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2:20 PM ET, April 26, 2009

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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Wolfram|Alpha: Our First Impressions  —  The hype around Wolfram|Alpha, the next “Google killer” from the makers of Mathematica, has been building over the last few weeks.  Today, we were lucky enough to attend a one-hour web demo with Stephen Wolfram, and from what we've seen …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Earth Helps Solve A Plane Crash Mystery  —  The idea behind Google Earth has always been a powerful one: It allows users to explore places that they either can't or won't go.  But with its vast amount of maps and topographical data, it also is a very powerful tool for combing the Earth …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and GPS Obsessed, Thanks:atul
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Maker: First Android netbook to cost about $250  —  Guangzhou Skytone's 1.5-pound Alpha 680 also first netbook to use ARM chip  —  Computerworld) The first netbook computer running the Google Inc.-backed Android mobile operating system on a low-cost ARM chip could become available …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search cashback “exponentially growing”: 5M pageviews and 10k purchases every day  —  Live Search cashback hasn't publically shared many numbers that we've seen, so these numbers kind of jumped off the screen when we noticed them in a Tweet.  Clicking through to the article …
Discussion: CodenameWindows and Beyond Binary
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Owen Van Natta's Infamous Tenure At Project Playlist  —  One of the many unsavory aspects of the hiring of Owen Van Natta as the new CEO of MySpace: the rewriting of recent history around Van Natta's involvement in Project Playlist.  The communications group at News Corp. (MySpace's parent company) …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Former AOL Exec Mike Jones May Become No. 2 At MySpace
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft names Windows 7 RC1 dates  —  Two-week wave  —  Free whitepaper - Seven tips for profiting from lean times with CRM  —  Stable and completed code for Windows 7 will be released to early adopters during the coming week, with mass availability planned for the following Tuesday.
Discussion: TG Daily, BetaNews and ITworld.com
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Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
Microsoft: Pre-Mature WDDM 1.1 Drivers Restricting Win 7
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Prosecution Law Firm Under Attack  —  Taking on The Pirate Bay in court seems to be asking for trouble.  A few days ago the IFPI's website was DDoSed by a group of Pirate Bay supporters.  Now MAQS, movie industry lawyer Monique Wadsted's site, has been targeted and taken down.
Discussion: digg.com
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Surface Is an Incredible User Experience That Sucks a Whole Bunch to Setup  —  Surface is a triumph of Microsoft usability and design.  It's a multitouch table computer.  Minority Report!  And so on.  Setting it up, however?  Ominous foreshadowing: It comes with a keyboard and mouse.
Discussion: Momentum and Silicon Alley Insider
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why there will be many Twitters  —  Yesterday I wrote about the Lotus 1-2-3 of twitters, but it may not be obvious why there will be more than one network of networks — so let me explain.  —  1. Twitter is growing fast.  —  2. Its use as a medium for news has become apparent.
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Craigslist founder: No plans to shut down Erotic Services  —  In the wake of the murder of Craigslist-advertising masseuse Julissa Brisman, and the arrest of Philip Markoff, Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster of Craigslist gave interviews Friday to Martin Bashir of ABC's Nightline.
Discussion: Reuters, PC World and HipMojo.com
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ABCNEWS:
‘Craigslist Killing’: Was It...  Craig Newmark, the site's creator …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
PhysOrg.com:
‘Sleep talking’ PCs save energy and money  —  Personal computers may soon save large amounts of energy by “sleep talking.”  Computer scientists at UC San Diego and Microsoft Research have created a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal computers that induces a new energy saving state known as “sleep talking.”
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Does H.P. Need a Dose of Anarchy?  —  IT all seems obvious when viewed through hindsight's pristine lens: Hewlett-Packard didn't need a reinvention.  It just needed some fierce fiscal discipline to transform itself from a bumbling, lost soul into a well-oiled profit machine.
Discussion: deal architect, Thanks:bhc3
Arn / Touch Arcade:
‘World of Warcraft’ on an iPhone... For Real?  —  Most of you have probably seen World of Warcraft-on-iPhone claims/videos/mock-ups before, but this time it looks like it might actually be true.  —  Someone posted this YouTube video of World of Warcraft running on an iPhone:  —  A few interesting things to note.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
EQ Network Converts Videos To Mobile-Friendly Formats While Inserting Ads
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
RealDVD v. DVD-CCA: The Duel Begins In Earnest
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs On The Value Of Stock Options
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Forbes
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Customer Service? Ask a Volunteer
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Email Clients Need to Change
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox: Now Effortlessly Syncing Files For 1 Million Members
Discussion: Gadgetell
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
The Twitter Book, by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein
Discussion: WebWire
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How the OAuth Security Battle Was Won, Open Web Style
Discussion: OAuth and The Real McCrea, Thanks:atul