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5:20 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.
Discussion: p2pnet and techblog.dallasnews.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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  —  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.
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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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: Gadgetwise and eWeek
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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.
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
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 …
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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John Pallatto / eWeek:
Pride Trumps Good Sense in IBM-Sun Talks
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, CNET News and TechSpot
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.
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. ...
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OpenMoko hits a snag, hangs up on its next-gen phone  —  OpenMoko CEO Sean Moss-Pultz says that the company will have to delay—and possibly cancel—the launch of its next-generation handset.  The company is refocusing its efforts on its current product, the FreeRunner, and a new secret initiative that is referred to only as Project B.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: CNET News and eWeek
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable, Thanks:atul
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
External hard drive dock kills a whole flock of birds with one stone  —  Convergence abounds with Brando's laboriously-named SATA HDD Dock Station Combo Stereo Speaker + Hub.  The product costs $59 and serves as a dock for 2.5- and 3.5-inch hard drives, a speaker system, a two-port USB hub …
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 …
 
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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: 9 to 5 Mac, PC World and TUAW
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Technology Rumor of the Day: Nokia
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Web Sites Disrupted By Attack on Register.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cooliris Keeps On Growing, Adds Desktop Support
 Earlier Items: 
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Music Coalition wants to rewrite rules of music business
Discussion: p2pnet
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
‘Upload a Song, Lose Your Internet Connection’
Discussion: p2pnet
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Disable Google Chrome's New Tab Page
Louis Gray:
As FeedBurner Flails and Fails, Feedblitz Fights
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com