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4:15 PM ET, May 7, 2009

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Considering $10 Drop in iPhone Monthly Plan Rates?  —  TheStreet.com reports on comments from analyst Michael Cote suggesting that AT&T is considering reducing the basic monthly iPhone plan from $69 to $59 alongside an announcement of the next-generation iPhone at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Discussion: eWeek, tinyComb and TheStreet.com
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Apple  —  AT&T (T Quote) is considering a $10 price cut for the iPhone's monthly service plan when Apple (AAPL Quote) introduces the newest version of the phone next month.  —  There is a “strong possibility” that AT&T will drop the entry-level price to $59 from $69 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Twitter Search to dive deeper, rank results  —  Twitter Search will become a lot more useful soon, the microblogging site's new vice president of operations said Wednesday night.  —  Santosh Jayaram, who until recently was vice president of search quality for Google, was on a panel I was moderating in the evening.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Three Reasons Why Twitter Will NOT Index the Links You Share (Updated)  —  Techmeme is on fire this morning with discussion of Rafe Needleman's CNet post about Twitter's supposed plans to index the content of links shared over the microblogging service.  Ex-Googler turned Twitter exec …
Thanks:atul
Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Twitter Plans to Squash Google's Spider?
Discussion: Traffick
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Internal Palm memo may reveal Pre launch timing  —  We're prefacing this by saying we're definitely not 100%, but it looks like Palm could be gearing up for a round of meetings that will lead up to the day we've all been waiting for — Palm Pre launch day.  We just received what an anonymous …
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Free web news era over, says Murdoch  —  Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul  —  Rupert ­Murdoch expects to start charging for access to News Corporation's newspaper websites within a year as he strives to fix a ­"malfunctioning" business model.
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Fifteen years of epochal pronouncements
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Hulu agrees international TV deals  —  Hulu, the US online video service owned by NBC Universal, Fox and Walt Disney, has signed its first batch of content deals with international television producers, the first step towards a full global launch of the service.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone Beta 5 Odds and Ends: No More MMS, Better YouTube?  —  The official script may have minimized it as a maintenance release, but some users are finding out that iPhone Beta 5 contains more than bugfixes.  So far: YouTube's improved, and hacked MMS is no more.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
David Simon: Dead-Wrong Dinosaur  —  The creator of the brilliant television series The Wire today asked Congress to legalize monopolistic collusion by newspapers.  Only they can really cover City Hall, he said.  Apparently he hasn't been there in a while.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard to support native 3G Wireless WAN hardware  —  Building on evidence that Apple is seeking to hire engineers to test new Macs with 3G Wireless WAN support, people familiar with the company's plans say Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will incorporate new support for native WWAN hardware.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7  —  With Windows 7, Microsoft is making some subtle changes to the ways it tries to thwart piracy.  —  As has been the case for some time, Microsoft's strategy hinges on requiring a user to electronically verify their copy of the software …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys game developer BigPark to beef up Xbox 360 offering  —  Microsoft has been scaling back its internal staff across the board and in games.  But the software giant showed today that it's still willing to invest in the game business by buying BigPark, a game development studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Agrees to Acquire BigPark Inc.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:blogfisher
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds New Feed And Friend Filters  —  Want to view which of your friends recently updated their profile?  It is a feature that was lost with the new Facebook redesign, but as of last night, there are new filters which give you greater access to your friends' latest activities.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
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Alexandre Roche Yesterday / Facebook Blog:   More Options for Filtering Friends and Status
Nick Mediati / PC World:
Speed Test: Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista  —  Though Windows 7 edged out Vista in our lab tests, you may not notice much of a difference.  —  Recommends  —  Improving performance is one of Microsoft's design goals with Windows 7, and many early reviewers (including ours) …
Sergey Brin / The Official Google Blog:
The 2008 Founders' Letter  —  Every year our founders take turns writing a letter that is included in our annual report.  We originally published the 2008 Founders' Letter on our Investor Relations site.  Since today is the annual Stockholders' Meeting at our Mountain View headquarters, we wanted to make it more widely available.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel, Novell stump for Moblin netbook OS  —  Intel and Novell on Thursday announced a deal to push Moblin, the open source Linux platform designed to work with the chip giant's Atom chip.  Intel cooked up Moblin and then handed it off to the open source community.  —  Among the details of the plan:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Warner Music Group Walks Away From Digital Start-Ups Lala and Imeem, Loses $33 Million  —  It's par for the course for big music labels to boast about their digital music sales as their CD sales tank.  And that's just what Warner Music Group (WMG) did that this morning …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Photosynth Goes to Work: Integrates With Virtual Earth  —  Microsoft announced today that it will now give its commerical partners the option to mash up Virtual Earth and Photosynth to create immersive 3D photo experiences.  In order to facilitate this, Microsoft also announced …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8520's hitting T-Mobile in Q4  —  We just got some hands on time with the now infamous BlackBerry 8520 (code-named Gemini).  Optical trackball?  Ooooh yeah.  While there hasn't been too much time to play with them, early impressions are definitely fitting in with what CrackBerry reported …
Discussion: Unwired View, TmoNews and Electronista
PE Hub Blog:
Amazon Backs Foodista  —  Foodista.com, a Seattle-based online online cooking encyclopedia that can be edited by users, has raised Series A funding led by Amazon.com.  No financial terms were disclosed, but a recent regulatory filing suggests that the round was for approximately $600,000.
The Official Google Blog:
Tuning in to TV data  —  This post is the latest in an ongoing series on The Power of Measurement.  Previous topics have covered ways to make your website as successful as possible through tools such as Analytics and Website Optimizer.  -Ed.  —  What if the ads we saw when watching TV were always just what we wanted to see?
Discussion: CNET News and SEO by the Sea, Thanks:atul
 
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Economist:
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
60Frames halts operations
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Mygener.im bug spreads on Facebook
Discussion: CNET News
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
AMD CEO: Company Ready for Growth
Discussion: Softpedia News, TechSpot and CNET News
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
T-Mobile USA covers its jailbroken iPhone customers
Discussion: Consumerist, TmoNews and TUAW
Associated Press:
Ahead of the Bell: Google to meet shareholders
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft's new search - Built on open-source
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes iTunes kiosks for movie downloads on the go
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Vintage Idea for Restarting the I.P.O. Market
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Historical Perspective: At Least This Time Around We Don't Have …
Will Head / The Register:
Asus Eee Box B206
Discussion: SlashGear
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
Discussion: PC World, Techgeist and p2pnet, Thanks:atul