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11:10 PM ET, May 5, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft sends second wave of layoff notices to 3,000  —  Microsoft on Tuesday notified more than 3,000 workers that it was eliminating their jobs.  —  The software maker said in January that it would cut up to 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months.  It made 1,400 cuts at the time.
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Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
AT&T releases iPhone app to help you track minutes and manage your account
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Mania: Google Got Shut Down.  Apple Rumors Heat Up.  —  Twitter!  Whether you use it or not, or understand it or not, it's the hottest thing in Silicon Valley right now.  It's brought up in every conversation.  And no wonder - the service has exploded to somewhere north …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ignore the Twitter Buyout Rumors: Here Are the Facts in Five …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Must Buy Twitter
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Companies buying Twitter: Enough already!
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is here!  —  As we previously announced, today the Windows 7 RC is now available for anyone interested in giving it a spin!  Typically, a release candidate is the last development milestone before release to manufacturing (RTM), signifying that engineering …
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Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Windows 7 Fail  —  Windows 7 RC is out today.  —  This is great news.  —  Because surely by now they've fixed Windows Explorer.  —  You see, in Windows NT, 2000, XP and Vista, Explorer used to Hide extensions for known file types.  And virus writers used this “feature” …
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life all:
Source: 10.5.7 Hitting Your Mac on Friday  —  If you've been champing at the bit for the magic of 10.5.7, according to a super-secret Apple source, your champing can cease on Friday.  The newest version of Leopard is slated to fix a slew of networking, syncing and bluetooth issues.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors and Edible Apple
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Rest in Peace, RSS  —  It's time to get completely off RSS and switch to Twitter.  RSS just doesn't cut it anymore.  The River of News has become the East River of news, which means it's not worth swimming in if you get my drift.  —  I haven't been in Google Reader for months.
Discussion: Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:   RSS readers modeled after email clients are fundamentally broken
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3.0 Firmware Taking Better Pictures than 2.2.1?  —  The iPhone's camera resolution leaves much to be desired, but there's more to image quality than just resolution.  And according to one series of tests, the firmware 3.0 is taking better photos than its predecessor.
David / TmoNews:
Visual Voicemail Coming!  —  Well I bet at least a few of you will be more than interested in getting your hands on this feature and while the above picture lacks any real detail, an approaching release date is interesting enough.  Visual voicemail is a feature the iPhone popularized …
Jim Spanfeller / paidContent.org:
What Google Can Do To Make The Web Less Of A ‘Cesspool’  —  Jim Spanfeller is president and CEO of Forbes.com.  He is also treasurer of the Online Publishers Association and chairman emeritus of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  —  After years of debate about the value of the near monopoly owned …
Julie Rivera / Crave: The gadget blog:
Behind-the-scenes Palm Pre advert leaked...and stars Facebook?  —  We've already seen Palm and Apple clash when it comes to print advertisements, but now details of what could be the first Pre TV advertisement have leaked.  Photographer and film maker Jaime Gonzalez had been tweeting …
Discussion: Mashable!, Palm WebOS and SlashGear
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Report: Water-Damaged iPhones Now Swappable  —  Careless iPhone owners who have flipped their handset into a swimming pool-or glass of beer-can now reportedly save themselves the expense of purchasing a new handset under a new Apple store policy allowing the replacement of a liquid-damaged handset for $199.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Rumored Microsoft 3D Wii killer: we think we played with it  —  The rumors, leaked images, and speculation are only going to get worse as we move closer to E3, and now it's Microsoft's turn to bear the scrutiny of the gaming press.  A report making the rounds, along with a “leaked” …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
The Webby Awards Remain the Best Scam Going  —  For a dozen years, the Webby Awards have tried to make the Web glamorous.  But what they've really done is distill the hucksterism of the Internet into its purest form.  —  Among the inside crowd, the Webby Awards were always a joke …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Evidence points to 3G radios in MacBooks, Tablets?  —  From the rumor mill to the evidence mill....  I heard from an Apple source last month that Apple laptops were going to get a slight update this summer.  There was speculation that update might be a 3G wireless radio added to MacBooks.
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
IPO pipeline has turned into a sieve  —  If Rosetta Stone was a Silicon Valley company, the local venture capital crowd might be feeling a bit more chipper these days.  The Virginia-based company makes language teaching software, with 31 languages available on CD-ROM.
Will Oremus / Mercury News:
Facebook to vacate downtown Palo Alto in May 14 move  —  Facebook's long-planned move to new headquarters in the Stanford Research Park will begin May 14, the company said Monday.  —  The social networking firm's new home will bring together all of its more than 850 local employees …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over reputed fire hazard of MagSafe power adapter  —  Apple is again the target of a class action lawsuit over power adapters, this time stemming from complaints about the company's MagSafe power adapters for its MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air computers.
Discussion: The Register and AppleInsider
Charles Stanish / Archaeology:
Forging Ahead  —  Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love eBay — A little over a decade ago, archaeologists experienced a collective nightmare—the emergence of eBay, the Internet auction site that, among other things, lets people sell looted artifacts.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Wired Science
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
announcing the boxee app dev challenge  —  the new boxee API enables developers to build and publish apps for boxee users. while people are working on a variety of boxee apps, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some extra incentive for the developers.
Discussion: last100, Thanks:omfut
Rachael King / Business Week:
Hungry for iPhone Business Apps  —  The iPhone is gaining wider acceptance at companies, but the selection of useful business apps is still paltry  —  David Lin is traveling lighter for business lately.  Ever since the software marketing exec bought an iPod Touch, he's often able to leave his notebook computer behind.
Discussion: Macworld, NEWSFACTOR and GigaOM
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM in Post-Sun Rebound Acquisition  —  Looks like IBM found another use for some of the $6.5 billion it had considered using to acquire Sun (JAVA).  This morning the company said it is acquiring Exeros, a data relationship discovery company that it plans to roll into into its business analytics unit.
BBC:
Could piracy blacklist backfire?  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist on how the US has angered allies with its list of the world's worst piracy offenders  —  Each April, the US releases the Special 301 Report, which examines the intellectual property laws of its main trading partners.
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Developers:
Updates to Facebook Platform Policy  —  After receiving input from the community and holding a vote, we recently put into place the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), which serve as the foundation for the relationship between Facebook and our users, advertisers, and developers.
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:blogfisher
 
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Net neutrality and bandwidth caps don't matter
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Amazon Awarded Kindle Patent
Discussion: TechFlash and PC World
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat
Discussion: TechSpot
DSLreports:
Cox Brings 50Mbps To Virginia - $109 introductory price for new DOSCIS 3.0 tier...
Discussion: GigaOM and AppScout
Asa Dotzler:
firefox at 270 million users
 Earlier Items: 
canada.com:
Ottawa courtroom joins Twitter age for mayor's trial
BBC:
US needs ‘digital warfare force’
Discussion: Softpedia News
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Future of Internet TV (in America)
Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Demand for Bandwidth Leads to Fiber Boom