apple device later this year?  —  Apple will upgrade the next-gen iPhone's camera to 3.2-megapixels, according to market sources in Asia.  Manufacturer OmniVision is believed to have won the Apple contract to supply the 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor used in the smartphone …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple's next iPhone to sport 3.2-megapixel camera  —  Apple has placed orders with a local component supplier for new parts that suggest it will upgrade the iPhone's camera to 3.2-megapixels when it introduces new models a bit later this year.  —  Citing its usual 'market sources …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Electronista and Gearlog
New York Times:
I.B.M. Reportedly Will Buy Rival Sun for $7 Billion  —  I.B.M. appears on the verge of acquiring Sun Microsystems, a longtime rival in the computer server and software markets, for nearly $7 billion.  —  The two companies have been negotiating for weeks, ironing out terms of an agreement …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM And Sun: There Will Be Blood  —  With significant overlaps in the companies' businesses, a merger could trigger as many as 10,000 layoffs.  —  When titans collide, blood runs.  And as rumors circulated Friday that IBM and Sun Microsystems are inching toward a deal to sell …
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Village mob thwarts Google Street View car  —  Angry villagers formed a human chain to thwart the progress of a Google Street View car that was in the process of taking photographs of their homes.  —  Police were called to Broughton in Buckinghamshire yesterday, after furious villagers blocked …
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BBC:
Residents challenge Google camera
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mashable!
Steve Rosenbaum / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can ‘Curation’ Save Media?  —  There is a trend evolving at media companies both big and small that promises to have a remarkably positive impact on what you read, watch, and share on the web: Curation.  —  It's not a popular thing to say that things are okay in media.
Discussion: Recovering Journalist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM's secret weapon: Carriers' profitability and lower bandwidth consumption  —  RIM's fourth quarter was impressive on many fronts: Inventories were low and carriers have to restock, consumer and business demand was strong, gross margins were better than expected and earnings and the company's outlook handily topped estimates.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Blows The Doors Off
Holly Stewart / IBM Internet Security Systems …:
Counting Confickers  —  Now that the ambiguity about what is going to happen on April 1 (nothing) is behind us, the next question that seems to be on everyone's mind is how many infections are really out there.  We've been holding off on releasing our numbers because we keep seeing the numbers climb considerably each day.
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Patrik / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Post April 1st Conficker Q&A
Discussion: The Register, Security Watch and eWeek
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Eyeballing Conficker with eye-charts and maps
Discussion: Guardian
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Uses Twitter to Sell Ads  —  Intuit Is First Marketer to Have Its Tweets Streamed Across AdSense Network  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter may still be tweaking its own business model, but Google has found a way to use the popular microblogging service to sell ads.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Samsung's 12.1-inch NC20 netbook now available  —  Samsung's enticing NC20 netbook is now available at Newegg for $549.99.  You'll get a 12.1-inch screen with a 1280×800 resolution, 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and 3.3-pound weight.  —  The NC20 eschews Intel's Atom CPU in favor …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Bar Codes In Newspaper Ads Link To Web Content Via Mobile App  —  Canada's National Post newspaper began using two-dimensional (2D) bar codes this week to link newspaper articles to video and other content.  —  The link from paper to the Web is made possible through a free downloadable mobile app …
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
iPods, First Sale, President Obama, and the Queen of England  —  President Obama reportedly gave an iPod, loaded with 40 show tunes, to England's Queen Elizabeth II as a gift.  Did he violate the law when he did so?  —  You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Keeps All Digg Homepage Traffic On Digg  —  DiggBar, the new shortURL and toolbar service from Digg, is certainly useful.  I expect it to become my default short URL service on Twitter since it is so easy to create a short URL by simply adding Digg.com/ in front of any URL.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
On new cell phones, QWERTY eases out 1-2-3  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Goodbye, numeric cell phone keypads.  You're going the way of the rotary dial.  Touch screens and QWERTY keyboards will take over from here, thank you.  —  At North America's largest cell phone trade show, running this week in Las Vegas …
Discussion: eWeek and Mobile Marketing Watch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Rupert Murdoch Have Kindle Envy?  News Corp. Mulls an E-Book Reader Investment.  —  Here's yet another fan of the Kindle, Amazon's (AMZN) much-hyped e-book reader: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who likes the device enough that he's considering investing in a Kindle rival.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T and Verizon tout wireless gadgets  —  LAS VEGAS—In the-not-so-distant future, your cell phone provider will likely also be providing wireless Internet access for your digital camera, electronic book reader, or any other electronic gadget you may own.  —  During the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show …
Ryan Naraine / Threatpost Blog:
Microsoft issues PowerPoint zero-day warning  —  Microsoft has issued an advisory to warn about an under-attack zero-day vulnerability affecting its PowerPoint software.  —  According to the pre-patch advisory, the flaw allows remote code execution if a user opens a booby-trapped PowerPoint file.
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Rob Hof / Business Week:
A Sign of Slowing Search Ad Spending
Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Betaworks Launches Chartbeat To Track Who Is Paying Attention …
Agence France Presse:
French lawmakers approve anti-piracy Internet ban
Discussion: Ars Technica and TG Daily
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Stephen Elop Speaks!
Discussion: Between the Lines
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Revamps Sales Organization as IBM Buyout Looms
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harvard P2P lawyer: file-swapping is fair use—no, really!
Maggie Shiels / dot.life blog:
Renaming Web 2.0  —  At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco …
Discussion: Digital Daily and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
David Thomas / KickingTires:
Video: 2009 Toyota Venza iPhone Streaming Bluetooth Audio
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts and Gizmodo
Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
5 years of Gmail  —  It was five years ago yesterday …
Discussion: Gmail Blog, Thanks:sinkercat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Technorati Lays Off Another 10 Percent Of Employees
Thanks:atul
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
For teens, a friend online is usually a friend offline, too
Discussion: Techdirt
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Status Update: Paranoid as Hell
Discussion: Scobleizer
Ibrahim Bokharouss / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Gmail search made easier (and lazier)
Discussion: Download Squad, PC World and The Register, Thanks:atul