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1:05 PM ET, April 15, 2009

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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 …
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 …
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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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Ian Paul / PC World:   AT&T Wants to Keep iPhone Exclusivity Until 2011
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Piper Jaffray sales count: 22 iPhones, 28 Macs a day  —  One of the things that distinguishes Gene Munster's coverage of Apple (AAPL) from the other analysts who follow the company is that he actually leaves his office, goes into Apple stores, and counts sales.
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.
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Google Profiles, namespace lock-in & social search
Discussion: Regular Geek
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.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security  —  Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator.  The attacks involve both unencrypted PINs …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Phone Arena:
LG Viewty II is on the way  —  First official information on the Viewty II, now also known as the Viewty Smart, has just been published by LG's official German blog!  LG seems to have hired Motorola's newly announced MOTOROKR W6 as a personal trainer for the Viewty Smart …
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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 …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Twitter's Monetization Strategy: Developers, Developers, Developers  —  There's endless speculation about how Twitter will make money - and when.  Twitter is really hot right now, making it attractive to advertisers for both outbound marketing and deep insights.
Discussion: Business Week
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Fragile Flight of the Twitterlings
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
ComScore: Facebook is conquering Europe  —  Facebook has become the top social network in a majority of European countries, according to analytics firm ComScore's figures for February.  —  That's most dramatically reflected in Spain, where Facebook's reach has grown tenfold over the course of only a year and is now in the No. 1 spot.
Discussion: All Facebook
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comScore:
Facebook Ranks as Top Social Networking Site in the Majority of European Countries
Discussion: Screenwerk, Profy and TheNextWeb.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Embarrassed Warner Music Regrets MySpace Music Deal  —  One thing is for certain - the six month old MySpace Music project is throwing off a lot of cash to the labels.  That's because MySpace's 75 million or so U.S. users are streaming literally billions of songs a month.
Discussion: Music Ally, Thanks:bobcaswell
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Time Warner Cable tells FCC to shut up about net neutrality  —  “Now is not the time... to engage in a debate about the need for net neutrality obligations,” Time Warner Cable tells the FCC.  But why not, other than the fact that TWC is taking a beating over bandwidth caps?
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Lead-Gen Provider Pontiflex Raises $6.25 Million Second Round  —  Lead-gen tech company Pontiflex has raised a $6.25 million second round funding.  The round was led by RRE Ventures, with returning investors New Atlantic Ventures and Greenhill SAVP also participating.
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
A faster, sleeker way to do MySQL?  —  Start-up offers appliance delivering high-performance data warehousing  —  The archetypal MySQL database chugs along in the server room of a Web 2.0 start-up, powering a small but promising Web site.  In fact, a quarter of the 12 million MySQL installations …
Discussion: eWeek
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Deflating The Cloud  —  A new report argues that cloud computing could cost more than twice as much as a traditional IT setup.  —  “The cloud” has come to represent the bright future of computing, a world where processing and storage become as ubiquitous, cheap and accessible as electricity.
Discussion: Bits
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News:
Livio Radio puts Pandora in a box  —  The new Livio Radio certainly isn't the first Wi-Fi radio to feature Pandora access—the Squeezebox Boom and Grace GDI-IR2000 both offer the functionality—but it's certainly the first model seemingly designed around the streaming internet music service.
Discussion: Technologizer
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Firefox: No Tabs, Built-In Ubiquity  —  Thanks to its extensibility, Firefox quickly became the favorite browser for most power users.  But while extensions are a great way to make Firefox more functional, Mozilla's designers are also currently thinking about a complete redesign …
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Download Squad, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Could iRex Be the Company Making News Corp.'s Kindle?  Mmmmmaybe  —  Thank you, MediaMemo readers!  After News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch mentioned his plan to invest in a company that produced e-book readers, I wondered who he might be talking to, and asked for your thoughts.  —  And you weren't shy!
Discussion: TeleRead and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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: Gizmodo and Digital Inspiration
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tired of the events mess on Facebook?  Try Socializr  —  Socializr, a service that lets you organize your events online, has just released a cool new set of features that let you more easily see what events your friends are going to, and then track and manage the photos of these events.
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable! and TechCrunch
Gamasutra:
Report: WiiWare's Minimum Sales Threshold Affects Developers  —  by Staff, Simon Carless  —  stumble it!  —  According to multiple Gamasutra development sources, Nintendo's WiiWare service has a minimum sales threshold in place — under which indie game developers do not get paid at all.
Eric Maurice / The Oracle Global Product Security Blog:
April 2009 Critical Patch Update Released  —  Hello, this is Eric Maurice again!  —  Today Oracle released the April 2009 Critical Patch Update (CPUApr2009).  —  This Critical Patch Update (CPU) includes fixes for 43 new security vulnerabilities across the following product families …
 
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Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Activision buys developer of “DJ Hero's” biggest competitors, gets itself a lawsuit
Digital Music News:
Passalong Networks Shutting Down; Top Execs Departing
Discussion: p2pnet and Music Ally
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
JumpTap Launches Advanced Mobile PPC Marketplace
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Internet Ads Growing Faster Than Any Medium In History
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Armani Exchange Launches Mobile Campaign
Discussion: AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of The Frames: VideoEgg Introduces The Twig Ad Bar
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
The StumbleUpon Effect: Which Internet Acquisition Will Blow Up Next?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Digits
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Algorithms everywhere: Can IBM automate business decisions?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Now One-Third Of All U.S. E-Commerce
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechFlash, Thanks:atul
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google search referer changes