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11:05 PM ET, April 6, 2009

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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content  —  Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not.
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Steven Grady / SlashGear:
Blackberry Storm 2 due in September, has WiFi  —  According to a source very close to the issue, Verizon has given the go for RIM to release the BlackBerry Storm 2 in September of this year.  The followup to the groundbreaking Storm that was released last year as the first touchscreen Blackberry …
The Official Google Blog:
Google becomes more local  —  If you're like us, you're constantly looking for things in your neighborhood, whether it's [restaurants in zurich] or a new [dentist in houston].  If you specify your location in your query, we often show your results on a map.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms & Talks About Expanded Local Results
Thanks:atul
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A New iPhone Is Already Old News  —  Some are now betting Apple's biggest announcement in June won't be a phone at all.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—The new iPhone is now one of three things:  —  A: The worst-kept secret in the tech industry.  —  B: An incipient public relations disaster of biblical proportions.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Expects New iPhones; Ups Target, Ests
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and MacNN
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why baseball benched Microsoft Silverlight  —  The thwacking sounds of bats striking balls will once again fill stadiums, as Monday is opening day for Major League Baseball.  This year, Microsoft will watch from the sidelines.  —  MLB.com no longer uses Microsoft's Silverlight to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers.
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek and Gadgetwise
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame
Discussion: Gizmodo
Reuters:
Sun Micro stands by leadership team  —  * Sun says ‘committed’ to leadership team, growth strategy  —  * Sun's comments come after collapse of talks with IBM  —  Sun Microsystems Inc (JAVA.O) said it stood by its leadership team, led by Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz …
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Bloomberg:   IBM-Sun Talks Said to Break Down Over Millions in Payouts, Sale Conditions
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft will allow Windows 7 users to downgrade to XP  —  Microsoft and its PC partners are going to allow Windows 7 users to downgrade not just to Windows Vista, but also to Windows XP, Microsoft officials are confirming.  —  Some company watchers have been wondering about the downgrade rights …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
X-Men Leak Downloaded Over a Million Times  —  Less than a week after 20th Century Fox's ‘upcoming’ blockbuster first appeared online, and three long weeks before the official premiere in the movie theaters, over a million people have already downloaded X-Men Origins: Wolverine via BitTorrent.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Fox News Columnist Pays Big Price for Reviewing a Pirated Movie
Discussion: Switched
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Time Warner laying ground for possible AOL spin  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc said on Monday it is asking some bondholders to change credit terms, a move expected to pave the way for a spin-off of its beleaguered Internet unit AOL.  —  The media conglomerate …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
‘I Need to Read This’ saves URLs worth reading later  —  If you've ever used Read It Later, you'll probably like a new service called “I Need to Read This.”  It does the same thing, letting you bookmark stories that you want to read, but not right away.  —  Where it differs though …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple listing implies iPod touch to eventually gain digital camera [Updated]  —  Apple holds aspirations of extending digital camera functions found on its popular iPhone handset to its iPod touch digital media players, according a listing posted on the company's website last month.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter fail-whale snacks on user avatars  —  Twitter has been hiccuping all day, it seems.  Earlier, some users (myself included) noticed occurrences of the service's notorious “fail whale”—the cartoon that pops up when Twitter's servers are overloaded—and later, some members began to report …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Twitter Blog
Jane Schulze / The Australian:
Google dubbed internet parasite by WSJ editor  —  Article from:  —  COMPANIES that aggregate mainstream media content without paying a fee are the “parasites or tech tapeworms in the intestines of the internet” and will soon be challenged, Robert Thomson, the Australian-born editor of The Wall Street Journal has warned.
Discussion: CNET News, Wordblog and broadstuff
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Web 2.0 Abandoning the UGC Ship?  —  Does anyone remember that show Project Greenlight?  It came out of LivePlanet, the 1999-era dot com started by Ben Affleck, Chris Moore and Matt Damon that aimed to use the Web to transform traditional entertainment.  It was user generated content before we had an over-used buzz-phrase for it.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon finds niche in iTunes-dominant market  —  The NPD Group just sent out some an interesting statistics.  —  “In 2008 87 percent of digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes to download music, versus just 16 percent who used Amazon MP3,” according to a spokesman for the research group …
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
A new design for FriendFeed at http://beta.friendfeed.com/  —  We've been spending a lot of time thinking about how to improve FriendFeed.  And we've been tinkering with those ideas at http://beta.friendfeed.com.  —  Today, we're opening up that site for you to try it for yourself.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hotspot Shield: Destroyer of Google, Yahoo and NBC?  —  Invisible Cloak for Web Surfers Rapidly Adding Users  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Consider, for a moment, what would happen if the identities, geographies and surfing histories of a large number of internet users suddenly became invisible.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How I Came to Get a PC and Not a Mac  —  I don't buy new computers very often, and for a long time I slightly favored Macs over Windows PCs.  So no one perhaps is more surprised than me that my now four-month old laptop is a Sony and not an Apple.  I found my decision process to be similar …
Frank Rose / The Underwire:
Reznor's Innovative Run Continues With Nine Inch Nails iPhone App  —  LOS ANGELES — Trent Reznor was backstage one afternoon last summer, fooling around with his iPhone to stave off boredom before a show, when he realized that fans standing in line outside were broadcasting photos from the scene using their iPhones.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Congress looks abroad to curb piracy  —  The copyright infringers responsible for leaking an incomplete version of the unreleased movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” will likely face harsh penalties thanks to strict U.S. intellectual property laws, but copyright enforcement is still woefully inadequate abroad …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube, Sony Pictures in talks over feature films  —  “YouTube is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to get licensing rights to some of the studio's movies.  The Professional” is from Sony Pictures and is available at Crackle.com.  —  YouTube is in talks to acquire licensing rights …
Rob Taylor / Reuters:
Australia to build $31 billion broadband network  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's government will build a A$43 billion ($30.7 billion) national high-speed fiber-optic broadband network, rejecting bids in a controversial tender involving some of the country's top telecoms firms.
Discussion: Agence France Presse and NEWS.com.au, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Should AT&T be obliged to enable Skype for the iPhone?  —  What may already have become the iPhone's most popular app is sending bad vibes to its US-based carrier, which last Friday signaled that enough is enough.  —  With the P2P voice communication service Skype now available for Apple's iPhone …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, CNET News and eWeek
Maneesh Arora / The Official Google Blog:
CVS joins Google Health Rx network: millions can access medication records online  —  When I first started working on Google Health, I was shocked by how hard it is for people to access their own medical records.  I wondered why that's the case when it's so easy to access other types …
 
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Jim Whitehurst / Red Hat:
Answering the Call for Open Source Government
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Without IBM: Sun's plan B
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Desktop web apps and snappiness top next Firefox (Namoroka) plans
Discussion: Download Squad and Neowin.net
Joe Leahy / Financial Times:
Google predicts Indian web use to soar
Vanessa Grigoriadis / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Gawker and Rough Type
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Will the iPhone 3.0 Fuel a Second Gold Rush?
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 Earlier Items: 
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Technology Rumor of the Day: Nokia
Discussion: Electronic Pulp and MobileCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cooliris Keeps On Growing, Adds Desktop Support
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
A Pricing Revolution Looms in Online Advertising
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
External hard drive dock kills a whole flock of birds with one stone