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4:30 PM ET, May 8, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Geek News Central
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
ZeusTracker and the Nuclear Option
Discussion: Security Watch, SlashGear and Slashdot
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Google Chrome Ads Coming to Your TV  —  Google plans to promote its Web browser through a television ad that first appeared online.  —  The ad comes from Google's Japan office, part a series of viral videos spotlighting its browser Chrome.  Google will be using its TV Ads platform to launch the campaign this weekend
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Here Come The Google TV Ads (CLIPS)
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Anand Iyer / artificial ignorance:
FUD 101  —  I woke up this morning, and as I usually do, I fired up Techmeme and found this article by Matt Asay titled “Microsoft search to be powered by open source”.  Matt's a good journalist, but as I've done before (How to get TechMeme'd - write about something bashing Vista), I want to comment on some of Asay's points.
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft search to be powered by open source
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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.
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: Pulse2, TeleRead and p2pnet
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”.
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
UC hacking leaves 160,000 at risk of ID theft  —  Overseas hackers gained access to confidential information belonging to tens of thousands of students and alumni at UC Berkeley and Mills College after breaking into computer databases at the Berkeley campus' health services center, officials said today.
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.
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.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon creates its own URL shortener for products  —  Amazon.com has quietly created its own URL shortener for products sold on its sites.  People can now type “amzn.com/” and a product number to create a short URL, without the need for sites like tinyurl.com and bit.ly.
Thanks:johnhcook
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's “We're Not A Monopoly” PowerPoint Presentation  —  Update: Google sent us a color version of the deck.  We've embedded it instead.  Here's the company's response, too.  —  Earlier: An organization called Consumer Watchdog landed a copy of a presentation Google is showing around Washington D.C …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Google Research Blog:
The bar-bet phenomenon: increasing diversity in mobile searches
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Royal Pingdom:
Web growth peaked in 2007 but might be back with a vengeance in 2009
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft Buy SeeqPod?
Discussion: TechCrunch, Obsessable and hypebot
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Google heading for global trademark storm
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
 Earlier Items: 
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple opens developer forums to Snow Leopard discussion
Discussion: MacRumors, Softpedia News and TUAW
Michael Scherer / Time:
Obama and Twitter: White House Social-Networking
Discussion: techPresident and digg.com
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Contra Code Easter Egg
bijan sabet:
User Interface & Design - east vs west
Thanks:atul