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8:00 PM ET, April 30, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Eos: super-thin, 3G, and headed to AT&T?  —  Liked that blurry photo of a new Palm webOS phone we saw earlier?  Well how about some specs, a name, and a better look at this thing?  Enter the device above, apparently dubbed the Palm Eos (codenamed Castle... where have we seen that before? …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm's next webOS device?  Pre Centro?  —  One of our ninjas just hit us up with the above photo... they said it would be Palm's next webOS device, the rumored Centro-esque handset.  No specs or anything, just a “Fall” release date.  Sorry for the blurry and small photo, but it's legit!
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to introduce more affordable Macs, sources say  —  Determined to grow its share of the personal computer market during the worst economic climate in its corporate history, Apple is tailoring changes to a pair of its offerings that will help drive down prices of some of the most popular Macs, AppleInsider has learned.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 impressions, insights, and expectations  —  As you may or may not know, Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 has been officially handed out to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today, and there are plans to unleash the heavily-hyped OS to the waiting public at large come May 5th.
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PC Pro:
Windows 7 free for a year  —  Microsoft is effectively giving away Windows 7 free for a year with the launch of the Release Candidate.  —  The Release Candidate is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and will go on unlimited, general release on 5 May.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Microsoft:
Windows 7 Release Candidate Is Available From Microsoft  —  Industry experts advise partners, companies and developers to preview Microsoft's next operating system.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. has reached a significant milestone with the Release Candidate (RC) of the highly anticipated Windows …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
Acer confirms Windows 7 available 23 October … Acer has confirmed that Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on their new all-in-one Z5600 PC, from the 23 October 2009, not by the end of January 2010 as Microsoft has been previously suggesting.  —  Although some rumours have put …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Odd Net Out CBS Responds To Disney Joining News Corp-NBCU In Hulu  —  In the wake of the Disney deal with Hulu, what about CBS?  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar told paidContent he'd love to have CBS (NYSE: CBS) add its programming to the video service, while CBS Interactive, representing …
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Hulu Blog:
Like minds  —  Big day!  I'm happy to announce that The Walt Disney Company is going to join us in our admittedly ambitious mission.  The specifics are in the official release below.  —  As a Hulu team, we are over the moon for a number of reasons.  Yes, we are excited to help audiences …
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Disney to Acquire 30% Hulu Stake, Full ABC Shows on the Way: Report
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Is Serious About Gaming: Steals Xbox Senior Director of Strategy  —  Anybody who said Apple wasn't serious about gaming can swallow their pundit nuggets right now: They just hired Richard Teversham, Xbox Europe's (now former) senior director of business, insights and strategy.
Christian Science Monitor:
Is Twitter the next Second Life?  —  Lance Armstrong loves it.  Oprah's all over it.  Ashton Kutcher found a million people to follow him on it.  Heck, Barack Obama used it to get elected president.  So why is Twitter in trouble?  —  According to David Martin, Vice President of Primary Research …
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Nielsen Wire:
Return of the Twitter Quitters
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Time's 100 Most Influential People Includes 4chan And Twitter Creators  —  This list is in.  Time has released its annual Time 100 list, honoring the most influential people in the world.  There are a lot of interesting names including Sarah Palin and President Obama, but let's focus on the names from the tech sphere.
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Ashton Kutcher / Time:   The Twitter Guys  —  Years from now, when historians reflect …
Rick Astley / Time:   moot  —  Back in the '80s, I was known for being reclusive …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Search for Everyone!  —  Every public update sent to Twitter from anywhere in the world 24/7 can be instantly indexed and made discoverable via our newly launched real-time search.  What was that loud noise outside your apartment?  Did you just feel an earthquake?
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:atul
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android Angst  —  A software developer has sued the Internet giant over the trademarked term Android.  —  Could a lawsuit hold up Android, Google's high-priority, open-source software project?  —  It could if Erich Specht gets his way.  The software developer is seeking close …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Sweeps JD Power Consumer Smartphone Ratings — Except In Battery Life  —  The latest 2009 JD Power Consumer Smartphone Satisfaction Study numbers are in.  And the winner is ... the iPhone.  Apple's device nearly swept every category, with top marks in operating system, features …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: “The Pre Is DOA”  —  Here's the flip side of reports that Palm plans to deliberately keep supplies of the Pre artificially low to foster the perception of a shortage and spur demand: There will be a shortage, but it won't be deliberate or artificial.
Thanks:atul
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Twitter is dominated by males.  Quick: What does that mean?  —  The majority of people who send text messages on Twitter are male, according to a study released by Nielsen Mobile, a mobile market research company.  —  Some 57 percent of Twitter users are men, while only 45 percent of users …
Discussion: Mashable!
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PRWeb:   Nielsen Mobile Highlights Twitter and Predicto as Industry Leaders …
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.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Who's on deck in tech?  —  Apple's Steve Jobs isn't the only chief executive apparently without a concrete plan for passing the torch.  Surprisingly few technology CEOs have anointed heirs.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Last year when Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed visible signs of illness …
Discussion: Network World
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 …
Peter Vajgel / Facebook:
Needle in a haystack: efficient storage of billions of photos  —  The Photos application is one of Facebook's most popular features.  Up to date, users have uploaded over 15 billion photos which makes Facebook the biggest photo sharing website.  For each uploaded photo …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 to be dominant in 3 - 5 years, says Reeves  —  Outgoing Sony Europe president David Reeves has said that the PlayStation 3 still has a long way to go before it can overtake Microsoft's Xbox 360 on the market, with the exec predicting it could take up to five more years for the console to become the market leader.
Discussion: Joystiq
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Federal Felony To Use Blogs, the Web, Etc.  To Cause Substantial Emotional Distress Through “Severe, Repeated, and Hostile” Speech?  That's what a House of Representatives bill, proposed by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez and 14 others, would do.  Here's the relevant text:
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: RIM  —  As Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) gets set to open its annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando next week, analysts and gadget fans are expecting an introduction to the BlackBerry Niagara.  —  This will sound familiar to Tech Rumor readers who may recall …
WordPress:
Make Friends with BuddyPress  —  Filed under Cousins.  —  What if there was software with the elegance and extensibility of WordPress but all the features you've come to expect from social networks like Facebook?  Now there is: check out BuddyPress.  —  BuddyPress is an official sister project of WordPress.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
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Allan Swann / National Business Review:
Entire Copyright Act to be scrapped
Discussion: Techdirt
Associated Press:
Frugal Google raised 1Q lobbying tally to $880K
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ARIN heads off IP address land grab
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg Will Be Profitable By 2010, Says CEO
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft fires another shot at Linux netbooks by extending XP availability
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Liliputing, Thanks:leemathews
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Ruba Banking on Facebook Connect to Accelerate User Generated Content Library
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mobile Communication Startup fring Bags More Funding
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes Default Location Provider For Firefox
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Inspired By A Pile Of Crap, Gmail Adds More Emoticons
Discussion: WebProNews, Gmail Blog and Webware.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah to launch cause-oriented iPhone entertainment apps
Discussion: Macworld and Pulse2
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Filing confirms Apple exploring carbon fiber Mac enclosures
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Register and MacRumors
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Amazon starts charging by the megabyte for delivering personal …