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4:30 AM ET, May 9, 2009

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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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The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome ads on TV  —  A couple of months ago, the Google Japan team produced a fun video to demonstrate how clean and simple our Google Chrome user interface is.  After releasing this video on the web, we got lots of positive feedback and thoughtful comments.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Execs: Twitter-like Functionality Could Be Added to Search  —  While taking questions yesterday about alleged violation of anti-trust laws, Google execs including CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly told press that the company is, in the words of Reuters scribe Alexei Oreskovic, “looking at …
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What Marissa Mayer said about Google and Twitter  —  There have been a couple of posts today speculating about what Eric Schmidt and his team said about Twitter at a company press event in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday.  I have the verbatim text, which I thought might be helpful to post below for the record.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nuts: Twitter Inventor About To Launch His Next Project, Code-named Squirrel  —  Almost immediately following Twitter coming back from a planned downtime this afternoon, co-founder and current Chairman Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet letting his followers know that he was, “Getting ready to embark on something new and entirely different.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Fights In The Google Monopoly Debate Miss Key Points  —  The noise about whether Google is a monopoly that needs to be controlled continues to ramp up, with Google itself releasing a “charm offensive” set of slides after its lobbying using those slides was outed by Consumer Watchdog.
Discussion: Consumer Watchdog, Industry Standard and eWeek, Thanks:atul
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?
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G2 with a surprise
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixed Emotions: Our First Hands-On Test Of Wolfram|Alpha  —  Wolfram Alpha, the hyped “Google killer” will officially launch on May 18, but we already got preview access to it today, and had a chance to put it through its paces.  —  Let's get this out of the way quickly: Wolfram Alpha is not …
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Could Wolfram|Alpha Sway Google Regulators?
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joking Or Not, Official Or Not, Facebook Needs To Grow Up  —  It's sort of funny when Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg takes her frustration out on a club bouncer by saying (it has now been removed) it would be “a huge bummer if their facebook pages “accidentally” went down.”
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So Long Federated Media, And Thanks For All The Fish  —  Federated Media has been our advertising partner since December 2005.  The first checks they sent us allowed TechCrunch to become something more than a guy sitting in a spare bedroom talking about startups to a small audience.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Try To Create A Better Travel Guide With Nextstop  —  Are you looking for the best beer bars in the world, good places to make out in San Francisco, or where to go on the Big Island in Hawaii?  A travel recommendation site called nextstop mixes social recommendations with search …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
It's time voice mail threw in the towel.  —  Since March, I've been using Google Voice, the search company's fantastic Web app that gives you a single number to connect all your phones and lets you make rules about who can call which phone when.  Voice is packed with many other amazing tricks …
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.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Analysis: SSD performance — is a slowdown inevitable?  —  How well an SSD performs over time depends on the firmware, controller  —  Computerworld) The recent revelation that Intel Corp.'s consumer-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives suffer from fragmentation that can cause …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
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 …
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
The Price of Staying Connected  —  WIRELESS Internet access is no longer a rarefied luxury.  It's free in cafes, parks, fast-food chains, campgrounds and gas stations — yes, gas stations.  —  Yet in some places travelers still must pay for Wi-Fi access, and perhaps nowhere is that more disturbing than in an upscale hotel room.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
internetnews.com:
ICANN Heading to a Fork in the Road  —  With its agreement with the U.S. government expiring in September, Internet governance body could be headed for a shakeup.  —  WASHINGTON — ICANN's got some decisions to make.  —  The organization responsible for assigning Internet names …
Julie Zhuo / Facebook Blog:
Recognizing Your Family on Facebook  —  A few months ago, I was thinking about my mother when, at one of our engineering hackathons, I began working on ideas for how to highlight more of the important people in my life.  You already could specify if you were in a romantic relationship with someone …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:johnhcook
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.
Thomas Crampton:
Reporter to NY Times Publisher: You Erased My Career  —  Hell hath no fury like a reporter deleted.  —  I have a major personal and professional gripe against The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.  —  For more than a decade, as you know, I enjoyed a wonderful and globe-trotting career at both newspapers.
Thanks:atul
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp:
Ultra-Small HDMI Revealed: Same 19 Pins in Half the Size  —  At long last, the use of High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) in mobile phones, car navigation systems and other products is approaching reality.  Molex Inc of the US and other companies have prototyped a miniature HDMI connector …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
SugarSync Gets Free Version  —  We first mentioned SugarSync over a year ago, and the online backup service has been growing in both size and services since then.  Those folks don't seem to ever stand still and have apps to keep your data in sync across multiple computers and phone platforms.
Steve Donohue / Contentinople:
Moonves: Hulu Deal Doesn't Hurt TV.com  —  CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) isn't threatened by Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS)'s move to join Fox Broadcasting Co. and NBC Universal on Hulu LLC , CEO Leslie Moonves told analysts on the company's first-quarter earnings call.
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
DocuSign inks $5 million round
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
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Reuters:
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Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
John Leyden / The Register:
XSS flaws poke ridicule at entertainment industry
Todd / The Official Netflix Blog:
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Anand Iyer / artificial ignorance:
FUD 101  —  I woke up this morning, and as I usually do …
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft Buy SeeqPod?
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Google's Schmidt And His Dismissive Attitude
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Sphinx - text search The Pirate Bay way
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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