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3:15 PM ET, April 7, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive Apple iPhone 3.0 screenshots leak out  —  One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with some exclusive iPhone 3.0 shots.  Things like detailing a video recording application, more settings options, an accessibility entry, and even showing that Apple could possibly be integrating voice dialing, too.
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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 …
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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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Google's Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It
Discussion: BloggingStocks and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail gets a new engine for iPhone and Android-powered devices  —  Today, we're thrilled to tell you about the improvements we've made to Gmail for mobile, running in the iPhone and Android web browser.  First, you'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching.
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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 the top 10 singles and 33 of the top 100 hitting the top price-point of $1.29 (encoded as DRM-free 256kbps AAC).
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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: Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard, 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 …
Discussion: Obsessable, webmonkey, Lifehacker and Gadgetell, Thanks:omfut
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boxee Continues To Innovate With API And New Alpha Version For Mac, Apple TV
Discussion: PSFK
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
GM and Segway announce two-wheeled urban transport vehicle  —  UPDATE: Check out our test drive...  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 …
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Apple Launches Nehalem-Powered Xserve  —  Apple is unveiling an upgrade Xserve system powered by Intel's new Xeon 5500 series chips, also known as Nehalem EP.  The Apple announcement comes a week after Intel launched Nehalem EP, and less than a week after Apple enthusiast sites started talking …
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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.
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
YouTube, and Now We Do Too  —  Well, this is a day that has been a long time in coming.  The Library of Congress has been working for several months now so that we could “do YouTube right.”  When you're the stewards of the world's largest collection of audiovisual materials (some 6 million films …
Discussion: Epicenter, Tech Daily Dose and Mashable
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.
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter, Palm Pre Show Up In New Sprint Commercial  —  Sprint Nextel (S), the no. 3 wireless carrier, is finally looking hip in its new TV commercials.  Instead of old-timey black-and-white video of CEO Dan Hesse in a cab or a diner, the company is finally talking up its mobile Internet service.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Opens Up Its Music Site: Now Includes YouTube, Pandora, Last.fm  —  Yahoo introduced a new version of its Yahoo Music artist homepages today, which now include links to YouTube videos, Pandora radio stations, Last.fm, and photos from Flickr.  Yahoo also plans to open up its API …
Discussion: Ars Technica and AppScout
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: Seeking Alpha and MacNN
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner COO: Metered Billing Is What Consumers Want - It's only fair, says Time Warner Cable COO Landel Hobbs  —  Time Warner Cable techs and the company's PR folk spent last week being smacked around by the Internet for the company's plan to expand ultra-low caps and metered billing into four additional markets.
Discussion: Stop the Cap!
 
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Readers Ignite Protest Over E-Book Prices
Discussion: CNET News and Switched, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft: 96% Of Netbooks Run Windows
Discussion: DailyTech and Switched, Thanks:bobcaswell
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Agencies Need to Think More Facebook, Twitter, Less TV
Discussion: paidContent.org
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
Microsoft confirms Zune to go international this year
Thanks:rebelsean
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Restrictions drove U2 to switch sides from Apple to RIM - report
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Sun's Schwartz May Be Left Standing Alone After IBM Ends Acquisition Talks
Discussion: Digital Daily and BetaNews
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 and Electronista
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
New Web address endings could be start of turf wars
Sony Ericsson:
Capture daily moments the easy way with the Sony Ericsson S312
Discussion: IntoMobile, iTech News Net and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Is In Danger Of Becoming The Coolest App No One Uses
Discussion: MediaPost and Open The Dialogue, Thanks:mrinaldesai