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10:00 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  —  Update: 3:40 p.m.: To include Wall Street Journal's deals for some of the news that it aggregates.  —  Techmeme is one of the sites that Robert Thomson, managing editor of the The Wall Street Journal, presumably thinks is a “parasite” or “tech tapeworm in the intestines of the Internet.”
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.
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 …
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Sims Creator Will Wright to Leave EA  —  Influential videogame designer Will Wright said Wednesday he is leaving Electronics Arts Inc., a blow to the company for which he created best-selling hits like The Sims and Spore.  —  Mr. Wright said in a statement he was resigning from the Redwood City …
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Jury orders Microsoft to pay $388 million over anti-piracy patent  —  A Rhode Island jury has ordered Microsoft to pay $388 million in damages for infringing on an anti-piracy patent owned by Uniloc, a company that makes software that ensures licensing rights and security.
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
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: 3% of e-mail is stuff we want; the rest is spam
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.
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 / 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.”
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.
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
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft nabs Sun chip executive  —  Taking a break from hiring people at Yahoo, Microsoft has scooped up a top chip executive from Sun Microsystems.  —  Marc Tremblay, a Sun fellow and chief technology officer for its chip unit, is joining Microsoft as a “distinguished engineer,” Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday.
Discussion: Digits, ReadWriteHire, The Register and Bits
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.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Oracle Offering Gadget Wizard for Google Apps  —  Oracle announces the release of Oracle Gadget Wizard for Google Apps and says Oracle Siebel CRM applications can now interact securely with the Google cloud platform through Google Secure Data Connector, allowing multitenancy support for accessing corporate data behind firewalls.
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
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, PMP Today and IntoMobile
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The Pirate Bay's Anonymity Service Signs 100,000 Users Pre-Launch  —  Kerstin Sjoden reports.  —  Over 100,000 people have already signed up for The Pirate Bay's new anonymity service, Ipredator, designed to hide IP addresses from the authorities, the Bay's spokesman says.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google's Lead Growing, Searches Getting Longer  —  Google's share of the U.S. search market continues to grow according to Hitwise data released today.  (PDF download)  —  Google's market share rose from 72.11% in February to 72.39% in March, while both Yahoo and Live Search saw declines.
Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and DSLreports
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
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 and Blogspotting, Thanks:atul
Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
New Downad/Conficker variant spreading over P2P  —  TrendLabs have this evening discovered a new variant of Downad/Conficker called WORM_DOWNAD.E spreading over the peer-to-peer functionality of the previous version of this now infamous worm.  —  As well as reactivating …
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News
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 …
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.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
New Symantec CEO Tells Conference: ‘Stop Buying Storage’  —  Enrique Salem tells Storage Networking World attendees that storing and securing data more efficiently — and not simply adding new capacity to handle the ever-increasing data flow — is the way IT managers are going to have to go during the recession.
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Teams Up With Stanza to Create Open EBook Catalog Standard
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Quietly Rolls Out AdSense For Video To Claimed Copyrighted Content
Thanks:atul
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Nokia Win Gives Immersion Good Vibrations
Discussion: Unwired View
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: Fiber to the Home
Discussion: DSLreports
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
U2 manager finds what he's looking for: French 3-strikes law
Discussion: DSLreports, TorrentFreak and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Royal Pingdom:
40% still use old Google Analytics script
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
The new TV remote: Your bare hand?
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
This Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Lost in the Real World, Found via Cyberspace
Discussion: Gawker