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4:05 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
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   WSJ: Unlimited Data Phone Plans Are Doomed Thanks to the iPhone
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?  —  Ahead of the release of iPhone OS 3.0, Amazon has launched a new version of its Kindle Store optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Accessible from the “Get Books” button in Amazon's Kindle for iPhone app …
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.
Discussion: Guardian, BetaNews, Reuters and TechSpot
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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) …
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 …
Discussion: PC World and Network World
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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 …
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.”
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?
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren't Lactating  —  Way more countries have laws against holocaust denial (11 or so) than breast feeding (0), but guess which one is banned on Facebook?  That's right.  Pictures of breast feeding babies are indecent, so they're a no go.
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.
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 Gawker
Financial Times:
Micro-payments considered for WSJ website  —  News Corp is planning to introduce micro-payments for individual articles and premium subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal's website this year, in a milestone in the news industry's race to find better online business models.
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 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 and Engadget
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Closer to a Retrial, Demands New Investigation  —  A few days after the verdict in the Pirate Bay trial was made public, judge Tomas Norström was heavily criticized for his involvement with pro-copyright lobby groups.  To everyone's surprise, Norström never declared these activities before he took on the case.
Discussion: p2pnet
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 …
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.
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Introduces Post Quality Score For Pages  —  Last week Facebook introduced a new public profile insights tool which lets page administrators track who is interacting with their page and how each fan is interacting.  One of the new measurements that was added is called “Post Quality” …
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
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Happy Virtual Mother's Day: Modern Mom Site Gets a Celebrity Relaunch  —  What's one of the ways you might attract a lot of attention online?  —  Here's one possible equation: Celebrity + Mom + Tips Galore.  —  That's the formula behind a new site relaunching today called Modern Mom …
 
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Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Advertising Losses Put Squeeze on TV News
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
TimeBridge raises $5M to make scheduling business meetings easier
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SocialMedia Unveils New Interactive Ads, Scores IDG As Partner
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:nickgon
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Google's diversity causing it antitrust trouble
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