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4:10 PM ET, April 22, 2009

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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple approves ‘Baby Shaker’ for App Store  —  If you needed any further proof that Apple's App Store approval process is horrifyingly out of whack, consider one of the latest additions to the App Store: Baby Shaker.  —  A company called Sikalosoft is currently selling a $0.99 iPhone application called Baby Shaker, as of Monday.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, KRAPPS and Crave
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Feel Like Shaking A Baby To Death?  There's An App For That.  —  Okay, this is just beyond ridiculous and a bit horrifying.  In Apple's App Store right now is Baby Shaker, a new app which, displays a picture of a baby and plays crying sounds.  To make it stop, you have to shake your iPhone really hard …
Discussion: Marco.org
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 …
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,
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:
Speculation Time: Who's The Next CEO Of MySpace?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Core MySpace Executive Team “Definitely Out.”  Expect Announcement Soon.
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
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?
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Hole, not fail whale, sinks Twitter OAuth support  —  A security hole in OAuth, the open-source protocol that acts as a “valet key” for users' log-in information, has led services like Twitter and Yahoo to temporarily pull their support, CNET News has learned.
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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
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?
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” …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Bickering over three-strikes rule stalls EU telecom reform  —  Over the past 24 hours, the European Parliament and its member states have moved further apart on the key stumbling block that's holding up passage of a massive telecom reform package: the proposed three strikes rule …
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Acer Says It's ‘Likely’ to Have Phone With Android System by End of Year  —  Acer Inc., the world's third- largest computer vendor, expects to offer a handset equipped with Google Inc.'s Android operating system by the end of the year, becoming the latest supplier to offer alternatives to Microsoft Corp.'s software.
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 …
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 …
Mark Young / adCenter Blog for Advertisers:
What is Microsoft Advertising?  —  I've decided that since I supposedly push 21st century solutions for marketers, I should use 21st century technology for regular check-ins from wherever I am in the world.  —  So here's blog post number one!  —  Before I get onto the topic of the day …
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.
 
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T to shut CallVantage Internet phone service
Discussion: AppScout
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Second Life cracks whip on adult content
Discussion: Associated Press
Tatum / Whiskey Media:
The Iconoclastic Business Problem
Discussion: Switched and lockergnome network, Thanks:atul
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Government, tech giants team up to protect kids online
Discussion: The Constant Observer
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
HP Pavilion dv3t Arrives at $799
Discussion: Electronista, CrunchGear and Gearlog
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Report Details Broad Scope of Fraud at Satyam
Discussion: Between the Lines and Know It All, Thanks:atul
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Cache-poisoning attack snares top Brazilian bank
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Ogasawara / MobileContentToday:
Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Mobile App Analytics
Discussion: AppleInsider and digg.com
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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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
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Face recognition comes to Flickr
Discussion: Lifehacker
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Your health on the iPhone!  —  For my entire life, I've relied on habit.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0.9 targets 12 security vulnerabilities