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5:05 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 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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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Google's Schmidt To Newspaper Publishers: Don't ‘Piss Off’ Consumers  —  Someone called the appearance of “Google* Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as the closing keynote for the annual meeting of newspaper publishers “a twist of fate.  ” Poppycock.  It's as orchestrated as a routine on Dancing with the Stars.
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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 …
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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Brad Stone / Bits:
Making Sense of New Prices on Apple's iTunes
Discussion: CNET News, GottaBeMobile.com and p2pnet
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
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 …
comScore:
Tapulous's Tap Tap Revenge Has Been Downloaded by 1 out of 3 iTunes Application Users  —  comScore Apple App Store Report Enables Digital Marketers to Understand  —  Audience Size, Demographics and Online Behavior of iTunes App Installers  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Behold, marketers — some iPhone numbers you can work with, finally
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.
Forbes:
Sun's Six Biggest Mistakes  —  The company's high-end, high-margin business wasn't run by stupid people.  They just acted that way.  —  Like any star past its prime, Sun Microsystems is left with two choices: It can burn out, or it can fade away.  —  If the struggling server vendor …
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Bloomberg:
Sun's Schwartz May Be Left Standing Alone After IBM Ends Acquisition Talks
Discussion: Digital Daily and BetaNews
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.
Don Clark / Digits:
A Software Combatant Returns as a Hardware CEO  —  During the 1990s, David Bradford was an important behind-the-scenes player in the inquisition of Microsoft.  As general counsel at software maker Novell-where then-CEO Ray Noorda had a positive fixation on its aggressive competitor-Bradford tirelessly dug …
Discussion: Electronista
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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
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Twitter Roars Past 14 Million U.S. Users  —  Twitter has been on fire for the past few months and it doesn't appear to be cooling anytime soon.  According to the latest Compete.com statistics, Twitter has surpassed 14 million users, up over 76.8 percent since last month when we wrote that they had surpassed 8 million users.
Discussion: BetaNews and Glass House
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 …
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 …
Engineering Windows 7:
Delivering a quality upgrade experience  —  This is a little bit of a tricky post to write because we're going to be asking everyone using our Windows 7 Beta to help us out, but doing so is going to take a little time and require a bit of a commitment to helping test the next milestone.
Michelle Maltais / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Appiphilia: Baseball iPhone apps for major league fans  —  Spring has sprung.  The first pitch has been thrown.  It's time to play ball!  —  If you can't get out to that ballgame — or to a radio or TV — and would rather not get busted using the work computer to track your favorite game …
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Rumor alert: Sony Ericsson Idou to go on sale in October?  —  We're sure you hate it every time tech bloggers say “take this with a grain of salt,” but you're just going to have to take this with a grain of salt.  According to the folks over a mobile.se, a German PR rep for Sony Ericsson …
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.
 
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 More Items: 
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft Fires Back at Flash-Powered MLB.com
Discussion: eWeek and The Silverlight Blog
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes in 10.5.7; Security Update 2009-002 in testing
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone is here
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
India Charges 9 After Inquiry of Outsourcing Company
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Readers Ignite Protest Over E-Book Prices
Discussion: CNET News and Switched, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner COO: Metered Billing Is What Consumers Want …
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
Microsoft confirms Zune to go international this year
Thanks:rebelsean
 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Coming Next: Using Your PC as a Cable Box
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple tops in cap growth, bottom in CEO pay
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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
Telegraph:
Xbox game based on Iraq conflict battle angers veterans
Discussion: Technologizer and CrunchGear
Sony Ericsson:
More music and more fun with your first Walkman™ phone