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6:40 PM ET, April 24, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Apple Just Fire 1,600 Retail Workers?  Nope.  —  Question of the day: Did Apple somehow lay off 10 percent of its retail staff in the last quarter without anyone noticing until today?  Answer: No.  —  My bloggy brethren are hopped up about Apple's disclosure, via its most recent quarterly filing …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple retail sheds 1,600 full-time positions  —  Apple's retail group shed about 1,600 full-time equivalent workers during its second fiscal quarter.  —  Apple's second fiscal quarter was a blowout considering the state of the economy, but executives noted that the retail division took …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Stores: The big chill
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable: DPI is good for us; Congressman: it's frightening  —  While the cable industry told Congress that deep packet inspection technology was great for consumers, Rick Boucher (D-VA) expressed some doubts.  DPI's “privacy intrusion potential is nothing short of frightening,” he said …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta Confirmed as CEO of MySpace-The Full Press Release  —  Former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta has finally been officially named as CEO of MySpace, as BoomTown reported yesterday, according to a press release from News Corp.  —  He will replace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe, who stepped down from the job earlier this week.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Project Playlist Names Former MTV Exec Sykes as CEO, Replacing Van Natta
Jon Swartz / USA Today:   MySpace shake-up: Upper hand is elusive in social-media arena
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 RC (7100) out early on torrent trackers  —  While the partner page Microsoft put up a few days back announcing the availability of the Windows 7 RC turned out to be another minor slip-up, the results in Mininova's index are a bit more real.  —  You guessed it - the Windows 7 RC build (7100) has been leaked.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Go test drive Windows 7 RC (7100) today  —  If you're like me and watched from a distance leaked builds of Windows 7 fly past like water balloons in a water balloon fight, then the time to join the fun is now.  The highly anticipated release candidate (RC) build of Windows 7 has been leaked and its authenticity is entirely undisputed.
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple's Revolutionary App Store Downloads Top One Billion in Just Nine Months  —  Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded one billion applications from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.  The one billionth app, Bump created by Bump Technologies …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Billionth iPhone App Downloader Scores Freebies; Developer Wins Too  —  Nine months after Apple began selling apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Connecticut downloaded the billionth application from the iTunes store.  —  Poetically, it was a free app.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple found guilty of willful patent infringement  —  Apple has been found guilty of willfully infringing on a “predictive snooping” patent awarded to Opti Inc. in 2002.  The company has been ordered to pay just over $19 million in compensation, despite its attempts to have the patent thrown out.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Technology Generation Gap at Work is Oh So Wide  —  Recently, business information solutions provider LexisNexis released the results of a study that examined how technology was used in the American workplace.  The focus of the study was on the differing opinions between generational groups.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:
Did Julia Allison Break the Law in Search of Facebook Fame?  —  Former dating columnist Julia Allison, an Internet microcelebrity now famous for not being particularly famous, has finally gone too far in her attempt to acquire Facebook fans.  She may even have broken the law.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Eats World: Global Visitors Shoot Up To 19 Million  —  Twitter's march towards world domination continues apace.  This morning comScore released its global numbers for March, 2009.  Worldwide visitors to Twitter.com increased 95 percent in the month of March from 9.8 million to 19.1 million, according to its estimates.
Discussion: Epicenter, Rev2.org and LIVEdigitally
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X  —  Here's what the official press release won't tell you about Ubuntu 9.04, which formally hit the streets overnight: its designers have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Even when not explicit, ISP data caps still haunt users  —  Time Warner Cable's data cap plan might be history (for now), but unpublished data caps live on thanks to the “acceptable use policy.”  ISPs that continue to rely on ambiguous metrics for abuse had best tread carefully …
Discussion: Stop the Cap!
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard Server to offer low cost, secure mobile access to iPhone  —  Apple will leverage the popularity of the iPhone to deliver business users new Mobile Access services in Snow Leopard Server to securely deliver corporate email, contact, calendar, and intranet web services to iPhone …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
OQO's Brutal Lesson: Innovate and Die  —  OQO's ultra-mobile personal computer was one of the most anticipated devices of the last 10 years.  After briefing journalists under a shroud of secrecy, the company launched its advanced design for a fully functional Windows computer that fits …
Aulia Masna / Macworld:
Interview: Tweetie creator Loren Brichter  —  Atebits software released Tweetie for Mac this week and Aulia Masna, executive editor of Macworld Indonesia, scored an interview with author Loren Brichter in between his sleeps.  That is, if he slept at all.  Given the popularity of Tweetie …
Discussion: Macworld
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Nvidia ION netbooks confirmed for June … The netbook is about to get a graphics boost as early as June Pocket-lint has learnt with a number of companies preparing to announce Nvidia ION powered models.  —  Although reluctant to tell us which companies will be announcing new models …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Sports Organization Claim Copyright On Stuff You Filmed Yourself?  —  Earlier this year, we noted that with the rise of the ability to film and broadcast video directly from mobile phones, it was only a matter of time until we ran into some legal battles about fans filming and “broadcasting” a live sporting event.
Fast Company:
Silicon Valley's Wired Race for Governor  —  With Governor Schwarzenegger's approval ratings plummeting and a budget crisis looming, Californians are already looking for their next gubernatorial savior—and Silicon Valley is stocking the till.  —  The Valley used to be the state's political bank …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Internet blacklist  —  The BBC goes behind the scenes at the Internet Watch Foundation to see how its researchers cope with the psychologically demanding job of policing sites peddling images of child abuse.  —  The watchdog that blocked a Wikipedia page last year over a rock album cover …
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Dot-com collapse prepared Bay Area companies to react to downturn  —  The dot-com collapse left Bay Area companies better prepared for recession than their global counterparts, according to a survey of senior executives released Thursday by the Bay Area Council.
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
ATandT In Bed With BT Company
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Jay Meattle / Shareaholic Blog:
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Dissent Made Safer  —  How anonymity technology could save free speech on the Internet.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VC crunch continues: BlueRun Ventures falls short of $300M target
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gamefly: USPS handles DVD rentals with kid gloves, ignores us
Discussion: Technologizer and Blue's News
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Meet the ‘Bill Gates of Bangalore’
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 Earlier Items: 
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Opscode Gets $2.5M to Automate the Cloud
Discussion: TechFlash
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
YouTube's Bold Move Toward Profitability
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Gatekeeper Role Draws Scrutiny
Discussion: InformationWeek
Bkis Blog:
New worm bypasses Gmail's CAPTCHA
Discussion: PC World and TechVi
Bill Ray / The Register:
Self-replicating machine replicates