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8:00 PM ET, May 6, 2009

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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Kindle DX Offers 9.7 Inches of E-Ink for $489  —  Amazon's new Kindle DX boasts a newspaper-friendly screen that's 2.5x bigger than the standard Kindle, but it's also got a few tricks of its own (new features in bold):  —  • 9.7-inch E-Ink screen (1200 x 824 with 16 shades of grey)
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kindle Books Now A Shocking 35% Of Sales When Kindle Version Available  —  Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos dropped a bomb on the book industry while rolling out the big-screen Kindle this morning, Dan Frommer reports:  —  Kindle sales are now 35% of book sales when Kindle editions are available.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Contentinople
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Amazon Kindle DX: Sorry, No Newspaper Discount If You Can Get Home Delivery
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Sorry Apple, Biz Stone says Twitter's not for sale  —  Making a TV appearance today, Twitter co-founder tries to dispel buyout rumors  —  Computerworld) Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone said today the company is not for sale despite reports that Apple Inc. is in late-stage negotiations to buy the microblogging site.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   What Apple has bought, and what it hasn't  —  Two lists crossed …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
URL Shortening Wars: Twitter Ditches TinyURL For bit.ly  —  Sharing links on Twitter can be quite a pain when you need to input a web address that consumes most of the space you have at your disposal for your micro-message.  The startup realized that quickly and automatically started shortening long URLs …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Arianna Huffington Says Online Journalists May Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
10 Reasons Apple Will Sell iPhone Via More U.S. Telcos  —  Sooner or later, Apple (APPL) is almost certain to offer versions of the iPhone through more U.S. carriers.  While the relationship with AT&T (T) has served both sides well, the exclusive distribution arrangement is nearing an end …
Discussion: MacNN and MacDailyNews
David Pogue / New York Times:
Online Wherever You Like, in a Private Wi-Fi Hot Spot  —  Someday, we'll tell our grandchildren how we had to drive around town looking for a coffee shop when we needed to get online, and they'll laugh their heads off.  Every building in America has running water, electricity and ventilation …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Top iPhone Apps Make $400 to $5,000 Per Day On Ads
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
exacttarget.com:
ExactTarget Secures $70M Venture Capital Investment  —  Company to Use Funds to Fuel International Expansion, Accelerate Customer-Focused Innovation  —  ExactTarget, a leading provider of on-demand email and one-to-one marketing solutions, announced today that it has inked a $70 million deal …
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Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Busted IPO Market Presents Opportunity For Some VCs
Discussion: TechCrunch and cms.ibj.com
Jonathan Matus / Google Mobile Blog:
YouTube uploads and more now available on Android  —  If there is one thing I've always wanted, that is to be able to record and share special moments in my life, anytime, anywhere.  Needless to say, I am quite excited that I can now pick up my Android-powered phone, start recording videos left …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Is Dell cooking up an Android-powered netbook?  —  Um, okay?  Straight out of the left-most corner of left field, software provider Bsquare has just outed Dell's newest netbook — or so it seems.  The same company that recently announced that it was bringing Adobe Flash to Android …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp: The Economy is Rough, but “The Worst Is Over”  —  For the past year or so, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has been a consistent voice of pessimism, and he forecast an ugly economy before his big-media peers did.  —  And now he's more upbeat than his fellow media CEOs.  Here's his opening salvo:
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Digg (finally) gets Facebook Connect integration  —  After 10 months of promising that it was on the way, Digg is finally implementing Facebook Connect.  In the next few hours Facebook users will be able to log into Digg with their Facebook credentials and use the site as if they had spent the time registering.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ning's one million networks get their own applications  —  Create-your-own-social-network provider Ning has offered a developer platform for years — users across its one million social networks could add simple music players, slideshow applications and more.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Cisco's third quarter: Better than expected; Sales down; Economic recovery ‘eventual’  —  Cisco Systems said today that it earned a a third quarter profit of $1.3 billion, or 23 cents per share, down 21 percent from a year ago, on sales of $8.2 billion, which fell 16.6 percent from $9.8 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSFT layoffs Pt. 2: Windows Live/Live Search largely unaffected; MSN Direct cut  —  Yesterday marked the second round of layoffs at Microsoft, as some 3,000 employees found themselves among the ranks of the unemployed.  We've been trying to piece together some more detailed information about what was cut …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Control Freaks: Hulu Now Blocks Anonymous Proxies Too  —  There are few web services hotter than Hulu these days.  It's about to surge into the number two web video position (behind only YouTube) and it just signed a deal with Disney to give it even more great content.  It's all great — if you live in the U.S.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matthew Ogle / Last.fm:
Last.fm Visual Radio  —  I'm happy to announce a new and improved version of Last.fm radio on the web.  —  We've been cooking this one in the Last.fm labs for a while now and thought it was time for you to have a play, discover some new music and new features, and let us know what you think.
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Outside Counsel Clearly Well-Prepared for FTC Fight Over Apple Board Seat-See This Internal Doc  —  If the Federal Trade Commission takes issue with Google and Apple's interlocking boards, Google will be well prepared.  Last October, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Troubling Proposed Anti-Social Networking Laws: CA Wants Photo Removal Law  —  It's amazing what sort of laws politicians will come up with when they overreact to something that new technology allows, without bothering to understand the issue.  It appears some California state politicians …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Netbook phenomenon caught Intel by surprise  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The popularity of the Netbook caught Intel by surprise—more than once.  —  Shipments of this category of inexpensive, ultra-light, handy laptops are set to hit at least 20 million units this year, about twice the number shipped in 2008, according to IDC.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Filters Copyright Infringing Torrents  —  Starting today, Mininova will use a content recognition system that detects and removes torrent files linking to copyright infringing files.  The system will also prevent the torrents from being re-uploaded to mininova later on.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
After Long Delays, In-Flight Broadband Is Taking Off  —  In-flight broadband's story so far has been similar to that of airplanes sitting on the runway, waiting for clearance to take flight.  Despite a big push from Boeing and other major international carriers, in-flight broadband was stuck on ground …
Discussion: CNET News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Imeem dodges bullet with new round of funding  —  Imeem, a social-networking site geared for music fans, has obtained new funding that in all likelihood saved the company from closing, according to music industry sources.  —  The money received so far by Imeem, which streams ad-supported music …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Matt Mullenweg:
How P2 Changed Automattic  —  If you haven't heard of P2 yet, check out this quick video:  —  Almost everyone at Automattic is a blogger, but for the first couple of years of the company we didn't blog much internally.  Everything happened over IRC, Skype, and email.  (In that order.)
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCO to fight US bankruptcy trustee's motion to liquidate it
Discussion: The Register and CrunchGear
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
10-Q Watch: No Earnout For Club Penguin Founders In '08 …
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
OpenTable floats inital pricing on IPO at between $12-$14 a share
Nick Thompson / Epicenter:
Why the Law and Tech Aren't Friends on MySpace
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Stuart Whitmore / Time:
Australia's Bid to Become the Most Wired Country
Discussion: CircleID
R. Scott Raynovich / Contentinople:
Adobe & Microsoft: The Big Web Video Battle to Come
Discussion: jd/adobe
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
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