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6:45 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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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: Tech Beat and Chetan Sharma
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 …
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: Gawker
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Who will control the New York Times?
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Looked At Buying New York Times Stake, Passed
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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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 …
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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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: eWeek, The Register and TUAW
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Me So Holy:
Apple rejects “Me so Holy”, here are our thoughts..
Discussion: ChannelWeb and iLounge
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Ubergizmo
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Latte With Journalism on the Side  —  How about an interview with that latte?  —  Several coffee shops set to open next month in the Czech Republic plan to offer more than the usual array of cafe services.  As they sip their drinks, visitors will also be able to surf the Web …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PSFK and paidContent
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.
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) …
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: jkOnTheRun, Electronista and Engadget
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?
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.
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote for BlackBerry Is Here  —  Evernote for BlackBerry, you say?  —  The, much (read: MUCH) requested, native Evernote for BlackBerry is now available.  Yes, it's true.  BlackBerry® owners, you now get a slick app to create new notes and search through all of your existing Evernote content.
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
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.141 fails Verizon Wireless testing  —  Wondering what happened to the Storm OS .141 update we said should have dropped late last month?  We had heard rumors of some problems with the OS but over the weekend we got word from a trusted ninja that the much anticipated OS .141 has failed Verizon Wireless' testing.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 and The SiliconANGLE
 
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Microsoft Surface SP1 adds features, better support
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and SlashGear
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple freezes Snow Leopard APIs as software nears final stretch
Discussion: MacRumors
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Approximately 62 new cases filed by RIAA in April
Discussion: p2pnet and Slyck
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AOL Debuts Online Map to the Stars
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Big media's digital shuffle
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Happy Virtual Mother's Day: Modern Mom Site Gets a Celebrity Relaunch
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SocialMedia Unveils New Interactive Ads, Scores IDG As Partner
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:nickgon
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Introduces Post Quality Score For Pages
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Watch Full NBC Videos on Your iPhone
Discussion: Obsessable and iPhone Buzz
Mike Shields / Adweek:
A New (Full-Page) Look for Online Ads
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Google Android Will Grow 900 Percent in 2009, Analysts Say
Arn / MacRumors:
Citrix Demos of a New Kind of Virtual Machine for Mac
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac