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11:45 AM ET, April 14, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter's Co-Founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone Speak!  —  BoomTown visited Twitter's San Francisco HQ yesterday for a pie-filled tour yesterday.  —  But I also got a chance to sit down to have a chat with two of its founders, CEO Evan Williams and Biz Stone (pictured here, right to left) …
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Twitter tormented by nettlesome computer program
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Xbox 360's class-leading warranty extended again to cover E74 errors
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku and Electronista
BBC:
EC starts legal action on Phorm  —  The European Commission has started legal action against Britain over the online advertising technology Phorm.  —  It follows complaints to the EC over how the behavioural advertising service was tested on BT's broadband network without the consent of users.
Discussion: Reuters and DSLreports
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Brussels to sue UK over Phorm failures
Discussion: paidContent
Randall C. Kennedy / Randall C. Kennedy's blog:
Will Windows 7 be panned by enterprise IT?  —  Randall C. Kennedy mulls over the most recent survey numbers, which show a tepid response from IT shops  —  Windows 7 will change the world!  It will right the wrongs of Vista in the enterprise space while simultaneously winning over the hearts …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: 84% won't upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year
Discussion: eWeek and ITworld.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon, A Case Study In The Efficient Allocation Of Resources  —  So StumbleUpon, a social bookmarking site that lets users browse and discover new websites by clicking a button, was a subsidiary of eBay for just less than two years.  The acquisition made the startup's founders extremely wealthy …
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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.
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Claire Sung / DigiTimes:
TSMC and subsidiaries to benefit from launch of next-generation iPhone  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and two of its subsidiaries - packaging and testing house Xintec and color filer (CF) maker VisEra Technologies - are likely to benefit from their roles in the manufacturing …
Andrea James / Amazon & the online retail blog:
AmazonFail: An inside look at what happened  —  I've spoken to an Amazon.com employee who works closely with the systems involved in the glitch.  The employee asked me not to share his name because of company policies on talking with the media.  —  On Sunday afternoon at least 20 Amazon.com employees …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Simple backup service Backblaze now available to all Mac users  —  Backblaze, which remains a strong candidate for the easiest tool out there for backing up your hard drive, is taking the Mac version of its service out of beta testing today, which means it's now available to anyone with a Mac.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
E-book reader market gets crowded as Amazon eyes big screen  —  Publishers, booksellers, and wireless companies are all looking at getting in on the e-book market, all while the company that enables it all, E Ink, is getting ready to roll out a much larger screen to all takers.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
HD Cloud: Video Transcoding Gets Hip  —  Been able to make out facial expressions on YouTube lately?  Noticed yourself rubbing your eyes less?  Thought that show looked just about as good on your laptop as your TV?  Given the rapid ascent of online video quality in the last year …
Discussion: Contentinople and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
App Management System ExtraHop Scores $5.1 Million In Series A Funding  —  ExtraHop Networks has completed a $5.1 million Series A round of funding, led by the Madrona Venture Group, with participation from angel investors including Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.
Discussion: TechFlash
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM launches business analytics services unit; Eyes predictive modeling  —  IBM on Tuesday unveiled a new services unit focused on business analytics and optimization and stumped for the need to use data to make better predictions.  —  At an event in its Hawthorne, NY research facility …
Discussion: www-03.ibm.com and eWeek
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Tech jobs hammered by recession  —  Silicon Valley's tech workforce is shrinking at an alarming rate, with job losses in the region's dominant industry outpacing the overall employment decline across the valley.  —  Seemingly immune to recession for much of last year, the valley has been hit hard …
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Shop opening times searches: an SEO opportunity?  —  While perusing this week's fast moving search terms (i.e. the search terms in each category that experienced the biggest increase in volume between last week and the week before), the list for our Shopping and Classifieds category caught my eye.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Quantcast Shifts Focus Of Audience Measurement From Users To Brands  —  At a time when the online advertising world seems to be shifting from an era of measuring content to one that tracks the audiences that consume it, Quantcast is making a play to shift the focus again — this time with a decidedly brand-centric approach.
PC World:
Hands on With Sony's New X-series Walkman  —  Sony is refreshing its Walkman line with new flagship models that pack noise cancelling, a bright touchscreen display, mobile TV, and the ability to surf the Internet and watch YouTube videos.  —  The NW-X1000 players will go on sale worldwide beginning …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Microsoft PubCenter Producing Strong Results Via YieldBuild Online Ad Planning Program  —  Microsoft PubCenter, Microsoft's competitor to Google's AdSense and Yahoo's Publisher Network, is being beta tested through ad network and layout optimization service, YieldBuild, and receiving positive results.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBC Again Will Limit Live Olympic Broadband Coverage To Pay TV Subscribers  —  While Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes has been talking up TV Everywhere, NBC quietly has been planning once again to limit live broadband viewing of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver to pay TV subscribers—but with tougher authentication.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Publishers Can Get Advertisers To Spend In A Recession  —  How can a Web publisher or ad agencies get advertisers to loosen to their purse strings in the midst of a frightful recession?  Simple: copy and paste the rest of this post into email.  —  The secret to thriving in the recession …
Discussion: New Yorker
VentureBeat:
Forget the G1, the Android invasion is landing in Asia  —  Google's Android operating system has promised to help mobile manufacturers and carriers offer high-quality interfaces for smartphones — if not for netbooks and many other devices.  But since its initial release last year …
Jay Parkinson M.D. / Clusterstock:
Google Health Will Belly Flop  —  About two weeks ago, e-patient Dave sent me a link to his blog post about his Google (GOOG) Health information sucked out of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  It finally made the Boston Globe this morning.  —  Here's the problem.
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows XP Mainstream Support retired, but no need to worry
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: paidContent.org
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Taps 5th RIAA Lawyer to Justice Dept.
Discussion: p2pnet
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple to sell $899 20-inch aluminum iMac to schools
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
OpenSecrets.org Goes OpenData
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News