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11:35 AM ET, May 7, 2009

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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Twitter Search to make broader sweeps  —  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) …
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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Ian Paul / PC World:
Latest iPhone 3.0 Beta Reveals Parental Controls  —  Developers got an unexpected surprise yesterday after Apple released a new beta of the iPhone OS 3.0 and a second version of iTunes 8.2.  This release comes just eight days after Apple released 3.0 beta 4 and the first public version of iTunes 8.2.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 and New iTunes 8.2 Pre-Release to Developers
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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Considering $10 Drop in iPhone Monthly Plan Rates?
Discussion: TheStreet.com
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.
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*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 …
Canada NewsWire Group:
Canadians to Get Android-Powered Smartphones: Rogers Wireless prepares for the Mobile Revolution with the exclusive Canadian launch of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic  —  Rogers Wireless today announced the exclusive Canadian launch in June 2009 of the HTC Dream(TM) and HTC Magic(TM) smartphones …
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Rogers announces HTC Dream (G1) and Magic coming in June
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM Ups Full Year Outlook; But Subs Are Shrinking  —  Sirius XM (SIRI) this morning raised its full year outlook - but its subscriber base is shrinking.  —  For the first quarter, the satellite radio company posted pro forma revenue of $605.5 million, up 5% from a year ago, but below the Street consensus of $578.8 million.
Discussion: Digital Daily
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PR Newswire:
SIRIUS XM Radio Reports First Quarter 2009 Results
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.
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Free web news era over, says Rupert 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.
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Ning: The Latest Platform For App-Makers Wanting To Get Rich  —  Add one more platform to the ranks of Facebook, MySpace and the iPhone for developers wanting to cash in on the app trend: Ning.  The D-I-Y social network-creation service is rolling out “Ning Apps,” which let bands …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Growth in Adjusted EBITDA(1) -  — Second Consecutive Quarter of Positive Income from Operations -  — GAAP Net Income of $5 Million or $0.03 per Share -  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE …
Will Head / The Register:
Asus Eee Box B206 … Review On the outside, there's little to distinguish the Asus Eee Box B206 from its predecessor - put the two side by side and you'd be hard pressed to spot the difference.  The only real external clue is the DVI connector on the back of the original Eee Box has been replaced by an HDMI port instead.
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Garmin launches Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t outdoor navigators  —  Did you seriously shell out to have ARGONAUT plastered on your license plate?  Oh, yeah?  Listen up.  Garmin has just pushed out a new duo of navigators aimed squarely at you, the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t.
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: Mashable!
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: SEO by the Sea, Thanks:atul
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.
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: TechFlash
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:
Discussion: Business Wire and LinuxWorld.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Historical Perspective: At Least This Time Around We Don't Have Incubators For Incubators  —  Silicon Valley and the Internet community in general gets a lot of criticism and jeering over some of the absurd ideas that turn into venture funded startups.  People make fun of the business plans …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com
Max Zeledon / Business Week:
Growing Pains for Online Video Chat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to turn .Net Micro Framework code, support over to the community
Discussion: TechFlash
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Gist's New Funding Began With A Twitter Message
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed is absorbing more Twitter users, and that's good for Twitter
Discussion: TechCrunch and louisgray.com
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Google: American phenomenon and antitrust target
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Liew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
If onling gaming is growing so fast, why are the companies not valued more highly?
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
FAA's Air-Traffic Computer Systems Penetrated by Hackers
Discussion: The Register
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
YouTube River Diverted Into The Google Social Ocean As Well
Discussion: YouTube Blog, Thanks:atul
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Still Blocking Information on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty
Discussion: p2pnet