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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
SEC filing: Sun shareholders sue to block Oracle acquisition  —  Sun Microsystems' shareholders have filed three separate class action suits to block the $7.4 billion acquisition by Oracle, the company revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: The Register
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun Open-Sources U.S. Antibribery Laws  —  A couple bombshells in Sun Microsystems's latest 10-Q filing.  Seems the company believes it may have violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans the bribery of foreign government officials.  “During fiscal year 2009 …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
Asus Eee PC T91 launching by June!  —  The Asus Eee PC T91, the first touchscreen convertible netbook from the Taiwanese tech giant, will be twisting its way over to the UK within a month, and we now know how much for.  Read on for the full scoop.  —  Although the Asus Eee PC T91 was unveiled …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G1 v2  —  So check this, our brothers and sisters at TmoToday broke news of this second iteration of the T-Mobile G1 aka Bigfoot (aka Morrison according to the Walmart roadmap).  But we've uncovered something very sexy — an awesome image!  Full slide-out HTC-style QWERTY?
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Botnet master hits the kill switch, takes down 100,000 PCs  —  Botnets aren't just dangerous because they can steal massive amounts of personal data and launch denial-of-service attacks—they can also self-destruct, leaving the owners of affected machines in the dust.
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
ZeusTracker and the Nuclear Option
Discussion: Security Watch, SlashGear and Slashdot
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google's Schmidt And His Dismissive Attitude  —  I mean this with all due respect, but is Google's CEO Eric Schmidt whacked?  —  Over the past several weeks, I and others have begun questioning his dual roles on both Google's Board of Directors, as well as Apple's.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 RC gets its first bug, and it's a doozy  —  The first documented bug in the Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) is a doozy.  —  Yesterday, Microsoft published Knowledge Base article 970789, which provides details of a problem that affects the 32-bit (x86) English-language version of Windows 7 build 7100.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Search Goes Real-Time With Scoopler.  Twitter Dominates Results.  —  There's a new trend that starting to sweep the web: Real-time.  Everyone wants access to information as it happens instantaneously.  FriendFeed recently went real-time and now Facebook is starting to embrace it.
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
iPlayer uncovered: What powers the BBC's epic creation?  —  During peak hours, BBC iPlayer pumps out 12GB of data every second, and seven petabytes of data every month.  It's insanely popular on Apple's iPhone — but mostly after midnight — and the next version of iPlayer will land this year, with some exciting new features.
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Sphinx - text search The Pirate Bay way  —  Like MySQL.  But it can scale  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in the call center  —  In 2001, Andrew Aksyonoff had an itch.  He ran a website that indexed song lyrics and allowed users to search them.  At the time, none of the open source options for text search worked.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia hoax points to limits of journalists' research  —  A sociology student placed a fake quote on Wikipedia, only to see it show up in prominent newspapers, revealing that a lot of the press doesn't go much further than most 'Net users when it comes to researching a story.
Discussion: p2pnet and Pulse2
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple changes to App Store review policy worry developers  —  With the iPhone 3.0 firmware on its way, developers are running into new development headaches and are worried that a purge of “junk” apps may be on its way.  —  Apple sent shock waves through the iPhone developer community Thursday …
Discussion: TechSpot
Remo Knops / MobilityMinded:
Microsoft Facebook Application for Windows Mobile Phones Step-By-Step Overview  —  Back at CTIA 2009 Microsoft made several announcements of which one was the creation of a new Facebook application for Windows Phones.  Luckily I was able to test this application and the article below …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook platform developers could see $500M in revenue this year  —  A growing number of game makers on Facebook are making money from virtual goods — from poker chips to virtual clothes that users can buy or earn while playing gaming applications with their friends on Facebook.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Elgato Video Capture records analog video to MPEG-4, H.264  —  Elgato on Friday introduced Elgato Video Capture, a new device that enables Mac users to transfer analog video to H.264 or MPEG-4 video files.  It costs $100.  —  Elgato Video Capture includes a USB 2. interface that enables …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
California open source digital textbook plan faces barriers  —  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has an ambitious plan to reduce the cost of education in California.  He intends for the state to develop digital open source textbooks for high school math and science classes.
Discussion: Techgeist
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Wolfram Alpha Launches May 18  —  After briefly going live yesterday, Wolfram Alpha — the much anticipated fact engine — was quickly shutdown.  Now the company tells us that May 18 is the official launch data.  For more about the service, see my write-up, Impressive: The Wolfram Alpha “Fact Engine”.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: Google will start walking away from bad AdSense deals like MySpace  —  Are the days of silly AdSense deals with the likes of MySpace and AOL over for Google?  Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay seems to think so.  The analyst upped his price target to $600 for Google shares on the theory …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube May Be Solving Its Ad Problem-Slowly  —  YouTube is the world's biggest video destination.  But it has yet to generate a penny of profit for Google, which paid more than $1.6 billion for the site in 2006.  —  That's because the site is very expensive to run-YouTube served …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
From MIT Blackjack Team to Amazon Acquisition: The Lexcycle Story  —  Gregory T. Huang wrote:  —  Neelan Choksi says he has an “addictive personality.”  That might explain why he carefully orders an orange juice at the espresso bar, while I jack up my caffeine intake with another 12-ounce latte.
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft Buy SeeqPod?  —  Long plagued by legal challenges from major record labels, bankrupt MP3 search engine SeeqPod has been on the brink of extinction for months.  But CEO Kasian Franks recently told Wired.com that SeeqPod was in final acquisition talks with a major media company …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Obsessable and hypebot
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Google heading for global trademark storm  —  The internet search engine giant Google has announced that it will extend to 194 countries a scheme that allows companies to use their rivals' trademarks for online advertising.  Google will no longer consider requests from brand owners to take down …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Preparing for Windows 7 with the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor  —  When a new version of Windows is released, people either upgrade their existing PC or purchase a new PC with the latest version of Windows already pre-installed.  For the people who want to upgrade their existing PC …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple opens developer forums to Snow Leopard discussion  —  Signaling an new open approach to its operating system development plans, Apple has announced new threads for discussing the forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system on the developer forums available to Apple Developer Connection Premier and Select members.
Discussion: MacRumors, Softpedia News and TUAW
Royal Pingdom:
Web growth peaked in 2007 but might be back with a vengeance in 2009  —  The Internet keeps getting larger and more widespread, and the number of websites just keeps growing.  But if you take a closer look at those numbers, you will find something interesting: If you look at year-by-year growth, it peaked in 2007.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T and Verizon: Is the smartphone growth train slowing?  —  J.P. Morgan analyst Mike McCormack raised a bit of a ruckus with a downgrade of AT&T and Verizon largely based on “on deteriorating wireless fundamentals, specifically in the higher value postpaid subscriber base of each company.”
 
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Google Research Blog:
The bar-bet phenomenon: increasing diversity in mobile searches
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell to offer own Moblin-based distro for hardware makers
Discussion: eWeek and Softpedia News
Paul Bond / Reuters:
Activision eyes “Guitar Hero” TV series, tour
Discussion: CrunchGear and Softpedia News
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Q&A: FBI agent looks back on time posing as a cybercriminal
Discussion: digg.com
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Competitor OLX Scores $5 Million For Online Classifieds
Michael Scherer / Time:
Obama and Twitter: White House Social-Networking
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Nintendo's Mysterious Caution on FY '10
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft search to be powered by open source
Discussion: CNET News
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Magnetometer in next iPhone confirmed?