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2:45 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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The iPhone Will Not Destroy the Wireless Business  —  Wireless data consumption has been the growth story of the last 18 months, as folks increasingly pick up their iPhones, BlackBerrys and wireless modems in search of YouTube video, email and thousands of apps.
Discussion: Tech Beat and Chetan Sharma
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
First Look: BlackBerry Onyx Spotted in the Wild!  —  * Update 3: So much for a relaxing Sunday night, huh?  BG just posted a little update addressing a couple points.... Regarding device model, he's got some intel that this device could launch as part of the 96xx series (makes sense looking at the keyboard) …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Driftwood/Onyx hitting T-Mobile USA in September
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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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
University of Missouri Requires Students Buy iPhone or iPod
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 on Track to Hit This Holiday Season  —  There has been quite a bit of speculation and chatter around the timing of milestones for Windows 7.  Of course folks want to know when Windows 7 will become available in stores and on new PCs.  We're in a good position today to provide …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft confirms Windows 7 coming this year
Discussion: Reuters
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Stephen Wolfram Reveals Radical New Formula for Web Search  —  The home page is nearly blank.  At the center, just below a colorful logo, you'll find an empty data field.  Type in a phrase, hit Return, and knowledge appears.  —  No, it's not Google.  It's Wolfram|Alpha, named after its creator …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Sell Debt for First Time, Taking Advantage of Its Top Ratings  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, plans to sell 5-, 10- and 30-year debt in its first bond offering, taking advantage of its top credit ratings to help fund a share buyback and technology investments.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Ina Fried / CNET News:   Microsoft files for debt offering
Serge Jespers:
The future of newspapers is now: New York Times Reader v2 released  —  Ever tried reading a newspaper on a plane?  I bet you kept bumping into your neighbour, didn't you?  Have you ever tried locating an article that you read last Wednesday in a stack of newspapers?
John Murrell / GMSV:
Two-Facedbook?  The no-win dilemma of managing speech  —  Running an online social site based on user content is not all pokes and giggles.  Aside from the business and technical challenges, once you offer yourself as a platform for a full spectrum of social interaction …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren't Lactating
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Assuming There's a New York Times in 2040, I Hope It's Not This One  —  I just went to NYTimes.com, as I do multiple times a day.  A split-second after I arrived at the homepage, it was covered up with a full-page ad overlay.  That was irritating, but I'm willing to tolerate some annoyance in return for excellent free content.
Arn / MacRumors:
Citrix Demos of a New Kind of Virtual Machine for Mac  —  Citrix made a number of announcements last week related to Mac and iPhone.  While most of these announcements were targeted specifically towards IT/enterprise customers, one announcement has more potential mainstream significance.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Watch Full NBC Videos on Your iPhone  —  Until the game-changing Hulu app drops, fans of 30 Rock, The Office, and other NBC shows can catch them full-screen on their iPhone or iPod touch, as well as on a few other mobile phones.  —  It's probably not a new feature, but none …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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 and Me So Holy
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple rejects BitTorrent control app Drivetrain  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: MediaMemo and Bloggasm
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SocialMedia Unveils New Interactive Ads, Scores IDG As Partner  —  Social interaction is one of the driving forces behind the web right now, with Twitter and Facebook both growing at phenomenal rates.  But outside of social networks, advertisers have largely failed to get in on the action …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:nickgon
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
iPhones in Iraq - the US Army's new weapon  —  Applications prove invaluable for soldiers on the battlefield  —  In Basra's Hayaniyah district, a notorious stronghold of Shia militias, a US army sergeant leading a patrol faced two suspects in the street.  Amid rising tension he produced …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Dish Network Loses 94,000 Subscribers  —  Still has 13.5 million subscribers...  While DirecTV just posted their best subscriber gains in four years (460,000 new subscribers), rival Dish Network this morning announced they lost 94,000 subscribers during the first quarter.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
A New (Full-Page) Look for Online Ads  —  ShortTail Media's D30, soon in beta, puts traditional spots between Web pages  —  NEW YORK David Payne wants to radically alter what online ads look like and how they get sold.  And he's recruiting some of Web publishing's heavy hitters to help in his cause …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Get The Real-Time Twitter Scoop With Twitscoop  —  Twitscoop, a real-time visualization tool that lets you see hot trends and buzz on Twitter, is getting a makeover and adding several useful features that may help you “mine the thought stream.”  These features will officially roll out at 8 AM PST.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Google Android Will Grow 900 Percent in 2009, Analysts Say  —  Google's Android mobile OS is expected see a growth rate of 900 percent in 2009, Strategy Analytics is predicting in a new report.  The Apple iPhone OS will follow behind it, as the second fastest-growing smartphone OS …
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Beyond Clicks And CPMs: A Look At 'Engagement'-Based Ad Deals  —  CPMs are the default standard for buying display, and paid search ads get measured in clicks.  But when it comes to valuing a social-media sponsorship, “advertorial” content on a magazine site or even a virtual-world campaign …
Jay Rey / Buffalo News:
Yahoo! is eyeing WNY sites for new data center  —  The Internet giant Yahoo! is considering sites in Genesee and Orleans counties for a new data center, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N. Y.,said Sunday.  —  “They are seriously, seriously considering a site in Orleans County or Genesee County,” Schumer said.
 
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Ted Dziuba / The Register:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Thomson Reuters Launches BlackBerry, iPhone Apps; First Big Step …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
ReadWriteWeb:
Did Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiration for Facebook Come Before Harvard?
Discussion: Time and Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?
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