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2:15 PM ET, April 6, 2009

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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
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems
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.
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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 …
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 …
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: eWeek
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, AppleInsider and MacNN
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple listing implies iPod touch to eventually gain digital camera  —  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:
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 …
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
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Perris Lee Choon Siong / Wall Street Journal:
HTC's Net Drops as Shipments Delayed  —  TAIPEI — HTC Corp.'s first-quarter net profit dropped 30% from a year earlier, reflecting the global economic slowdown and delayed shipments of some new products.  —  The Taiwan-based smartphone maker said its net profit fell to 4.89 billion New Taiwan dollars …
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Should AT&T be obliged to enable Skype for the iPhone?
Discussion: eWeek
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Music Coalition wants to rewrite rules of music business
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Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
‘Upload a Song, Lose Your Internet Connection’
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Disable Google Chrome's New Tab Page
Discussion: Softpedia News and Download Squad
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Designer Threatened With Copyright Infringement Claims... On His Own Work
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Louis Gray:
As FeedBurner Flails and Fails, Feedblitz Fights
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Completes Rollout Of Haystack To Stem Losses From Massive Photo Uploads