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10:30 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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finishes Vista SP2  —  Yesterday's rumors were true: Microsoft has released to manufacturing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 R2.  —  SP2 hit the torrents on April 28, hours before Microsoft officially announced it was done (via a posting to the Windows Vista Team Blog).
Steve O'Hear / last100:
PR wars: Palm Pre could go on sale 24 hours before next gen iPhone unveiled  —  The latest rumored release date for Palm's comeback device, the Palm Pre, is June 7th, one day before Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC).  If true, this would be an audacious move from the handset maker …
Discussion: PreCentral.net and tinyComb
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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 …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Windows 7's virtual XP has intangible system requirements  —  Microsoft tickled our meta-OS fancies last week by talking up the virtualized version of Windows XP included with Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate Edition.  However, the company has now revealed that ponying up for one of the top tiers …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Download Squad
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft's silence on Windows release date reflects new era
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
TellMe voice search ready for Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Microsoft will begin offering phone makers a native version of its TellMe voice search technology customized for Windows Mobile 6.5 starting on April 29.  —  According to CNet.com's Download Blog:
Discussion: Gearlog and Silicon Alley Insider
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
Will Oremus / Mercury News:
Apple CEO stays home; attorney makes case for demolishing Woodside home  —  Steve Jobs stayed home Tuesday night, leaving his attorney to make the case to the Woodside Town Council that he should be allowed to demolish his historic 14-bedroom house and build a new one.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and The Mac Observer
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 …
David Richards / Smarthouse:
Panasonic Working On OLED New 37" TV In 18 months  —  Senior Pansonic executives who were in Australia yesterday for the launch of a new range of plasma TVs including a new 54" 1" thick wireless TV have said that Pansonic is currently researching HD OLED TV and that the Japanese Company will have an OLED TV within 18 months to 2 years.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Panda introduces cloud-based free antivirus  —  With threats like Conficker fresh in the public's mind, security remains a top concern for Windows users.  Panda Security, publishers of Panda Internet Security and Panda Antivirus, is set to take antivirus where it hasn't been yet: into the clouds.
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.
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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
$99 - The new “high end” for GPUs  —  AMD's launch off the Radeon HD 4770 redefines the graphics card market, and has the potential to make $99 the new “high end” for GPUs.  —  The last couple of years have been great for PC gaming enthusiasts looking for more power and more frames per second.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IMShopping Is A Human Powered Product Search Engine For Twitter  —  IMshopping has launched a human-powered shopping search site and Twitter shopping service designed to help consumers find niche products on the web.  It's sort of like a shopping 411 service, which human guides on call respond …
New York Magazine:
The Twitter Approval Matrix  —  Our deliberately oversimplified guide to whose tweets are worth following.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
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 …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Reinventing the Book in the Age of the Web  —  There's a lot of excitement about ebooks these days, and rightly so.  While Amazon doesn't release sales figures for the Kindle, there's no question that it represents a turning point in the public perception of ebook devices.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Conductor Raises $10 Million For SEO Management And Optimization Technology
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Huw Jones / Reuters:
EU reaches draft deal over Internet spat
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
Big Bang machine detectors will be ‘even more perfect’
Discussion: DailyTech and digg.com
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Working on Several Android Devices
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jessica Lee / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook Reports: Why Hasn't Facebook Grown More in China?
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Rudy Ruitenberg / Bloomberg:
France Telecom First-Quarter Profit Drops 4.4% on Cost of TV Programming
Discussion: paidContent
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Tragic Story Shows Limits of Startups Like ReputationDefender
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Signs Agreement With GSA
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday:
Twitter and the DMCA: A Fine Mess