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5:00 AM ET, April 30, 2009

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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 …
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.
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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Sean Percival / lalawag:
Yahoo! Layoffs Begin  —  Our sources reveal that the anticipated 700 layoffs have already started at Yahoo.  After posting falling results for Q1 a week ago, shiny new CEO Carol Bartz indicated this round of layoffs was on the way.  Expected to be around 700 employees, we are told the actual number is around 600.
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.
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.
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
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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
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.
Adam Smith / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google Book Search settlement will expand access  —  Over the last few weeks we've heard a number of questions about the Google Book Search settlement and what it means for readers.  Over the coming days, we'll attempt to answer some of those questions on this blog, but first …
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Scott Cleland / The Precursor Blog:
The Broader Implications of DOJ's Book Settlement Investigation
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 …
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.
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”.
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!
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Get Facebook on Your Desktop with New Official App  —  At the same time as Facebook announced their Open Stream API technology, the company also released a desktop application built with Adobe AIR as a way to demonstrate the sorts of things that the new technology makes possible.
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
With YQL Execute, the Internet becomes your database  —  The Yahoo! Query Language lets you query, filter, and join data across any web data source or service on the web.  Using our YQL web service, apps run faster with fewer lines of code and a smaller network footprint.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb, CIO.com and eWeek, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Phishing Attack Underway At Facebook.  Don't Sign In To Fbaction.net  —  We've received multiple tips of a new phishing attack that has broken out on Facebook.  If you get an email message that looks to be from Facebook with the subject, “Hello,” and featuring the text below, don't bother clicking on the link included.
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Vodafone: Android could appear without Google  —  Plus more Android handsets from Voda in the future  —  Vodafone has confirmed that it has been looking at other Android phones in order to complement the new HTC Magic, which will be launching in stores from 1 May, and also hinted that Android might appear without Google in the future.
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 …
iSuppli:
Palm Pre Aims at the iPhone, iSuppli Preliminary Cost Analysis Reveals  —  Palm Inc. is aiming high with its new Pre, a smart phone that rival's Apple Inc.'s iPhone in terms of slickness—and in terms of hardware features—according to a virtual teardown conducted by iSuppli Corp.
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.
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).
Discussion: SEO by the Sea
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Platform-A Head Coleman Out at AOL, as Well as CFO (and More to Come?)  —  Platform-A President Greg Coleman-the former Yahoo (YHOO) advertising sales exec who came to AOL only three months ago-is leaving the company, sources said, as new CEO Tim Armstrong remakes his top staff …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Twitter Aggregator Sawhorse Media Raises Seed Round, Launches Pets, Celeb Sites  —  Sawhorse Media, the company behind the Shorty Awards, has raised an undisclosed seed round to support its growing list of Twitter aggregation sites, paidContent has learned.  Backers include Fred Seibert and Marta Wohrle.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Slingbox 3G Fine Print Returns... - New TOS language takes aim at place shifting...  Earlier this month, AT&T modified their 3G terms of service to seemingly ban Slingbox functionality to “any mobile device” across their HSDPA wireless broadband network.
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
NVIDIA prepping GeForce GTX 285 for Mac Pro
Discussion: Engadget, Pulse2 and Electronista
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
Martin Howell / Summit Notebook:
SEC's Schapiro says journalist job cuts worrying
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Has the GPL out-lived its usefulness?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture capitalists: “Roll over, Goldman, and tell Morgan Stanley the news”
Discussion: MagnetMail and PE Hub Blog
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Sony's Free Realms takes on Runescape
Discussion: AppScout and Massively
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
High Payouts From Microsoft PubCenter May Be Too Good To Be True
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
US cyber-security ‘embarrassing’
Fred / A VC:
The Venture Capital Math Problem
Discussion: GigaOM and Venture Chronicles, Thanks:atul