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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Quicken Online strikes back at upstarts with iPhone app  —  There's been a lot of buzz around personal finance websites like Mint and Wesabe, but finance software maker Intuit has joined the online fray too- and no, not just by sending threatening letters to Mint.
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.
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?
Mike / Marksonland:
Google Likes To Steal Other's Thunder  —  In the office, Rich and Greg were noting that some of Google's recent announcements had some pretty interesting timing.  To wit:  —  * This past Tuesday, Wolfram Alpha announces its structured data search product.  On the same day, Google announced its new structured data product.
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.
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Apple:
Twitter.  Triumph of humanity.  —  Twitter's meteoric rise to ubiquity is proof positive that the world, in all its complexity, is eager to embrace simplicity.  Wielding more impact on social networking than most communication tools this generation has yet seen, Twitter is one of those universal phenomena …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
New Zealand Officials To Scrap Copyright Law; Start From Scratch  —  There was a lot of controversy over the past few months concerning an attempt to change copyright law in New Zealand.  After tremendous uproar over the fact that the law (a version of three strikes) basically …
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Allan Swann / National Business Review:   Entire Copyright Act to be scrapped
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
Discussion: MediaMemo, 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.
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? …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want To Avoid Swine Flu?  There's An App For That Too.  —  Yesterday, we talked a bit about how some companies are clearly trying to capitalize on the Swine Flu craze that is sweeping the nation.  Naturally, someone just had to make an iPhone app.  —  And the winner is IntuApps …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Wolfram Alpha Demo Returns, This Time With Actual Footage Of The Service  —  Yesterday, days of hype culminated in the unveiling of the Wolfram Alpha search engine, which made its debut at a presentation put on by Harvard University's Berkman Center.  Unfortunately the resulting video footage turned …
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 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: paidContent.org and TechFlash
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Developers Threaten To Sue Apple Over Late Payments  —  We've reported in the past on how Apple has not only been late on payments to iPhone app developers, but has also neglected to pay some developers for their app sales at the store entirely.  We thought that perhaps our post might call Apple's attention to the problem.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Next iPhone to Easily Record, Edit and Share Movies?  —  Considering all the leaked evidence of video recording and editing in the iPhone 3.0 beta, it's not really a stretch to predict that the next iPhone will offer long-requested video features.  Still, Businessweek's Peter Burrows confirms …
David Carnoy / CNET News:
70 percent of Kindle owners over 40?  —  Back in March, I did a post titled, “What's the average age of Kindle owners?”  I cited a thread in Amazon.com's forums discussing Kindle owners' ages.  —  Well, I have a little follow-up on the whole issue.  Apparently, someone went ahead …
Discussion: TeleRead and Engadget
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
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CrunchGear, Thanks:atul
John Markoff / New York Times:
With New Software, Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors  —  The Iranian government, more than almost any other, censors what citizens can read online, using elaborate technology to block millions of Web sites offering news, commentary, videos, music and, until recently, Facebook and YouTube.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle to expand Web-based software offerings: source  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Oracle Corp, the world's No. 2 business software maker, plans to expand its small line of programs that companies access via the Web, said a person familiar with the strategy.  —  The person, who was not authorized …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Zend PHP framework accesses Amazon cloud  —  In addition to Amazon cloud capabilities, Zend Framework 1.8 also offers RAD tooling  —  Zend Technologies, maker of tools for building PHP applications, is extending its Web development framework to the Amazon Web Services computing cloud.
Discussion: Zend.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Priority for MySpace: Do something about those virtual currency plans  —  Last summer, MySpace heard about Facebook's still-unclear plans for a virtual currency and began hatching its own.  While Facebook has been running possibly related experiments like credits, it's been relatively quiet on its plans.
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Giving Away 250,000 Google Profile Business Cards
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
The EFF digs deep into the FBI's “everything bucket”
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Papa Johns Says iPhone App is a Dud - Maybe They Should Try Launching a Real One
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Custom Search Cuts uTorrent Off
Discussion: WebProNews
Navneet Goel / Google Enterprise Blog:
Sync Google Apps user accounts with your LDAP system
Discussion: CloudAve and ITworld.com
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Why Google Will Soon Steal Share From Baidu In China
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Federal Felony To Use Blogs, the Web, Etc.  To Cause Substantial …
Associated Press:
Frugal Google raised 1Q lobbying tally to $880K
 Earlier Items: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Odd Net Out CBS Responds To Disney Joining News Corp-NBCU In Hulu
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 to be dominant in 3 - 5 years, says Reeves
Discussion: Joystiq
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ARIN heads off IP address land grab
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Who's on deck in tech?
Discussion: Network World