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11:15 AM ET, April 30, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Team to Design Chips  —  Apple Inc. is building a significant capability to design its own computer chips, a strategy shift that the company hopes will create exclusive features for its gadgets and shield Apple's work from rivals.
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:   What Does Steve Jobs Want With All Those Chip Guys?
Amazon Kindle / Amazon Kindle's Blog:
Kindle Personal Documents  —  For anyone who has recently sent personal documents to your Kindle, we'd like to let you know about some updates to our Personal Document Service (via Whispernet).  —  Starting May 4, in addition to the existing list of supported file types (DOC, HTML, JPEG …
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Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Amazon starts charging by the megabyte for delivering personal documents to your Kindle - adds support for DOCX and RTF file formats  —  Amazon just revealed a few changes to their Kindle supported documents as well as modifications to their whispernet fee structure.
BBC:
Web tool ‘as important as Google’  —  A web tool that “could be as important as Google”, according to some experts, has been shown off to the public.  —  Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram.  —  The free program aims to answer questions directly …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield and Chief Architect Henderson Working on Stealth Start-Up  —  Yesterday, several Flickr engineers posted news of their layoffs from the Yahoo photo-sharing unit on Twitter, which caused GigaOm's Om Malik to notice that Flickr architect Cal Henderson (pictured here) was also no longer on its About page.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flickr Hit Hard by Yahoo Layoffs  —  Updated: Yahoo layoffs have started and they seem to have hit the Flickr team.  Many engineers from the service have been either laid off or are leaving on their own.  Rev Dan Catt, Ashot Petrosian and Neil Kandalgaonkar were amongst those who tweeted about their exits.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Forget The Pre, Palm's Got A Second Device Coming Out This Year.  We're Calling It The Mini-Pre  —  I came across some very interesting news today.  I was mostly minding my own business, hammering away at our various sources in the hardware industry and trying to dig up some sort of information …
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
FACE(BOOK) VALUE  —  SOCIAL NETWORK CAN'T GET FRIENDLY FUNDING NUMBERS  —  Facebook has been holding exploratory meetings with private-equity firms about raising another round of funding, but the two sides are $3 billion apart on what the popular social-networking Web site is worth, The Post has learned.
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Google Could Have Caught Swine Flu Early  —  Google's search data may have been able to provide an early warning of the swine flu outbreak — if the company had been looking in the right place.  —  Last week, at the request of the Centers for Disease Control, Google took a retroactive look at its search data from Mexico.
Eric Rabe / Verizon:
Some Thoughts on Cablevision's 101 Mbps Speed  —  Verizon first demonstrated the ability to deliver 100 Mbps to the home over our FiOS system nearly two years ago.  Now Cablevision is offering that speed - oh, yeah, 101 Mbps — over its DOCSIS cable system, it claims, to customers across its footprint in the New York area.
Discussion: Between the Lines, Techdirt and GigaOM
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:   Verizon Calls Cablevision's 101Mbps ‘A Parlor Trick’ …
Macenstein:
I don't believe this guy has 6 friends  —  I'm not saying the MacBook Air isn't popular, but I have yet to see one in the wild, nor do I even know a guy who knows a guy who owns one.  So forgive me if I don't believe that not only does this guy know six other people with MacBook Airs …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Flip Video Ultra HD video review  —  What better way to give you a look at Flip Video's new Ultra HD camcorder than by reviewing it on video... shot with the Ultra HD.  The specs are simple: 720p / 30 FPS, 8GB of storage on-board, HDMI out, and pretty much nothing else.
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
Making Movies: The Next Big Thing in iPhones?  —  Think back to a time before iPods.  Back then, digital music was such a hassle that few people bothered to buy portable MP3 players.  Until Apple made it easy.  Then came photos.  Other than using snapshots as wallpaper …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Death to Windows AutoRun!  —  The economy might be in ruins, and swine flu might put us all in pine boxes, but there are still things that we can be happy about.  One thing that has put a broad grin on my face over the past day or so is news that Microsoft plans to kill off AutoRun.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
A Look Inside the Twitter Admin Panel  —  According to French blog Nowhere Else, someone has been able to access Twitter's administration area, and they've got a bunch of screenshots to prove it.  —  The URL which leads to Twitter's admin page is simple enough (and open to everyone): “https …
Discussion: Zero Day and threatpost
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Peewee PC Launches Today- Convertible Netbook for Kids  —  I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had to play with the Intel Classmate Convertible, and that was timely as the folks at Peewee PC today are launching their commercial version of this netbook.  The Peewee PC looks to be the same …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Eucalyptus in the cloud: researchers commercialize OSS project  —  The researchers behind the open source Eucalyptus project have launched a company to commercialize the technology.  They plan to offer services and support to companies that want to use Eucalyptus to build self-hosted elastic computing clouds.
Discussion: GigaOM and OStatic blogs
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Finally: Disney, Hulu Deal Announced  —  Took ' em long enough.  —  After weeks of rumor and speculation Walt Disney Co. (DIS) has finally taken a stake in Hulu, the video streaming site operated by NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Bloomberg, Thanks:atul
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
A New Breed of Netbook?  —  Google's operating system could help usher in an era of ultra-cheap laptops.  —  Just a few years ago, many pundits expected consumers to shun netbooks.  With less power than traditional laptops, a tiny screen and keyboard, and more bulk than a mobile phone …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Launches World's Geekiest Social Network, My developerWorks  —  Many a neutech hipster looked askance at the huge IBM-plex situated front and center at this year's Web 2.0 conference.  —  No one could deny the hardware/software/services giant's place in tech history …
Discussion: VentureBeat and EE Times, Thanks:atul
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Filing confirms Apple exploring carbon fiber Mac enclosures  —  A new patent filing discovered by AppleInsider provides some of the first public evidence that Apple is indeed exploring carbon fiber-like enclosures for future product designs, corroborating an earlier report on the matter.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola Q1 Revs Come Up Short; Handset Units Tumble  —  The troubles continue at Motorola (MOT).  —  For the first quarter, the company posted revenue of $5.4 billion, down from $7.4 billion a year ago and $7.14 billion in Q4, and below the Street consensus at $5.55 billion.
Financial Times:
Madison Avenue feels the squeeze  —  Duck Phillips!  Thou should'st be living at this hour.  —  Phillips was the alcoholic account executive in the television series Mad Men who lost out after failing to marginalise his advertising agency's charismatic copywriters, led by Don Draper.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Orey / Business Week:
Google's PR Campaign  —  The search giant hopes to counter charges of monopoly abuse with a charm offensive  —  Google (GOOG) is facing a rising tide of discontent about its market dominance.  Take the ongoing lawsuit over its effort to digitize millions of books.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Social Gaming Scores in the Recession  —  Zynga, the company behind Texas Hold 'Em on Facebook, and other game makers are attracting millions of users.  Will the shine wear off?  —  Gaming goes gangbusters in a downturn.  In 2001, the Nasdaq was plunging and such tech mainstays as telecom …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Platform-A Head Coleman Out at AOL, as Well as CFO (and More to Come?)  —  Platform-A President Greg Coleman-the former Yahoo (YHOO) advertising sales exec who came to AOL only three months ago-is leaving the company, sources said, as new CEO Tim Armstrong remakes his top staff …
 
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Hiroshi Suzuki / Bloomberg:
Canon Raises Annual Profit Forecast by 12%, Exceeding Analyst Estimates
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Intel's Pain Party
Graeme Paton / Telegraph:
Primary schoolchildren will learn to read on Google in ‘slimmer’ curriculum
Discussion: BBC
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacker behind P2P botnet gets no jail time
Discussion: Softpedia News
Bloomberg:
Ericsson's First-Quarter Profit Declines 35 Percent on Costs to Cut Jobs
New York Times:
In Europe, Intel Faces a Large Antitrust Fine
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hodson / Shooting at Bubbles:
FeedDemon does Google Reader - Rock On!
Discussion: Lifehacker and The SiliconANGLE
Anupreeta Das / MediaFile:
Tech M&A: Going down, down, down  —  Investment bank Jefferies …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Gets Patent for Data Center Barges
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
IACI: Diller Would “Love” To Buy Yahoo Personals
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Spock And Intelius? Uh Oh.