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4:30 PM ET, April 14, 2009

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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.
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 …
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 …
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: Traffick, tinyComb and Pulse2, Thanks:bobcaswell
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) …
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!
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 …
Xbox Support Home:
Description of the E74 error message warranty extension … 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 have reported receiving an error that displays “E74” on their screen.
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 …
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 …
Steven Grady / SlashGear:
First non-Apple monitors to feature Mini Display Port announced  —  Want to play with Apple's new video connection standard, but don't want to shell out $800?  Collins America has announced the first new line of LCD monitors to utilize Apple's new Mini Display Port standard.
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.
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Google Gets Lucky  —  Google's revenue may have slipped in the first quarter, but analysts are blaming the economy.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. - When it comes to this week's first-quarter earnings, Google may be smart, but Google is almost certainly lucky.  —  The Mountain View, Calif. …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Simple backup service Backblaze now available to all Mac users  —  Backblaze, perhaps the easiest tool available for backing up your hard drive, is moving the Mac version of its service out of beta testing today, making it accessible to anyone with a Mac.  —  The product's appeal is simple …
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 …
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 …
GSMArena.com:
Samsung S8000 leaked again - this time it speakes Androidish  —  The yet unannounced Samsung S8000 specs seem quite the thing, especially having in mind the handset is rumored as the first Android phone by Samsung.  As you may guess, it features a high-res display, full suite connectivity and sports Samsung's new 3D interface.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Fully functional Office 2008 for Mac trial is now available  —  Those who want to try out Office 2008 for Mac but don't want to fork over hundreds of dollars just yet can now use a 30-day trial of the software.  Microsoft's Mac BU made the fully-functional trial available on its website today …
Discussion: Mac Mojo, AppleInsider and MacRumors
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 …
Discussion: Anything But iPod
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Man Builds Chair That Tweets His Farts, Single-Handedly Justifies Twitter's Existence  —  You know those guys (and gals?) who are just, like, super proud of their farts?  Thanks to this cool guy and Twitter, these a**holes can indulge their disgusting habit without wrecking our noses.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
David Saleh Rauf / MySanAntonio.com:
Time Warner delays meter program  —  READ  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. Internet users won't have to worry about shelling out extra cash for downloads anytime soon.  —  Officials with the cable company said Monday they are postponing implementation of a new billing format for San Antonio …
Discussion: eWeek, Stop the Cap! and DSLreports
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Is It Time to Rename “Digital Piracy”?  —  In light of the recent spate of Somali pirate attacks (here's one interesting long view, and here's another), I wonder if it's time to start calling “digital piracy” something else.  —  It was a clever name, at least in the 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:
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
CollabNet accommodates cloud in ALM package
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
SKT in Need of Better Business Model
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
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Quantcast Shifts Focus Of Audience Measurement From Users To Brands
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Publishers Can Get Advertisers To Spend In A Recession
Discussion: New Yorker
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Shop opening times searches: an SEO opportunity?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
HD Cloud: Video Transcoding Gets Hip
Discussion: TechCrunch and Contentinople