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9:50 PM ET, May 11, 2009

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Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Demands on Network Are an iPhone Hang-Up  —  The iPhone has made AT&T the cool kid on the cellphone block, bringing in lots of new customers all eager to play with the shiny new device.  —  Trouble is, the iPhone is expensive for AT&T, and not just because of the heavy subsidies on the initial purchase price.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
WSJ: Unlimited Data Phone Plans Are Doomed Thanks to the iPhone  —  The complicated tango between the iPhone and AT&T's network isn't a new story, but the latest stats—web browsing eats 69 percent of phone bandwidth—highlight the fragility of networks, allowing fresh portents of doom.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The iPhone Will Not Destroy the Wireless Business
Discussion: Bits, Chetan Sharma and Tech Beat
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft confirms Windows 7 coming this year  —  This won't come as a surprise, but Microsoft is planning to release Windows 7 this year, in time for the holiday shopping season.  —  What is new is that the software maker is finally willing to put itself on the line and say as much.
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
How will Windows 7 financially impact Microsoft?
Discussion: Joe Wilcox and BetaNews
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 on Track to Hit This Holiday Season
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Amazon re-Kindles the iPhone  —  It took Amazon (AMZN) less than a month after the release of the second-generation Kindle electronic-book reader to put a free Kindle application on the iPhone App Store.  It took another two months for it to fix the app's second most annoying drawback …
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Amazon opens iPhone-optimized Kindle Store, conflict expected?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sony CEO Howard Stringer on music: “If we had gone with open technology from the start, I think we probably would have beaten Apple”  —  We've always had a soft spot for Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, and it sounds like the old man's doing more than cajoling Tom Hanks into telling jokes following …
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Who will control the New York Times?  —  Sources: Geffen made an offer for hedge fund's big stake.  —  LOS ANGELES (Fortune) — Every day for months now, pundits and peanut gallery members have weighed in on the subject of what The New York Times might do to save itself.
Discussion: Gawker, Reuters and Felix Salmon
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Looked At Buying New York Times Stake, Passed
Discussion: Financial Times
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   David Geffen Wants A Chunk Of The New York Times.  What Does Google Want?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Lack of Vision To Blame for Newspaper Woes  —  Is this it?  —  Is the product you are accustomed to holding in your hands a relic, soon to go the way of silent movies and manual typewriters?  —  I have been one of the industry's most fervent optimists, convinced that somehow, some way, newspapers would find a path to survival.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Talking to New York Times, Washington Post About... Something
Discussion: CNET News and Gawker
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's next Apple price attack: Zune Pass vs iTunes  —  Microsoft's Laptop Hunter ads (one, two, three, and four) must be doing quite well, because what Microsoft started off as a price attack on Macs seems to have transcended over to the online music store business.
Discussion: TechFlash, LiveSide, Gizmodo, Engadget and iPodNN
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook confirms removal of two Holocaust denial groups.  Is it enough?  —  Facebook has confirmed my earlier suspicion that it has disabled two of the five Holocaust denial groups whose presence has caused much controversy over the past week, following attorney Brian Cuban's consistent pressure for the groups' removal.
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple rejects BitTorrent control app Drivetrain [Updated]  —  Apple has rejected iPhone developer Maza Digital's Drivetrain application, a remote control for Transmission, a BitTorrent client for Mac OS X and other platforms.  After an initial email stating that Drivetrain required …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Rejects Another iPhone App: Religious Photo Parodies ‘Objectionable’  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to serve as nanny and tastemaker for its iPhone app store.  It's rejected yet another app from the app store: A religious photo parody app called “Me So Holy.”  Apple insists the app is “objectionable.”
Discussion: The Register, TUAW and eWeek
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Me So Holy:
Apple rejects “Me so Holy”, here are our thoughts..
Discussion: Gadget Lab and ChannelWeb
The Blog Pirate:
Pirate Bay Founder Devises DDo$ Attack  —  Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm (aka anakata) recieved a bill for the 30 million SEK that he, along with Peter Sunde (aka brokep), Fredrik Neij (aka TiAMO), and Carl Lundstrom, was fined in the verdict of the Pirate Bay trial just over three weeks ago.
Discussion: p2pnet
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Closer to a Retrial, Demands New Investigation
Discussion: p2pnet
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to test payments system with developers “in a few weeks”  —  Developers may be making tens of millions of dollars through games and virtual goods on Facebook's platform, but the social network itself hasn't had a way to get a share of that money.  This may be about to change …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Google's Android seen gaining support  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Google's Android operating system is gaining support in the mobile industry, with 8 million Android phones to be sold in 2009, up 10-fold from a year ago, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Monday.
Discussion: Techgeist and mocoNews
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Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Google Android Will Grow 900 Percent in 2009, Analysts Say
The Official Google Blog:
Energy and the Internet  —  There's been a lot of debate lately about the growing amount of energy needed to power the Internet, and we wanted to weigh in on the discussion.  A few months ago, I first blogged about the about amount of energy used in one Google search.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC?  Motorola's first Android phone?  —  You read that right!  We just got a tip that basically more or less confirmed the phone we posted a couple days is going to be manufactured by Motorola for T-Mobile.  Why isn't HTC in the picture on this one?
Google News Blog:
More ways to see the story  —  Last Thursday we launched a new format for story pages on Google News.  These are the pages you see when you click the “all [#] news articles” link of each cluster of articles which cover the same news event—or “story,” as we say on the Google News team.
Rob Goodlatte Today / Facebook Blog:
Friend Lists: Now in Chat  —  Since we launched Facebook Chat, many of you have asked for ways to organize your connections and to control which friends see you online.  Maybe you want to be online with your best friends but offline with your work colleagues.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times envisions version 2.0 of the newspaper  —  The New York Times Co.'s research and development group has some of the best views in their midtown skyscraper — 24 floors above the newsrooms, higher even than the executives' suites.  Developers in the core R&D group …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple freezes Snow Leopard APIs as software nears final stretch  —  Apple this past weekend distributed a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard that altered the programming methods used to optimize code for multi-core Macs, telling developers they were the last programming-oriented changes planned ahead of the software's release.
Discussion: MacRumors and World of Apple
Christian Zibreg / Geek.com:
Top 10 features you'll love about Android 1.5  —  As we await a major Android update scheduled this coming Monday, we take an in-depth look at its top 10 user-centric features that up the ante in the mobile arena.  —  Last month, Google has officially announced Android 1.5 update, dubbed “cupcake.”
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo updates Netbook line: meet the IdeaPad S10-2  —  We were impressed with the recent 6-cell battery upgrade for Lenovo's S10 Netbook, and now the company (most famous for the ThinkPad line of business laptops) has announced a bigger revamp.  —  The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 (well …
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
 
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Grant Gross / PC World:
FTC Chairman: Agency May Enforce Net Neutrality
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's ReMail Finally Brings Full-Text Email Search To The iPhone
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Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
LaCie hurdles the 10TB barrier, upgrades its 2big and 5big RAID drives
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Documents to Go and Adobe Reader Spotted in Pre Video
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Microsoft Surface SP1 adds features, better support
Discussion: SlashGear and GottaBeMobile.com
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AOL Debuts Online Map to the Stars
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Latte With Journalism on the Side
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Citrix Demos of a New Kind of Virtual Machine for Mac
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