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12:30 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: GPS Obsessed, Thanks:atul
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
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 and HipMojo.com
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ABCNEWS:
‘Craigslist Killing’: Was It...  Craig Newmark, the site's creator …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Jason Szep / Reuters:
Murder brings scrutiny to fast-growing Craigslist
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
EQ Network Converts Videos To Mobile-Friendly Formats While Inserting Ads  —  The web is filled with video content, but there are different formats that don't always play nicely with all players.  The most obvious example of this is the hugely popular Flash format, which does not work on the hugely popular iPhone.
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.
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
RealDVD v. DVD-CCA: The Duel Begins In Earnest  —  Opening shots were fired Friday in the RealNetworks v. DVD-CCA case.  Unfortunately, the public was excluded from key parts of the battle, when the presiding judge, Marilyn Hall Patel, granted DVD-CCA's request to close the courtroom.
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs On The Value Of Stock Options  —  On March 18, 2008, Steve Jobs was deposed by the SEC during its investigation of Apple's stock option backdating scandal.  The deposition was never made public until Forbes published it on Friday, after obtaining it through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Forbes
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Email Clients Need to Change  —  My inbox is broken.  —  Not in an I-can't-check-my-messages kind of way, but in a fundamental, inboxes-will-never-be-the-same- again kind of way.  —  With every birthday reminder, bill confirmation, new friend, direct message, password recovery …
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox: Now Effortlessly Syncing Files For 1 Million Members
Discussion: Gadgetell
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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
Chris Wilson / Slate:
It's time to move beyond those squiggly letter tests that Web …
Discussion: Slashdot