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12:35 PM ET, April 14, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter Co-Founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone Speak!  —  BoomTown visited Twitter's San Francisco HQ 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: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and Electronista
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 …
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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
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 …
Darren Waters / BBC:
EC starts legal action over 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: GigaOM, DSLreports and Reuters
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost, GMSV and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Cisco Layoffs  —  On a conference call with analysts in February, Chambers said the company's cost management was “in pretty good shape.”  He summarized by saying: “I would read into it more a level of confidence of not doing a major layoff across the board.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Could Save $1+ Billion Per Year Outsourcing Search To Microsoft  —  Jefferies analyst Youssef Squali runs the numbers on Yahoo's (YHOO) potential search/display ad deal with Microsoft (MSFT) in a report today.  His notes:  — Outsourcing search infrastructure to Microsoft could save Yahoo $1 billion to $1.3 billion per year.
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:bobcaswell
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Part-timer Bechtolsheim Still a Big-Time Influence in Sun's Product Development  —  Sun on April 14 officially launched its next-generation set of Intel-based servers, storage packages and networking components in a widespread product refresh.  Virtually all the new products feature some sort …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
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
Helen Walters / Business Week:
Can Widgets Save the Television Industry?  —  With Internet Connected television, Yahoo and Samsung try to take a leaf out of Apple's design playbook  —  Convergence has been the buzzword of the media world for years now.  But while mobile might have won many of the recent headlines …
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 …
Espen Antonsen / CloudAve:
The Problem with URL Shorteners: ow.ly Server Errors  —  If you currently click on a ow.ly shortened URL you will be shown a server error page at ow.ly - not the URL you or the publisher intended you to see.  Proponents of these services have so far ignored the main problem; trusting a third party.
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.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
OQO Rumored to Be Looking for Buyer: Expansys Pulls New Model Off Web Site  —  The title of the smallest full-featured Windows PC is still held by OQO, the tiny pocketable computer that has been around for a few years.  I spent a good half hour with the newly announced Model 02+ early this year …
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
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows XP Mainstream Support retired, but no need to worry  —  Microsoft today retired Mainstream Support for Windows XP and Office 2003.  Both products are now under Extended Support and will continue to be until April 8, 2014.  —  As planned, Microsoft today retired Mainstream Support for Windows XP and Office 2003.
Discussion: p2pnet
The Ohio State University:
Study: Facebook use linked to lower grades  —  SAN DIEGO - College students who use Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grade point averages than students who have not signed up for the social networking website, according to a pilot study at one university.
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Hitwise: Google Maps passes Mapquest  —  Compete.com showed Google Maps overtaking Mapquest in visitors in January as did Comscore.  At the time Hitwise showed that Maps as nearly passing Mapquest but dropping back.  As recently as last week Hitwise indicated that Mapquest was still in the lead but that gap was closing.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Screenwerk
 
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Christopher Boyd / SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Instant Messaging Password Stealer Available From Major Download Sites
Discussion: PC World
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Microsoft PubCenter Producing Strong Results Via YieldBuild Online …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
App Management System ExtraHop Scores $5.1 Million In Series A Funding
Discussion: TechFlash
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Visible Measures Now Tracking Videos At MySpace
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Thanks:mcutler
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBC Again Will Limit Live Olympic Broadband Coverage To Pay TV Subscribers
 Earlier Items: 
VentureBeat:
Forget the G1, the Android invasion is landing in Asia
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
How Technology Won the Presidency, Part I
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Tuan Nguyen / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Why Cable ISP Capping is the New DRM, and Suck
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Tech jobs hammered by recession