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10:00 AM 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
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet and Mashable!
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Pirate Bay judge and pro-copyright lobbyist accused of bias
Discussion: Music Ally and Gizmodo
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: Slashdot
News Corporation:
Chris DeWolfe to Step Down as CEO of MySpace  —  Will serve as strategic advisor to Company  —  Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 2009 - MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller, announced today that, by mutual agreement, Mr. DeWolfe will not be renewing …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The First Ten Things the New CEO of MySpace Should Do
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's Tim Cook: Why don't we make netbooks?  Because they suck  —  Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook, who's leading the company in Steve Jobs' absence, took some sharp jabs at netbooks (computers that are smaller and cheaper than laptops) this afternoon.
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Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Best March Quarter Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter ended March 28, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share.
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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Ze Pequeno / Tiny Mix Tapes:
Joe Biden's Problem with Music  —  A different perspective on the RIAA's takeover of the Department of Justice  —  If there's something to be said about Vice Presidents, it's that they can wield unlikely power.  They may be just background figures at times, men who are simply one heartbeat away from becoming President themselves.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and BetaNews
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Jon / p2pnet:
Upsurge in anti-P2P actions under Obama
William P. Barrett / Forbes:
Steve Jobs: Nobody Loves Me  —  Steve Jobs, adulated gadget hero, was feeling underappreciated not too long ago.  —  Steve Jobs, the man rolling out iPods, iPhones and cool computers to millions of adoring customers, once felt he wasn't getting enough respect—from his own board of directors.
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Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:   Forbes Uncovers Jobs' Deposition From Backdating Scandal
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Pirate Google Bay Gives the Finger to Record Companies, Studios  —  Demonstrating how futile the war against Pirate Bay really is, someone has created The Pirate Google bay: A Google custom search dedicated to find torrent files.  I can't wait for the industry to sue Google.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Time Warner, Embarq Fight to Outlaw 100 Mbps Community Broadband in Wilson, NC  —  The cable companies aren't happy that they've been one-upped in both price and quality of service  —  Time Warner Inc., after finally dropping its plans for metered internet services for the time being, appears to be back to its old ways.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
New Jawbone Headset: More Comfortable, Better Sound, Flashy Colors  —  I feel like I should start anything I write about headsets with a disclaimer: I've still never met one I can love unreservedly.  I have trouble getting them to stay in my ear; I find myself having to futz with buttons and Bluetooth …
Keith Kleiner / Singularity Hub:
Tweetbomb - A Tweet To Shake The World  —  A simple message, less than 140 characters, is sent out to followers around the world and within hours, perhaps minutes, more than 100 million people have been mobilized to act.  The message might instruct those who read it to look at a certain website …
DigiTimes:
MSI to showcase Android-based netbook at Computex, says paper  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to showcase an Android-based netbook at Computex 2009 aiming to gain orders from global PC vendors, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: The four elephants in the room  —  Microsoft's fiscal third quarter results will be notable on four fronts: Potential layoffs, the impact on weak PC demand, the effect of netbooks and how Windows 7 may impact the June quarter.  —  Wall Street is expecting Microsoft …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Asks Users If They'll Pay For Vanity URLs  —  As Facebook searches for ways to increase their revenue, some users are being asked if they are willing to pay for vanity URLs.  For those unaware of what vanity URLs are, they are the short strings that follow “facebook.com”.
Nokia:
NFC technology takes its next step with the Nokia 6216 classic  —  Espoo, Finland and Monaco, Monaco - At the opening keynote of the 3rd annual WIMA conference, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Nokia announced its third fully integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) device, the Nokia 6216 classic.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Lost laptops cost companies $50k apiece  —  Encryption no match for corporate accounting  —  Free whitepaper - It's all about the salesperson: Taking advantage of Web 2.0  —  A single lost or stolen laptop costs a business an average of nearly $50,000.  At least, that's the word …
Discussion: The Toybox, CNET News and PC Magazine
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Look: We Take YouTube RealTime For A Spin  —  Earlier today we reported on YouTube's plans to roll out a new real-time product that adds a new social layer to YouTube, allowing friends to share the videos they're watching with each other in real time, without having to turn to outside chat programs or Twitter.
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 …
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Researchers Find Massive Botnet On Nearly 2 Million Infected Consumer, Business, Government PCs  —  More than 70 government-owned domains hit, and nearly half of the overall infections are in the U.S.  —  Researchers have discovered a major botnet operating out of the Ukraine …
 
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Why Yahoo shouldn't sell search
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, Thanks:atul
Engineering Windows 7:
Ink Input and Tablet PC
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Google Street View cleared of breaking Data Protection Act
Discussion: BBC
Rick Klau / tins:
Music rights are killing good TV shows
Thanks:atul
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
UStream Redesigns With an Eye Towards Twitter Users
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Orange and Wikimedia join forces for mobile information portals
Discussion: The Register, Digits and TechCrunch
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nielsen Data Offers Real Reason ISPs Are Metering
Discussion: Nielsen Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Facebook ‘must do more to tackle racism’ say campaign groups
James Brightman / GameDaily:
Will Wright Confirms Future Involvement in Spore Franchise
Discussion: Ars Technica
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
One bot-infected PC = 600,000 spam messages a day
Discussion: The Register and CircleID
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
To catch a (cyber) thief: It's not easy
Discussion: iTnews Australia
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foodista Raises $550,000 From Amazon And Other Angels
Discussion: TechFlash and Brier Dudley's blog, Thanks:sparsa