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7:45 PM ET, April 6, 2009

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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. to Take On Web Aggregators  —  Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that it will demand that Web sites obtain permission to use the work of The A.P. or its member newspapers, and share revenue with the news organizations, and that it will take legal action those that do not.
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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
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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
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 …
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Trader Daily
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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 …
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
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 …
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 and Wordblog
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
New iPhone To Have FM Radio Transmitter, Video Editing  —  In addition to faster wi-fi networking via a new wireless chip, Apple's (AAPL) next iPhone — which we expect the company to announce on June 8 — will have a built-in FM transmitter, 9 to 5 Mac reports.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Joe Leahy / Financial Times:
Google predicts Indian web use to soar  —  India - long considered a digital laggard for its low internet penetration - is set for explosive growth in web usage in the coming year, according to a senior Google executive in the country.  —  Vinay Goel, country head of products at Google in India …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash and Electronista
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
A Pricing Revolution Looms in Online Advertising  —  Demographic profiling and behavioral targeting by such companies as Google, Quantcast, and ValueClick is slashing ad costs and threatening Web publishers  —  Look just to the right of this article.  There, on your computer screen …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Closing the loop: Howard Stern picks BlackBerry Bold over Pre  —  Howard Stern got his Palm Pre demo and picked the BlackBerry Bold instead.  —  As noted last week, Palm worked the word of mouth marketing for the Pre and received a lot of air time from Stern.  That word of mouth turned into a commercial for RIM, however.
benheck.com:
Commodore 64 Original Hardware Laptop  —  This project somehow has the distinction of being both the longest and fastest portable electronics project I have ever done.  I originally started making a C64 laptop in the fall of 2006, and kept pecking away at it every so often.
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
‘I Need to Read This’ saves URLs worth reading later
Discussion: Lifehacker
Vanessa Grigoriadis / New York Magazine:
Do You Own Facebook? Or Does Facebook Own You?
Discussion: Gawker and Rough Type
Mike McKee / LAW.com:
MySpace Musings Aren't Private, Appeals Court Rules
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
The Cisco bid: To branch out while others retrench
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Will the iPhone 3.0 Fuel a Second Gold Rush?
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Change to Amazon Associates program
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iTunes 8.1.1 enables HD rental support plus bug fixes
Discussion: PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Technology Rumor of the Day: Nokia
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cooliris Keeps On Growing, Adds Desktop Support
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
‘Upload a Song, Lose Your Internet Connection’
Discussion: p2pnet
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
External hard drive dock kills a whole flock of birds with one stone
Discussion: HotHardware.com News and Gizmodo