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12:10 PM ET, May 1, 2009

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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
What Disney-Hulu Means for Apple  —  The growing popularity of free video-viewing site Hulu could test the viability of Apple's pay-as-you-go iTunes download business  —  When Walt Disney (DIS) said it would start streaming shows via online video site Hulu, attention immediately turned …
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why It Took More Than Four Months, and Millions of Dollars, to Get “Lost” on Hulu  —  What does it take to add a third player to a joint venture between two media conglomerates?  More than 4 months of negotiations.  Tens of millions of dollars helps, too.  —  That's what finally allowed Disney …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Disney's Anne Sweeney Talks Hulu: It's All About Casual Viewers
Discussion: mocoNews, NewTeeVee and New York Times, Thanks:atul
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: Engadget
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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.
Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Sony's motion sensing controller for PS3 to be unveiled at E3  —  Sony's much rumored motion sensing controller for the Playstation 3 is real and it will likely be unveiled at E3.  —  That's what I've been hearing from several sources, one of whom has seen the device and two of whom …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
See Wolfram Alpha in Action: Our Screenshots  —  Last weekend, we attended a web demo of Wolfram Alpha, a new “computational knowledge engine” based on the work of Stephen Wolfram.  Some have dubbed Alpha a “Google killer,” but, in reality, it is very different from the standard search engines that we are all familiar with today.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Wolfram Alpha Demo Returns, This Time With Actual Footage Of The Service
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
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.
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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, Lonely CEO Media and Facebook
ReadWriteWeb:
First-Mover Advantage Is About Compound Interest, Not Market Share  —  “It is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.”  - Albert Einstein on compound interest.  —  There is a fallacy that startups need to be super-secretive and then, when they launch, move very fast to capture the market.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Coming To The Blackberry (Leaked Pic)  —  It's been just one month since email startup Xobni got an investment from the Blackberry Partners Fund, which brought its total B round up to $10 million, and already it has a working prototype for an upcoming Blackberry app.
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune Small Business:
Want the biggest iPod in the world?  —  Ask this small gadget shop, which specializes in going where Apple won't.  —  (Fortune Small Business) — Like many consumers, John Mayberry was looking to upgrade his iPod.  The IT technician had 50,000 songs stored on his computer, but his 60-gigabyte iPod maxed out at 12,000 songs.
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
AP's Curley Has Fightin' Words For Google  —  Associated Press Chief Tom Curley threatens a news blackout.  Will Google flinch?  —  If Associated Press Chief Executive Tom Curley's remarks this week about Google reflect the tenor of the talks between the two, discussions can't be going well.
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
President Obama's New Twitter Feed  —  Since the day Barack Obama took office as President, I've urged him to keep up his eager use of Twitter.  The fast-growing micro-blogging site had helped drive his campaign, both as a fundraising tool and as proof that the candidate had a firm grasp of the new, participatory Internet.
Discussion: Guardian and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:paulboutin
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.
Discussion: Gearlog, Thanks:mattmcgee
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Coldplay giving away free live album as MP3s  —  Coldplay has announced plans to give away a free nine-track live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, at every gig this year.  That'll be in CD form, but the album will also be made available as a free download from the band's website for fans not attending the concerts.
Discussion: Download Squad, coldplay and Gizmodo
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Fixya Adds Product Recommendations, And Why VC's Are Hot For It  —  Ask your average Israeli venture capitalist to name a few companies they're keeping tabs on and Fixya usually makes the short list—so do Benchmark's Conduit and Sequoia's Kenshoo.  If you haven't heard of Fixya …
Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Copyright Office holds hearings on proposed DMCA exemptions  —  Every three years, copyright activists see a glimmer of light in the dark tunnel of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  That's when US Copyright Office throws open its exemption process, in the ongoing effort …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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 …
Financial Times:
Pressure rises on T-Mobile UK  —  By Gerrit Wiesmann in Frankfurt and Andrew Parker in London  —  Deutsche Telekom is under pressure from its two main shareholders, the German government and Blackstone, the private equity group, to decide quickly whether to sell its ailing UK mobile telephone operations.
Discussion: The Register, mocoNews and paidContent
BBC:
Norway tests laptop exam scheme  —  About 6,000 students in Norway are doing exams on their laptops in a trial that could soon be rolled out across the country.  —  Every 16-19 year-old in Nord-Trondelag county in Norway has been trying out the laptop-based system.
Discussion: PSFK and Engadget
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.
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
Online Ad Spending To Follow Video and Social Networking  —  According to a new report on the Global Online Media Landscape by The Nielsen Company Online, engagement by Internet users is deepening, in part a result of a shift toward video content and social networking as popular online subcategories.
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: Gizmodo and Geekologie
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Recession's Effect on Entrepreneurship  —  How has the recession affected entrepreneurship?  So far, it's helped to drive it up.  —  That's according to a new studyfrom the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based organization.  The study, out Thursday, found that an average of 320 …
Discussion: Independent Street
Courtney Lowery / NewWest:
Judge Shuts Down NewWest.Net Twitter Feed from Yellowstone Club Trial  —  Federal Bankruptcy Judge Ralph B. Kirscher shut down the use of Twitter in a Missoula courtroom today during a trial that has pit the members of the ritzy Yellowstone Club against former owner Tim Blixseth and lender Credit Suisse.
Thanks:mattmcgee
 
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Microsoft Offers Secure Windows ... But Only to the Government
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Broadband without Internet ain't worth squat
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Lessig Blog:
update on Warner Music
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Mike / Marksonland:
Google Likes To Steal Other's Thunder
Discussion: Search Engine Land