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2:50 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) …
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 …
PhysOrg.com:
Tweet this: Rapid-fire media may confuse your moral compass  —  Emotions linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group led by corresponding author Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.
Discussion: MediaMemo
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Twitter Leads to Immorality? C'mon!
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Evernote + Twitter = Instant Memories  —  Now you can send your tweets directly into Evernote.  Why is this cool?  Because Twitter is chock-full of great stuff.  Your ideas, thoughts, and experiences mixed together with all of the content from the people you follow: journalism, storytelling …
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: tinyComb and Pulse2, Thanks:bobcaswell
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.
Discussion: PC World, TechCrunch, TidBITS, TUAW and MacNN
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Should Sun buy Novell?  —  Sun Microsystems has adopted an ambitious business model that depends upon commodity open-source downloads serving as loss leaders and gateways for hardware and services revenue.  According to a report in The Register, however, profits have been hard to come by for Sun …
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: Reuters, Ars Technica, GigaOM and DSLreports
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Goom Radio Raises $16M First Round For Broadcast Service  —  Battles between streaming-music sites and the labels over royalties have scared off some internet radio startups, but not all.  One that is persevering is Goom Radio, which has raised over $16 million in first-round funding …
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 …
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.
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the E74 error message warranty extension  —  View products that this article applies to.  —  MORE INFORMATION  —  While the majority of Xbox 360 owners continue to have a great experience with their console, we are aware that a very small percentage of our customers …
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.
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 Download Squad
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
CollabNet accommodates cloud in ALM package  —  CollabNet TeamForge 5.2, the successor to CollabNet SourceForge Enterprise, has capabilities for agile, collaborative, and distributed project teams  —  CollabNet is unveiling on Tuesday a successor to its CollabNet SourceForge Enterprise product …
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
SKT in Need of Better Business Model  —  The success of Apple's App Store for its iPhone and iPod Touch devices has major high-tech companies following suit.  And Korean mobile phone operators and electronics makers are no exception, as they have yet to find that elusive mobile Web goldmine despite working …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: eWeek and www-03.ibm.com
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 …
Giulio Quaggiotto / PSD Blog:
World Bank gets ahead of the pack in the race to open data  —  With perfect timing, as Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web predicted in his highly popular TED talk that open data is the web's future, the World Bank last week released its new API.  From the developer's blog:
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: TechCrunch and Contentinople
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
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
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.
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
 
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GSMArena.com:
Samsung S8000 leaked again - this time it speakes Androidish
Katherine Conrad / bizjournals:
Silicon Valley commercial vacancy rates inch up
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Andres Ferrate / ProgrammableWeb:
Microsoft Virtual Earth API Gets Improved 3D, Geocoding, and Performance
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Studying Twitter and the Moldovan protests
Discussion: techPresident
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
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Hitwise: Google Maps passes Mapquest
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Screenwerk
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
App Management System ExtraHop Scores $5.1 Million In Series A Funding
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows XP Mainstream Support retired, but no need to worry
Discussion: p2pnet
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBC Again Will Limit Live Olympic Broadband Coverage To Pay TV Subscribers
VentureBeat:
Forget the G1, the Android invasion is landing in Asia
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Getting ready for Android 1.5