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1:00 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 four months of negotiations.  Tens of millions of dollars help, too.
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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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: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:paulboutin
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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: Quick Online Tips and Gearlog, Thanks:mattmcgee
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 …
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
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Chips: March Sales Up 3.3% From Feb.; Q1 Off 29.9%  —  Worldwide chip sales in March rose 3.3% from February, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.  —  The new data confirms what many chip makers have said in their Q1 earnings reports: that demand showed signs of stabilizing toward the end of the first quarter.
Discussion: GigaOM, Digital Daily and VentureBeat
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.
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 …
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.
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Canada joins China, Russia in US list of top IP scofflaws  —  The usual suspects have shown up once again on the US Trade Representative's annual Special 301 report on nations that need to step up their game when it comes to enforcing intellectual property rights.
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and Techdirt
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
HP Researchers Design Intelligent Social Network with Focus on “Real” Friends  —  New from HP's Social Computing Lab comes news of Friendlee, an entirely new kind of social network that focuses on the intimate connections between close friends, family, and colleagues.
Discussion: TechNation Australia, Thanks:atul
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.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
LimeWire Chairman Assures Congress: Privacy Safeguards Are in Place  —  Peer-to-peer software company LimeWire is gently telling Congress to calm down, reassuring anxious lawmakers that the company's software prevents users from putting the nation's top secrets or their tax returns at risk …
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
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.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
New consumer confidence seen as boon to Apple  —  Bolstered by renewed optimism about the U.S. economy, consumers this spring are putting money aside to buy netbooks and Mac laptops, according to a report released Thursday by ChangeWave Research.  —  The ChangeWave survey of 3,231 high-end consumers …
 
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Financial Times:
Pressure rises on T-Mobile UK
Discussion: The Register, mocoNews and paidContent
BBC:
Norway tests laptop exam scheme
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, PSFK and Engadget
Courtney Lowery / NewWest:
Judge Shuts Down NewWest.Net Twitter Feed from Yellowstone Club Trial
Thanks:mattmcgee
Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Copyright Office holds hearings on proposed DMCA exemptions
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Google, Books and the Nature of Evil
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Recession's Effect on Entrepreneurship
Discussion: Independent Street
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Robot Made Me Do It: Comparing Three New Cyborg Q&A Services
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Developers Threaten To Sue Apple Over Late Payments
Mike / Marksonland:
Google Likes To Steal Other's Thunder
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Google Search right in Gmail