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9:20 AM 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 …
Discussion: The Toybox, Softpedia News and PMP Today, Thanks:dmac1
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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk and HyperlocalBlogger
Lynne Pope / a.k.a Elpie:
Mikeyy Twitter XSS Mutates & Continues to Attack  —  After a weekend that saw three XSS attacks on Twitter, apparently all originating from the same hacker, Twitter users are now seeing yet another variation of the script.  —  F-Secure warned yesterday that:
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
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Amazon responds to queries, blames a ‘glitch’  —  As readers continue to try to figure out what happened in Amazon's database so that the sales rankings of certain books and not others disappeared — which caused some to be omitted from search results on the site — it seems that Amazon is doing much the same thing.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Amazon Really Fail This Weekend? …
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: Beyond Search
PR Newswire:
Seagate Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Fiscal Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results  —  Seagate Technology (Nasdaq: STX - News) today announced selected preliminary financial results for its third fiscal quarter which ended on April 3, 2009 and an initial business outlook for its fourth fiscal quarter ending July 3, 2009.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jesse Stay /
Twitteronia vs. 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 and my own blog about the benefits business can see by …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why eBay Should Accept Skype Founders' Buyout Offer  —  Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis were in talks with private equity groups to raise about $1 billion and buy their Internet calling service back from eBay.
Discussion: and
Owen Fletcher / Network World:
Analyst: Dell in smartphone talks with China Mobile  —  Dell has strongly hinted it plans to launch a smartphone or mobile Internet device  —  Dell is in talks with China Mobile to offer a smartphone based on the carrier's mobile operating system, a move that would take Dell into a huge …
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Digggate: Conspiracy Theory or Brave New World for Digg  —  Last week, Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, coined the term Digggate in response to concerns of a potential scandal surrounding Digg, Google and the Diggbar.  According to Sullivan, Digg is deliberately skirting …
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 :)”
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Bloggers Be Warned: FTC May Monitor What You Say  —  Proposed Plan Would Hold Web Writers Liable for False Brand Discourse  —  NEW YORK ( — Thinking about letting a big-name blogger test-drive your new hybrid in the hope he'll post a glowing review about it …
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Martyn Williams / PC World:
Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
PR Newswire:
Satyam Selects Tech Mahindra to Acquire Majority Interest
Discussion: Between the Lines
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Time Warner's Broadband Cap Plans Draw Lawmaker's Ire
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On (to) TechCrunch  —  Matt Marshall has taught me a lot of things.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Times change: print no longer default MLA citation style
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cooliris raises $15M for (improved) 3D wall
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Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
EBay buys Korean rival's stake for $413 million: report
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ad network Collective Media raises $20M more, targets the big three
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
The problem with push: can small developers afford it?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone changes dynamics of game software industry
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Josh / Bokardo:
The Slow Erosion of Google Search
Louis Gray:
Are You Writing Your Headlines for Google or for Twitter?
Discussion: Scobleizer