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Business Week:
New Gear from Apple and Verizon Wireless?  —  The companies are in talks to develop two iPhone-like handhelds that could be unveiled as soon as this year  —  Verizon Wireless is warming to the idea of an Apple (AAPL) partnership.  Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Two New Devices from Apple: Category Defining ‘Media Pad’ and ‘iPhone Lite’?  —  Apple and Verizon partnership rumors seem to have taken on a life of their own with multiple reports that the companies are planning to work together as early as 2010.  Businessweek provides the most intriguing report yet …
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft debuts Vine in Seattle: Twitter+Facebook on steroids  —  It's been awhile since Microsoft introduced a game-changing social Web application, but Vine — a service that's debuting today with a beta test in Seattle — could be a contender.  —  Vine is a hyperlocal, personalized message and alert system.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Goes Social (& Local) With Vine  —  Microsoft is launching Vine today as a limited beta in Seattle only.  It's an interesting local/social communications and information tool that plays in the same sandbox as both Twitter and Facebook, and also competes to a degree with online news sites.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Home Office ‘colluded with Phorm’  —  The Home Office has been accused of colluding with online ad firm Phorm on “informal guidance” to the public on whether the company's service is legal.  —  E-mails between the ministry and Phorm show the department asking if the firm would be “comforted” by its position.
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Phorm chief labels critics ‘serial agitators’  —  Phorm, the online advertising company, has launched an extraordinary personal attack on two of its leading critics - claiming that they are “serial agitators” and that they could be supported by its rivals.  —  Leading privacy activists …
Discussion: dot.life, Stop Phoul Play and Web User
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Coming soon: A new, smarter Google News?  —  Google may be working on a new, intelligent news distribution system, according to Sharon Waxman, a reporter for Hollywood newsblog TheWrap.  She approached chief executive Eric Schmidt at a soiree thrown by Arianna Huffington last week …
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Jason Scott / ASCII:
Geocities: Lessons So Far  —  The Geocities-is-going-away thing broke wide a short while ago.  The “Jason is Saving Geocities” thing is breaking wider by the day, so I guess we need an update.  —  After my initial call-out, a nice selection of folks showed up to the Archive Team IRC channel …
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Hugh / hughstimson.org:   Jason Scott Is In Your Geocities, Rescuing Your Sh*t
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Acquires Stanza, an E-Book Application for the iPhone  —  Update |  4:06 p.m. Added quotation from Lexcycle blog post about the deal.  —  Update |  4:04 p.m. Added comment from Amazon.com.  —  Seeking to strengthen its presence on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon has acquired Lexcycle …
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Lexcycle:
Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!
Plamere / Music Machinery:
moot wins, Time Inc. loses  —  This morning Time.com published the final result for their annual TIME 100 Poll.  Time reports that the new owner of the title 'Worlds's most influential person, is moot'.  What TIME doesn't say is that their poll was so totally manipulated that the results …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Privacy Settings Present Intrinsic Limitations To The Platform  —  I've written countless times about Facebook's “privacy facade” and how it could develop potential problems in their global expansion.  Today, some developers and bloggers were disappointed that Facebook did not open …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and webmonkey
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Despite New Openness, Facebook Remains Fundamentally Closed
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Quub: A Micromessaging Service That Asks “What Are You Doing?”  And Means It  —  At its core, Twitter is supposed to be a micro-presence service that invites users to answer the question, “What are you doing?”.  That's all well and good, but most people tend to ignore this question entirely …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
With no $10 laptop in sight, India buys 250,000 OLPCs  —  India has purchased 250,000 XO laptops.  This move will boost the One Laptop Per Child project and could help the deflating effort get back on its feet.  —  The government of India has signed an agreement with the One Laptop Per Child …
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Facebook.com: Future Ghost Town?  —  On Monday, the world's largest social networking site opened parts of its code to the public.  Now, third-party developers can build Facebook applications that will let users post status updates, share pictures and links, and interact with most other elements …
eMarketer:
US Online Sales Up  —  In dark days, e-commerce shines.  —  Most US economic indicators were down in Q1 2009, but online sales were an exception.  —  According to a survey by Forrester Research and Shop.org, US online retail sales rose an average of 11% in the first three months of 2009.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over legal threats to wiki operator  —  It's possible to use Apple's iPods and iPhone with third-party software, and BluWiki's users wanted to make sure the world could find out how.  Apple, however, was not fond of the situation and threatened BluWiki with legal action if the information was not removed.
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Wiki Operator Sues Apple Over Bogus Legal Threats
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Ad Retargeting Can Outperform Paid Search  —  FetchBack is expected to release data Tuesday showing that its retargeting technology outperforms paid search in tangible returns on the dollars invested in each.  Comparison tests done by the ad retargeting company delivered between 74% …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
HP ProBook S-Series: Businesspeople Can Have Sassy Red Laptops Too  —  HP today revealed its new business laptops, the ProBook s-series.  The 14.1", 15.6", and 17.3" ProBooks are all about pragmatic performance, affordability, and inoffensive design.  They're the Toyota Camry of laptops.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Illinois attorney general demands shutdown of Craigslist's erotic services section  —  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sent a letter to Craigslist today regarding what she called “the rampant prostitution and exploitation of women” on the site's erotic services section.
Robert / Wakoopa blog:
The State of Apps - Q1 2009  —  I'm happy to announce the release of the inaugural edition of our quarterly software trends report, named The State of Apps.  —  Since we started with Wakoopa, we've acquired over 525 million hours of software usage data from 75,000 members.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and GigaOM
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Government wants phone and internet providers to track users  —  Home secretary rules out state-run ‘super-database’ but firms would store details of calls, emails, texts and web browsing  —  The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, today ruled out building a single state “super-database” …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
IBM challenges partner Cisco  —  IBM is adding a new chapter to the high-tech industry's long history of “coopetition.”  —  Big Blue is expected to announce on Tuesday that it plans to resell Ethernet switching equipment from Brocade, a much smaller rival to Cisco Systems.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Keep It Simple, Stupid  —  K-I-S-S: Keep It Simple, Stupid.  It's a mantra that always pops into my head when I'm looking at new startups.  A lot of them seem to want to do a million different things because other companies have been successful at one of those things in the past.  But that's a bad idea.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB Nearing $1 Million In iPhone Revenue  —  Major League Baseball's At Bat iPhone app is a hit — and a money maker.  —  The league tells us it's sold 130,000 copies of the $10 app so far this year.  That translates to about $1.3 million in gross revenue.
 
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
NEA breaks $2B for its latest venture capital fund
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Emma Hall / AdAge:
Online Ad Effectiveness Depends on Time of Day
Bruce Schneier / Wall Street Journal:
Do You Know Where Your Data Is?  —  Do you know what your data did last night?
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's XV6175 for Verizon outed in render form
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Cablevision Goes for U.S. Broadband Speed Record
 Earlier Items: 
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Proposed Act Would Create National Cyber Security Office
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Beware of geeks bearing gifts
Thanks:atul
Joe Clark / Personal Weblog of Joe Clark, Toronto:
The extreme Google brain
Discussion: Gawker and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
SeeqPod CEO: Acquisition Imminent
Discussion: Pulse2, Obsessable, Beet.TV and TechCrunch
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
What's Apple Building in There?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Newspapers, The Recording Industry And A Misplaced Sense Of Entitlement
The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council