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1:25 PM ET, April 10, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Bartz and Microsoft's Ballmer Finally Talking About Search and Advertising Partnership  —  In early discussions that began in the last several weeks that apparently included a face-to-face meeting last week, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer are finally talking …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About Those New CrunchPad Pictures  —  A little background for those of you who haven't heard of the CrunchPad: This is the post that kicked off the project.  I wanted something I couldn't buy, and found people who said it could be built for a lot less than I imagined.
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
CompUSA Comes Back From the Dead  —  About three months ago, Loretta Alkalay, a retired Florida resident, wanted to get a new HDTV.  So she decided to give the CompUSA near her home a try.  —  Yes, CompUSA.  The once-bankrupt electronics retailer is making a comeback …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Inserting images  —  Well, it's about time.  You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them.  Just turn on “Inserting images” from the Labs tab under Settings, and you'll see a new toolbar icon like this:
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How to Block the DiggBar  —  Last week Digg released something they call the DiggBar, which serves as both a new interface for Digg and doubles as a URL shortening service.  The way it works is that you just add “digg.com/” at the beginning of any URL, and Digg creates a short URL in the form of digg.com/1234.
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Greg / 3 Dog Media:
Google and Digg's Secret Backroom Deal  —  Over the last couple of months, I've been getting the urge to get back into blogging a bit.  However, when it's been awhile since you've attempted to construct a thought longer than a 140 character tweet, actually doing it is a bit harder than you regular bloggers might imagine.
Philip Lam / PreThinking:
Sprint Employees now training on the Palm Pre, Pre's Launch is Near  —  All the rumors and speculations of a mid-April/late April/May launch of the Palm Pre doesn't appear to be too far of a stretch.  Stated in an email from Sprint, “Employees can expect training to start in April …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Laptop Hunters ad proves Macs are just for children  —  Microsoft's latest installment in its popular series of ripped-from-the-headlines, “real America” style 'puter-buying adventures follows a mom and son duo — Lisa and Jackson.  We learn during the commercial that the two need a computer which is …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft Does the Math on the “Apple Tax.” Badly.
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:marieadomingo
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Yelp Will Let Businesses Respond to Web Reviews  —  Small businesses will soon feel a little more love in their love-hate relationship with Yelp, the Web site whose users post reviews of restaurants, dry cleaners and other local businesses.  —  Starting next week, Yelp will let small-business owners publicly respond to reviews.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yelp lets businesses set the record straight with owner comments
Discussion: Ars Technica, CNET News and Bits
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T uses Twitter during service outage  —  Want to find out why you suddenly don't have Internet access or cell phone service?  You might want to check out the social-networking site Twitter.  —  It seems that Twitter was one of the main ways that phone company AT&T has been communicating …
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Barrett Lyon / BitGravity: Blog:
Destroy the Internet with a hacksaw?
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple begins countdown to 1 billion iPhone apps downloaded  —  The countdown has begun.  Apple posted a Web page on Friday counting down (or actually counting up) to the one billion app downloaded milestone on the App Store.  —  That's a significant goal for a couple of reasons.
Austin / Billions With Zero Knowledge:
Why Twitter's Next Fail Whale can be found on their Recruiting Page  —  I love Twitter and am fascinated by the ecosystem that Evan, Biz and the team at Twitter have created around the popular microblogging service.  While many people on the sidelines are obsessed with when Twitter will make money …
Discussion: Twitterrati, Thanks:austinhill
Robert Holmes / TheStreet.com:
New Economy Means New Entrepreneurs  —  Business school students are turning to entrepreneur courses during the recession rather than working toward landing a job with a Wall Street firm or a hedge fund, another sign that the U.S. has entered into a so-called new economy.
China Journal:
In China, A Search Engine for the Elderly  —  Google (GOOG) may be offering free music downloads in China, but rival Baidu.com (BIDU) has its sights on the country's untapped audiences.  —  Baidu, China's market-leading search engine, launched a search engine especially designed for older Web users …
Discussion: PC World
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
IPhone Needs A New Brain  —  Will Apple's wonder gadget get more memory?  Will it come in different colors?  Who cares.  A new processor is what it really needs.  —  Will the iPhone get more flash memory?  Will it get new features, like a compass?  —  Who cares.  What the iPhone really needs is a new processor.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: IBM researcher says Moore's Law at end  —  Moore's Law is maxing out.  This is an oft-made prediction in the computer industry.  The latest to chime in is an IBM fellow, according to a report.  —  Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors …
Thanks:atul
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Sex, Lies, and Software Development  —  Are there any programming jobs you wouldn't take?  Not because the jobs didn't pay enough, had poor benefits, or limited upside — but because the work itself made you uncomfortable?  Consider the tale of one freshmeat.net writer: … That was eight years ago.
Casey Gotcher / AMD at Home:
AMD Fusion Media Explorer  —  A Better Media Experience  —  My name is Casey Gotcher, and this is my first official blog on AMD's behalf.  I chose to wait a while, specifically to speak to this particular topic.  We have been working diligently for over a year now on this product …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Survey: 100% of Teens Want an iPod; 0% of Teens Want Any Other Player  —  News doesn't get much worse than this for the Zunes and Sansas of the world: a whopping 0% of surveyed teens planned on buying their devices, with 100% wanting an iPod in the coming year.
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David Carnoy / CNET News:
Teen survey makes Microsoft's Zune seem futile
 
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Rick Jervis / USA Today:
YouTube riddled with drug cartel videos, messages
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Companies That Fight Click Fraud Enjoy the Downturn
Thanks:atul
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
How serious is threat to power grid? Depends who you ask.
Guardian:
How to trend swear words in the Guardian
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Microsoft Turning Away From Commodity Servers?
Discussion: Beyond Search and EE Times
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Emerging battlefield: Browser installers
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Waters / dot.life blog:
Network storage still not consumer-friendly
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
Activist Charged for Inciting ‘Twitter Revolution’ (Updated)
Discussion: techPresident
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner's Unlimited Download Plan: $150 a Month
Telegraph:
Pete Waterman: ‘I was exploited by Google’
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Fortune:
‘Entrepreneur’ means little in France