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6:15 AM ET, April 20, 2009


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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Flash Charges into the Living Room  —  Adobe is making a major push to bring its Flash platform to the living room, announcing a version of Flash that's optimized for televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Monday.  —  Flash is already installed …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Adobe in Push to Spread Web Video to TV Sets  —  The denizens of Hollywood and Silicon Valley have, by and large, vastly different value systems, role models, even tastes in cars, food and clothing.  —  But they increasingly agree on one thing: a standard for online video called Adobe Flash.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Business Wire
Microsoft asks just $15 for each XP netbook  —  Microsoft's determination to wrest control of netbooks from Linux has seen it drop the bulk price of Windows XP for the systems to under $15 per copy, according to a leak from an unnamed source.  Although Microsoft has never publicly disclosed …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter for Netbooks to only allow 3 concurrent applications?  —  The Wall St. Journal had this one today:  —  Microsoft Corp. is taking an unusual approach with its new Windows 7 operating system: Customers buying many of the least-expensive laptops[netbooks] …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and I4U News
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Washington, D.C. will be 1st to get free mobile TV  —  Washington will be the first U.S. city to get free digital TV broadcasts for mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car entertainment systems, broadcasters were set to announce Monday.  —  Broadcasts using new …
Christopher Price /
Apple Consolidating AV Cables Ahead of iPhone HD Launch  —  Apple has advised Apple Authorized Resellers to begin placing on clearance both the Apple Composite AV Cable and Apple Component AV Cable. has learned that Apple will be consolidating these cables, ahead of the launch of the next iPhone.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
He makes $1 million crowdsourcing sources  —  Peter Shankman, who describes himself as a marathon-running, sky-diving, cat-loving PR guy, says he is grossing nearly $1 million a year by using the web to help reporters find sources for stories.  —  He crowdsources sources with a nifty …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New ‘Get a Mac’ ads don't acknowledge ‘PC Hunter’ talking points  —  We were worried that Apple would somehow try to respond to the PC Hunter advertising by switching their message.  They didn't.  They are staying on their message.  Our favorite?  Legal Copy: (more below)  —  Also see them at Apple
Bobbie Mixon / EurekAlert!:
‘Instant on’ computing  —  Materials researchers say rebooting soon may be a thing of the past  —  The ferroelectric materials found in today's “smart cards” used in subway, ATM and fuel cards soon may eliminate the time-consuming booting and rebooting of computer operating systems by providing an …
David Lieberman / USA Today:
TiVo to sell instant data on what people watch, fast-forward  —  NEW YORK — The company that's made it so easy for television viewers to avoid watching ads will unveil Monday a plan to help stations sell them.  —  TiVo (TIVO) will challenge Nielsen, whose audience ratings provide the basis …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Recklessly Seeking Sex on Craigslist  —  THIS is it, Melvin thought: Craigslist is about to get me killed.  —  A recent divorcé who lacked the money and confidence for a conventional date, Melvin, 35, had been lured to a stranger's apartment by the promise of anonymous sex.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Eyeing diners, restaurants take to Twitter  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kogi, a duo of Korean BBQ-inspired taco trucks in Los Angeles, has “Tweeted” its way to international stardom and is inspiring restaurateurs seeking new ways to tempt diners during a deep recession.
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Google tips FCC about new YouTube comment filtering system
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
As Costs Fall, Companies Push to Raise Internet Price
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Is Google the next Pirate Bay? In a word, no.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask Welcomes Back Jeeves, At Least In The UK, That Is
Discussion: Technologizer, Guardian and Mashable!
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Hollywood Has A Great Online Distribution Model — If You Hate Selection
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VCs are turning the screws with financing terms
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