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7:15 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?
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flickr Hit Hard By Yahoo Layoffs  —  Yahoo layoffs have started and 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.
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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.
Sean Percival / lalawag:
Yahoo! Layoffs Begin
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.
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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’ - Doesn't think that cable plant can handle demand....  On Monday we reported how Cablevision would soon be offering a 101Mbps+ connection at a $99 price point, a first for the industry.  Given the product is the marketing equivalent …
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 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Steven Hodson / Shooting at Bubbles:
FeedDemon does Google Reader - Rock On!  —  I have been a FeedDemon fan for almost as long as Nick Bradbury has been coding it.  For me it is one of the best RSS readers out there bar none.  Today though it got even better.  —  FeedDemon now supports Google Reader synchronization and Google Reader Shared Items.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
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 …
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Debut for world's fastest camera  —  The fastest imaging system ever devised has been demonstrated by researchers reporting in the journal Nature.  —  Their camera snaps images less than a half a billionth of a second long, capturing over six million of them in a second continuously.
New York Times:
Panel Advises Clarifying U.S. Plans on Cyberwar  —  The United States has no clear military policy about how the nation might respond to a cyberattack on its communications, financial or power networks, a panel of scientists and policy advisers warned Wednesday, and the country needs to clarify …
Discussion: Memex 1.1, The Register and threatpost
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.
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
A whole new FriendFeed  —  You might have noticed that FriendFeed looks pretty different today.  We've just launched a whole new design, and a host of features and improvements that comes along with it.  —  We unveiled this look three weeks ago in beta and have been busy gathering feedback and making improvements.
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
IACI: Diller Would “Love” To Buy Yahoo Personals  —  IAC/Interactive (IACI) CEO Barry Diller said on a conference call with analysts today that the company would be interested in acquiring Yahoo (YHOO) Personals, and that the two companies have talked about a possible deal.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SplashCast Figures Out That To Make Online TV Social, It Is All About The Chatter  —  One of the most social video experiences I've ever had on the Web was watching the Obama Inauguration speech on CNN.com alongside a live chat stream of commentary from all of my Facebook friends.
Discussion: SplashCast Blog and Mashable!
Tony Peric / prethinking.com:
Become a Palm Reviewer and get a Palm Pre for Free! (confirmed)  —  Palm is is now taking applications for their new “Real Palm Phone Reviewer” promotional campaign.  Well, you get to become a “Real Reviewer” and in return you will get a new phone courtesy of Palm and data-plan service for 6 months.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacker behind P2P botnet gets no jail time  —  Turns to good after spawning Nugache  —  Free whitepaper - WS_FTP Server product demonstration  —  A hacker who confessed he created one of the world's first botnets to use peer-to-peer technology won't spend any time in prison because of the assistance he's provided to prosecutors.
Discussion: Softpedia News
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola's “IRONMAN” Android handset says hello  —  Wait, what?  Motorola possibly doing a cross-marketing campaign with a blockbuster movie?  We kid, we kid, but hey, we wouldn't put it past them... We just got hit with some really interesting information — it's about this Motorola smartphone either called or code-named “IRONMAN”.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Gets Patent for Data Center Barges  —  The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Google a patent for its proposal for a floating data center that uses the ocean to provide power and cooling.  Google's patent application was filed in Feb. 2007, published in October 2008 and approved on Tuesday (and quickly noted by SEO by the Sea).
New York Times:
In Europe, Intel Faces a Large Antitrust Fine  —  BRUSSELS — European antitrust regulators, which have been aggressively pursuing what they see as anticompetitive practices among technology companies, could impose their largest fine ever in a market-dominance case against the chip maker Intel.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Is It Time To Send Google Maps Back To The Drawing Board?  —  Google Maps and its Local Business Center continue to be the ugly warts on Google's otherwise smooth surface.  But rather than the long-running problems with mapspam and hijacked listings, the latest sore spot appears …
Thanks:atul
Bloomberg:
Ericsson's First-Quarter Profit Declines 35 Percent on Costs to Cut Jobs  —  Ericsson AB, the world's largest maker of wireless phone networks, said first-quarter profit fell 35 percent as it took costs to eliminate jobs.  —  Net income fell to 1.72 billion kronor ($214 million) …
Anupreeta Das / MediaFile:
Tech M&A: Going down, down, down  —  Investment bank Jefferies recently released a report on technology M&A in the first quarter of 2009.  As one can imagine, there are few surprises.  We may as well give you the highlights here, which point to some signs of recovery compared to the end of last year …
Graeme Paton / Telegraph:
Primary schoolchildren will learn to read on Google in ‘slimmer’ curriculum  —  Computing skills will be put on an equal footing with literacy and numeracy in an overhaul of primary education that aims to slim down the curriculum - but not lose the basics.  —  Children will be taught …
Discussion: BBC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Spock And Intelius?  Uh Oh.  —  People search engine Spock is about to be sold, say multiple sources.  Spock was a hot startup back when it launched in 2007, but after an initial spike in traffic, the company has gone sideways and faded into obscurity.  People search, it seems …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Platform-A Head Coleman Out at AOL, as Well as CFO (and More to Come?)
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Get Facebook on Your Desktop with New Official App
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Things You Can Do With This New Facebook RSS App
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
OpenOfficers pitch Oracle on life after Sun
Discussion: TechSpot and Computerworld
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Twitter Aggregator Sawhorse Media Raises Seed Round, Launches Pets, Celeb Sites
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture capitalists: “Roll over, Goldman, and tell Morgan Stanley the news”
Discussion: MagnetMail and PE Hub Blog
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
With YQL Execute, the Internet becomes your database
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb, CIO.com and eWeek, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Your Facebook Profile Makes Marketers' Dreams Come True