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1:20 AM ET, May 12, 2009

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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.
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.
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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?
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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The iPhone Will Not Destroy the Wireless Business
Discussion: Bits, Chetan Sharma and Tech Beat
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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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?
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 and CNET News
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm and Sprint announcing Pre availability May 19th in the WSJ?  —  We just got a tip from a very proven tipster who informed us that Palm and Sprint were set to make a big announcement in the Wall Street Journal on May 19th.  They said that there's a very good chance of Palm and Sprint announcing the Pre release date then.
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google News Gets An Update. Still Sucks.
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
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Print Books Are Target of Pirates on the Web  —  Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction writer, was perusing the Web site Scribd last month when she came across digital copies of some books that seemed quite familiar to her.  No wonder.  She wrote them, including a free-for-the-taking copy …
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Chinese rumor claims 2009 iPhone will be modest upgrade  —  A forum thread on a Chinese Apple fan site is generating some interest by AppleInsider readers because one commenter claims to have used prototypes of Apple's next-gen iPhone because he purportedly has a friend working at the company's manufacturing partner Foxconn.
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, Pulse2, eWeek and TUAW
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Me So Holy:
Apple rejects “Me so Holy”, here are our thoughts..
Discussion: Gadget Lab and ChannelWeb
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: paidContent.org
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos  —  Official White House photos are now officially in the public domain, thanks to a licensing change made quietly over the weekend by the Obama administration and the photo-sharing site Flickr.  —  The White House began posting striking photos …
Thanks:atul
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 …
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?
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.
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, TUAW and World of Apple
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: iTnews Australia, p2pnet and Gizmodo
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
LaCie hurdles the 10TB barrier, upgrades its 2big and 5big RAID drives  —  The kids at LaCie are clearly out of control.  Every time we turn around they're unveiling another big, bad storage solution aimed at a world hungry for... well, more storage.  If the old 8TB model was a little slight …
Discussion: Electronista, Macworld and Gizmodo
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google's Anti-Trust Problem Appears Very Real  —  At Google's recent press event last week, in advance of its annual shareholder meeting, CEO Eric Schmidt seemed to brush off the notion that he might be compelled to resign from Apple's board because of a potential problem with an …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Times Wire Gives You NYT In Real-Time.  But The News May Be Old.  —  One of the biggest knocks against traditional media isn't necessarily that it's not online — most of it is now — but rather that it's slow when it comes to delivering news.  By the time an old media site gets a story approved …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Andrew Baron's New Project: Magma
Thanks:jesse
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Searchology Event: An “Insider's Perspective On Search”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Radio Trips Up Google's Off-Line Ad Push
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Oprah, Ashton Propel Twitter's Traffic Past The WSJ, NYT
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, paidContent and mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Grant Gross / PC World:
FTC Chairman: Agency May Enforce Net Neutrality
Discussion: Ars Technica
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Color e-paper displays look to pigmented past
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's ReMail Finally Brings Full-Text Email Search To The iPhone
Discussion: Gabor hits Send and SmoothSpan Blog, Thanks:marissac
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Google's Android seen gaining support
Discussion: Techgeist and mocoNews
 Earlier Items: 
Christian Zibreg / Geek.com:
Top 10 features you'll love about Android 1.5
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Microsoft Surface SP1 adds features, better support
Discussion: SlashGear and GottaBeMobile.com
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times envisions version 2.0 of the newspaper
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Latte With Journalism on the Side
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PSFK and paidContent
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.141 fails Verizon Wireless testing