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8:00 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 …
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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 beta upgrade won't be easy  —  Those that want to move from the beta version of Windows 7 to the upcoming “release candidate” version will be able to do so, but it is going to take some work.  —  In a blog posting on Tuesday, Microsoft said that it is offering two options …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
iTunes' New Pricing Structure Is a Band-Aid
Discussion: TheFeed
Brad Stone / Bits:
Making Sense of New Prices on Apple's iTunes
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.
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: blogs.ft.com and Tech Beat
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Behold, marketers — some iPhone numbers you can work with, finally
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 …
Thanks:atul
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
Twitter Traffic Explodes...And Not Being Driven by the Usual Suspects!  —  Twitter seems to be just about everywhere these days, infiltrating pop culture and challenging traditional communication channels as people answer the simple Twitter question, “What are you doing?”
Discussion: AppScout
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Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Twitter Roars Past 14 Million U.S. Users
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft Fires Back at Flash-Powered MLB.com  —  Microsoft was none too happy to hear Bob Bowman, CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, air dirty laundry in public yesterday.  Bowman gave a scathing interview to CNET, saying MLB “has an ongoing dispute with Microsoft …
Discussion: eWeek and The Silverlight Blog
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone is here  —  It's finally arrived - the all new Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone application.  —  Now you can take the best of Yahoo! Messenger with you and stay in touch with friends through your iPhone or iPod Touch, no matter where you are.  —  A short demo video is included below.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Tim Armstrong Starts at AOL-His Entire 100-Day-Countdown-To-Magic Memo!  —  Former Google (GOOG) exec Tim Armstrong officially started his job as new AOL chairman and CEO today and sent out a hello-there memo to the troops.  —  According to Armstrong, he is poised to “bring back the magic of AOL.”
Josh Hawkins / Brightcove Blog:
Newspaper Online Video Surges on Consumer Demand  —  Today at the Newspaper Association of America conference in San Diego, publishers from across the country have convened to discuss the future of the newspaper industry.  Once a strong print business sector, newspapers are now struggling …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DoubleTwist raises $5M to help you manage your music and more  —  A startup called doubleTwist wants to make it easier for you to share media like music files, photos, and videos across friends and devices.  After launching a test version of its Mac application in February …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Acer PC joins Nvidia's ‘Ion’ with Intel's Atom  —  Acer launched a PC Tuesday that attempts to bring PC-class performance to Atom-processor-based PCs.  —  The Acer AspireRevo is the first Atom-based PC from a major PC supplier to use Nvidia's Ion graphics, a chipset that packs GeForce 9400M graphics …
Discussion: Digits
Andreas Ehn / Spotify:
Spotify opens its doors to developers  —  Today we are delighted to announce the launch of libspotify, our first step in opening up Spotify as a music platform.  By releasing libspotify we will allow third-party developers to write applications for our service and offer the possibility of creating an exciting new range of features.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:agaton
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
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 Earlier Items: 
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner COO: Metered Billing Is What Consumers Want …
Discussion: Public Knowledge and Stop the Cap!
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Rumor alert: Sony Ericsson Idou to go on sale in October?
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Opens Up Its Music Site: Now Includes YouTube, Pandora, Last.fm
Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Telegraph:
Xbox game based on Iraq conflict battle angers veterans
Discussion: Technologizer and CrunchGear