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8:30 AM ET, April 22, 2009

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Brian Stoler / The Official Google Blog:
Search for “me” on Google  —  It's no secret that from time to time many of us have searched on Google for our name or someone else's.  When searching for yourself to see what others would find, results can be varied and aren't always what you want people to see — whether it's someone else with your name …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches “Profile Results”  —  Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results?  Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn't find the person you wanted?
Discussion: TechCrunch and NEWS.com.au
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
I Should Have Heeded My Own Advice About Twitter  —  About a full year ago, I wrote of developers leaving the Twitter development platform due to Twitter consistently removing features, making changes without warning developers, and effectively putting developers out of business with just a single change of policy.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Core MySpace Executive Team “Definitely Out.”  Expect Announcement Soon.  —  An update to my post earlier today that News Corp., under new CEO of Digital Media Jonathan Miller, is looking to replace MySpace CEO and cofounder Chris DeWolfe.  We've confirmed that things are actually moving …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Exploring MySpace CEO Options (Updated)
Discussion: Music Ally, Thanks:atul
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
First Google Android Netbooks spotted  —  Certainly this can't be it.  The first Google Android netbook should certainly be more monumental than this $100 device from SkyTone.  Guanzhou, China-based Skytone is famous for making Skype headsets and ultra low cost children's computers.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Nokia: We Don't Know Why Criminals Want Our Old Phones  —  The mystery why cybercriminals want a discontinued Nokia phone isn't getting any clearer.  —  Hackers have been offering up to €25,000 (US$32,413) in undergrounds forums for Nokia 1100 phones made in the company's former factory in Bochum, Germany.
Joe Teh / TechieLobang:
Specifications Of Acer Latest Smart Handheld  —  Today, ACER launches 5 smart handheld.  You can read the press release here or the media launch coverage here.  It is rare that a brand launches so many handsets at a time.  Nevertheless, I understand that many are interested in the specifications of them.
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Agence France Presse:
Computer giant Acer launches mobile phones in Asia
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Pro Apps and MacBooks to see update at WWDC  —  We just got a call in from our favorite Apple source who says that Apple is going to have a minor update at WWDC for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.  He said he wasn't sure what the minor upgrade was but there was speculation that there might …
Discussion: MacRumors, Softpedia News and Mac Soda
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0.9 targets 12 security vulnerabilities  —  Mozilla released an update to Firefox 3 on Tuesday that patches 12 security vulnerabilities, four of which it rated as critical.  —  Firefox 3..9, the Web browser's third update this year, fixes two critical vulnerabilities …
Don Clark / Digits:
Sun's Schwartz Tries to Reassure His Troops in Email  —  Many current and former employees of Sun Microsystems are lamenting Oracle's deal to buy the computer maker.  But Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's chief executive, told employees Monday in an internal email that the transaction is …
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:   Oracle expected to slash thousands of Sun Microsystems jobs
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo to lay off 675 after profit slides 78%  —  (04-21) 19:26 PDT — Yahoo Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it will cut 675 jobs, 5 percent of its workforce, as its online advertising business continued to erode in the first quarter amid economic gloom.  —  The Sunnyvale Web portal said it would carry …
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2009 Results
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz Still Looking For Wow, Drops F-Word During First Quarter Earnings Call.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The True Cost of Amazon's New Kindle  —  The research firm iSuppli tears apart the Kindle 2 to determine how much its components really cost  —  It has taken the online retailer Amazon less than two years to make its Kindle device more or less synonymous with the electronic book reader,
Business Wire:
AT&T's First-Quarter Results Highlighted by Wireless Gains, U-verse TV Growth, Double-Digit Increase in IP Data Revenues  — EPS of $0.53 versus $0.57 for the year-earlier first quarter; incremental noncash pension/retiree benefit costs reduced first-quarter 2009 EPS by $0.05, consistent with full-year outlook
Wall Street Journal:
New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to create a new military command to coordinate the defense of Pentagon computer networks and improve U.S. offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare, according to current and former officials familiar with the plans.
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Washington Post:   Officials Say Hackers Didn't Steal Critical Data About New Fighter Jet
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS gets official, adds speed with 802.11  —  The rumors were true, and today's the day that the Bluetooth SIG gets official with the latest, greatest version of Bluetooth.  Bluetooth 3. + HS, as it'll be called, promises to be markedly faster than prior iterations thanks …
Suzanne Bearne / nma.co.uk:
Virgin Media steps away from Phorm as top sites opt out  —  Virgin Media is set to sign a deal with behavioural targeting specialist Audience Science in a move to distance itself from controversial company Phorm.  —  The deal comes as BT is in talks with ad networks to gain industry views …
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Global Music Income Down 8.3 Percent In '08 Despite Digital Uptick  —  Physical music sales are drying up ever more quickly - but still aren't being compensated by digital equivalents, according to annual figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) umbrella org.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Peanut butter manifesto scribe seeking to raise $150M venture fund  —  The last thing anyone in their right mind would do these days, you'd think, would be to try to create a new venture capital firm.  —  The list of the walking dead venture firms is growing, because the sector …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Your health on the iPhone!  —  For my entire life, I've relied on habit.  I wake up when my eyes open in the morning (sometimes prompted by the alarm clock), eat when my tummy says its time, exercise in the mornings, and fall asleep when I'm dead tired.  —  But the applications being built …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Biden promises ‘right person’ as new U.S. copyright czar  —  Vice President Joe Biden lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would pick “the right person” as its copyright czar.
Discussion: TeleRead, DigitalKoans and Variety, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Move Networks acquires Inuk Networks and its cool Web TV platform  —  Inuk Networks, the UK-based startup IP TV and triple-play service service, has been acquired by Move Networks, one of the leading IPTV providers in the US.  Inuk's platform has lots of potential for targeted advertising and converged …
Discussion: Contentinople
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Katalyst and Slide tap into video-sharing on Facebook  —  Videos haven't been a prominent part of Facebook for most of its five year history — the tools for sharing videos haven't been obvious, and anyway, people have already been busy using the site for things like sharing photos.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Hit A Billion Apps At 1:24:06 AM PST On April 23 (As Of Right Now)
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent and CrunchGear, Thanks:bobcaswell
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Jumps Into The HD Stream As Well.  Doesn't Really Make A Splash.
Discussion: Amazon.com, TechFlash and Engadget HD
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Could Comcast Build an App Store?
Discussion: ParisLemon and Light Reading, Thanks:hveng
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony Pictures is on YouTube, Hulu, but not Joost anymore
Discussion: TechVi
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
CNN Shows Its Thin Skin
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Should Ad Networks Pay Publishers For Stolen Content? …
Discussion: Techdirt, paidContent.org, Digits and Content Bridges, Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
TWC to Customers: You Don't Want Tiers, You Don't Get Super-fast Broadband
Discussion: Engadget
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Rise of An Underground Facebook Profile Market
Discussion: Rocketboom