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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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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 four months of negotiations.  Tens of millions of dollars help too.
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.
Discussion: MediaPost, Beet.TV and Gawker
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sorry, Tom Curley: Don't Expect A Google Ranking Boost For The AP  —  Apparently talks between Google and the Associated Press aren't going well, or so says Forbes today, with AP chief executive Tom Curley threatening to take his content and play elsewhere.  —  Where that will be is hard to say.
Thanks:atul
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.
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:   Why Did the White House Delete Bush's Tweets?
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: TechFlash and Engadget
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 to get motion-sensing add-on with full body game control?  —  Here's a wild one.  We just got a tip from someone who purports to be in the know on Microsoft's efforts to beat the Wii at its own motion-sensing game, with some of the details lining up with what we were hearing last year along these lines.
Discussion: SlashGear, Electronista and Gizmodo
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Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Sony's motion sensing controller for PS3 to be unveiled at E3
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Will Foleo Be Revived As A Netbook?  —  Is Palm (PALM) working on a netbook?  —  Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research, asserts in a note to clients today that Palm is doing exactly that: he says they intend to produce a $399 netbook that will run the Palm Web OS …
Discussion: Electronista, Liliputing and CrunchGear
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: TechCrunch, Quick Online Tips and Gearlog, Thanks:mattmcgee
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple says Psystar holding back info in Mac clone legal case  —  Apple this week asked a federal court judge to intervene in its discovery process with unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar, which is reportedly violating proper procedure by refusing to answer key questions and turn over critical financial information about its business.
Discussion: Macsimum News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Valleywag Out?  Owen Thomas Apparently Leaving Gawker.  —  Owen Thomas, who has run the Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag for the past couple years, is apparently leaving Gawker, the site's parent company, we've learned.  This move could be the final blow for the site which significantly cut …
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com:
Palm Eos Coming to Sprint After Pre Launch  —  Following the confirmation of the Palm Eos for AT&T, sources within Sprint have confirmed to PhoneNews.com the existence of the CDMA version of the forthcoming smart device for the carrier.  —  The device is currently testing within Sprint …
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.
Discussion: Macworld
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Twitter.co.uk - the tale of a forgotten domain  —  Ever been to Twitter.co.uk by mistake?  You're one of about 3,000 people who do exactly that every day - and that might not be a problem for Twitter if it actually owned the domain twitter.co.uk.  —  Instead, it is owned …
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
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
PHOTOS: Acer Aspire One 751 11.6 netbook … Acer pulled the covers off their new line-up of notebooks, netbooks, nettops and AIOs in London yesterday which we detailed earlier in April.  —  Two new netbook models were on display, the Aspire One 751 and D250, the former taking a slight departure with some interesting design details.
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 …
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
The Sims 3 gets social network, microtransactions  —  The online features for The Sims 3 have been detailed, and it will include a new in-game store for purchasing items as well as a heap of social networking features.  —  The release of the next main entry in The Sims franchise …
Mina Kimes / Fortune:
Apple's app store thinks small  —  With a new ad campaign and business-oriented downloads, the iPhone maker targets company owners and entrepreneurs.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — In the battle for corporate customers, BlackBerry reigns supreme.  But will the iPhone become the mobile device of choice for small businesses?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Washington Post's Slide Makes The New York Times Look Better  —  For the last year or so, the Washington Post Co. (WPO) has reported steadily declining results for its newspaper business-just like every other newspaper publisher in the country.  But in previous quarters …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
A Silver Ooze That Could Shrink the iPod  —  Bill Watkins, the outspoken former chief executive of Seagate, wants to make a thinner iPod.  —  The Silicon Valley veteran has joined the board of Vertical Circuits, a start-up that has come up with a technique for cramming large amounts of flash memory into a tight space.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon's Ebay Spinoff Valuation: $29 Million  —  Earlier this month we reported on eBay's spinoff of StumbleUpon, a company it owned for a little less than two years.  Ebay bought the company for $75 million in May 2007.  Unknown until now, though, was the spinoff value of StumbleUpon.
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.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast's Billion Dollar Project Nets Big Bandwidth - Comcast going all digital instead of 1Ghz, SDV  —  When discussing yesterday's stellar earnings in a conference call with analysts, Comcast cable division president Steve Burke spent a lot of time talking about “Project Cavalry,” …
BBC:
US ‘should go on cyber-offensive’  —  A US Air Force officer has told the BBC that his country should create an offensive botnet to target any forces that launch a cyber-attack against it.  —  Speaking on Radio 4's The Report, Col Charlie Williamson said the US was currently in “defensive mode” …
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
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.
 
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Will the Handset Spinoff Really Help Motorola?
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
HP Researchers Design Intelligent Social Network with Focus on “Real” Friends
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Canada joins China, Russia in US list of top IP scofflaws
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Chips: March Sales Up 3.3% From Feb.; Q1 Off 29.9%
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Recession's Effect on Entrepreneurship
Discussion: Independent Street
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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