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5:30 PM ET, April 15, 2009

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John Quinn / Digg the Blog:
(Yet) Another DiggBar Update  —  Since we launched the DiggBar, we've received valuable feedback from the Digg community, publishers, SEO industry experts and Google.  We believe that the DiggBar provides a more seamless way to discover and share content on Digg.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   The DiggBar Compromise: Show Framebar Only To Logged In Digg Users
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 …
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.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple near ready with release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Juno  —  Apple as early as this week could announce the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, a seventh maintenance and security update to its Leopard operating system scheduled to deliver over a 100 minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Discussion: World of Apple, MacNN, MacRumors and TUAW
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   A year on, Psystar still defying Apple
Microsoft:
Next Wave of Microsoft Office Products Will Redefine How People Work  —  Q&A: Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Management Group, discusses what people and businesses can expect from the upcoming release of Microsoft Exchange Server, Office, SharePoint Server, Visio and Project.
Discussion: DailyTech, Redmond Pie and Neowin.net
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search Prepares for Switching to Ajax  —  In February, many people noticed that Google tested a new interface for search results.  The test didn't include any new feature and Google even loaded the standard search results page to display the results.
Thanks:atul
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Sebastian Tonkin / Google Analytics Blog:
An upcoming change to Google.com search referrals; Google Analytics unaffected
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
Breaking News (and Making News): Twitter Surges 131% in March to 9.3 Million U.S. Visitors!  —  Last week, Sarah Radwanick posted to the comScore blog about Twitter's exponential growth curve during the past twelve months, and that the growth appeared to be driven by older Internet users.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Boom!  Twitter More Than Doubles Unique U.S. Visitors To 9.3 Million In March
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
CNN Acquires CNNbrk Twitter Account With Nearly 1 Million Followers  —  Hard to believe, but the CNN Twitter account racing Ashton Kutcher to 1 million subscribers wasn't even under CNN's (TWX) control until recently.  —  CNN has taken control of the @cnnbrk account — and its 944,000 followers — we've heard.
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Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Is Steve Jobs Moving to Memphis?  —  I spoke with a well-connected business person in Memphis this morning who says that there is a house in a swank neighborhood there that has been bought for a princely sum and is undergoing minor renovations in preparation for its new resident.
Discussion: Gearlog
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.
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 …
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: Rough Type and Bits
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.
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?
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Prepares Earnings as Microsoft and Yahoo Lurk  —  Google will release its first quarter earnings on Thursday against a backdrop of renewed negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft about some sort of deal to create some sort of meaningful competition for the search industry giant.
Discussion: BusinessWeek and MacDailyNews
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Leaf Trombone World Stage goes live for iPhone  —  Forget iPhone apps promoting bands, or streaming music apps, or anything serious.  The best iPhone music app ever (possibly) just debuted on the App Store.  It's called Leaf Trombone World Stage, and is the work of Smule, the developer behind Ocarina.
Freddie Laker / Take me to your Leader!:
Facebook Connect + YouTube - An Interesting Mix  —  Coca-Cola Europe launched an interesting project for Sprite earlier this month that I think is worth noting.  “Green Eyed World” is a video series revolving around a 23-year old singer from London as she looks to fulfill her dream of becoming a star.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of The Frames: VideoEgg Introduces The Twig Ad Bar  —  Frames are definitely back.  More and more Web apps like the Diggbar are using frames to overlay a thin toolbar on top of other Websites, and the practice is causing some controversy because frames are generally frowned upon as messy Web design.
Fortune Small Business:
The venture game: What investors want  —  Matt Douglas had just embarked on a down-to-the-studs renovation of his home in Natick, Mass. when he and a colleague, Sean Conta, quit their jobs to launch MyPunchbowl.com, an event-planning Web site.  “My wife and I were living in one 12-by-8-foot room …
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 and Whiskey Fire
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Chambers Indicates Cisco Unlikely to Bid For Sun Micro, Seeks Acquisition  —  Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers indicated the company isn't likely to bid for Sun Microsystems Inc. even as it looks to spend a $34 billion cash hoard.  —  “Cisco moves very rapidly on acquisitions …
Discussion: Between the Lines and The Register
Microsoft:
Microsoft's Citizen Safety Architecture Helps Governments Improve Public Safety and Address Security Threats  —  Furthering the company's commitment to public safety, Microsoft announces support of INTERPOL's Global Security Initiative.  —  Today at the Worldwide Public Safety Symposium …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and TechFlash
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's New Recruiting Video  —  Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into its videos lately.  —  The latest: A beautiful, hi-def video illustrating how the company's engineers elegantly handle almost 2,000 photo uploads per second and manage more than 40 billion photos.
Discussion: Gawker and Rev2.org
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Internet Ads Growing Faster Than Any Medium In History  —  The growth of Internet advertising through the medium's first 14 years obliterates the growth of advertising for cable and broadcast television over their first 14 years.  Here's a revenue comparison in current inflation-adjusted dollars.
Discussion: Podcasting News and digg.com
Darren Waters / BBC:
Pirate Bay confident of trial win  —  One of the founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has said he anticipates victory in the court battle over alleged copyright theft.  —  Peter Sunde said: “We are quite confident we are going to win.”  —  Mr Sunde said the site would continue operating …
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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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Silicon ‘Valley Girl’ Gets Tough With Times
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gawker
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Filing taxes via cell phone: Not just a dream
Discussion: Switched and Obsessable
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Will eBay Dump StubHub, Too?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Scareware pops-up at FoxNews
Chase Norlin / MediaPost:
The Next Big Thing In Online Video: Syndication
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Miserable Three Months for the Magazine Business: Sales Down 20 Percent (At Least)
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla ponders dropping Firefox support for Win2k, early XP
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, TechSpot and Slashdot
David Martin / CNET News:
iPhone Wi-Fi failures caused by battery heat?
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News:
Livio Radio puts Pandora in a box
Discussion: Technologizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Embarrassed Warner Music Regrets MySpace Music Deal
Discussion: Music Ally, Thanks:bobcaswell
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
A faster, sleeker way to do MySQL?
Discussion: eWeek
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Google Latitude Stalking Isn't Such A Bad Thing
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digital Inspiration