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6:45 AM ET, May 6, 2009

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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
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.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:   RSS readers modeled after email clients are fundamentally broken
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.
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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Stu Woo / Digits:
Craigslist Meets Attorneys General Over Ad Flap
Discussion: craigslist blog, Guardian and AppScout
FITSNews:
Knee-jerk Henry  —  S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's …
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
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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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!
Discussion: WebProNews, I4U News and Webomatica
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.
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  —  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
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.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over reputed fire hazard of MagSafe power adapter  —  Apple is again the target of a class action lawsuit over power adapters, this time stemming from complaints about the company's MagSafe power adapters for its MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air computers.
Charles Stanish / Archaeology:
Forging Ahead  —  Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love eBay — A little over a decade ago, archaeologists experienced a collective nightmare—the emergence of eBay, the Internet auction site that, among other things, lets people sell looted artifacts.
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 and Download Squad, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Security Watch
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
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 …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Tech Company's Campaign to Burnish Its Brand  —  AD AGENCIES usually hang on their clients' every directive.  But when Intel was developing its biggest advertising campaign in years, it handed a carefully thought-out brief to the ad agency Venables Bell & Partners, which said Intel's idea …
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 …
BBC:
Could piracy blacklist backfire?  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist on how the US has angered allies with its list of the world's worst piracy offenders  —  Each April, the US releases the Special 301 Report, which examines the intellectual property laws of its main trading partners.
Discussion: Slashdot and Michael Geist Blog
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Net neutrality and bandwidth caps don't matter  —  Comment They have nothing to do with the Internet  —  THERE HAS BEEN a lot of talk lately over usage quotas on cable modems and how some are fair and others are not at all.  The problem that most people don't get is that the numbers …
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony OLED Walkman impressions  —  Considering that we're holding a Japanese unit in our hands, our impressions of Sony's OLED Walkman will be somewhat limited.  That said, we figured it prudent to pass along our initial judgments until the US model shows up sometime between tomorrow and next century.
Discussion: PMP Today and techeblog.com
 
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 More Items: 
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Court bars EMC top exec from working for HP
Discussion: Slashdot
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Developers:
Updates to Facebook Platform Policy
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:blogfisher
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM in Post-Sun Rebound Acquisition
Gina Keating / Reuters:
California judge blunts Internet false advertising law
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat
 Earlier Items: 
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
announcing the boxee app dev challenge
Discussion: last100 and eHomeUpgrade, Thanks:omfut
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
The Webby Awards Remain the Best Scam Going
Discussion: Mashable!
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Future of Internet TV (in America)
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul