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12:05 PM ET, April 13, 2009

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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Deconstructing Apple's Tiny iPod Shuffle  —  A teardown by researchers shows the device's components cost a mere 28% of its retail price—a fat profit margin.  Biggest supplier: Samsung  —  When the first iPod graced store shelves almost eight years ago, it could pack about 1,000 songs …
PC World:
Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea  —  Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.
Spencer Ante / Tech Beat:
New Venture Capital Investment Nearly Comes to a Halt  —  It's official: Institutional investors have put the kibosh on investing in new venture capital funds, though established firms with track records have been able to scare up some money.  That's the big news out of today's announcement …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:   Q1 VC Fundraising: Down & Up
Arn / MacRumors:
All-Time Top iPhone App Sales Figures and Estimates  —  As part of Apple's one billion app countdown for their iTunes App Store, they have also compiled a list of the all-time top 20 apps [App Store] for both Paid and Free apps.  —  Perhaps most interesting is what the potential market for a very successful paid iPhone app might be.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, I4U News and Softpedia News
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Apple Put Everyone In an App State of Mind
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Buy.com offering Apple official unlocked iPhones for $799  —  Buy.com is offering an official Apple Unlocked iPhones now for $799.  This is an official Apple iPhone which isn't jailbroken.  You can do iTunes updates and not have to worry about locking your iPhone up again.  Apple warranty also applies.
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
A One-Time Raging Bull on Apple Rages Again.  —  Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu is out with a report this morning, advising investors that Apple's stock could rise from its current $119 to $152.  That would be a 26% gain in the shares, which have already risen 45% in recent weeks despite concerns …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's best move: Jobs as chairman with Cook as CEO  —  Apple chief Steve Jobs is involved with all of the company's key product plans, had a hand in the iPhone 3.0 launch and at least a few people expect him to return in June.  —  Those interesting takeaways appeared in a Wall Street Journal story …
Scott Campbell / Net News Daily:
Interview with the Creator of the StalkDaily Worm  —  Today, Twitter was infamously attacked by a worm which maliciously effected accounts by forcing them to post a link to the website StalkDaily.  I spoke to its creator, 17 year old Michael Mooney, who lives in Winnfield, Louisiana.
Discussion: BetaNews and Network World
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Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Rumor: Apple Expect 4 Million New iPhones Shipment by end Q2  —  Together with the rumors on the new iPhone in the past few months, here is yet another rumor from chinatimes according to its source from iPhone component suppliers.  According to its insider news, Apple has already ordered 4 million units …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let's Go Crazy: New Prince iPod Costs $150 Per Song  —  The newest special edition iPod to hit the market comes from Prince.  It is purple, it is produced in a limited batch of 950, and it will cost you $2,100.  —  But at least it contains every Prince song ever recorded, right?  Nope.
Discussion: Obsessable, Gizmodo, Engadget and hypebot
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
What iPhone Apps Are Used Most?  Hint: Not Games  —  When it comes to the type of applications iPhone owners use most, ones for checking the weather trump games, music, news and everything else.  —  According to an upcoming report on smartphone usage by online market research firm Compete …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitteronia vs. Status.net: The Battle for Hosted Microblogging Begins  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Facebook/FriendFeed)  —  It's no secret that I'm a huge proponent of self-hosted Microblogging.  I've written numerous times on LouisGray.com and my own blog about the benefits business can see by …
Thanks:atul
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista/7 more secure than Linux and Mac OS X  —  Operating system security is always a hotly contended subject, and last week Microsoft amped up the hype by claiming that Windows Vista and the soon-to-be-released 7 is the world's most secure OS, beating both Linux and Mac OS X.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Seagate: Revenue better than expected; Raises cash to pay debt  —  Seagate Technology on Monday said revenue in its fiscal third quarter will be about $2.1 billion, better than the $1.88 billion projected by Wall Street.  Meanwhile, Seagate said it has raised $430 million in a private bond offering …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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PR Newswire:   Seagate Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Fiscal Third …
New York Times:
‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers  —  If your local newspaper shuts down, what will take the place of its coverage?  Perhaps a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer.  —  A number of Web start-up companies are creating …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Buy A Smartphone Until June!  —  In the market for a smartphone?  Unless you desperately need one today, it's a smart idea to wait — at least until early June.  Apple, Palm, and other companies are readying new phones for summer launches.  And there's a good chance you'll want to try out one or more of them.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Update, Open Sourced  —  It doesn't have an interface, it's always running in the background, ready to silently update your Google software: Google Update is the service that makes Google's desktop applications behave more like the constantly updated web applications.
Discussion: CNET News and Beyond Search
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Will Be Using FriendFeed In The Future — But It May Be Called Facebook  —  Last week, we wrote that FriendFeed was in danger of becoming “the coolest app that no one uses.”  The thought was that while FriendFeed is doing some great things both in terms of its technology and feature-wise …
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog, Thanks:bobcaswell
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Channels Miss Cleo: A Twitter Transaction?  More Facebook Follies?  And Will There Finally Be a Yahoo-Microsoft Deal?  —  This weekend on Twitter, someone paid BoomTown a compliment of a sort: “I read you because you are a solid fact-based reporter with a Miss Cleo intuition :)”
Discussion: MediaMemo
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Barcodes: Big In France!  —  We've always known mobile barcodes are big in Japan, but on a vacation in Paris, we saw some there, too.  —  Here's how they work: Web-connected phone users take a picture of the barcodes, phone software reads the code and does something like send that user a coupon or directs them to a Web site.
 
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Paul Marks / New Scientist:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Digggate: Conspiracy Theory or Brave New World for Digg
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Michael Bush / AdAge:
Bloggers Be Warned: FTC May Monitor What You Say
Discussion: The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Time Warner's Broadband Cap Plans Draw Lawmaker's Ire
Discussion: The Tech Report and DSLreports
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On (to) TechCrunch  —  Matt Marshall has taught me a lot of things.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Amazon responds to queries, blames a ‘glitch’