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7:20 AM ET, May 2, 2009

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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Cyber chief needs to be in White House: experts  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cybersecurity chief named to battle Internet viruses and larger challenges facing the information technology networks used by U.S. companies and national defense should be based in the White House, experts told a congressional panel on Friday.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
White House Photos — Does the Public Need a License to Use?  —  The White House has recently unveiled its Official White House Photostream on Flickr, posting dozens of stunning photos by official photographer Pete Souza.  In posting the photos, the White House chose the least restrictive license available …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Why Did the White House Delete Bush's Tweets?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Impressive: The Wolfram Alpha “Fact Engine”  —  Much attention has been focused on the forthcoming Wolfram Alpha search service.  Will it be as important as Google has become?  Perhaps!  A new search paradigm?  Yes!  Or at least a new way of gathering information.  A Google-killer?  Nope!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Shows Off The Power Of Facebook's New APIs  —  Earlier this week Facebook made the landmark (and long-awaited) announcement that it was going to enable the “Open Stream”, granting developers far more access and flexibility to Facebook data than they had before.
Vishesh Kumar / Digits:
Verizon to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Broadband Subscribers  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is preparing to offer free Wi-Fi access at hotspots to subscribers to its home broadband services, according to people familiar with the matter.  The phone giant will partner with Boingo …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:   Boingo Wireless Now $10 per Month
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Verizon's Wi-Fi Network: Is That a Marketing Stunt As Well?
Gabriel Snyder / Gawker:
Meet the New Valleywag: Ryan Tate  —  After terrorizing tech managers, Owen Thomas has decided to join 'em.  Emerging from the shadows to replace him as the Valleywag, is Ryan Tate who's already relishing the idea of life in the sunshine.  —  Owen took the Valleywag reins …
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Wladimir Palant / Adblock Plus and (a little) more:
Attention NoScript users  —  Recently I wrote about how not giving extension developers a good way to earn money might lead to very undesirable effects.  The recent events give an impression of the kind of effects we should expect here.  This is going to be about the popular NoScript extension which happens to make its money from ads.
Discussion: Slashdot
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Ozzie On His Company's Web Strategy  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, who famously zinged his company back in 2006 for not moving aggressively enough to the Web, was much kinder to the company during the annual State of Technology luncheon in Seattle Friday.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
First Live Photos of the Gemini - BlackBerry Curve 8520!  —  If you saw this forum post the other week or listened to our last podcast, you'll know that we've been starting to get a better idea of what the “Gemini” is all about.  And thanks to these first live photos, now you can see it for yourself!!!
John Cox / Macworld:
Is it time to cut the Ethernet access cable?  —  A range of companies with wireless LANs are discovering that 50 percent to 90 percent or more of Ethernet ports now go unused, because Wi-Fi has become so prevalent.  —  They look at racks of unused switches, ports, Ethernet wall jacks …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Verizon and ‘iPhone Lite’ Rumors  —  There's been much speculation this week regarding reports in BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal of talks between Apple and Verizon.  To wit: that Apple is considering Verizon for a future iPhone and/or its mythical forthcoming tablet.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Another Day, Another Entrepreneur Starts A Venture Fund: The University Funds  —  It's like its own (non-life threatening) epidemic, entrepreneurs creating new, early-stage venture capital firms as the overall industry contracts.  —  In addition to the handful of new, Bay Area teams establishing …
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
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.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Interest In Gaming Isn't Casual  —  Developers say the computer and gizmo maker is in gaming for the long haul.  —  Apple appears to be preparing an all-out assault on the handheld gaming market, moving to snap up gaming industry insiders from Microsoft to go with its growing team of graphics-chip specialists.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter Is Giving Facebook an Inferiority Complex  —  I'm not sure why, but Facebook seems to be completely thrown off its game by Twitter and all the attention being lavished on San Francisco-based start-up.  First Facebook added Twitter-styled status updates, much to the chagrin of its users.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Online Ad Recession Is Officially Here: First Quarterly Decline In Revenues  —  It was the last part of the advertising sector to fall and may be the first to recover, but online advertising is now in a recession.  With the four largest Web advertising companies (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft …
Thanks:atul
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.
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
iPhone's killer app: E-books?  —  O'Reilly's Ben Lorica took a look (slides below) at the developers behind the most successful applications on the iPhone and found that electronic books may be the killer app, simply because there is a such of wealth of offerings.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Experts Chart Spike in Cyber Sieges  —  Cyber attacks with enough firepower to knock entire countries off the Internet have spiked in recent months, raising fresh concerns within the security community about weaknesses in the Internet infrastructure that help create such weapons of mass disruption.
Lan Anh Nguyen / Forbes:
Craig Barrett's Farewell  —  The Intel chairman gives his parting thoughts on Asia, education and technology.  —  Craig Barrett has been at the helm of Intel for the last decade, first as chief executive officer from 1998 to 2005 and later as chairman.  His legacy is the semiconductor …
 
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
What World Of Warcraft Can Teach Us About Swine Flu
Discussion: mocoNews and canada.com, Thanks:c_santiago
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Some Phishers Targeting Owners of Large Facebook Groups
Discussion: All Facebook
Chris Williams / The Register:
Satellite to offer 10Mbit broadband to entire UK
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Should Buy Acer, Bernstein Says
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Sagar Meghani / Associated Press:
Pentagon uses Facebook, Twitter to spread message
Discussion: Threat Level and digg.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Problem With Cable Is Television
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon's Ebay Spinoff Valuation: $29 Million
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
The Sims 3 gets social network, microtransactions
Mina Kimes / Fortune:
Apple's app store thinks small