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8:50 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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, ITworld.com, NEWSFACTOR and GigaOM
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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.
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: The Register and craigslist blog
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FITSNews:
Knee-jerk Henry  —  S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's …
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Stu Woo / Digits:
Craigslist Meets Attorneys General Over Ad Flap
Discussion: craigslist blog, Guardian and AppScout
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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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.
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.
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!
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 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forbes.com CEO Spanfeller Attacks Google, Stumbles Into His Own Cesspool
Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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.
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!
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Must Buy Twitter  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is about to finally consummate a search deal with Yahoo — and that's great.  But if Redmond really wants to carve into's Google search business over the next 10 years, it needs to offer whatever it takes — $800 million? $1 billion? more? — to buy Twitter right now.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Companies buying Twitter: Enough already!
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: Electronista
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.
Louis Gray:
Online Transparency Leads to New World of Group Dating  —  Guest Post By Micah Baldwin of Learn To Duck (Twitter/FriendFeed)  —  Like most everything, even dating has been changed by social media.  —  Before the explosion of the Internet, a man (or woman) had to find a woman (or man) …
Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
US Senate Votes Now Available in XML - Bring on The Mashups!  —  Today is an important day in the history of politics and technology - the US Senate voting record is finally available in machine-readable XML (extensible markup language) format.  Mashups, vote tracking and comparison applications …
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.
Brad / Liliputing:
Rumor: HTC developing a Google Android netbook for T-Mobile  —  HTC may be best known for making mobile phones, but there's a rumor going around that the company is thinking about getting into the netbook game.  TMO Today reports that a tipster says HTC will be building a Google Android powered netbook …
 
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Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Does tech pay enough tax?
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Court bars EMC top exec from working for HP
Discussion: Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony OLED Walkman impressions
Discussion: PMP Today and techeblog.com
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Net neutrality and bandwidth caps don't matter
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Developers:
Updates to Facebook Platform Policy
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:blogfisher
 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM in Post-Sun Rebound Acquisition
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over reputed fire hazard of MagSafe power adapter
Gina Keating / Reuters:
California judge blunts Internet false advertising law
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
announcing the boxee app dev challenge
Discussion: last100 and eHomeUpgrade, Thanks:omfut
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Future of Internet TV (in America)
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul