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9:35 AM ET, May 6, 2009

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Just How Much Money Can Free iPhone Apps Make?  Quite A Bit  —  Earlier this year Pinch Media released a report on the state of the App Store, describing some of the trends it had seen as developers tried to monetize their apps.  The verdict: advertising on free applications simply can't match …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looky What Apple's Promoting: QuickPWN  —  If you own an iPhone or iPod touch you've probably at least heard of QuickPWN, the jailbreaking tool.  You'd think Apple doesn't want you know know about it, because it allows you to open up your iPhone to use apps outside of the App Store ecosystem.
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
AT&T releases iPhone app to help you track minutes and manage your account
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
BBC:
Robot to create Facebook profile  —  Facebook could soon be helping bridge the divide between humans and robots.  —  Researchers are giving a robot its own Facebook profile page to help foster meaningful relationships with people.  —  The page will be populated with interactions the robot …
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
South Carolina Gives Craigslist Ultimatum: Remove Prostitution Or Face Criminal Charges  —  The various state attorneys general have focused like a laser on Craigslist these past weeks.  Like most politicians hoping to get reelected, Attorneys General tend to follow the press and jump in front of any parade they see.
Discussion: craigslist blog and The Register
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Stu Woo / Digits:
Craigslist Meets Attorneys General Over Ad Flap
FITSNews:
Knee-jerk Henry  —  S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's …
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Boy, Apple's Design Aesthetic Really Didn't Rub Off on Kindle 1 at All Did It?  —  What propitious timing.  At a press conference in New York City later this morning, Amazon (AMZN) is expected to announce a new large screen Kindle designed for reading periodicals and textbooks.
Discussion: TechBlips
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Can a Palm Pre multitask better than an iPhone?  —  Palm's comeback attempt rests squarely on the notion that it has found a better way to manage your complicated digital life.  —  Ever since its January coming-out party at the Consumer Electronics Show, Palm has generated buzz for the Pre unlike …
Discussion: Crave and Mashable!
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Stickam brings easy, affordable livestreaming to your website  —  Want to add live video to your website, but lack the resources to make it happen?  Stickam, one of the many companies out there offering services to broadcast live video online, wants to help.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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.
James / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia E52 boasts super call time  —  WARSAW, Poland - The Nokia E52 was revealed today in Warsaw and boasts astounding talk time - eight whole hours before you need to recharge.  It also makes the most of Nokia's email functionality thanks to Nokia Messaging, making email set-up on the device simple and fast.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Tech Companies Are Still Hiring  —  Amid the profusion of job cuts at big tech firms, with the latest including Microsoft's announcement on Tuesday that it would forge ahead with a second round of layoffs, a new executive survey sparks a glimmer of optimism about future hiring in the technology industry.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Some Intel chips don't support Windows 7 ‘XP mode’  —  A small brouhaha is erupting over Windows 7 and Intel processors.  The hubbub is centered on which Intel processors will not support “XP mode” in Windows 7 and, by extension, which PCs will not support XP mode.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forbes.com CEO Spanfeller Attacks Google, Stumbles Into His Own Cesspool  —  Another publisher is complaining that Google isn't giving them their “fair share” — this time Forbes CEO Jim Spanfeller.  Google makes $60 million off the Forbes brand, he claims (with no proof), and boosting …
Thanks:atul
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Jim Spanfeller / paidContent.org:
What Google Can Do To Make The Web Less Of A ‘Cesspool’
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Massive in-game ad business takes hits among 3,000 overall layoffs  —  Microsoft announced a new round of layoffs today as it struggles to right itself after reporting tepid results last month.  We've learned that Massive, the company's in-game advertising business, suffered something like 75 percent layoffs.
Discussion: CNET News
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Could Be the Real Facebook Challenger  —  Firefox doesn't keep track of the number of users it has but Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, said today that the company estimates that there are 270 million people using the browser.
Discussion: Asa Dotzler, Download Squad and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Sumner Lemon / PC World:
Dell Offers WiMax Option on Three Laptops  —  Dell is offering WiMax support as an option on three laptop models sold in the U.S., the company said Tuesday.  —  Customers can add an Intel wireless module that supports Wi-Fi and WiMax to Dell's Studio 15, Studio 17 and Studio XPS 16 for US$60, according to Dell's Direct2Dell blog.
Discussion: Direct2Dell and Electronista
Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Google, Yahoo Find Mobile Ad Business A Whole New World  —  When Glu Mobile launched an ad campaign in February to sell its wireless games, the company at first ran ads on five mobile Internet networks, including those managed by Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO).
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Labels dissatisfied with MySpace Music performance  —  The good news for MySpace Music is that its record label backers are pleased with the traffic the site is attracting.  The bad news is that the 8-month-old service has yet to turn that big audience into big dollars.
Discussion: hypebot and The Social
Google Chrome Releases:
Stable Update: Security Fix  —  Google Chrome's Stable channel has been updated to version 1.0.154.64 to fix two security issues discovered by internal Google testing.  —  This release also contains  — A new notification at startup that makes it easier to set Google Chrome as the default browser.
 
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Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Does tech pay enough tax?
Louis Gray:
Online Transparency Leads to New World of Group Dating
Thanks:atul
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Court bars EMC top exec from working for HP
Discussion: Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony OLED Walkman impressions
Discussion: PMP Today
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
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