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10:35 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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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 …
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: TechCrunch, CNET News and Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Google Search right in Gmail  —  I used to have a problem.  People would ask me questions, over chat or email, and I'd have to leave Gmail to search Google for an answer.  Then I'd have to select the answer, copy it, go back to Gmail and paste the answer into the chat window or my reply.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and OpsanBlog
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 …
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.
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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Rick Astley / Time:   moot  —  Back in the '80s, I was known for being reclusive …
Ashton Kutcher / Time:
The Twitter Guys  —  Years from now, when historians reflect …
Discussion: Guardian
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
Allan Swann / National Business Review:
Entire Copyright Act to be scrapped  —  The National government will freeze any further changes to the Copyright Act with an eye to throwing the whole thing out and rewriting it from scratch.  —  Over the last two months the National government has progressively scrapped Labour's ‘band-aid’ adjustments to the Copyright Act 1994.
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Custom Search Cuts uTorrent Off  —  With over 28 million active users a month, uTorrent has established itself as the client of choice for most BitTorrent users.  In an attempt to bring in some much needed revenue, BitTorrent Inc. decided to add a search engine to its website using Google's custom search program.
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intelius buys Spock, the people search engine  —  Intelius, a company that performs background checks on people, has acquired Spock, a people search engine, for an undisclosed amount.  —  The deal was signed today, VentureBeat just confirmed with Spock's co-founder Jaideep Singh.
Discussion: TechFlash
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
Associated Press:
Frugal Google raised 1Q lobbying tally to $880K  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Google Inc. has been getting more frugal with its employees and other expenses as the recession crimps its growth, but the Internet search leader isn't skimping on political lobbying, according to a recent disclosure form.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Cloud Standards Effort Could Turn into a Dustup  —  A trade organization whose members include IBM, Microsoft and a laundry list of other tech companies announced this week that it has formed a group to create standards for a way of accessing information over the Internet known as “cloud computing.”
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:
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Papa Johns Says iPhone App is a Dud - Maybe They Should Try Launching a Real One
Navneet Goel / Google Enterprise Blog:
Sync Google Apps user accounts with your LDAP system
Discussion: ITworld.com
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The $100 Million Mobile App Question
Discussion: Dealscape
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Why Google Will Soon Steal Share From Baidu In China
Discussion: mocoNews
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 to be dominant in 3 - 5 years, says Reeves
Discussion: Joystiq and Destructoid
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ARIN heads off IP address land grab
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Ruba Banking on Facebook Connect to Accelerate User Generated Content Library
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Twitter is dominated by males. Quick: What does that mean?
Discussion: PRWeb and Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes Default Location Provider For Firefox
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Inspired By A Pile Of Crap, Gmail Adds More Emoticons
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Filing confirms Apple exploring carbon fiber Mac enclosures
BBC:
Web tool ‘as important as Google’
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Mark Evans