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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) …
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: The Toybox and dailywireless.org
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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.
*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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
IFPI Using Disputed Pirate Bay Verdict To Claim Web Hosting Companies Are Liable  —  After the entertainment industry partially won its Supreme Court decision against Grokster, it didn't take long at all for the RIAA to start claiming the ruling said stuff it didn't.
Discussion: Mashable!, TorrentFreak and digg.com
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed is absorbing more Twitter users, and that's good for Twitter  —  FriendFeed, the service that culls your activities on various social networks into a single stream, is seeing a surge in new users, at least from anecdotal evidence (including signups that VentureBeat's staff is seeing).
Discussion: TechCrunch and louisgray.com
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.
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?
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.
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
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
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Google: American phenomenon and antitrust target  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google is more than a fabulously successful company — it is a cultural phenomenon facing increasing U.S. government scrutiny despite its chief executive's campaign support for President Barack Obama.
Max Zeledon / Business Week:
Growing Pains for Online Video Chat  —  Seesmic, TokBox, and other startups in this area of social media must contend with issues of personality and, especially, privacy  —  Turns out, even the most outgoing social media animals get shy once in a while.  Tom Sparks can be found …
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Gist's New Funding Began With A Twitter Message  —  Sometimes a personal connection - really getting to know a venture capitalist - can be as important as any other factor in leading to venture funding.  —  T.A. McCann, chief executive of email management company Gist Inc. …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to turn .Net Micro Framework code, support over to the community  —  Microsoft is turning the source code for its embedded .Net Micro Framework over to the community and slowly withdrawing from that business, company officials are confirming.  —  On the rumored list of teams …
Discussion: LiveSide and TechFlash
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:
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.
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
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
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Virgin Media Trials 200 Mbps Service  —  It's only a pilot program, but UK broadband provider Virgin Media said today it's begun testing a 200 Mbps broadband service with 100 lucky people in Ashford in Kent, a town in Southeast England.  Virgin will use DOCSIS 3.0 technology to offer the speeds …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo posts soaring profits but warns of a slowdown ahead
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
No Mob Wars Here: WonderHill Nabs $7 Million To Build Wholesome Casual Games
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCO to fight US bankruptcy trustee's motion to liquidate it
Discussion: The Register, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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