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8:40 PM ET, May 5, 2009

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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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Must Buy Twitter
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Companies buying Twitter: Enough already!
Discussion: I4U News and Webomatica
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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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft continues layoff plan, eliminates thousands more jobs
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” …
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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 …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
RSS readers modeled after email clients are fundamentally broken  —  Farhad Manjoo has an article on Slate entitled Kill your RSS reader which captures a growing sentiment I've had for a while and ranted about during a recent panel at SXSW.  Below are a few key excerpts from Farhad's article that resonate strongly with me
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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.
Thanks:atul
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.
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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Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Amazon Awarded Kindle Patent
Discussion: TechFlash and PC World
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:   Would Students Even Want a Kindle for Textbooks?
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Jimmy Fallon, Trent Reznor earn top Webby Awards
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 …
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!, SlashGear and Palm WebOS
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 …
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” …
Mckt / skeptikal.org:
Epic Failure from McAfee  —  When you outsource all your PCI scanning to another company, you'd expect that company to be careful with your data.  First off, there's the fact that security is what they do- if that data were to get leaked, you'd expect the damage to reputation alone to be crippling.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat  —  The Conficker worm, which has sent off many a recent security alarm bell, may just be a small fry, compared to the growing number of botnets, viruses, and worms infecting cyberspace.  —  According to a report released on Tuesday from security vendor McAfee …
Discussion: TechSpot
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.
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
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Antitrust inquiry: How Apple and Google compete  —  Given the looming presence of Microsoft (MSFT) on the PC desktop, we tend to think of Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) as corporate best friends united by a common enemy.  —  But the news Monday night that the U.S. government has opened …
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 …
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
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.
 
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Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Developers:
Updates to Facebook Platform Policy
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:blogfisher
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
AT&T releases iPhone app to help you track minutes and manage your account
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over reputed fire hazard of MagSafe power adapter
Discussion: AppleInsider
Gina Keating / Reuters:
California judge blunts Internet false advertising law
DSLreports:
Cox Brings 50Mbps To Virginia - $109 introductory price for new DOSCIS 3.0 tier...
Discussion: GigaOM and AppScout
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Research In Motion: Street Gets The Warm and Fuzzies
Discussion: Between the Lines
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Hulu's Kilar: Great To Have Disney But 'We're Still An Extremely Young Company'
 Earlier Items: 
Asa Dotzler:
firefox at 270 million users
BBC:
US needs ‘digital warfare force’
Discussion: Softpedia News
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Demand for Bandwidth Leads to Fiber Boom
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
P2P bill could regulate Web browsers, FTP clients
Discussion: Electronista
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink
Discussion: mocoNews
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Hope and fear mark Yahoo at crossroads