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4:00 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 important 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 integrate users' home page “streams” (formerly “news feeds") by adopting a new open standard.  Now these streams can be accessed from any site.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Don't get confused: Facebook's open stream approach isn't like Twitter's
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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.
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The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council  —  WASHINGTON - Today, during remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, President Barack Obama announced the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  The full membership of PCAST is below.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BoomTown and paidContent.org
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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 …
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: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Sprint Leak: Remote Backup/Wipe, Memory Management, and More
Discussion: IntoMobile and The iPhone Blog
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: CNET News, MacRumors and Softpedia News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Inside Steve Jobs' tear-down mansion  —  On Tuesday a California city council will reconsider Steve Jobs' longstanding request for permission to tear down the empty 84-year-old mansion that stands on the site where he wants to build a smaller, modern house more to his exacting taste.
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Whoops!  Apple miscounted the “Say on Pay” vote, reverses decision  —  Apple this week informed the SEC that it had miscounted the shareholder votes on the ‘Say on Pay’ referendum at the February 25th shareholder meeting.  The referendum was intended to let shareholders weigh in on policies regarding executive pay and compensation.
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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon and the iPhone: Nothing to report today, but...  Updated: Apple is reportedly talking to Verizon Wireless about bringing the iPhone to the carrier, according to USA Today.  And Verizon executives aren't exactly pooh-poohing the reports.  On a conference call, Verizon operating chief Dennis Strigl …
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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Apple and Verizon consider iPhone deal
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: Gawker and Digital Inspiration, Thanks:atul
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.
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 1.5 is here!  —  I've got some good news today: the Android 1.5 SDK, release 1 is ready!  Grab it from the download page.  —  For an overview of the new Android 1.5 features, see the 1.5 release notes page in our developer site.  —  I am also happy to let you know that our partners …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Steinbeck Heirs Seek to Slow Google Books Settlement  —  UPDATE 1:35 PM Adds reference to postponement request by Google, authors and publishers.  —  A group of authors and the heirs of others, including representatives of the estate of John Steinbeck, and of the musician Arlo Guthrie …
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 …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
N.Y. plane scare: From terrifying tweet to news report — in 4 minutes  —  Shortly before 10 this morning, Amy Trachtman heard what seemed like a military jet zoom past her apartment building in Jersey City, N.J. Her first instinct?  Tweet about it.  —  “just had a mild heart attack …
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Former AMD/ATI chief technology officer joins Apple  —  Bob Drebin has been hired from AMD by Apple and is now serving as a senior director.  He worked at AMD until January 2008.  —  “The just about a year interlude before joining Apple seems suspiciously like a non-compete/don't-sue-me hiatus,” notes The Inquirer.
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
Plan to monitor all internet use  —  Communications companies are being asked to record all internet contacts between people to modernise police surveillance tactics in the UK.  —  Home Secretary Jacqui Smith stepped back from a single database - but wants companies to hold and organise the information for the security services.
Discussion: p2pnet and CircleID
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
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: VentureBeat and TechFlash
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lesson For Companies Being Over-Aggressive In Trademark Protection: Look At Twitter
Discussion: TechLaw
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
New FAS-FAX Shows (More) Steep Circulation Losses
Discussion: Content Bridges and ReadWriteWeb
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FTC says Internet firms near “last chance”
Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Cox Communications Gets Into Ad Network Business
Cari Tuna / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Blogs and ‘Tweets’ Must Keep SEC in Mind
Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Now, LCD monitors watch you
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
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 Earlier Items: 
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Gallery: Flickr user traces make accidental maps
Discussion: GigaOM, Guardian and Softpedia News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Disney Gets Ready-Finally-to Hold Hands With Hulu
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Gizmodo
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Surge to Impose Online Sales Taxes