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12:55 PM ET, April 6, 2009

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
New FriendFeed: Simpler, Faster, Better (Maybe Too Fast)  —  FriendFeed cofounder Paul Bucheit was recently asked what it was like to be the R&D department for Facebook.  His response was appropriately humble, but you can't help but wonder how long it will be before Facebook …
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Only the Beginning  —  On Friday the FriendFeed founders Bret Taylor …
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun following the IBM deal collapse: Customer confusion en route  —  Sun Microsystems won't be acquired by IBM after all.  Now the explaining—mostly to customers and shareholders—really begins.  —  Sun will tell its customers that the IBM deal was just a slight detour and that the company's plan …
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Why Sun Had Better Have a Solid Backup Plan
John Pallatto / eWeek:
Pride Trumps Good Sense in IBM-Sun Talks
Discussion: CNET News and Channel Insider
Miko Matsumura / SOA Center:
Sun IBM Collapse Heralds the Return of McNealy.  Jonathan Schwartz is Toast.
Discussion: Business Week and Forbes
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems
Ty McMahan / Digits:
Payment Processor Revolution Money Pumped With $42M  —  At a time when both consumers and merchants are looking for ways to cut costs, several major financial firms and individual investors have pumped $42 million into Revolution Money, the payment-processing company backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case.
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
PayPal, Visa rival gets $42 mln from Goldman, others
Discussion: TechCrunch and Payments News
Business Wire:
Revolution Money Secures $42 Million in Series C Funding from …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame  —  Today is Major League Baseball's Opening Day, which means the first real game in more than five months for most players and fans.  It's also a big day for the league's Internet division: MLB Advanced Media is pushing a full slate of games …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why baseball benched Microsoft Silverlight
Discussion: eWeek
Isilon Systems:
Isilon Systems Announces Preliminary Financial Results For First Quarter 2009 And Workforce Reduction to Improve Cost Structure  —  Isilon® Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN) today announced preliminary results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.  Based on preliminary estimates …
Discussion: Xconomy
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Isilon cuts 10 percent of staff, shares plunge on sales shortfall
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
Discussion: MobileContentToday
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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 …
Discussion: PC World
Nokia:
Email the way you want it - Nokia E75 begins shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - The Nokia E75 has arrived in stores, bringing the company's best efficiency and productivity solution to the market.  The new arrival is the first device to ship with the new email user interface …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia's E75 now shipping to eMail lovers, pixel haters
Discussion: I4U News
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
T-Mobile to Use Google Software in Devices for Home  —  SAN FRANCISCO — T-Mobile is planning an aggressive push deep into the home with a variety of communications devices that will use Google's new Android operating software that already runs one of its cellphones.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Now streaming on Netflix: SpongeBob, Cartman  —  Viacom's MTV Networks has brought some of its television content to Netflix's library of streaming online video, the companies announced Monday.  —  The offering consists primarily of kids' shows from the Nickelodeon network …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Contentinople and AppScout
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Expects New iPhones; Ups Target, Ests  —  Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes this morning pounded the table on Apple (AAPL), repeating his Overweight rating, upping his price target to $143, from $113, and increasing his estimates.  For the September 2009 fiscal year he now sees $5, up from $4.85.
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 outsells Nintendo Wii in March in Japan  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo Co Ltd's (7974.OS) Wii in March for the first time in 16 months in Japan thanks to hot new PS3 titles from Sega Sammy (6460.T) and Capcom (9697.T), a game magazine publisher said.
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Wii sales show first sign of weakness
Discussion: Edge Online
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.
Information Architects:
Web Trend Map 4 - Final Beta  —  Here it is, posted in a panic: Web Trend Map 4.  We'll give you a week for final feedback before we send it to the printer.  Download: For the final feedback round, we only offer a PNG (2.6MB).  There are more formats to come.  Feedback: Use the comment section below for feedback. ...
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Glam Raises $10 Million Fifth Round For German, Japan Expansions  —  Glam Media has raised a $10 million fifth round from investors related to its Japanese and German units, paidContent has learned.  The Japanese funding comes from Mizuho Venture Capital.  The VC arm of the Japanese bank …
Discussion: Beet.TV, CenterNetworks and MediaFile
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Lands A $10 Million Round, Its Fifth in 5 Years
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mass High Tech
 
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