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3:10 PM ET, April 22, 2009

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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,
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 …
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
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T activates 1.6M more iPhone 3Gs as data revenues jump
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Electronista
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
AT&T Vs Pre: Internal Document Smackdown.  Oh No You Didn't!  —  Want more evidence that the Pre release is imminent?  How about AT&T sending a document around their internal network for employees to bone-up on some anti-Pre, pro-iPhone talking points ...and then holding some in-store seminars …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Chris DeWolfe Likely To Step Down As CEO, News Corp. Talking To Facebook Veteran Owen Van Natta  —  MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe is likely to be on his way out of the company he helped found, and News Corp., which bought the social network in 2005, has a single potential successor in mind.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Core MySpace Executive Team “Definitely Out.”  Expect Announcement Soon.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo analysts play deal or no deal on Microsoft search pact  —  Yahoo's first quarter earnings conference call was a humdinger—and possibly designed that way.  —  Everyone knew Yahoo's quarter would be so-so at best (Techmeme).  And everyone knew attention would be focused on potentially outsourcing search to Microsoft.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo's Bartz Rewrites the Script on APT
Washington Post:
‘Causes’ Social Networking May Be All Talk, No Cash for Nonprofits Seeking Funds  —  Though Popular, ‘Causes’ Ineffective for Fundraising  —  It seems foolproof: nonprofits using the power of the Internet to raise money through a clever Facebook application.
Discussion: Post I.T.
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web  —  Public television may be non-profit and government-sponsored, but it has many of the same problems as commercial broadcasters when it comes to the Web.  More and more viewers want to watch “Nova,” “Frontline,” and “Antiques Roadshow” …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
To Tweet or Not to Tweet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alfred Hitchcock would have loved the Twitter headquarters here.  Birds gathering everywhere, painted on the wall in flocks, perched on the coffee table, stitched on pillows and framed on the wall with a thought bubble asking employees to please tidy up after themselves.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Hit A Billion Apps At 1:24:06 AM PST On April 23 (As Of Right Now)  —  We all know that Apple is closing in on a billion app downloads in the App Store.  Currently, the counter on the main Apple.com claims it's about 10 million away from the major number.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 8 starts to come into focus  —  I get questions periodically about whether Windows 7 marks the end of the Microsoft operating system road.  —  Some users wonder whether will Microsoft's next version of Windows be completely cloud-based?  Will it be Midori with the Windows name slapped on it?
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Congress wants new probe into P2P file-sharing snafus  —  Congress is growling at LimeWire again over the “inadvertent file sharing” problem.  Two House members want to know what the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are doing to fix things.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter OAuth “Temporarily Disabled”, Developers Left Hanging  —  Twitter, you need to do a better job at communicating with the developer ecosystem that has been formed around your API for the past couple of years.  —  At least, that's the message the developers themselves seem to be sending out to the startup at an increasing rate.
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Seagate's desktop hard drive gets extra green  —  To celebrate Earth day, Seagate announced Wednesday the availability of its new, extra-low-power desktop hard drive, the Barracuda LP (LP stands for low power).  —  If Western Digital's new WD RE4-GP desktop hard drive has no spinning rpm specification …
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Sorting out the Pirate Bay verdict  —  In the aftermath of the Pirate Bay trial, many Swedish law experts say they consider Friday's high-profile guilty verdict severe but fair.  Very few had predicted the verdict before it was handed out.  —  Complicating the case in many observers' eyes …
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
John Leyden / The Register:
One third of workers open to bribes for data theft  —  Who wants to be a millionaire?  —  A somewhat self-serving survey ahead of an information security trade show in London next week reveals a third of workers can potentially be bribed into handing over company data.
Epicenter:
In Iraq With Web 2.0 Luminaries: Helios, Helmets, Hummus  —  By Steven Levy, Senior Writer, Wired magazine  —  BAGHDAD — The sight is so weird that the people waiting for the military flight to Baghdad at the Amman airport just have to ask: Who are you guys?
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Face recognition comes to Flickr  —  Without any big fuss, a face-recognition feature has been added to Flickr.  —  The new feature was launched recently by Swedish start-up Polar Rose.  It lets users import all their photos from a Flickr account to an account on Polar Rose …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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 …
Todd Ogasawara / MobileContentToday:
Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Mobile App Analytics  —  To paraphrase Mark Twain and Benjamin Disraeli... There are lies, damned lies, statistics and mobile app analytics.  There's no doubt in my mind that apps for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch lead in number of apps …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
HP Pavilion dv3t Arrives at $799  —  The HP dv3t isn't as svelte and light as the dv2 that I've been reviewing and benchmarking, but it too is available for under $800.  Falling in the more mainstream notebook genre, the dv3t offers a 13.3-inch LED display with the same 1280×800 resolution as the dv2.
Discussion: Electronista, CrunchGear and Gearlog
Tatum / Whiskey Media:
The Iconoclastic Business Problem  —  Iconoclastic t-shirts are for sale at the Onion.  This insider insider joke will make your head explode.  —  I loved reading Sarah Lacy's post at Techcrunch, Bloggers: Let's Band Together and Stop the Hype Cycle, last Sunday.
Discussion: Switched and lockergnome network, Thanks:atul
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T to shut CallVantage Internet phone service  —  AT&T Inc. is shutting down its CallVantage Internet-based phone service, according to letters received by subscribers this week.  —  The announcement is another nail in the coffin for Internet phone service of the kind that was pioneered …
Discussion: AppScout
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Second Life cracks whip on adult content
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Government, tech giants team up to protect kids online
Discussion: The Constant Observer
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Report Details Broad Scope of Fraud at Satyam
Discussion: Know It All, Thanks:atul
Brett Winterford / iTnews Australia:
CSIRO patent case closes with secret deals
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Cache-poisoning attack snares top Brazilian bank
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Trackle brings personal updates to any website
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Dianne Hackborn / Android Developers Blog:
Updating Applications for On-screen Input Methods
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spammers Solving Difficult AI Problems With An Underground X Prize
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Global Music Income Down 8.3 Percent In '08 Despite Digital Uptick
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Your health on the iPhone!  —  For my entire life, I've relied on habit.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Peanut butter manifesto scribe seeking to raise $150M venture fund?
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
First Google Android Netbooks spotted