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12:45 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice control and feedback  —  Various voice-related features, under the codename “Jibbler,” have been discovered in the version of SpringBoard set to ship with the next update to Apple's mobile operating system.  —  Sources speaking to Ars have discovered evidence …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: pirates biggest music buyers.  Labels: yeah, right  —  Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management.  Researchers examined the music downloading habits …
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Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Study finds pirates 10 times more likely to buy music
Discussion: Mashable! and p2pnet
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Web IM In Hotmail  —  Web IM is coming to Hotmail.  It became available to users in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and starting today it will roll out to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA.  If your country is not in this list yet, don't fret!
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project  —  WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.
Discussion: Beyond Search and PC World, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes  —  Google has launched two experimental products it hopes will change the way users search for pictures and news.  —  A feature known as Similar Images uses a picture rather than text to find other matching images.  —  Timeline presents information already available …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today a first-quarter 2009 operating loss of $61.6 million compared with operating profit of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2008.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Ad Sales Plummet 28.4%
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaMemo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Update on Yahoo-Microsoft Talks: “Hot and Heavy”  —  Microsoft and Yahoo have been busily ferreting away on talks about search and advertising partnership possibilities in what one person close to the situation described as “hot and heavy.”  —  But exactly how hot and how heavy depends …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz said last month that she created a “wall of shame” for products she isn't happy with.  She's counting on her top technology executive to fix them.
Discussion: Beyond Search
PC Pro:
BT blocks off Pirate Bay  —  Updated at 1.10pm: BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a “self-regulation” scheme.  —  BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a “content blocked” message.
Discussion: Ars Technica and TorrentFreak
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iwf.org.uk:
UK code of practice for the self-regulation of new forms of content on mobiles
Discussion: The Register and open
New Zealand Herald:
MSN website hacked  —  Visitors to the msn.co.nz website are being re-directed to a site that includes a photograph of Microsoft boss Bill Gates with pie on his face.  —  The site usually carries news stories.  —  However hackers have changed the name servers which means that visitors …
Discussion: Zero Day and AppScout
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
The legal copy in Apple's ‘Legal Copy’ ad  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  We all know someone who claims they can't tell the difference between HD and standard-definition video.  Well, if being able to count the number of stitches on a baseball as it's flying towards the plate …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A packs LCD trackpad for the whiz-bang crowd  —  And you thought Apple's button-less “glass trackpad” was hot stuff.  Sharp has just let loose details on its thoroughly Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A, which sadly packs an exceptionally boring list of internal components …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Digg's Kevin Rose: The State of The Union  —  Last week I sat down with Digg founder Kevin Rose to get the Digg “State of the Union.”  The company, now more than four years old, has continued to grow incredibly since launching in late 2004 and regularly innovates with new products.
Wall Street Journal:
America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire  —  In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers.  Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos  —  In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.  —  AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Living with the limits of Windows 7 Starter Edition  —  If you've read anything about Windows 7 Starter Edition, your first reaction was probably the same as mine: Is Microsoft nuts?  This ultra-cheap edition is intended for use on netbooks, but its biggest restriction sounds like a complete deal-breaker …
Discussion: Sunbelt Software and BetaNews
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Considers Building An Ad Network  —  As its been speculated, but never confirmed, Facebook is considering building an ad network on the back of Facebook Connect — but not for at least another six months, an advertising industry source who's discussed the issue with Facebook tells us.
eMarketer:
Brand Mentions Preferred over Ads  —  Young people especially receptive.  —  Want to get Internet users to visit your Website or follow your brand?  —  The best way to accomplish those tasks, according to ARAnet, based on polling by Opinion Research Corporation, may not be advertising.
Paul Meller / Computerworld:
Microsoft gains familiar ally in IE antitrust battle in Europe  —  ACT trade group joins case as third party, says there is ‘something surreal’ about EC's charges  —  IDG News Service) Microsoft Corp. gained a familiar ally in its latest antitrust battle with the European Commission today …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Yet Another Microsoft Search Brand—This Time For Phones?  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has grabbed headlines for trademarking two possible new names for Live Search—Bing and Kumo.  But paidContent found that the company has quietly trademarked a third search brand name too—Sift.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Omniture adds viral video analytics, targets startup rivals  —  Web analytics heavyweight Omniture is taking on a few video analytics startups today, by introducing a new service for tracking data about online videos across the web.  The public company already offers a variety of software tools …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
How Not to Conduct an Online Poll  —  Inside the Precision Hack is a great read.  It's all about how the Time Magazine World's Most Influential People poll was gamed.  But the actual hack itself is somewhat less impressive when you start digging into the details.  —  Here's the voting UI for the Time poll in question.
Reuters:
Investor plays matchmaker in Sun sale to Oracle  —  * Southeastern talked to potential buyers on Sun's behalf  —  * Talks with Oracle began after IBM talks collapsed  —  * Negotiations led by Sun's Schwartz, Oracle's Catz  —  * Southeastern stands to lose a quarter of investment
Los Angeles Times:
Ignore Twitter?  Major brands learn they'd better respond — and quick  —  Separate incidents involving CNN, Amazon and Domino's Pizza reveal that fluency in the evolving language of digital public relations comes easier to some companies than others.  —  Amazon.com Inc. shut like a book.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
 
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Anthony Rose / BBC Internet Blog:
BBC iPlayer goes HD, adds higher quality streams, releases iPlayer …
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Brightkite app for Windows Mobile in the works
Discussion: All Points Blog
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
E-Book Reader With Roll-Out Screen Stalls
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Fair Use, Turnitin, And... Why Google Never Should Have Caved On Book Scanning
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More Interesting Northern European Analyses Of The Music Industry
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
LOLapps Emerges from Stealth Mode to Take Over Facebook Apps
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Bully Amazee Into Changing Its Name
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Should Google pay a tax to media corporations?
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Korean Officials Angered By Google's Decision To Bypass Law
Discussion: Search Engine Land and NewTeeVee
Chen May Yee / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Mayo opens private medical-data website
Discussion: PR Newswire and Associated Press
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
A Magazine With a Puzzle Buried Inside
Discussion: kottke.org