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10:45 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.
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 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Pirate Bay judge and pro-copyright lobbyist accused of bias
Discussion: Music Ally, The BFF and Gizmodo
PC World:
Pirate Bay Demands Retrial, Claiming Judge Was Biased
Bruce Perens /
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With MySpace Changes, a Social Networking Era Ends
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The First Ten Things the New CEO of MySpace Should Do
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.
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.
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.
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results
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.
Nokia rolls 6216 classic with wireless payments
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Apple Approves Tasteless Baby-Shaker iPhone Game, Then Removes It  —  Apple has landed in hot water with children's groups and angry parents after temporarily approving the Baby Shaker game in the iPhone App Store on Monday.  Under pressure and criticism, Apple has now removed the application from its store.
Discussion: DailyTech and Macworld
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple pulls iPhone ‘Baby Shaker’ game
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: p2pnet, ZDNet Government and BetaNews
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 “”.
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
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 …
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 3.0.
Discussion: Datamation and Engadget
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.
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
VMware's quarter: Services up, licenses down  —  VMware's first-quarter financial results are out.  —  Revenue increased 7 percent from the first quarter of 2008 to $470 million.  GAAP net income for the first quarter was $69.9 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, compared to $43.1 million …
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 …
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