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1:25 PM ET, May 7, 2009

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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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Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Twitter Plans to Squash Google's Spider?  —  Twitter is always making news.  Now they are putting together a robust search service that may help them get that news out faster and more efficiently than Google itself.  Rafe Needleman over at cnet put together a report shortly after speaking directly …
Discussion: Traffick
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Twitter Search to Start Indexing Pages and Launch Reputation Algorithm  —  Some rather interesting changes are headed for Twitter search according to Cnet's Rafe Needleman and Twitter's new VP of Operations, Santosh Jayaram.  —  Jayaram, formerly the VP of Search Quality for Google …
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 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 …
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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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.
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: Technologizer and Gizmodo
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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
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:
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.
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:
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
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 — Pal Pre launch day.  We just received what an anonymous tipster claims …
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
*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 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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Windows release sparks row over browsers  —  Microsoft has stirred up fresh complaints of anticompetitive behaviour with its release this week of a near-final version of the next Windows PC operating system.  —  The complaints, from some of the leading makers of web browsers …
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.
Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
Hazmat scare at Apple campus  —  A building at Apple Computer's Cupertino campus was evacuated Wednesday after an employee found a suspicious envelope containing a white powder in the cafeteria, authorities said.  —  Preliminary tests, however, revealed the powder was not a hazardous substance.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes iTunes kiosks for movie downloads on the go  —  Apple has put some effort into conceptualizing a family of next-generation wireless iTunes kiosks that can be placed just about anywhere, allowing users of its portable products to load their devices with a new full-length movie …
Discussion: I4U News
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 …
Discussion: hypebot and p2pnet
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
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds New Feed And Friend Filters
Discussion: Mashable!
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Growing Pains for Online Video Chat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to turn .Net Micro Framework code, support over to the community
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jeremy Liew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
If onling gaming is growing so fast, why are the companies not valued more highly?
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say
Discussion: p2pnet, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
YouTube River Diverted Into The Google Social Ocean As Well
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CNET News and YouTube Blog, Thanks:atul