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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Cool changes coming to Twitter Search  —  Twitter Search is going to get a lot more interesting soon, I learned tonight from Twitter's new VP of Operations, Santosh Jayaram.  Until recently, Jayaram was VP of Search Quality for Google.  —  Speaking (with LinkedIn co-founder Allen Blue) …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer: We need to be more disruptive in search  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—While trailing Google badly in search has lots of disadvantages, it also opens some doors, says Steve Ballmer.  And, he said, it's time Microsoft starts walking through more of those doors.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Revisiting the ROI of the Kindle DX: Why is Amazon blind to Wi-Fi?  —  Amazon unveiled its much hyped Kindle DX, an e-book with a 9.7-inch screen designed to raise a ruckus in the textbook market, but delivered a $489 curve ball that seriously alters the return on investment calculation for academia.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and The Toybox
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Kindle Lets Amazon Make a Lot From the Few  —  If you can make something and sell it to the masses, that can be a great business.  But sometimes selling something to a much smaller group can also be quite lucrative, if you pick the right product for the right customers.
*Shacknews* Games:
Duke Nukem Developer 3D Realms Shuts Down (Update 3)  —  Update 3: 3D Realms webmaster Joe Siegler has commented on the shut down, stating: “It's not a marketing thing.  It's true.  I have nothing further to say at this time.”  —  Siegler's post also reflects the unexpected nature of the situation …
Bill Bulkeley / Digits:
Xerox Launches Revolutionary Color Printer  —  Many companies restrict the use of color printers because of high costs — up to eight cents a page, compared to a penny a page for black and white.  Xerox hopes to loosen up the color pursestrings with a new $20,000 printer that is says will sharply cut those costs.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google: We're good for journalism  —  Google is under attack for profiting from content produced by newspaper executives, magazine publishers, and The Associated Press, but the company's Marissa Mayer on Wednesday sought to convince the U.S. Senate that Google adds to journalism, too.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Arianna Huffington Says Online Journalists May Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 and New iTunes 8.2 Pre-Release to Developers  —  Apple tonight seeded the fifth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 (Build 7A312g) and a new version of the iTunes 8.2 pre-release to developers.  As with the previous beta, iTunes 8.2 is required to install the latest iPhone 3.0 beta software.
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: AppleInsider, MacNN and MacDailyNews
David Pogue / New York Times:
Wi-Fi to Go, No Cafe Needed  —  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; what's the holdup on universal wireless Internet?
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.
Genevieve Carbery / The Irish Times:
Student's Wikipedia hoax quote used worldwide in newspaper obituaries  —  A WIKIPEDIA hoax by a 22-year-old Dublin student resulted in a fake quote being published in newspaper obituaries around the world.  —  The quote was attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre who died at the end of March.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA: “we have no choice” but to file more named lawsuits  —  The RIAA said it would file no more “new” lawsuits against individual file-swappers, but it filed more such lawsuits in April.  How to explain the apparent contradiction?  By defining “new” in a particular way.
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
AMD Merges Chip and Graphics Businesses  —  Three years after buying ATI for $5.4 billion, AMD is finally merging its processor and graphics businesses in a reorganization that will create four operating units.  The goal is to not only help internal development of products and platforms …
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Looks To Increase Fines For Copyright Infringement By 10X  —  Just as many in the US are arguing that ridiculously high statutory fines for copyright infringement are at odds with any sense of fairness, it looks like the UK may be going in the other direction.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
FBController allows for hijacking of Facebook accounts  —  A computer security enthusiast in India has released a tool designed to allow people to take complete control of strangers' Facebook accounts if they can get hold of the targets' session cookies.  It also could be used to manage large quantities of hijacked accounts.
Discussion: My Opera and All Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
YouTube River Diverted Into The Google Social Ocean As Well  —  It's pretty obvious that Google is getting ready to fully cast its social net over its web properties.  It's been doing things like tweaking the developer's side of iGoogle to be much more social, separating your contacts …
Discussion: YouTube Blog, Thanks:atul
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
FAA's Air-Traffic Computer Systems Penetrated by Hackers  —  WASHINGTON — Civilian air-traffic computer networks have been penetrated multiple times in recent years, including an attack that partially shut down air-traffic data systems in Alaska, according to a government report.
Discussion: The Register
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo posts soaring profits but warns of a slowdown ahead  —  Nintendo scored record profits for its fiscal year ended March 31 but the Japanese console king warned that its profit would dip in the coming year due to an expected slowdown in Nintendo DS handheld sales.
Jeremy Liew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
If onling gaming is growing so fast, why are the companies not valued more highly?  —  Asia is significantly ahead of the US in the development of the free to play MMOG market.  If China's market is an indication, the future certainly looks bright.  Says GamesIndustry.biz:
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Still Blocking Information on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty  —  Washington, D.C. - Two public interest groups today called on the government to stop blocking the release of information about a secret intellectual property trade agreement with broad implications for privacy and innovation around the world.
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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say  —  When The Pirate Bay released new Facebook features last month, the popular social networking site took evasive action, blocking its members from distributing file-sharing links through its service.
Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
No Mob Wars Here: WonderHill Nabs $7 Million To Build Wholesome Casual Games  —  It's quickly becoming clear that social gaming is a goldmine.  Zynga is reportedly making as much as nine figures in revenues, and as users become more accustomed to microtransactions, these figures are poised to grow even more.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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