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12:30 PM ET, April 7, 2009

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Google Public Policy Blog:
Some questions related to Google News and the Associated Press  —  Posted by Alexander Macgillivray, Associate General Counsel for Products and Intellectual Property  —  Yesterday I entered the following search in Google News: [Phish in mountain view].  The search results led me to click …
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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).
Stephen D. Crocker / New York Times:
How the Internet Got Its Rules  —  TODAY is an important date in the history of the Internet: the 40th anniversary of what is known as the Request for Comments.  Outside the technical community, not many people know about the R.F.C.'s, but these humble documents shape the Internet's inner workings …
Discussion: CircleID and open, Thanks:atul
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
introducing the boxee API  —  we are very excited to officially release the boxee API. it is a big part of our mission to bring open-source and the creativity of the Internet to the living room. the guys over at boxeehq have been able to build impressive stuff without real documented tools …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boxee Continues To Innovate With API And New Alpha Version For Mac, Apple TV  —  Free entertainment hub Boxee keeps on getting better and better.  A couple of hours ago, the venture-backed startup released a full API that allows developers to build applications for the open-source platform using …
Discussion: PSFK and bijan sabet
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 …
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
GM and Segway announce two-wheeled urban transport vehicle  —  UPDATE: Check out our live blog for more details...  General Motors and Segway have teamed up on Project PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), a two-wheeled city vehicle capable of reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour …
Discussion: eWeek, Gearlog, SlashGear, OhGizmo!, PSFK and Switched, Thanks:czaveri
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BBC:
GM and Segway create new vehicle
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Video Recording Interface, Digital Compass, Voice Control and Auto-Focus Camera  —  Since the release of Apple's iPhone 3.0 beta firmware, users have been scouring the configuration files looking for evidence of future iPhone capabilities.  The possibility of video recording …
Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Updates Xserve with Twice the Performance  —  Features Next Generation Architecture and Intel “Nehalem” Xeon Processors  —  Apple® today announced an updated Xserve® that delivers up to twice the performance of the previous system.  * Using Intel “Nehalem” …
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Apple Launches Nehalem-Powered Xserve
Discussion: AppleInsider and Softpedia News
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.
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.
Chris James / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
PSP 2 coming pre-Christmas will be an iPhone beater  —  Sony's new compact handheld console will feature sliding touchscreen and dual analogue sticks  —  Whether it's labelled the PSP 4000 or the PSP 2, there's been a lot of rumour recently about an imminent successor to Sony's handheld console.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple tops in cap growth, bottom in CEO pay  —  Here's an interesting pair of lists.  —  On Seeking Alpha, Birinyi Associates' Cleve Rueckert lists the 40 S&P 500 stocks with the largest changes in market capitalization so far this year.  Although other shares have scored higher percentage gains …
Discussion: MacNN and Seeking Alpha
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 …
Telegraph:
Xbox game based on Iraq conflict battle angers veterans  —  A video game based on one of the bloodiest battles during the Iraq conflict has been branded ‘crass and insensitive’ by those affected by the fighting.  —  Six Days In Fallujah, published by Japanese games giant Konami …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
pm.gov.au:
NEW NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK  —  The Rudd Government today announced the establishment of a new company to build and operate a new super fast National Broadband Network.  —  This new super fast National Broadband Network, built in partnership with private sector, will be the single largest …
Bloomberg:
Sun's Schwartz May Be Left Standing Alone After IBM Ends Acquisition Talks  —  Sun Microsystems Inc. may have difficulty finding a new suitor after talks with International Business Machines Corp. broke down, analysts and investors said.  —  Hewlett-Packard Co., which held merger talks with Sun last year …
Discussion: BetaNews
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Bloomberg:
IBM-Sun Talks Said to Break Down Over Millions in Payouts, Sale Conditions
Discussion: GMSV and Tech Trader Daily
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.
David / TmoNews:
Ready for 3G Galore??  —  We're holding this in the rumor column for now, as it appears to be a real screenshot sent our way but we're still working toward 100% confirmation.  We have, what appears to be a list of 3G cities going live this year for magenta.
Discussion: Gizmodo, IntoMobile and The Toybox
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Coming Next: Using Your PC as a Cable Box  —  While the top executives at the Cable Show last week were jockeying to cut deals to distribute major cable networks over the Web (for paying customers), the engineers in the background were talking about a completely different approach to getting cable programs onto computers.
 
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Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Yahoo revamps its music site
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Facing Up To Facebook's Value
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Q&A: Canon helps usher in the video SLR era
Discussion: CrunchGear
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
New Web address endings could be start of turf wars
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Long-Running IPO Litigation Reaches $586M Conclusion
 Earlier Items: 
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
T-Mobile Germany Blocks iPhone Skype Over 3G and WiFi
Discussion: Open IT Strategies
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Industry Laments Digital Piracy
Discussion: TeleRead and Carpetbagger
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Help Clients Tap Stimulus Funds
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel launches new chip logos, rating system
Discussion: The Toybox and CrunchGear
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce launches MobileLite, free app for all its customers
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Web 2.0 Abandoning the UGC Ship?
Discussion: The Constant Observer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Steven Grady / SlashGear:
Blackberry Storm 2 due in September, has WiFi