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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Chief Presses for iPhone  —  When Randall Stephenson became AT&T Inc.'s chief executive, the company had just started offering the iPhone.  The blockbuster device has since reeled in millions of new customers and helped revitalize the telecom giant's brand.
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Report: ATandT, Apple in iPhone Contract Talks  —  How much longer can AT&T hang on to its exclusive contract with Apple's white-hot iPhone?  A report from The Wall Street Journal says company CEO Randall Stephenson is pushing for exclusivity rights through 2011.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
WMPoweruser.com:
New ZuneHD pictures, details  —  Some more ZuneHD information has trickled into our inbox, and while we do not, in general, cover PMP's, Zune seems inextricably linked with the future of Windows Mobile, so its probably a valid topic of conversation here.  —  From our limited information …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Get a Vanity URL for your Google Profile Now  —  You may read the full article later but first, head over to this page and claim a vanity URL for your Google Profile before someone else snatches your favorite user name.  This is available to all Google Accounts that don't use a Gmail address.
Discussion: TechCrunch and RotorBlog.com
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Google Profiles, namespace lock-in & social search  —  I'd originally intended to respond to Joshua Schacter's post about URL shorteners and how they're merely the tip of the data iceberg, but since I missed that debate, Google has fortuitously plied me with an even better example by releasing custom profile URLs today.
Discussion: Regular Geek
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Said to Plan More Layoffs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is planning a new round of layoffs, the first since Carol Bartz became chief executive in January, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.  —  The layoffs could affect several hundred employees and may be announced …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Stop Me If You've Heard This One: Yahoo Management and Staff Set on Shuffle Again  —  Yes, more layoffs are indeed coming to Yahoo, sources confirmed to BoomTown, but perhaps even more than have been reported.  —  But that's not all, as even more top-level managers are either leaving …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and GMSV, Thanks:sampad
eBay Inc.:
eBay Inc. Announces Plan for 2010 Initial Public Offering of Skype  —  eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) today announced that it plans to separate Skype from the company, beginning with an initial public offering that is intended to be completed in the first half of 2010.  Specific timing of the IPO will be based on market conditions.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Skype IPO Could Range From $1.6-3.1 Billion  —  Earlier today, online auction giant eBay announced it plans to spin off Skype, its Internet phone company, as a public company next year.  How much could it be worth?  —  In a note, JPMorgan analyst Imran Khan estimates that Skype's 2010 net revenue …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple posts third iPhone OS 3.0 beta with minor API changes  —  The third beta of the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 is now available to official registered members of Apple's iPhone Developer Program.  The biggest change is an improvement to the push notification implementation.
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Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 Breaks Skype Over 3G
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Google Latitude Stalking Isn't Such A Bad Thing  —  Yesterday, Silicon Valley's local CBS affiliate ran a story (video here) about a woman getting her purse snatched.  But what's interesting is the way she got it back: With an assist from Google Latitude.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
The StumbleUpon Effect: Which Internet Acquisition Will Blow Up Next?  —  We ran an interview last week with Jeff Lindsay, the Bernstein analyst who believes strongly that internet companies too often buy the wrong startups, and later pay the price.  Yesterday's news that eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Digits
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Newspaper Ad Revenue Could Fall as Much as 30%  —  NEWSPAPER advertising, already in its worst slump since the Depression, suffered by far the sharpest drop in generations during the first quarter of 2009, down 30 percent for some papers, industry executives and analysts say.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google search referer changes  —  Google will roll out a change to its search results pages later this week designed to better capture outbound clicks.  Google search result pages will link to a gateway URL before delivering the visitor to his final destination.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Algorithms everywhere: Can IBM automate business decisions?  —  IBM outlined a vision—and of course a new services unit to go with it—that takes a little time to grok.  Big Blue talked about the “information journey,” fact-based enterprises and nudging out gut calls in everyday management for decisions based on hard, cold facts.
Discussion: www-03.ibm.com
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launches FamilyMap service, lets you spy on anyone, anywhere  —  So check this: AT&T just launched a service called FamilyMap.  It basically let's you locate any number on your AT&T account for a monthly fee.  Here's the thing though... besides the first notification text message alerting …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Now One-Third Of All U.S. E-Commerce  —  One online retailer to rule them all.  —  Amazon.com (AMZN) could be responsible for close to a third of all U.S. e-commerce transactions, RBC Capital analyst Stephen Ju asserted in a research note this morning.
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechFlash, Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Next Exchange features e-mail ‘mute’ button  —  The next version of Microsoft's corporate e-mail server will not only offer the ability to view e-mail by conversations, but also the option of “muting” any thread that a user would rather not take part in.  —  Conversation threading …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, eWeek and BetaNews
Darren Waters / BBC:
Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan  —  Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads.  —  Phorm builds a profile of users by scanning for keywords on websites visited and then assigns relevant ads.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dinosaur at the Gate  —  Eric Schmidt looks innocent enough, with his watercolor blue eyes and his tiny office full of toys and his Google campus stocked with volleyball courts and unlocked bikes and wheat-grass shots and cereal dispensers and Haribo Gummi Bears and heated toilet seats …
Bloomberg:
Taiwan Faces Pressure to Abandon Chip Industry Rescue as Lawmakers Balk  —  Taiwan's state-led semiconductor venture is under fire by lawmakers, raising pressure for the government to abandon its chip-industry revival plan and let companies weather through record losses on their own.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Fragile Flight of the Twitterlings  —  A flock of new companies are benefiting from the startup's rapid growth, some generating decent revenue; might Twitter opt to clip their wings?  —  Twitter executives don't disclose much about their plans to make money from the microblogging site.
Discussion: Creative Capital, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Single sign-on service OpenID getting more usage  —  After nearly four years of development and proselytization, social networking technology standard OpenID is beginning to show signs of going more mainstream on the web.  The service is live in a number of company web sites and consumer-facing services …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intel: The bottom is in for PC demand  —  updated: Intel reported a first quarter profit of $647 million, or 11 cents per share, on revenue of $7.1 billion, beating Wall Street's estimates and suggesting that the sluggish PC industry may have finally bottomed out.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel chief optimistic about computer industry's recovery
Discussion: EE Times and CNET News
 
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comScore:
Facebook Ranks as Top Social Networking Site in the Majority of European Countries
Discussion: Screenwerk and Profy
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
US mulls stiffer sentences for common Net proxies
Plamere / Music Machinery:
Precision Hacking  —  I've seen a few examples where recommenders …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Livio Radio Standalone Delivers Pandora Radio, Complete With Thumbs Ratings
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog and jkOnTheRun
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Google Sued For Blogger's Criticism Of Skater's Mom
Discussion: WebProNews
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Twilight Problem: Why Metered Broadband Could Suck
Discussion: Broadband Politics and VoIP Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
NotForYouTube: H.P. Offers Private Video Sharing
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and NewTeeVee, Thanks:bobcaswell
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Late to the iPhone, Trip Hawkins' Digital Chocolate falls in love with it
Discussion: VG247 and mocoNews
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Researchers: Databases still beat Google's MapReduce
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
EMC launches cloud storage for VMware first, Microsoft's Hyper-V later
Discussion: eWeek and iTnews Australia