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11:45 AM 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 …
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
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
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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 …
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  —  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
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.
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.
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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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, TheNextWeb.com and Profy
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
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?
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
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, VatorNews and CenterNetworks
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable:
Acer Aspire 3935  —  Officially announced on April 15, 2009, the Acer Aspire 3935 is an ultraportable laptop with a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 LCD screen and a MSRP of $899.  The extra feature list is impressive but not revolutionary; built-in Wi-Fi/WiMAX, a webcam, optional 3G cellular data network support …
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
Peter Rip / Business Week:
What Venture Capital Can Learn from Private Equity  —  The venture capital game has changed, yet many VCs are still using an old, outdated playbook  —  Baseball and venture capital always seem to make an effective pairing for analogies.  As in baseball, much of the cachet of venture capital …
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.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will Ditching The9 Help World Of Warcraft Get Past Chinese Censors?  —  Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is getting a new partner to run its blockbuster hit World of Warcraft in China.  —  Starting in June, NetEase (NTES) will get exclusive operating rights to run the game in mainland China …
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.
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 …
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
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Easter delivers first signs of iPod growth since start of year
Discussion: Ars Technica and Macsimum News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Embarrassed Warner Music Regrets MySpace Music Deal
Discussion: Music Ally, Thanks:bobcaswell
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Firefox: No Tabs, Built-In Ubiquity
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Download Squad, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Armani Exchange Launches Mobile Campaign
Discussion: AppScout
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
QuadrantOne Lands Ad Deal With The AP
Discussion: paidContent.org and mocoNews
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
The StumbleUpon Effect: Which Internet Acquisition Will Blow Up Next?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Digits
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Newspaper Ad Revenue Could Fall as Much as 30%
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Algorithms everywhere: Can IBM automate business decisions?
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Fragile Flight of the Twitterlings
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google search referer changes
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Single sign-on service OpenID getting more usage
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Google Sued For Blogger's Criticism Of Skater's Mom
Discussion: WebProNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google.org exec leaves to tackle urgent threats