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4:45 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
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.
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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.
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: jkOnTheRun, 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
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
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, ReadWriteHire and Inquirer
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's Mark Papermaster finally ready for work
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Acquires Stanza, an E-book Application for the iPhone  —  Update |  4:04 p.m. Added comment from Amazon.com.  —  Seeking to strengthen its presence on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon is set to announce it has acquired Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza, a popular free e-book application …
Discussion: Lexcycle and GottaBeMobile.com
New York Times:
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 with big global audiences …
Discussion: Gawker and Digital Inspiration, Thanks:atul
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Yahoo?  —  Something seems to be pressuring Yahoo (YHOO) shares.  If only I knew what it was.  There's no obvious market-moving news; I don't think the stock would sell off on the loss of the head of communications.  No analyst reports of note, either.
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.
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: CircleID and p2pnet
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
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 …
 
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Turning Facebook Into a Massive Ad-Sales Platform
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lesson For Companies Being Over-Aggressive In Trademark Protection: Look At Twitter
Discussion: TechLaw
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FTC says Internet firms near “last chance”
Discussion: Ars Technica
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Cassatt Near The End
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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:
Will Oracle kill MySQL? Who cares?
 Earlier Items: 
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Gallery: Flickr user traces make accidental maps
Discussion: GigaOM, Guardian and Softpedia News
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Surge to Impose Online Sales Taxes
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
G.E.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc