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1:30 PM ET, April 3, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Sometimes We Talk  —  My inbox is flooded this morning with requests for a response to the latest Internet speculation about where Twitter is headed.  It should come as no surprise that Twitter engages in discussions with other companies regularly and on a variety of subjects.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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 and Gearlog
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 and Electronista
Reuters:
VoIP providers call on EU to ensure free access  —  * Wants EU policy on VOIP access for public networks  —  * Says blockage detrimental to consumer rights  —  Internet calling companies such as eBay (EBAY.O) unit Skype have called on European policymakers to adopt policies that let consumers access …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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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.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Paying for online news: Sorry, but the math just doesn't work.  —  The morning's RSS scan brings another couple of entrants in the ongoing conversation about paying for news on newspaper web sites:  — As Roy Greenslade reports, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch favors charging …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ Cable Show: News Corp.'s Murdoch: NYT Would Do 'Fairly Well …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Revenues this year, Twitter's Biz Stone tells Stephen Colbert  —  Biz Stone must've been a bit overwhelmed to be invited onto The Colbert Report, but it was never going to be an easy ride.  But his comments don't sound like a Google takeover is imminent.  —  When he got a word in …
Discussion: BoomTown, TechCrunch and Fast Company
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Analyst: YouTube Could Lose $470M This Year  —  A new report by Credit Suisse projects that video-sharing giant YouTube is on track to lose $470 million this year, writes Multichannel News.  —  Credit Suisse says YouTube will generate $240 million in revenue, but those revenues will be dwarfed …
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
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
If You're Going To Complain About Street View Invading Your Privacy, You Might Want To Check Out What Your Government Is Doing  —  The British government appears to be on a track to undermine its citizens' privacy by collecting more and more information about their online behavior …
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BBC:
Residents challenge Google camera
Phone Arena:
Say hello to the enV3 for Verizon  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  First came the LG V (vx9800), followed by the enV (vx9900) and enV2 (vx9100).  Then we heard that the new successor would be the enV3 vx9200, but haven't seen any pictures or specifications...until today.
Agence France Presse:
French lawmakers approve anti-piracy Internet ban  —  French lawmakers on Thursday adopted the most contested provision of a tough new anti-piracy bill that would punish illegal downloaders by cutting off their Internet access.  —  Backed by top French artists but opposed by consumer groups …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TG Daily
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
France approves main section of tough anti-P2P bill
Discussion: Techdirt and The Register
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.
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
Rob Hof / Business Week:
A Sign of Slowing Search Ad Spending  —  Search advertising is finally feeling the full impact of the weak economy, according to a new report out this morning from online marketing analytics firm Covario.  In fact, search spending fell from quarter to quarter for probably the first time ever, by 1.4% in the first quarter.
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Two Swedish File-Sharers Arrested  —  Yesterday we reported that, after the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) came into force earlier this week, Swedish Internet traffic dropped by 30%.  Now, just a day later, the first file-sharing related arrests have been announced.
Discussion: BetaNews, Epicenter, Ars Technica and p2pnet
 
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Google Research Blog:
Predicting the Present with Google Trends
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Network World, Thanks:atul
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Facebook Tests More Than Three Ads Per Page
Discussion: All Facebook
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Samsung's 12.1-inch NC20 netbook now available
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Bar Codes In Newspaper Ads Link To Web Content Via Mobile App
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Betaworks Launches Chartbeat To Track Who Is Paying Attention …
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T and Verizon tout wireless gadgets
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
On new cell phones, QWERTY eases out 1-2-3
Discussion: eWeek and Mobile Marketing Watch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Stephen Elop Speaks!
Discussion: Between the Lines
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Revamps Sales Organization as IBM Buyout Looms
Discussion: WinBeta
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
Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
5 years of Gmail  —  It was five years ago yesterday …
Discussion: PC World and Gmail Blog, Thanks:sinkercat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Keeps All Digg Homepage Traffic On Digg
Discussion: Digg the Blog and CenterNetworks, Thanks:bobcaswell