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2:00 AM ET, April 9, 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.
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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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 …
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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
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Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
New Pirate Bay service takes aim at EU intellectual property law
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Teams Up With Stanza to Create Open EBook Catalog Standard  —  Adobe and Lexcycle, the company behind the popular Stanza eBook application, announced today that they are working together with the Internet Archive on turning the Stanza online catalog system into an open standard for distributing free and commercial eBooks.
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Bill McCoy / Adobe:
Announcing Open Publication Distribution System
Discussion: TeleRead and TOC Combined Feed
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Good Or Just Lucky?  —  In the eight years since Eric Schmidt got hired to run a hot private company called Google (GOOG) in 2001, the company has become one of the fastest growing and profitable companies the world has ever seen.  —  This growth has propelled Eric …
Discussion: MediaPost
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple addressing cracks on white MacBook casings  —  Apple is privately acknowledging an issue with the enclosure on some of its white 13-inch MacBooks, which in some cases have seen the formation of hairline cracks during normal usage patterns.  —  The Cupertino-based Mac maker …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash supply to tighten after Apple reportedly placing large order  —  Apple has reportedly placed orders for 100 million 8Gb NAND flash chips mostly with Samsung Electronics, which is likely to cause a supply shortage, according to sources at downstream suppliers.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget Mobile
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.”
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.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Adobe offers free Flex 3 license to unemployed developers  —  Say what you will about Adobe's licensing fees and whatnot, but at least they're willing to do something to provide a little assistance to developers that have been hit hard by the current economic situation.
Discussion: webmonkey
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: PMP Today, IntoMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
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, The Register and ReadWriteHire
Times of India:
HCL bags 5-year services contract from Microsoft  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies is learnt to have bagged a five-year IT services contract from software giant Microsoft worth close to $170 million, or Rs 848 crore.  —  HCL has become a strategic vendor for providing technology services …
Discussion: TechFlash
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst Interview: Why Good Internet Companies Make Bad Acquisition Decisions  —  Bernstein research analyst Jeffrey Lindsay published a report last week that caused some eyebrows to raise.  Using the rumors about a possible Google (NSDQ: GOOG) acquisition of Twitter, it made the argument …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner Cable Profits Will Grow With Broadband Caps  —  The backlash is growing against Time Warner Cable's plans to impose limits on how much its broadband customers can download.  Consumers are not only complaining, but they are organizing on Web sites like stopthecap.com.
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.
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 and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:atul
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
A Smarter Way to Dig Up Experts  —  Data-mining techniques could make it easier to locate expertise.  —  Finding an expert can be tricky.  It's hard to know whom to trust, and even harder to know if they'll respond to requests for help.  Within large corporations and organizations …
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
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.
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 and Threat Level
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: 3% of e-mail is stuff we want; the rest is spam  —  According to Microsoft, 97 percent of all e-mail sent on the Internet is spam.  This number is higher than data collected by other firms, but everyone's in agreement that spam-wielding botnets are growing.
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.
 
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Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
New Downad/Conficker variant spreading over P2P
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Venture capital needs transparency, not regulations
Discussion: Mark Logic CEO Blog
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Nokia Win Gives Immersion Good Vibrations
Discussion: Unwired View
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: Fiber to the Home
Discussion: DSLreports
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Company Caught in Texas Data Center Raid Loses Suit Against FBI
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and DSLreports
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Putting a Price on Social Connections
Discussion: Rough Type and Blogspotting, Thanks:atul
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Start-Up Gets Course in Survival
Thanks:turoczy
Royal Pingdom:
40% still use old Google Analytics script
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Takes Online Gamble With New Fiesta