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5:50 AM ET, May 8, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Magnetometer in next iPhone confirmed?  —  We just got a couple images from one of our Apple ninjas and it appears to show a compass option in one of the debugging menus.  Our source says this is obviously for a built-in magnetometer in the upcoming iPhone hardware revision and with what's already been reported, we'd have to agree.
Discussion: SlashGear, MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google: Looking over shoulder at Wolfram|Alpha?  —  Google's Sergey Brin, co-founder and president of the search giant, on Thursday delivered the company's annual “Founders' Letter” and apparently is keeping a watchful eye on Wolfram|Alpha.  —  If you recall, Wolfram|Alpha …
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Google: A ‘natural monopoly’?  —  The search giant says competition is “a click away.”  So what if it hasn't materialized?  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — For the second week in a row, reports have surfaced that government regulators are closely eyeing Google.  —  The Justice Department is taking …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Apparently Google's Lawyers Were Prepped For Google/Apple Antitrust Inquiry
Discussion: Gawker
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Facing criticism, Google tries buffing its image
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Multi-processor support coming for Firefox  —  Mozilla has started a new project to make Firefox split in several processes at a time: one running the main user interface (chrome), and another or several others running the web content in each tab.  Like Chrome or Internet Explorer 8 …
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) …
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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CNN:
Murdoch: Web sites to charge for content  —  (CNN) — Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch expects News Corporation-owned newspaper Web sites to start charging users for access within a year in a move which analysts say could radically shake-up the culture of freely available content.
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Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Free web news era over, says Murdoch
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.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Nokia's Gigantic App Store  —  Nokia is preparing an app store second in size only to Apple's.  —  Nokia is about to shake up the app store world.  —  The Finnish company is planning to roll out an online store for mobile applications later this month.  Though Apple ( AAPL - news …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone App Store: 40,000 and counting  —  Noah's rain lasted 40 days and 40 nights, but the flood of submissions to the iPhone App Store — which hit the 40,000 mark in late April — continues unabated.  —  The current numbers, as of Thursday afternoon are as follows:
Discussion: Engadget, PC Magazine and Macworld
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Facebook's official Windows Mobile debut (at last!)  —  Back in March, Microsoft promised the world, and especially Windows Mobile 6 owners, a native Facebook application for Windows Mobile phones.  On Thursday, Redmond delivered.  OK, so Facebook for Windows Mobile 6 was forecast for April instead of May …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Unwired View and Mashable!
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google expects scrutiny, likes Netbooks  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google shouldn't be surprised to face government scrutiny as it continues to grow.  —  At least, that's what CEO Eric Schmidt thinks.  In a wide-ranging discussion with reporters prior to Google's annual meeting …
Discussion: eWeek, TechCrunch and PCLaunches.com
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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 …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
The President's Name Trips Up a Would-Be Voice of the News  —  The Amazon Kindle, an electronic reader, has been lavished with praise by hopeful newspaper and book executives who say they believe it has the potential to do for newspapers and books what the iPod did for music.
Discussion: Gawker
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
Breaking News: No new app submissions unless they run on OS 3.0  —  iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 was only released for general consumption yesterday, and already Apple is rocking our collective faces off with big news.  While a cool new feature being uncovered would be great, what Apple has in store …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why Raising The Pay Wall May Be An Impossible Dream  —  The worsening advertising climate is forcing many publishers, facing only modest online gains after a decade of digital investment, to consider charging for content.  News Corp is considering a strategy that may involve e-readers …
Discussion: Techdirt
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Is Accelerating Music Sales For Pandora  —  Pandora is a company that mainly makes its money through advertising deals on its streaming Internet radio service.  But a growing portion of the business is also affiliate downloads of songs that users hear on Pandora and want to buy on either iTunes or Amazon's MP3 service.
Thunder / Mozilla Labs:
Identity in the Browser  —  The current state of identity on the Web is not so great.  —  Much of the ongoing discussion and efforts around user identity on the Web focuses on tying identities to new or existing networks and using various protocols for federating it.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, InformationWeek and Ajaxian, Thanks:atul
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Mozilla Weave to Integrate Auto-Login with Firefox
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
SugarCRM CEO Roberts replaced by board member  —  John Roberts on Wednesday resigned from his post as CEO of open-source CRM vendor SugarCRM, leaving board member Larry Augustin to assume the role of interim CEO while the company conducts a formal search for his replacement.  —  John Roberts
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft search to be powered by open source  —  Microsoft for years has been warning the world not to use open-source software.  Apparently, its Kumo search team didn't get the memo.  —  Kumo will weigh heavily on open source.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Ina Fried/CNET)
Discussion: The Register
Eric Woodward / the blog of ejw:
Them There URLs  —  I was interviewed for this NY Times story on potential URL shortening business models about three weeks ago, shortly after the bit.ly investment was announced.  I was a little disappointed to see that it is basically fluff.  I thought I would fill in some the missing key points based …
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Happiness In Slavery: NIN iPhone App Approved With No Changes  —  Well, apparently if you speak loudly enough on the web with enough swear words, Apple does listen.  After initially rejecting an update to Nine Inch Nails' iPhone app, Apple has relented and accepted it back into the store.
Discussion: MacRumors, OhGizmo! and CNET News
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia sees graphics chip market stabilize, but losses continue
Discussion: The Register and EE Times
Aaron Task / Tech Ticker:
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google Friend Connect gets comment translation
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The background-check scams: Is WhitePages really better than Intelius?
Discussion: TechFlash and BlackBerry Cool
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Activision Blizzard beats expectations as consumer keep playing its hit games
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