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8:50 AM ET, April 29, 2009

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Books Deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google's settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service, two people briefed on the matter said Tuesday.
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Nielsen Wire:
Twitter Quitters Post Roadblock to Long-Term Growth  —  David Martin, Vice President, Primary Research, Nielsen Online  —  Oprah embarrassed herself on it with a stuck caps lock.  That guy from Punk'd competed with “the most trusted name in news” for audience.  A befuddled Jon Stewart shook his fist at it in anger.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows Vista SP2 RTM + Windows Vista SP1 Blocker Tool Removed  —  Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  SP2 represents the latest step in Microsoft's commitment to continuous improvement.
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Softpedia News:
Windows 7 Pirates Will Be Kept Safe and Cozy by Microsoft
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Not Smart: Warner Music Issues DMCA Takedown On Larry Lessig Presentation  —  If there were anyone out there to whom you would not want to send a random takedown notice for an online video, it would probably be Larry Lessig.  Given that Lessig has become the public face for those who feel …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4 and iTunes 8.2 Pre-Release to Developers [Blu-Ray Evidence?]  —  Continuing a pattern of biweekly releases, Apple tonight seeded the fourth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 to developers.  Apple also issued a developer pre-release version of iTunes 8.2, which is required to activate the new beta.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
After Being Upstaged By Google, Wolfram Alpha Fires Back With A Leaked Screenshot  —  Today was supposed to be a big coming out party for stealthy search engine Wolfram Alpha.  Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram gave the first public demonstration of his knowledge mining search engine at Harvard.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Ad Revenues Collapse  —  AOL ad revenue dropped a startling 20% in Q1.  For the first time, cost cuts did not keep up with revenue declines, so EBITDA also plunged, to $255 million.  —  The latter—the operating profit—is still impressive considering the wrenching changes AOL …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Business Wire
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News:
Facebook maps the swine flu hysteria  —  There have been a lot of resources that have surfaced to help track the newly spreading swine flu.  On Monday, we covered some of these online resources to help you stay on top of it.  Tuesday night, Facebook released some interesting data …
Discussion: Mashable! and E-Media Tidbits
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Tragic Story Shows Limits of Startups Like ReputationDefender  —  Earlier this month, I wrote a short post about the startup ReputationDefender, whose mission it is to obliterate the damaging links of its clients, who pay it on a month-to-month or yearly basis.
David Ellis / 1UP.com:
New PSP Named And Coming This Fall  —  Sources confirm the next PSP will gain an internal flash drive, ditch UMD, and nix the rumored second analog nub.  —  (Not an Actual PSP Go!  Photo)  —  Rumors of a major PSP hardware redesign have repeatedly bubbled to the surface over the last several months …
MG Siegler / MobileCrunch:
Is Palm Rolling Out The Pre The Day Before Apple's WWDC Keynote?  —  It's now just about May and there's still been no official word from Palm when it comes to an official launch date or pricing for the Pre.  All we know is what we've known for a long time — it'll launch the first half of 2009; a window that is quickly closing.
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Tellme voice app to search Windows Mobile  —  Everybody chuckled when Tellme, a mobile voice company snapped up by Microsoft almost two years ago, released its smartphone voice search application for BlackBerry, instead of for Windows Mobile.  Thanks to a new native application that will be released …
New York Magazine:
The Twitter Approval Matrix  —  Our deliberately oversimplified guide to whose tweets are worth following.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Tony Peric / prethinking.com:
Palm Pre Early SDK: New WebOS Screenshots  —  Click on it for the whole Gallery!  —  This just in from an anonymous source: Several beautiful shots showing Palm's WebOS in action.  In one shot, you can see the following items under Preferences>software: Bluetooth, calculator, calendar …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
IAC Buys UrbanSpoon Based On Good Recommendations  —  UrbanSpoon, a restaurant recommendation service, started out with a simple plan.  It was three former Jobster employees, Ethan Lowry, Adam Doppelt and Patrick O'Donnell who set out to see if they could build a company in today's world without needing …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
Adding search power to public data  —  Earthquakes are not the only thing that can shake Silicon Valley.  After the dot-com bubble burst back in 2000 the unemployment rate of Santa Clara county went up to 9.1%.  During the last couple of months, it has gone up again:
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Oracle-Sun deal renews calls for OpenOffice.org's independence  —  Question remains about best role model: Mozilla, Apache or Linux Foundation?  —  Computerworld) Oracle Corp.'s purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc. announced last week is reviving calls for Sun's open-source OpenOffice.org suite …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Browsing the neighborhood on Zillow's new iPhone app  —  Home buyers, real estate agents and nosy neighbors now can get the power of Zillow.com in the palm of their hands.  The Seattle online real estate upstart today is unveiling a free iPhone application that allows users to browse property information …
Rudy Ruitenberg / Bloomberg:
France Telecom First-Quarter Profit Drops 4.4% on Cost of TV Programming  —  France Telecom SA, Europe's third- largest phone company, said first-quarter profit fell 4.4 percent on costs to buy programming for its new television services in France.  —  Earnings before interest …
Discussion: paidContent and mocoNews
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Swedish ISPs vow to erase users' traffic data  —  Having apparently been scared off illegal file sharing in large numbers by a new Swedish law that went into effect April 1, pirates in that country now have a new safe harbor to escape law enforcement.  —  Three Swedish Internet service providers …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Signs Agreement With GSA  —  When you think of the government, you probably don't think of forward thinking but apparently someone in the GSA is as they've officially signed an agreement with Facebook.  The agreement is relatively basic but it lays the ground work for government agencies to use Facebook for any purpose.
Jessica Lee / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook Reports: Why Hasn't Facebook Grown More in China?  —  Facebook recently celebrated its 200 millionth active user.  Interestingly, according to Facebook, only 300,000 of those users are in China - a small figure considering the fact that China is the most populous country …
Thanks:atul
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's New Era  —  The Jobs era has been defined by software.  Is that changing?  —  Apple is working on something big.  But it's too soon to know what, exactly, Steve Jobs & Co. are doing.  But it is not too early to know who is doing it.  And that, ultimately, may be more important.
 
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Panda introduces cloud-based free antivirus
Discussion: AppScout and Computerworld Blogs
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
As Sarkozy Pushes Three Strikes, He Pays Up For His Own Copyright Violations
Discussion: Reuters
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Four years and two lawsuits later, RIAA settles for $7,000
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday:
Twitter and the DMCA: A Fine Mess
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's annual developer conference sells out in record time
 Earlier Items: 
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Revenue and Profits Plunge at Sun Microsystems
Discussion: TechSpot and Sun Microsystems
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Associated Content Raises $6 Million For Publishing Platform
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
OnlineBootyCall is great for hooking up, but can it be more?
Rajen Sheth / Google Enterprise Blog:
What we talk about when we talk about cloud computing