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12:30 PM ET, May 4, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New Amazon Device Debuts Wednesday  —  The last time Amazon (AMZN) held a press conference in New York City was in February, when it introduced the Kindle 2.0.  Now it is scheduling one for Wednesday morning at Pace University in lower Manhattan.  —  Expect a new, large format device that's optimized …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Big Screen Kindle Hail Mary To Newspapers Will Fall Incomplete
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Outsold By BlackBerry Curve In U.S. Last Quarter  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was not the most-purchased consumer smartphone in the first quarter, according to research firm NPD Group.  That title goes to RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Curve 8300 series, which was on sale at more carriers …
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npd.com:
RIM Unseats Apple in The NPD Group's Latest Smartphone Ranking  —  Buy-one-get-one promotions helps RIM increase U.S. consumer market share in first quarter of 2009 … - RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)  — Apple iPhone 3G (all models)  — RIM BlackBerry Storm
Jerry Shen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch an 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month, but will still consider 10-inch the mainstream specification for 2009, account for 50% of total shipments, while 11.6-inch models will account for 30%, according to company president Jerry Shen.
Ludovic Privat / GPS BUSINESS NEWS:
NAVIGON stops PND business in North America  —  After a few days of rumors about NAVIGON withdrawal from the North American market, NAVIGON's CEO Egon Minar spoke this morning to GPS Business News: “Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw …
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
Globe says it won't file closing notice  —  Boston Globe management said today that it won't file a plant closing notice required to shutter the newspaper after reaching cost saving agreements with six of seven unions involved in negotiations for concessions.
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaFile
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Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The two trends that are conspiring against Microsoft  —  If you clicked into this article thinking it would be a Microsoft bashapalooza or a vapid prediction about the downfall of the Seattle software giant then you're going to be disappointed.  —  Microsoft isn't going anywhere.
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Facebook Co-Founder Settles in at General Catalyst: Out to Learn and Help Young Entrepreneurs  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  This article is a prototype for a new, still-unnamed weekly column featuring conversations with local innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Trent Reznor rips Apple, rates smartphone OSes  —  Why should you care about what Trent Reznor has to say about Apple or smartphones in general?  Well, for one thing, the front-man for Nine Inch Nails is a digital music visionary who's gone it alone and found gold in the deep coffers of the Internet.
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Driven by success of Boost Monthly Unlimited and wholesale, achieved the best sequential improvement in total gross additions, and loss of 182,000 total net subscribers represents a sequential improvement of over 1 million …
PC World:
Microsoft Mum on Vista Plans After Windows 7 Launch  —  How long does Microsoft plan to keep selling copies of its Windows Vista operating system after the upcoming launch of Windows 7?  The company isn't saying.  —  With previous versions of Windows, Microsoft used a transition period …
Discussion: Technologizer
Nokia:
Nokia E71x with AT&T in stores across the U.S. today  —  Text it, don't say it - survey reveals growing trend in messaging  —  White Plains, NY, USA - Nokia announced that the slimmest smartphone on the market, the Nokia E71x, will be available in AT&T retail stores and online beginning today.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM rolls out latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server  —  RIM on Monday said its latest enterprise server was available and detailed a strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard.  —  As expected, RIM rolled out its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.  The latest version offers more IT administration controls …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two More Places We'd Like To See Twitter  —  Now that we're hooked on Twitter, we keep running across places in life where instant access to the messaging/microblogging service makes sense.  No doubt Twitter's bizdev phones are ringing off the hook, but here's two places we'd love to hook into Twitter:
Matt Asay / CNET News:
SpringSource acquires Hyperic, with eye to take on IBM, Microsoft  —  SpringSource announced Monday its acquisition of Hyperic, a move that signals a new phase of commercial open-source competition.  —  Until recently, open-source vendors like SpringSource seemed content to play …
Fred / A VC:
The End Of The IPO Drought Is Coming  —  I've said it a few times on this blog recently as offhand comments, but I feel compelled to say it a bit more loudly.  I think we will see the end of the IPO drought for venture backed companies within the next year, possibly by the end of this year.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Dealscape, Thanks:wedocreative
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Merge With Liberty Entertainment  —  DirecTV Group Inc. will merge with majority shareholder Liberty Entertainment once that unit is spun off from parent company Liberty Media Corp. as the John Malone-controlled vehicle looks to simplify its capital structure.
Philip Lam / prethinking.com:
Palm Pre Training to officially start on May 6th for Sprint Employees  —  We broke the news on Sprint Employees getting Palm Pre training starting in April, turns out that they were just picking store advocates.  Now time for some new Pre-training details!  According to Coal over at SprintGuru …
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Jive Introduce ‘Software as a Service’ Social Business Express  —  Jive Software are launching a free for 90 days cloud version of their ‘Social Business Software’ (SBS) today - a lighter weight hosted solution for those who are grappling with internal infrastructure and resources challenges …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Boost Mobile Promises to Fix Text-Messaging Delays
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Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Japanese using mobile phones to find nearest lavatory
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: The Hunt for Insights in the Online Chatter About Swine Flu
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Mobile Ad Spending Mobilizes, Albeit At A Slightly Slower Rate
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Web giants must limit internet's carbon footprint, say experts
Discussion: Gawker
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Bits
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Five-year hole may help Google in Android trademark lawsuit
Discussion: eWeek, Digital Daily and Open Source
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Scalia: Free Speech Trumps Privacy Online
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
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