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10:40 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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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 …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
First screenshots of build Windows 7 build 7077 leak
Discussion: Neowin.net
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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Julie Moos / Poynter Online:
Transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Q&A at NAA  —  This is an unofficial transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's brief question and answer session following his speech at the Newspaper Association of America convention.  It has been edited for clarity (incomplete sentences have been removed in places) …
Google Public Policy Blog:
Some questions related to Google News and the Associated Press
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: Joe Duck, The Social Times and AppScout
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ShoeMoney Sues Google Employee For AdWords Violations  —  The constant hunt for valuable Google AdWords keywords is akin to Search Engine Optimization - a dark magic that can become very lucrative for those that can figure out how to best their competitors.  It's also very competitive …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com: Don't blame us for Twitter problems  —  Twitter's much-discussed hiccups yesterday, including the disappearance of some user icons, had many people pointing the finger at Amazon.com.  Twitter uses Amazon's S3 web service for storing profile pictures, background pictures …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Defends Disruptive Raids on Texas Data Centers  —  The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.  —  The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T …
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
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, VentureBeat and Tech Beat
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twhirl goes into a user feedback cocoon and is reborn as Seesmic Desktop  —  I'm here at Seesmic headquarters for the launch of Seesmic Desktop, the next step in the company's product offering.  Right now, the company offers Twhirl, one of the first third-party Twitter clients …
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable and TechCrunch
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 Richtel / Bits:
Behind the Scenes of the Netbook Boom  —  The growth of the thin, Internet-centric computers known as netbooks has been a mixed blessing for computer and chip makers, as the low-cost devices are challenging already dismal profit margins.  But some companies are enjoying the emergence of this new category of computers.
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: The Silverlight Blog and eWeek
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
iTunes' New Pricing Structure Is a Band-Aid  —  On Tuesday, Apple made good on its January promise to remove DRM from every song in the iTunes store — a long-awaited move that the labels only allowed in return for Apple letting them price songs at three different points: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29.
Discussion: TheFeed
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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.
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1  —  Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 with enhancements meant to ease deployment, but no brand new features.  According to Microsoft, this is a result of an emphasis on ensuring its database is feature complete before its release.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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: Brier Dudley's blog and Digits
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 …
Amol Sharma / Digits:
Silicon Valley Goes from Libertarian to Keynesian  —  By Amol Sharma and Vishesh Kumar  —  The venture capital community is feeling some culture shock as it prepares to go after billions in government stimulus funds for tech and telecom startups.  —  While the lion's share of the federal largesse …
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:atul
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.”
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo's plan: create community from isolated sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Like nearly 200 million other people around the world, Yahoo Inc co-founder David Filo has a Facebook account.  —  But if Filo and new CEO Carol Bartz have their way, the kinds of social networking features available …
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Tech Idols' Teenage Dreams  —  The passions of computer millionaires have everything but the pimples.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Technology is a young man's game, but not in having the revolutionary ideas or making world-beating companies almost on the fly.  The kids get the attention there, but plenty of graybeards help them out.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
16% of teens, 30% of professionals plan to buy iPhones
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Andreas Ehn / Spotify:
Spotify opens its doors to developers
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:agaton
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Three Companies Eye Midway For Buy Out
Discussion: VG247
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
The Atlantic Plans To Use Acquisitions To Build Web Traffic
Josh Hawkins / Brightcove Blog:
Newspaper Online Video Surges on Consumer Demand
Discussion: Beet.TV and TechCrunch
Don Clark / Digits:
A Software Combatant Returns as a Hardware CEO
Discussion: Electronista
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes in 10.5.7; Security Update 2009-002 in testing
 Earlier Items: 
Forbes:
Sun's Six Biggest Mistakes
Discussion: The Register
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
India Charges 9 After Inquiry of Outsourcing Company
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner COO: Metered Billing Is What Consumers Want …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Rumor alert: Sony Ericsson Idou to go on sale in October?
Discussion: Pulse2, Gizmodo, IntoMobile and Electronista
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
introducing the boxee API
Discussion: Ars Technica, webmonkey and Obsessable, Thanks:omfut