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5:05 PM ET, May 1, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Valleywag Out.  Owen Thomas 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 is a bad blow for the site which significantly cut its workforce …
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.
Discussion: Maximum PC all
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
Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former RIAA Lawyer At DOJ Will Only Avoid RIAA Issues For A Year  —  Plenty of folks have noted that the Justice Department has been the landing place for a number of RIAA lawyers.  Some have suggested not to get too worked up about this, given that the Obama administration's ethics rules supposedly forbade …
Discussion: ProPublica
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sued Over Android Name... But Was It Actually Being Used?  —  A whole bunch of people have been sending in varieties of the story that Google has been sued by a guy named Erich Specht, who holds a trademark on the term “Android Data,” supposedly for Android Data Corporation, the company he apparently runs.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Problem With Cable Is Television  —  I've been looking closely at the recently announced first-quarter financial results of Comcast and Time Warner, the country's two largest cable systems.  —  Overall, these companies are doing quite well, making more money than ever, with lower capital investment.
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.
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 …
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
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Exclusive: Sony PSP Go!  Storage Tech Revealed  —  Sources close to Sony PSP development have hinted to Game On what Sony's planning to stick in its rumored smaller, sleeker PSP Go!.  Remember this CES 2009 press release back in January?  The one where SanDisk revealed a panoply of tinier, higher-speed memory products?
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
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 …
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,” …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases final Windows 7 system requirements  —  When Microsoft released the Beta of Windows 7 in January, it released a set of recommended system requirements for the Beta (which its officials noted were subject to change).  On April 30, concurrent with the beginning of the delivery …
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Research In Motion: UBS Sees Economic Recovery Play
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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BBC:
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Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, PSFK and Engadget
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
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Discussion: Download Squad, coldplay and Gizmodo
ReadWriteWeb:
First-Mover Advantage Is About Compound Interest, Not Market Share
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Coming To The Blackberry (Leaked Pic)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Facebook's Photo Factory
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