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7:20 AM ET, April 7, 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AP eyes news aggregators; Risks exposing its lack of value add  —  So the Associated Press is mad and isn't going to take it anymore.  It's eyeing news aggregators who are stealing a few paragraphs and failing to link to it as an authoritative source.  —  Be careful what you wish for AP.
Discussion: Associated Press
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Dean Singleton, AP Chairman: Setting ‘The Rules Of Engagement’  —  Anyone who thinks he or she really understands what the Associated Press plans to do about controlling the use of news industry content is much better at mindreading and predicting the future than I am.
Sony Ericsson:
Capture daily moments the easy way with the Sony Ericsson S312  —  Be one click away from recording life's special moments - all it takes is a sharp eye and a click on the dedicated video camera key.  —  Record videos in an instant on the Sony Ericsson S312.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
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Sony Ericsson:
More music and more fun with your first Walkman™ phone  —  Bring your beat to the street with the new Sony Ericsson W205 Walkman™.  The W205 makes the Walkman™ phone experience more accessible to consumers and is perfect for those who want all the classic Sony Ericsson mobile phone features …
Discussion: Unwired View and SlashGear
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 …
Frank Rose / The Underwire:
Nine Inch Nails iPhone App Extends Reznor's Innovative Run  —  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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Is In Danger Of Becoming The Coolest App No One Uses  —  FriendFeed is a wonderful application that allows users to track what their friends are doing online.  Photos, videos, blog posts and anything else that's published online with a RSS feed can be brought into the service …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Industry Laments Digital Piracy  —  LOS ANGELES — Less than a week after a pirated copy of the unreleased movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” popped up on the Internet, federal legislators and entertainment executives presented an extraordinarily bleak picture of the damage digital piracy can inflict …
Discussion: Carpetbagger
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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
Thanks:atul
Bloomberg:
IBM-Sun Talks Said to Break Down Over Millions in Payouts, Sale Conditions  —  International Business Machines Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s merger talks collapsed after disputes over millions of dollars of payouts to Sun executives, in addition to the takeover price and conditions attached to the deal …
Discussion: GMSV
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Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Blockbuster-R.I.P.?  —  The death knell may be ringing for Blockbuster.  Today the video-rental giant admitted that if it cannot complete the financing deals that it is currently working on, there is a good chance the company may be forced to shut its doors.
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.
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.
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Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Government to build broadband itself
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes Store now infected with variable pricing, Amazon still $0.99  —  As promised, variable pricing has now been implemented at the iTunes music store.  Already, we're seeing most of top 10 singles and 33 of the top 100 hitting the top price-point of $1.29 (encoded as DRM-free 256kbps AAC).
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce launches MobileLite, free app for all its customers  —  Customer relationship management (CRM) software company Salesforce.com is launching a free, scaled-down version of its mobile offering today called Mobile Lite.  —  The Mobile Lite product will allow users to access …
Discussion: eWeek, Reuters and Between the Lines
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Google's Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It  —  It was a hostile audience.  It was June 2007, at a conference center in London, where newspaper and magazine publishers were hearing how a new industry-backed search engine rights standard called ACAP was coming along.
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph and The Australian, Thanks:atul
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel launches new chip logos, rating system  —  Intel has revamped its processor badging and rating system.  Consumers are the main target, though business systems will get new badging too.  —  The new badges include a die (the chip minus the packaging) accent in the upper right hand corner …
Discussion: The Toybox
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 …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
T-Mobile Germany Blocks iPhone Skype Over 3G and WiFi  —  Skype has been one of the top downloaded apps for the iPhone since its release last week, even though Apple bowed to AT&T in the U.S. to prevent the VoIP program from working on 3G.  US Skype users are relegated to finding a WiFi hotspot …
Discussion: Open IT Strategies
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 …
 
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Discussion: Gawker
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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Mike McKee / LAW.com:
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Discussion: Law Blog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple listing implies iPod touch to eventually gain digital camera [Updated]