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1:00 PM ET, May 5, 2009

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle DX to feature 9.7-inch display?  Update: Pictures!  —  [It's still an elusive target for our old friend Mr. Blurrycam, but ]We just got some basic specs on the new, decidedly more newspaper- and college textbook-friendly Amazon Kindle DX.  Here's what we know: it's got a 9.7-inch display …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The big Kindle: Pondering Wi-Fi; Netbooks; Market implications  —  The speculation-o-meter is running wild ahead of Amazon's roll-out of its large-screen Kindle Wednesday, but there are more than a few loose-ends to tie up.  —  First, the latest.  Engadget reports that the latest Kindle will have a 9.7-inch display.
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Leaked! Images of Large Screen Kindle ‘DX’
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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 Beyoncé-Madonna-Approved Steps  —  Was it more than a month ago that Google was rumored to be in “late-stage negotiations to acquire Twitter”?  —  Not so much late-stage, I guess, with a gestation period that seems interminable …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twapple?  Let's Recap a Dozen Other Apple Acquisitions That Aren't Going to Happen
Discussion: Beyond Search
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What to expect from Windows 7  —  It feels odd to be writing a review of Windows 7 this early.  Normally, software reviews don't make sense until the code is officially released and you have to make a buying decision: upgrade, pass, or buy a new PC with the new OS.
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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” …
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
Exclusive: Windows 7 RC download goes live
Discussion: The Windows Blog and eWeek, Thanks:rebelsean
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer's layoff mail to the troops fails to rule out more cuts  —  On May 5, Microsoft began the second round of job cuts it announced it would make back in January.  —  Here's the full text of the e-mail that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to Microsoft employees notifying them of today's actions.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft continues layoff plan, eliminates thousands more jobs  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this morning informed employees that the company will be cutting more jobs — going forward with the second phase of its previously announced plan to eliminate up to 5,000 positions by June 2010.
New York Times:
F.T.C. Looks Into Ties Between Apple and Google Boards  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission has begun an inquiry into whether the close ties among the boards of two of technology's most prominent companies, Apple and Google, amounts to a violation of antitrust laws, according to several people briefed on the inquiry.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Antitrust inquiry: How Apple and Google compete
Erik Palm / Webware.com:
Google launches stand-alone contacts manager  —  Google has launched a contacts manager that users of services like Google Docs, Picasa, and Calendar can use, without having to be a Gmail users.  —  Aimed at letting users share contacts more easily between different services, Google Contacts works like any other contacts function.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us, Lifehacker and Mashable!
Code Android Singapore:
Leaked Image of G3 aka HTC Hero Surfaced  —  An anonymous reader sent us these photos of the G3, aka as the HTC Hero, that will be released probably in Q3 this year.  This device look very similar to the HTC Magic in terms of the form factor and possibly slightly slimmer …
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off  —  Our exclusive test shows how the two Web engines compare when given the same queries.  —  Last week, as physicist Stephen Wolfram was demonstrating his new Web-based “computation engine”—Wolfram Alpha—to the public, Google announced a data-centric service of its own.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple's FileMaker division launches Bento personal assistant iPhone app  —  In a rare move, one of Apple's own divisions is launching an app for the iPhone.  —  Apple's FileMaker is publishing its Bento personal database app today for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Discussion: Macworld, Ars Technica and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: TUAW and iLounge
John Cook / TechFlash:
Foundry Group, Allen's Vulcan inject $6.75 million into Gist  —  Anyone who feels overwhelmed with email, blog posts, Twitter messages and Facebook updates will understand the business problem being addressed by Gist.  The year-old Seattle startup company, which today is announcing $6.75 million …
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 …
Thanks:atul
Stephen Lawson / Macworld:
iPass aims for mobile cloud service platform  —  iPass has staked its claim to most laptop and smartphone platforms with the introduction of enterprise iPhone and Nokia S60 clients on Tuesday, but the mobile network aggregator now aims to become a platform for other vendors' services.
Discussion: Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Still Trying To Figure Out This Whole Social Thing.  Still Failing.  —  A lot of people use Google Reader as their primary RSS feed reader, so you'd think its social features would be extremely popular.  But they're really kind of lame, and extremely underpowered.
Discussion: Google Reader, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Vudu Goes Box-free for Entone  —  “Over the top” video services carry the implication of going behind the backs of existing television operators.  But two of the (admittedly smaller) players in IPTV and web-delivered video on demand are teaming up to give us a glance of what a united future could look like.
Arn / MacRumors Page 2:
Apple Looking to Take Over Electronic Arts?  —  TheStreet's David Tong relays that FastMoney's Guy Adami claims that there is “chatter” that Apple is eyeing an Electronic Arts takeover.  —  Adami noted that there is chatter that Apple (AAPL Quote) is eyeing Electronic Arts(ERTS Quote) as a takeover target.
Naomi Alderman / Guardian:
If you can't buy it legally, then ofcourse you'll download it  —  Staggered film releases no longer work in a global economy and are to blame for the rise of pirate websites  —  As someone who produces copyrighted content, I suppose I should be cheering at the Pirate Bay verdict.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Hasn't Google Cleared, Fired Or Suspended Accused AdWords Employee?  —  Google takes plenty of well-publicized heat for things it hasn't really done or concerns that get hyped.  But in the case of one of its AdWords employees being accused of bypassing AdWords policies for his own benefit …
Thanks:atul
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Jimmy Fallon, Trent Reznor earn top Webby Awards
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
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Rachael King / Business Week:
Hungry for iPhone Business Apps
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Still Filing Lawsuits...
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
P2P bill could regulate Web browsers, FTP clients
Discussion: Electronista
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Growth Curve: RIM Device Surges Past iPhone In Q1
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Hope and fear mark Yahoo at crossroads
Dan Tynan / InfoWorld:
True believers: The biggest cults in tech
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Recession forces new focus in e-commerce marketing
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Between the Lines
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple's cash grows, but no hint of its plans
Discussion: GMSV