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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 …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Odd Net Out CBS Responds To Disney Joining News Corp-NBCU In Hulu
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, 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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: coldplay and Gizmodo
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 and Facebook
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
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Microsoft gives you Windows 7 RC for a year, free  —  The Windows 7 release candidate beta looks like a free trial offer, but you should really plan where you go from there  —  Microsoft has announced that the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 will be available to the public as a free download on May 5.
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 …
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.
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Minnesota orders ISPs to blacklist gambling sites  —  The state of Minnesota has handed Internet providers a 7-page blacklist of gambling Web sites that they're supposed to prevent customers from accessing, a move that raises First Amendment and technical concerns.
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 Domain Name Wire
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.
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Robot Made Me Do It: Comparing Three New Cyborg Q&A Services  —  One part people, one part machine.  Is that a formula for more effective decision making?  A number of high-profile entrepreneurs believe it is, and they are starting companies based on the idea.
Discussion: andyhickl.com
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked  —  A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.  —  Another Twitter administrative account has been compromised, apparently as a result of the same weakness in the Yahoo Mail password-recovery system …
 
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Google, Books and the Nature of Evil
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
New consumer confidence seen as boon to Apple
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Microsoft Offers Secure Windows ... But Only to the Government
Discussion: threatpost and digg.com
isen.blog:
Broadband without Internet ain't worth squat
Discussion: Joho the Blog
Lessig Blog:
update on Warner Music
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Priority for MySpace: Do something about those virtual currency plans
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle to expand Web-based software offerings: source
Discussion: Between the Lines
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Zend PHP framework accesses Amazon cloud
Mike / Marksonland:
Google Likes To Steal Other's Thunder
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intelius buys Spock, the people search engine
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechFlash
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Papa Johns Says iPhone App is a Dud - Maybe They Should Try Launching a Real One
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android Angst