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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Facebook's Photo Factory  —  Ever since I got BlackBerry 8900 with a 3.2 Megapixel camera, I've been busy taking photos — randomly at times — and uploading them to my Facebook account to share with 2,000 or so of my closest friends.  Apparently I'm just one of millions of people …
Discussion: Guardian
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Peter Vajgel / Facebook:
Needle in a haystack: efficient storage of billions of photos
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
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 …
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
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 …
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?
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Nielsen Wire:
Return of the Twitter Quitters
Discussion: Twitterrati, Search Engine Watch and MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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.
isen.blog:
Broadband without Internet ain't worth squat  —  We communications professionals risk forgetting why the  —  networks we build and run are valuable.  We forget what we're  —  connecting to what.  We get so close to the ducts and splices  —  and boxes and protocols that we lose the big picture.
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 …
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 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
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: The Toybox, TeleRead and Engadget
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Microsoft Offers Secure Windows ... But Only to the Government  —  It's the most secure distribution version of Windows XP ever produced by Microsoft: More than 600 settings are locked down tight, and critical security patches can be installed in an average of 72 hours instead of 57 days.
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Giving Away 250,000 Google Profile Business Cards  —  Google has teamed up with iPrint.com to offer free Google Profile business cards to the first 10,000 people who claim them.  Each person can get a set of 25 cards that shows the Google.com home page with his/her Google Profile URL underneath it in green.
Thanks:mattmcgee
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
GoDaddy Advises Against Buying a Domain Name from a Disappearing Island  —  If you want to buy a .tv domain name, Bob Parsons's GoDaddy registrar will sell it to you.  But not without a tsk-tsk lecture about how the island of Tuvalu, which owns .tv, is sinking.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Domain Name Wire
Lessig Blog:
update on Warner Music  —  As you may have read me tweet, the organization that hosted me for this talk:  —  Received a notice that Warner Music had objected to its being posted on copyright grounds.  Apparently, YouTube's content-ID algorithm had found music in the video that they claimed ownership to.
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Priority for MySpace: Do something about those virtual currency plans
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Zend PHP framework accesses Amazon cloud
Discussion: Zend.com
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 …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
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Associated Press:
Frugal Google raised 1Q lobbying tally to $880K
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 and Kotaku
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ARIN heads off IP address land grab
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: “The Pre Is DOA”
Discussion: TechCrunch and CrunchGear, Thanks:atul
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Is Serious About Gaming: Steals Xbox Senior Director of Strategy
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
Acer confirms Windows 7 available 23 October