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1:50 PM ET, April 27, 2009

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Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
The Facebook Open Stream API  —  Today we are excited to announce an unprecedented step toward greater openness through Facebook Platform.  For the first time, we're opening the core Facebook product experience — the stream — with the new Facebook Open Stream API.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Forget that redesign, you can get Facebook's “stream” anywhere  —  Facebook is trying to get third party developers to deeply integrate its users' home page “stream” (formerly called “news feed") by adopting a new open standard so it can be accessed on any site.
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Apple and Verizon consider iPhone deal  —  Verizon (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with the goal of introducing it next year, people familiar with the situation say.  —  It would mark the first time Apple has produced a version …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Taking Helm at MySpace  —  New CEO Sets Out on Mission to Revive Growth, Buzz  —  When Jonathan Miller, News Corp.'s chief digital officer, phoned Owen Van Natta to finalize his appointment as chief executive of MySpace last week, Mr. Miller offered the dealmaker the sort of job …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Three's Company: Meet Your New MySpace Executive Team  —  Less than a week ago MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe still felt secure in his job.  Fast forward to today and DeWolfe is out and a new CEO, Owen Van Natta, is starting his first day on the job.  —  And he's already got two lieutenants …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Follow the Deadly Swine Flu Pandemic in Real Time With Google Maps  —  The current H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic headlines read like those flashing through the intro sequence of a post-apocalyptical movie.  Now you can see the cases spreading in real time—as the WHO declares them—in Google Maps.
Jeff Bercovici / Portfolio:
Conde Nast Closing ‘Portfolio’  —  For nearly two years I've been covering the media industry's bad news on this blog, including some that's hit very close to home.  Now it hits closer still: Condé Nast Portfolio is closing.  —  Our editor in chief, Joanne Lipman, just broke the news to staff …
Inside Sprint Now:
Some Palm Pre Questions  —  Despite the fact that all of us that know the actual release date of the device are bound by a NDA and our job titles, we all know that it's going to be soon... so I figured it might be nice to answer a few FAQ before it arrives.  Here's some questions and facts …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Sprint Leak: Remote Backup/Wipe, Memory Management, and More
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung I7500 with OLED touchscreen powered by Android, dreams  —  Anticipated for months, Samsung's first Android phone is finally a (paper) reality after being flushed through the rumor mill just hours ago.  Launching “in major European countries from June,” the 11.9-mm slim quad-band GSM …
asahi.com:
Under criticism, Konami ditches realistic “Fallujah” videogame  —  Konami Digital Entertainment Co. has decided to pull a videogame that realistically reproduces the bloody street battles between U.S. forces and terrorists and insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
G.E.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc  —  General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.  —  The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday, is just a laboratory success at this stage.
New York Times:
One Internet Village, Divided: In Developing Countries, Web Grows Without Profit  —  Facebook is booming in Turkey and Indonesia.  YouTube's audience has nearly doubled in India and Brazil.  —  That may seem like good news.  But it is also a major reason these and other Web companies …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's first quarter better than expected; Alltel makes it largest U.S. wireless player  —  Verizon delivered a solid quarter as the company added wireless customers at a rapid clip and continued to land FiOS Internet and TV customers.  Like rival AT&T, Verizon is proving to be recession resistant.
Discussion: Verizon and eWeek
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Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Will Oracle kill MySQL?  Who cares?  —  MySQL's already killing itself  —  Free whitepaper - Simplifying contact center technology  —  Fail and You When Oracle bought Sun last week, the MySQL community collectively curled its lip into a worried sneer.  Is Oracle going to kill MySQL?
Discussion: Ted Dziuba
David Marshall / David Marshall's blog:
Microsoft Windows 7 gets a virtual mode  —  Microsoft says Windows 7 will get backward compatibility with Windows XP thanks to virtualization and a free future download from their corporate Web site  —  Microsoft has been whispering about some secret feature within Windows 7, and now that secret has been revealed.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone is Boosting Demand For Location-Based Services  —  Nearly two years ago, I outlined five reasons Apple's iPhone will change the wireless business, the foremost being increased web usage on mobile phones.  I should have added another item to that list: catalysing location-based services …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Steinbeck Heirs Seek To Slow Google Books Settlement  —  A group of authors and the heirs of others, including representatives of the estate of John Steinbeck, and of the musician Arlo Guthrie, are asking a federal judge to delay by four months the deadline for authors to decide whether …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's Mundie, Google's Schmidt named Obama advisers  —  Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, was among 20 science and technology leaders appointed this morning to President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  Also on the list is Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive.
Discussion: Microsoft and The White House
PE Hub Blog:
VC Performance Declines Across All Time Horizons  —  Wire readers: Oops, First Read is here.  —  Venture capital performance fell across all time horizons in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to data released this morning by Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB) and the National Venture Capital Association.
Discussion: TechFlash
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple building YouTube support into Snow Leopard  —  Apple will further its endorsement of YouTube and open video standards by building support for the Google-owned video sharing service into one of its flagship applications due to ship later this summer as part of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Discussion: MacRumors and Softpedia News
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Cassatt Near The End  —  Software maker that vowed to topple giants hit by economy, slower sales—and giants.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Cassatt, an ambitious software start-up designed to run big computer systems is “close to the end,” according to founder and Chief Executive William Coleman.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Cox Communications Gets Into Ad Network Business
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Cari Tuna / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Blogs and ‘Tweets’ Must Keep SEC in Mind
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
Plan to monitor all internet use
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Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Now, LCD monitors watch you
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Corrects Form 10-Q
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, AppleInsider and CNET News
Richard Menta / MP3 Newswire:
SeeqPod To Return Soon. In Acquisition Talks
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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs' Thoughts on Accepting Apple's CEO Position and More
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft's Home & Work XUI concept videos
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Gallery: Flickr user traces make accidental maps
Discussion: Guardian and Softpedia News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Disney Gets Ready-Finally-to Hold Hands With Hulu
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Surge to Impose Online Sales Taxes