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2:20 PM ET, April 23, 2009

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The Local:
Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial  —  A lawyer representing one of the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial has called for a retrial after reports that the judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the main entertainment industry representatives.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial  —  It's been almost a week since the verdicts of one year in prison and heavy financial damages were passed against the four accused in the Pirate Bay trial.  The sentence seemed surprisingly tough to many analysts …
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Pirate Bay trial judge denies accusations of bias  —  The judge who sentenced the four founders of torrent site The Pirate Bay to a hefty fine and a year in jail for copyright infringement has denied a conflict of interest after it was revealed that he is a member of pro-copyright lobby groups.
Discussion: TechSpot
Bruce Perens / perens.com:
A Cyber-Attack on an American City  —  Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot
Rob Stacey / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android and iPhone  —  In my spare time, I like to build computer systems at home.  So I often use Google Product Search on a desktop computer to look for video cards, memory, and peripherals.  Google Product Search gives me information like prices, ratings, reviews, and product details from all over the web.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Product Search Finally Useful as Mobile Service
Discussion: TechCrunch and GPS Obsessed
Fred / A VC:
A Second Market Is Emerging  —  Claire Cain Miller has a story in today's NY Times about Second Market, a NYC based company that makes markets in illiquid securities.  She reports that they will shortly be launching a marketplace for private company stock.  —  I've written about this idea in the past and I think it is badly needed.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
With Private Trades, Venture Capital Seeks a New Way Out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Founders of start-ups and the venture capitalists who finance them have two ways to get their money out of the company: sell it to another company or sell shares to the public.  —  The market for initial public offerings …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Q2: Analyzing the analysts  —  No analyst we know of correctly predicted Apple's (AAPL) second fiscal quarter results for 2009, in which the company proved that computer makers don't have to slash prices or build “junky” $400 netbooks to weather an economic storm.  But some analysts did better than others.
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Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: Street Celebrates Strong Quarter; Multiple Upgrades
Discussion: MacDailyNews and 24/7 Wall Street
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The State Of The iPhone Is Strong — Very Strong  —  Of the major companies that announced their earnings yesterday, two of them, AT&T and Apple, beat Wall Street estimates largely thanks to a single product: The iPhone.  We're approaching the two year birthday of the device, and it still remains one of the hottest items out there.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Pulls The Plug On Geocities  —  Not with a bang, but with a whimper.  Yahoo! is unceremoniously closing GeoCities, one of the original web-hosting services acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 for $2.87 billion.  In a message on Yahoo!'s help site, the company said that it would be shuttering Geocities …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Android Catches Up To Palm In Mobile Ad Market Share.  IPhone Still Blows It Away.  —  Android is making steady gains in mobile ad market share, accounting for 6 percent of all mobile ad requests measured by AdMob in its latest March metrics (full report embedded below).
Discussion: Big in Japan, Thanks:atul
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AdMob Metrics:
March 2009 Metrics Report
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With MySpace Changes, a Social Networking Era Ends  —  Murdochs & MySpacers Tom Anderson & Chris DeWolfe in Happier Days.  (Photo via Flickr courtesy of Oxfam America)  —  The legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra is rumored to have said about a restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.”
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News Corporation:
Chris DeWolfe to Step Down as CEO of MySpace
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple pulls iPhone ‘Baby Shaker’ game  —  Game for Apple iPhone that asks users to quiet baby by shaking it withdrawn amid outrage after two days  —  A game called “Baby Shaker” for Apple's iPhone, which encouraged people to try to quiet a crying baby by shaking it, has been withdrawn …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 9.04 is available for download  —  Right on schedule, the folks at Canonical released the latest version of Ubuntu Linux this morning.  Ubuntu 9.04 adds a number of new features including a revamped notification system, support for the Ext4 file system, and updated applications like Firefox 3 and OpenOffice.org 3.0.
Discussion: Datamation, LinuxWorld.com and Engadget
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look  —  Oracle's conference call left plenty of questions about its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  Here are a few, and how they might be resolved  —  Oracle's Apr. 20 conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss its $7.4 billion buyout …
Discussion: eWeek
Engineering Windows 7:
Ink Input and Tablet PC  —  There's a strong community of developers who take advantage of the ink input/TabletPC functionality to develop unique solutions for specific markets (medicine, education, line of business) and create software in Windows that builds on this experience to streamline …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Computer Buyers Have to Consider System Upgrades  —  If you're shopping for a computer now, there's an added factor to consider.  Later this year, both of the major computer operating systems, Microsoft's Windows Vista and Apple's Mac OS X Leopard, will be replaced with major new versions: Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Rural Riddle: Do Jobs Follow Broadband Access?  —  Two Hamlets That Got High-Speed Lines Show Wildly Different Results  —  In the southwest corner of Virginia, where tobacco farms meet the Appalachian Mountains, two towns desperately in need of an economic boost were given what many had hoped …
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon unveils the Samsung Trance  —  Just as we said in our exclusive post a few weeks ago, Verizon Wireless has just announced that the Samsung Trance will go on sale Friday, April 24th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in with a two-year contract.  For those of you not familiar with the device …
Sumner Lemon / Network World:
Researchers show how to take control of Windows 7  —  Proof-of-concept code takes control of the computer during the boot process  —  Security researchers demonstrated how to take control of a computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system at the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITB) in Dubai on Thursday.
csh.rit.edu:
Fun with YouTube's Audio Content ID System  —  Anybody who hasn't been living under a rock knows about YouTube.  It's a video site built entirely around user-submitted content.  Anybody can film anything, upload it to the site, and anybody on the Internet can watch it if they so choose.
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Aliph and Plantronics in ears race escalation  —  It's an ears race rather than an arms race, but the contest for the coolest and quietest Bluetooth headset has just been stepped up another notch with new releases by Aliph and Plantronics.  —  San Francisco-based Aliph brought forward …
Kevin Fitchard / blog.telephonyonline.com:
T-Mobile: 1 million Android phones sold  —  Deutsche Telekom revealed one particularly interesting tidbit when it released T-Mobile's Q1 subscriber numbers Monday: T-Mobile USA has sold 1 million G1 Android phones since the Google-powered device emerged in October.
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Experts: Malicious program targets Macs  —  (CNN) — Mac computers are known for their near-immunity to malicious computer programs that plague PCs.  —  But that may be changing somewhat, according to computer security researchers.  It seems that as sleek Mac computers become more popular …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why high-performance computing needs financial engineering  —  Richard Bookstaber, the quant's quant, suggests that the CPU- and GPGPU-driven arms race among high-frequency, computer-automated trading shops should, and eventually might, come to a halt.  If it does, this would not be good for …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Skyfire for BlackBerry gets shot up  —  We reported a little while back that Skyfire was testing a version of their web browser made for the BlackBerry with a “small friends and family” group of alpha testers.  Well, apparently they weren't that close because one of our ninjas just blessed us with a bunch of shots.
 
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Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
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Bill Bergstrom / Associated Press:
Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K phone bill
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Why Yahoo shouldn't sell search
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, Thanks:atul
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 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: The four elephants in the room
Discussion: CNET News
Rick Klau / tins:
Music rights are killing good TV shows
Thanks:atul
Ze Pequeno / Tiny Mix Tapes:
Joe Biden's Problem with Music
Discussion: ZDNet Government, p2pnet and BetaNews