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3:45 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 …
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
German Collections Society Trying To Collect For Performances It Has No Rights Over  —  The various music collections societies always like to present themselves as being there “for the artists.”  When we write about ASCAP in the US or PRS in the UK, we often get angry emails from supporters of those groups …
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.
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Rejected By VCs, Rescued By Angels  —  After spending a year talking to more than 70 venture firms on both coasts, Earl Galleher gave up on raising venture capital and turned to angels to fund his unproven idea - software that automates and analyzes the process of landing meetings with sales leads.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
At CHI Meeting, Microsoft Turns Computing Interfaces on Their Head, and Side, and Back  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  I spent a couple of days this week at CHI, the big annual meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI).
Discussion: WinBeta
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth API Release Information, April 2009  —  Today we released updates to the Microsoft Virtual Earth AJAX control and a new version of the Virtual Earth 3D map control.  We've added a couple new methods for adding and removing pins (and DIVs) in the AJAX control …
Discussion: LiveSide and Softpedia News
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Hands on: OS 5.0 on the Bold  —  Way back in September we gave the world its first glimpse at the upcoming BlackBerry OS 5.0 running on a Curve 8310, but since that time RIM has continued to keep mum on the subject so we thought that we'd conduct a brief overview of BlackBerry OS 5.0 running on a Bold.
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.
Mmpc / Microsoft Malware Protection Center:
Win32/Conficker Variants Update  —  There have been new developments in the Conficker arena within the past couple of days.  We would like to inform those who are concerned that the MMPC is working to make sure you have the information you need, first to be protected from any threat …
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington and I disagree on the future  —  Last Saturday on the Gillmor Gang Mike Arrington wondered aloud whether Twitter had won a “winners take all” game and whether that meant that friendfeed was toast.  He then wrote a blog post titled “FriendFeed is in danger of becoming the coolest app no one uses.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:blogfisher
Cyra Master / The Atlantic Online:
Media Insiders Say Internet Hurts Journalism  —  In a poll of prominent members of the national news media, nearly two-thirds say the Internet is hurting journalism more than it is helping.  The poll, conducted by The Atlantic and National Journal, asked 43 media insiders whether, on balance …
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
Rick Jervis / USA Today:
YouTube riddled with drug cartel videos, messages  —  The violence among Mexican drug cartels is not filling just the streets of Mexican border towns: It's also spilling into gruesome online videos and chat rooms.  —  The videos on YouTube and Mexican-based sites are polished …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Bloomberg:
IBM Offer May Mean $500 Million Loss for Sun's Biggest Holder Southeastern  —  Sun Microsystems Inc.'s biggest shareholder could face a loss of more than $500 million on its investment if Sun sells to International Business Machines Corp. under terms discussed last week.
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.
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.
 
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China Journal:
In China, A Search Engine for the Elderly
Discussion: PC World and Profy
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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Sex, Lies, and Software Development
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Microsoft Turning Away From Commodity Servers?
Discussion: Beyond Search and EE Times
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Emerging battlefield: Browser installers
Thanks:atul
Darren Waters / dot.life blog:
Network storage still not consumer-friendly
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
Activist Charged for Inciting ‘Twitter Revolution’ (Updated)
Discussion: techPresident
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Survey: 100% of Teens Want an iPod; 0% of Teens Want Any Other Player
Telegraph:
Pete Waterman: ‘I was exploited by Google’
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CrunchGear