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3:50 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  —  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, Santosh Jayaram …
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
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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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.
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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Arn / MacRumors:
Psystar Working on Mac OS X Netbook?  —  Unauthorized Mac clone manufacturer Psystar remains embroiled in legal battle with Apple after initiating sales of their first Mac clone back in April 2008.  ZDNet Asia summarizes the case today which remains in the discovery process:
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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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 …
Discussion: The Register, Technologizer and Gizmodo
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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) …
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Agrees to Acquire BigPark Inc.  —  Interactive games company will join Microsoft Game Studios.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced its intent to acquire BigPark Inc., an interactive online gaming company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  —  BigPark was founded in 2007 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org, Thanks:blogfisher
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Mygener.im bug spreads on Facebook  —  An example of a Facebook spam message.  —  Secure your digital surgical masks.  Last week's phishing bug that bit many Facebook users is beginning to resurface this morning.  —  Facebook users are receiving messages from friends today that ask them to visit the website, mygener.im.
Discussion: CNET News
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
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.
Discussion: PC World, Techgeist and p2pnet, Thanks:atul
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft's new search - Built on open-source  —  With Kumo, you get cancer  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in the call center  —  When Microsoft purchased Hotmail in December of 1997 for an estimated $400m, it ran on FreeBSD.  But Redmond ripped out the open source OS and replaced it with Windows 2000.
Discussion: CNET News
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Tmobile USA covers its jailbroken iPhone customers  —  Tmobile, the company that carries the iPhone in Germany and a few other countries, does not have access to the iPhone in the US...Officially.  However, it is known that many people jailbreak their iPhones to be on TMobile, for whatever reason.
Discussion: Consumerist, TmoNews and TUAW
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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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
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Associated Press:
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes iTunes kiosks for movie downloads on the go
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Will Head / The Register:
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