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7:15 PM ET, April 8, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A.P. Exec Doesn't Know It Has A YouTube Channel: Threatens Affiliate For Embedding Videos  —  Here is another great moment in A.P. history.  In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.'s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Techmeme founder: WSJ, NYT are aggregators  —  Techmeme is one of the sites that Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of the The Wall Street Journal, presumably thinks is a “parasite” or “tech tapeworm in the intestines of the Internet.”  —  The Web site aggregates links to stories.
Discussion: The Register and Gawker, Thanks:gaberivera
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
200 Million Strong  —  We will welcome our 200 millionth active user to Facebook some time today, and I want to take this opportunity to describe what this means to us and what we hope it can mean for everyone using Facebook.  —  When we built Facebook in 2004, our goal was to create a richer …
Jonathan Adams / New York Times:
Apple Sued Over Touch-Screen Rights  —  TAIPEI — The Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics has sued Apple Computer, alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, a company spokesman said Wednesday.  —  The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple building 5-6 million new iPhones - Analyst  —  Adding his voice to the drumbeat of speculation about Apple's (AAPL) future iPhone plans, Kaufman Bros.' Shaw Wu weighed in early Wednesday with a new report from his supply chain and industry sources.  —  Among his findings:  — Two out of three.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Oracle Offering Gadget Wizard for Google Apps  —  Oracle announced the release of Oracle Gadget Wizard for Google Apps.  In addition, Oracle Sibel CRM applications can now interact securely with the Google cloud platform through Google Secure Data Connector, allowing multi-tenancy support for accessing corporate data behind firewalls.
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Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine:
Massive Acer Launch Includes New Timeline Laptop Line  —  It's rare when a company can launch over twenty new products on a single night.  Acer did just that Tuesday night at an event held in New Jersey, unleashing a bevy of new systems that include a new line of laptops, two netbooks …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Variable pricing spreads to Amazon, Lala, Rhapsody, Wal-Mart  —  At Macworld Expo in January 2009, Apple announced that it had negotiated a deal that would allow it to join the rest of the digital music distribution industry by removing DRM from all 10 million songs in its download catalog.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies  —  Robert Moran monitors an electric grid in Dallas.  Such infrastructure grids across the country are vulnerable to cyberattacks.  —  WASHINGTON — Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs …
David / TmoNews:
T-mobile Market Research Hints to “Sapphire” Naming?!  —  Via a very lucky T-mobile customer who was selected at random to participate in a market survey from T-mobile, our tipster was able to take some snapshots of possible names for the codenamed: “Sapphire/Magic/Dream.”
Darren Waters / BBC:
Spam overwhelms e-mail messages  —  More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report.  —  The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ars Technica
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Blocks All Pirate Bay Links  —  It was less than two weeks ago when The Pirate Bay implemented a new feature making it easier for site users to post links to torrents on their Facebook profile, so their friends can download those torrents with just a single click.
Discussion: Download Squad
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Takes Online Gamble With New Fiesta  —  Auto Maker to Loan 100 Young People a Car; They'll Post Videos Over Which Ford Has No Control  —  Auto makers must boost fuel economy under new government regulations, and a sure way to do that is promote small cars.
Discussion: Glass House and Off On A Tangent, Thanks:blissfork
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone's Wi-Fi problems cause heated speculation  —  Apple recommends turning back the clock  —  iPhone users who found their Wi-Fi failing after the last firmware upgrade are starting to identify what went wrong, while some have managed to get Apple to replace iPhones with handsets that have never seen 2.2.1.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube Moving the Needle on Ad Sales  —  Site Now Selling Against More Videos Than No. 2's Total Views  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — YouTube is still Google's toughest sell to advertisers, but the video site is doing better by one measure than most people think: YouTube is selling ads …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Socializing: Limbo Merges With Brightkite And Announces $9 Million Funding Round  —  In the nascent world of mobile social networking, there are the big dogs (Facebook and MySpace) and everyone who wants to be a big dog.  Two of the puppies just got bigger.
Sheryl Sandberg / Facebook Blog:
How Many Friends Can You Have?  —  One of the most common questions we're asked at Facebook is, “How many friends can you have?”  It's an increasingly important question as more people around the world share and connect on Facebook and on the Web overall, but it's also difficult to answer.
Discussion: TechCrunch and A VC, Thanks:atul
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Barnes & Noble  —  , AMZN , SNE , BKS , S , VZ , T , AAPL , MSFT  —  Rumor has it you can soon add one more so-called eBook to the Amazon (AMZN Quote - Cramer on AMZN - Stock Picks) Kindle and Sony (SNE Quote - Cramer on SNE - Stock Picks) Digital Book party.
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Putting a Price on Social Connections  —  Researchers at IBM and MIT have found that certain e-mail connections and patterns at work correlate with higher revenue production  —  (Editor's note: This is the first in a series, Value of Virtual Friends, exploring the ways our lives are affected …
Discussion: Rough Type, Thanks:atul
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Launches Xbox LIVE Store, Offering Customers Convenient Digital Access to Xbox LIVE Arcade Games, Subscription Cards, and Points Cards  —  Amazon is the First Retailer to Offer Codes for Downloading Xbox LIVE Games  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today launched the Amazon Xbox LIVE …
massa.house.gov:
Congressman Eric Massa calls on Time Warner to eliminate Broadband Internet Cap  —  Rep. Massa: “Internet access is as essential to our economy as water is to our survival”  —  CORNING, NY - Today Congressman Eric Massa announced his opposition to Time Warner's monopolistic plan to charge customers …
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Faces Branding Problem In Effort to Top Google  —  A stark sign of the challenge Yusuf Mehdi faces as a point man for Microsoft in the company's battle with Google comes from the company's own research into the habits of consumers online.  —  Yusuf Mehdi
Headlines Powered:
Will Wright and EA Partner on Stupid Fun Club  —  Legendary Game Designer to Explore New Projects  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that EA is making an equity investment in Stupid Fun Club, Will Wright's new adventure.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Lost in the Real World, Found via Cyberspace  —  Rhonda Surman and her husband were hiking around some Bronze Age ruins in western Scotland last year when they glimpsed sunlight reflecting off burnished metal.  It was an Olympus digital camera, lying on the ground.
Discussion: Gawker
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
U2 manager finds what he's looking for: French 3-strikes law  —  U2 manager Paul McGuinness takes to the op-ed page to make his case for France's proposed new “graduated response” approach to online copyright infringement, which he calls a model for the world.  —  Hey, file-swappers—who's going to ride your wild horses?
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Cox Plans to Launch a Cellular Network  —  Unlike Cable Rivals, Atlanta Company Sees Need to Own a Wireless System  —  Cox Communications Inc. will have the tough job of trying to differentiate itself from competitors as the cable operator prepares to start a wireless service this year in an already crowded U.S. market.
Donald Tanguay / The Official Google Blog:
Search the rainbow  —  No one likes to take work home, but lately I've been looking forward to it.  That's because I've been working on our new color filter in Google Image Search, and my daughter and I have been having a great time together looking at all the colorful animals that we've seen in the tide pools.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Company Caught in Texas Data Center Raid Loses Suit Against FBI  —  A company whose servers were seized in a recent FBI raid on Texas data centers applied for a temporary restraining order to force the bureau to return its servers, but was denied by a U.S. district court last week.
Beth Winkowski / SKYHOOK Wireless:
Less than 10% of LBS Developers Will Port Apps to Palm & Symbian  —  Developers of location aware applications are not interested in creating apps for the Palm WebOS or Symbian platforms, according to a survey conducted by Skyhook Wireless, provider of the patented hybrid location system XPS.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Myst For iPhone Preview Video: Hope You Like Tapping  —  Remember how the “groundbreaking” game Myst for PC was clickfest 1993?  It's now going to be tapfest 2009 for your iPhone.  —  From the video, it's pretty much the same game.  You go around a pre-rendered world solving puzzles …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and IntoMobile
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Quietly Rolls Out AdSense For Video To Claimed Copyrighted Content
Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft nabs Sun chip executive
Discussion: The Register and Bits
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
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Discussion: Unwired View
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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The new TV remote: Your bare hand?
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise:
Macs Aren't Safer, Just a Smaller Target
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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