Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
StumbleUpon Stumbles Out of eBay's Arms to Be Reborn as a Start-Up (Plus the Entire Press Release) — The content discovery service, StumbleUpon, has gotten itself back to start-up status, after being bought by eBay two years ago. — It announced today that it was returning to being an …
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch, Bits, Download Squad, The Social, Silicon Alley Insider, Beet.TV, VentureBlog, eBay Ink, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Gawker and Mashable!
Jenna Wortham / Bits: StumbleUpon Lurches Back to Original Owners
Brad Linder / Download Squad: eBay sells StumbleUpon back to... StumbleUpon
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Anchors aweigh: eBay casts off StumbleUpon
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: eBay Dumps StumbleUpon
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: StumbleUpon Splits from eBay
David Hornik / VentureBlog: StumbleUpon Brings Serendipity Back to The Web
Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Like the Phoenix from its Ashes: StumbleUpon Buys Itself Back from eBay
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: eBay and StumbleUpon Dissolve Their Bizarre Marriage
gmc / Official StumbleUpon Blog:
StumbleUpon is a start-up again! — After nearly two years as a subsidiary of eBay, today StumbleUpon returns to being an independent company. StumbleUpon is now backed by myself and co-founder Geoff Smith, along with several great investors who've backed companies such as Google and Facebook.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, BetaNews, Between the Lines, VentureBeat, TechSpot and The SiliconANGLE
David Gelles / blogs.ft.com: Ebay spins off StumbleUpon
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews: eBay to unload StumbleUpon, and that might not be all
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: StumbleUpon splits from eBay, is Skype next?
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / The SiliconANGLE: Wrap-Up: StumbleUpon and Skype to Leave the Fold, PayPal Seller …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Breaks Free from eBay - Founders Buy it Back — Want a geeky way to chill out after a long work day of focus, focus, focus? There are few better ways online to keep the synapses lubricated than through the semi-serendipity of social sharing service StumbleUpon.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Venture Capital Dispatch and Search Engine Watch
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre gets caught taking a walk in the park — If you're looking for rhyme or reason, unfortunately we can't offer either for the time being. All we know is this: It looks like Sprint and Palm may be loosening the reins a bit when it comes to allowing the Palm Pre out into the wild.
Discussion: Engadget, bananachunks's posterous, SlashGear, Electronista, Unwired View, Gadget Lab, Gizmodo, PreCentral.net and PhoneDog.com Cell …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget: Touchstone dock for Palm Pre to run $69.99?
Steven Grady / SlashGear: Palm Pre Touchstone Charging dock $69.99
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View: Sprint to have the Palm Pre ready on May 16?
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: Palm's Touchstone: Not Just a Wireless Charger, But a Whole Line of New Products?
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo: Unconfirmed: Palm Pre Launch Still Probably May 17
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net: Palm Pre in the WILD!
Aaron Baker / PhoneDog.com Cell Phones articles: Palm Pre Roundup: Sprint vacation freeze hints at a May release …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre launching no earlier than May 16 according to leaked doc? — We've been made privy to some Sprint planning documentation that implies that the carrier is looking to get all its Pre ducks in a row by May 16, which would suggest that there's no way in hell it's launching any earlier than that.
Discussion: Electronista, Gadget Lab, Gizmodo, MobileCrunch, SlashGear, PreCentral.net and IntoMobile
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: Palm Pre May Launch in May; Rumor Machine Goes Into Overdrive
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Rumor: Palm Pre must be prepped for launch by May 16th
Steven Grady / SlashGear: Palm Pre possibly in wild, and more rumors of launch date
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon: “ham-fisted” error caused glitch with gay books — Amazon has been taking a beating online for the removal of sales ranking on a number of gay- and lesbian-themed books. The company initially called it a glitch that was being fixed. Now Amazon is calling it a “ham-fisted” error that goes far beyond gay titles.
Discussion: MediaMemo, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Digits, PC World, ProudParenting.com and blog.seattlepi.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Amazon Apologizes For “Ham-fisted Cataloging Error”
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Amazon begins to re-rank affected ‘adult’ books; theories swirl [UPDATED]
Andrew LaVallee / Digits: Blogs and Twitter Coin “AmazonFail”
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker's Behind Amazon's Big Gay Outrage
Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker's Behind Amazon's Big Gay Outrage
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News, PC World, Epicenter, Bryant, Brutal Honesty, Ars Technica, ITworld.com, Publishers Weekly, Metablogging the blogosphere, Guardian, Jacket Copy, Queerty, TG Daily, Gawker, Gizmodo and Amazon & …
Brian Prince / eWeek: Amazon Disputes Hackers Confession
Elinor Mills / CNET News: Amazon ‘adult’ book fail: Internal error or Internet troll?
Ryan Singel / Epicenter: Hacker and Amazon Claim Credit for The Great Amazon Gay Book Debacle - UPDATED
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com: Amazon says listing problem was an error, not a hack
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy: Amazon de-ranks so-called adult books, including National Book Award winner
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Hacker Claims He Shoved Amazon Into the Closet Using “Inappropriate” Flag Exploit
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Analyst: Apple placed chip order for 32GB iPhones — Apple has reportedly ordered 100 million units of 8-gigabit and 16-gigabit NAND flash chips, with the bulk of its order coming from its main iPhone chip supplier, Samsung, according to a research report released Monday by a Lazard Capital Markets analyst.
Discussion: Maximum PC all, Electronista and SlashGear
Pulkit Chandna / Maximum PC all: NAND Supplies Could Come Under Strain after Apple's Huge Order
Brenda Stokes / SlashGear: Apple NAND chip order for 32GB release?
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: More Vids to Fewer Uniques in March — Monthly viewer stats used to be pretty boring to write. To paraphrase Jan Brady, it was always “YouTube, YouTube, YouTube!” Then along came Hulu and things got more interesting as the premium content site started to take off.
Discussion: Contentinople and Beet.TV
Steve Donohue / Contentinople: Hulu, YouTube Post Traffic Gains in March
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jim Breyer Joins Dell Board Of Directors, Fast Becoming Most Powerful Man In Silicon Valley — Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, joined the board of directors of Dell today. That's interesting in itself, but the man also sits on the board of Facebook, Walmart and Marvel, as well as a number of younger startups.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, blogs.ft.com, Business Wire, PE Hub Blog, CNET News and The Register, Thanks:gsharma
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Importance of Having Startup Mojo
Joseph Menn / blogs.ft.com: Dell adds socially networked VC Jim Breyer to board
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog: Jim Breyer on Dell, StumbleUpon & The Celtics
Erica Ogg / CNET News: VC Breyer named to Dell board
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register: Dell adds VC hotshot to board
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
OpenSecrets.org Goes OpenData — Award-winning website from the Center for Responsive Politics now provides 20 years of downloadable money-in-politics data—for free — WASHINGTON — Politicians, prepare yourselves. Lobbyists, look out. Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics …
Discussion: CNET News
Stephanie Condon / CNET News: OpenSecrets lets users download data for free
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Top Facebook Applications See 25 Percent Drop In Traffic Since Redesign — If you thought the last redesign spelled the death of the Facebook platform, you ain't seen nothing yet! Last July Facebook released their new design and within a matter of months, widget applications had become a thing of the past.
Discussion: Inside Facebook, GigaOM, The SiliconANGLE, ReadWriteWeb and Between the Lines
Om Malik / GigaOM: Facebook's Redesign Taking a Toll on Some Apps
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / The SiliconANGLE: Conversation: What it Takes to Succeed on Facebook
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Facebook's Redesign: Bad News for Some Developers
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year — New data shows that the vast majority of corporate IT departments won't touch Microsoft's next OS until at least 2011. — Microsoft may need to keep its Windows XP operating system around a little longer—at least for its deep-pocketed corporate customers.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Between the Lines, LinuxWorld.com, Electronista, Computerworld Blogs, TechSpot, DailyTech, Macsimum News and Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Parsing the nuances of OS decisions
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs: Windows 7 enterprise adoption: Closer than you think
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Study: 83% of businesses to delay upgrade to Windows 7
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: KACE study: few businesses plan to migrate to Windows 7 in its first …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Enterprise Not Rushing To Windows 7
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: VentureBeat, AppScout, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Jamie Lendino / AppScout: Study: Weather Tops iPhone App Usage
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb: The Most Used iPhone Apps (They're Not Games!)
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Miramax Rewards Would-Be BitTorrent Pirate With Free Ticket — Most people sharing files on the Internet are aware that at any time they could be being monitored by any number of anti-piracy companies, investigators or lobby groups. There can be little doubt that file-sharing forums …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Pocket Meeting: A $5 WebEx Killer? — Sharing your screen with someone while chatting on the phone is one of those things that's much harder than it ought to be. We've tried a lot of different tools and none of them makes us very happy. The newest entrant into this field is Pocket Meeting and it's got some promise.
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.
Discussion: The Korea Times, CNET News, paidContent.org, Search Engine Land, Network World and ReadWriteWeb
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times: Internet Users Flock to Foreign Sites to Avoid Censorship
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: YouTube Korea squelches uploads, comments
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: Google Decides Not To Cave To South Korean Government
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Skirts Around South Korea Law With YouTube
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: Engadget, CrunchGear, Gearlog, Gadget Lab, Pulse2, Macworld and Obsessable
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Gilded Age: This special edition Prince iPod costs $2,100
Brian Heater / Gearlog: Prince iPod Touch is Really, Really Expensive (Really)
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Limited-Edition Prince iPod Is Purple Lame
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: This iPod Is Better Than Purifying Yourself In The Waters Of Lake Minnetonka
Dan Moren / Macworld: Price of Prince iPod will make doves cry
Emily Price / Obsessable: Prince Opus iPod
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Getting ready for Android 1.5 — I'm excited to announce that starting today, developers can get an early look at the SDK for the next version of the Android platform. This new version (which will be 1.5) is based on the cupcake branch from the Android Open Source Project.
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and AndroidGuys
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Kindle 2's Fuzzy Fonts Have Users Seeing Red — Amazon's Kindle 2 is slimmer, faster and has longer battery life than its predecessor. But the newly launched e-book reader falls short when it comes to how well it displays text, say some users. — “When you read a lot of text on the screen …
Discussion: Engadget and Mass High Tech
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget: Kindle 2 users complain of eye strain, mull over possible solutions
Efrain Viscarolasaga / Mass High Tech: E-Ink takes heat for Amazon's Kindle 2 display
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Steven Levy on the Promise and Perils of Divorcing Your Cable Company — Now, I don't want to wind up in hell. But if that fate befalls me, I anticipate finding my cable provider roasting alongside me. In fact, cable television service in general has a reek of Hades about it.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: Congressman: there should be a law against Internet caps!
Peter Lattman / Deal Journal:
KKR, Warburg, Providence and Elevation Surface in Skype Bid — A quartet of private-equity firms have joined forces for a leveraged buyout of a global telecommunications firm with hundreds of millions of users. — And no, this isn't a blog post from 2006.
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: eBay Skype-Private Equity Deal ‘Unlikely’
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft to start pushing IE 8 browser — Microsoft said it plans next week to start pushing its Internet Explorer 8 browser to consumers who have Windows' automatic-update feature turned on. — The software maker released the browser for download at last month's Mix conference …
Discussion: iTnews Australia, ITworld.com, SitePoint and The Register
Shaun Nichols / iTnews Australia: Microsoft gives word of April fixes
Gregg Keizer / ITworld.com: Microsoft targets IE6, IE7 users with browser upgrade
Craig Buckler / SitePoint: IE8 Automatic Update Starting Soon
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Microsoft: have it your way on IE 8 — April downloads
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Intel's Stress Test — The microprocessor goliath is feeling some pain, but Intel has far worse things planned for rivals. — BURLINGAME, CALIF. — If you're in the microprocessor business right now, you have two problems: the rotten economy and Intel. That means if you're Intel …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Bad Was Google's Quarter? — . (His prior estimate was for 5 percent growth). Khan also revised his pro forma EPS estimates down 5.5 percent from $5.04 to $4.76. — What's got him spooked? Through February, comScore is showing declines in U.S. search activity (measured in query volume) …
Jason Wilk / tinyComb: Google Overpriced, Earnings Forecast Looking Bleak
Twazzup Takes On Twitter Search to Make Sense of Real-Time Web — Twitter's acquisition of Summize in 2008 gained the red-hot status update service arguably the most impactful new entrant into the Web 2.0 space last year, as the company looked to harness the millions of daily tweets flowing through its system and make sense of it all.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News, Thanks:jesse
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Twazzup: A Better Twitter Search Engine
Rafe Needleman / CNET News: Three start-ups attack Twitter Search
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Retail Patapon 2 to be UMD-free — Our inside source has given us word that Sony will release its upcoming title Patapon 2 purely through digital means, even though empty cases with the download code will be available at retailers. Sony may be inching even closer …
Discussion: Technologizer, Joystiq, Electronista, CrunchGear, Kotaku and VG247
Jared Newman / Technologizer: Downloadable Games, With the Inconvenience of the Store
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq: Rumor: Patapon 2 won't be sold on UMD, retail to sell PSN vouchers [update]
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku: Rumor: Patapon 2 Retail Copies Won't Ship On UMDs
Patrick Garratt / VG247: Patapon 2 UMD-free? — Arstechnica's rumouring that Patapon 2's …
Report: Netflix Hiring To Extend Console Streaming — stumble it! — It appears that Netflix is to expand its presence on video game consoles even further. By way of a new job listing, Gamasutra has learned the video rental service is seeking a high-level “Engineering Leader” with …
Discussion: CrunchGear, PC World, CNET News, DigitalBattle.com, Gizmodo and TechSpot
Matt Peckham / PC World: Netflix for Wii and PS3, Here it Comes?
David Carnoy / CNET News: A big clue that Netflix is coming to PS3 and Wii?
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: Netflix Job Posting Hints At Expansion To PS3 and Wii
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Netflix to provide streaming services on other consoles?
Galen Moore / Mass High Tech:
Online video firm ScanScout lands $8M funding — ScanScout Inc. has received a $5.1 million tranche, part of a funding round valued at $8.1 million, according to a document filed with federal regulatory authorities. — The round is the third for the Boston-based in-stream video ad network provider …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: ScanScout Raises $5.1M
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: ScanScout Raises $5.1 Million Venture Round