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12:25 PM 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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:   Google book settlement delayed, DoJ has antitrust concerns
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Calgary to be Motorola's first Android phone, more news on Moto  —  It looks like our ninja took it personally yesterday when we mentioned how eager we were for more info on Motorola's Verizon-bound handsets.  That said, consider us shut up.  He swooped in with a few big updates …
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
An Early Peek Under The Palm Pre's Hood  —  Preliminary analysis by iSuppli suggests Palm will spend about $138 to build the new smartphone, almost half what it's expected to charge Sprint  —  To say Palm has a lot riding on the Pre smartphone is an understatement.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ex-DoubleClick CEO Rosenblatt To Leave Google  —  David Rosenblatt, Google's president of global display advertising, will leave the company on May 15, the latest in a string of top sales execs who have left Google or moved on to new roles in recent weeks.  —  The departure of Mr. Rosenblatt …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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).
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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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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Free Rides for Students on Amazon's Cloud  —  Amazon.com on Wednesday is launching a grant program that offers professors, researchers and students free access to its popular Web services - the storage and processing power that it usually rents on a per-use basis.  —  Getty Images
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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 and AppScout, Thanks:atul
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.
Winnie Creason / Inside AdSense:
Updates to the program policies page  —  If you've checked the AdSense program policies page today, you've probably noticed that we've just made a few small updates.  We'd like to take a moment to clarify what's been changed.  —  The first thing you might notice when you visit …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Sony's Crackle expands movie lineup  —  Crackle, the video site owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, has expanded its feature film lineup, which means that you can now watch “Groundhog Dag” or “Spider-Man 2” at the office, if your boss isn't looking.  —  Crackle now hosts “nearly 100” …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IAC Swings To Loss; Q1 Rev Dropped 10 Percent; Media & Advertising Down 22 Percent  —  Barry Diller's (pictured, right) IAC (NSDQ: IACI) lost $3.2 million on $332 million in revenue during the first quarter, part of a mixed batch of results that shows improvements in some areas but continued weakness in search and advertising.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Eucalyptus Systems raises $5.5M for a hybrid approach to cloud computing  —  Eucalyptus Systems, which supports an open source platform for companies that want the benefits of cloud computing on their own infrastructure, has raised $5.5 million in a first round of funding led by Benchmark Capital.
Discussion: GigaOM and VatorNews
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Miro Wins “Most Adorable Funding Model” With Adopt-a-Line-of-Code Program  —  You can keep your fusty old venture capital.  For our money, you can't beat the Tamagochi-eqsue cuteness of Miro's Code Adoption Program.  —  Miro is the free, open source, cross-platform online video player …
 
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
ACA: Metered Bandwidth Pricing Is Coming
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Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Working on Several Android Devices
Discussion: Gizmodo
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's silence on Windows release date reflects new era
Jessica Lee / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook Reports: Why Hasn't Facebook Grown More in China?
Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Tragic Story Shows Limits of Startups Like ReputationDefender
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Oracle-Sun deal renews calls for OpenOffice.org's independence
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The Twitter Approval Matrix
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul