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7:45 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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google News Gets An Update.  Still Sucks.  —  I'm sorry, but for as good as Google is at organizing the world's data, Google News absolutely sucks.  Now, to be fair, I'm going to focus on Google News from a tech news perspective, because that's what I follow.  Maybe it's better in other areas, but I doubt it's much better.
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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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: PE Hub News and Financial Times
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 …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Overblown Wi-Fi signal worry: Don't toss that baby monitor  —  Quick!  Get rid of the baby monitor.  It's killing the Wi-Fi.  —  That's what geeks could conclude following reports about a UK-based study on Wi-Fi interference.  Can you picture your average guy looking at his router in one hand weighing it against the baby monitor?
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PC Pro:
Baby monitors killing urban Wi-Fi
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft hints at June for new Zune  —  Microsoft is heating up the Zune advertising and is hinting at June for a “new product launch”.  —  We've had the hints that a new Zune, namely the Zune HD, could be surfacing this year but an interesting twitter update from the Microsoft Office 2010 …
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung Spica and BigFoot Android 2.0/ Donut phone details leaked  —  Figures.  I just finished my today's rant about those loud Android 10x growth predictions and Mobile Review had to come out with the hard info on upcoming new Samsung Android phones and Adroid 2.0/Donut OS update, right after that...
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Google's Android seen gaining support
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Andrew Baron's New Project: Magma  —  Tonight at the NY Video 2.0 meetup in NYC, Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron presented his new startup called Magma.  Andrew described Magma as a place for people who want to explore and find online video.  The beta will be opened later this week - you can signup on the Magma website.
Discussion: Podcasting News, Thanks:jesse
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Andrew Baron:   Magma!  —  Today we let the cat out of the bag on Magma.
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Watch Out Google, Obama's Antitrust Chief Is Looking To Make An Example Out Of You
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
Darren Waters / BBC:
Call to ‘disconnect file-sharers’  —  Persistent illegal file-sharers should be cut off from the net, an alliance of UK creative industries will tell the government on Tuesday.  —  The alliance wants the government to force internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect users …
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.
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
What Google knows about you  —  Google may know more about you than your mother does.  Got a problem with that?  —  Computerworld) “Google knows more about you than your mother.”  —  Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently made that statement to this reporter.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and PC World, Thanks:loic
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.
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 and Earth2Tech
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Oprah, Ashton Propel Twitter's Traffic Past The WSJ, NYT  —  This, is what the “Oprah impact,” Ashton Kutcher's followers race with CNN and non-stop coverage from tech and media blogs amounts to: Twitter actually surpassed both the NYT and the WSJ for unique visits in April.  —  Related
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?
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 …
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 …
Peter Sciretta / /Film:
Stupid: Watchmen Blu-Ray Connects To Your Facebook Friends  —  Warner Home Video has announced that Watchmen will be released on DVD and Blu-ray simultaneously in late July, either July 21st or July 28th, to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con International.  —  Warner Bros is really proud …
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 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 and Gizmodo
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Color e-paper displays look to pigmented past  —  Several companies are developing display technologies that may take the pigments used in traditional printing and embed them in a low-power electronic display.  —  One of the constant refrains in discussions of the various e-book readers now …
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
A Meeting in New York?  Can't We Videoconference?  —  I HAD been planning to spend this month in Tucson, where I have been finishing a book on air travel.  Then I got a phone call from my publisher in New York asking if I could come to a meeting to discuss the changes that seem to be occurring each day in the travel industry.
Discussion: Beet.TV
ABCNEWS:
Nightline Teams Up With Twitter for New Web Show  —  Join the Conversation With Nightline Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. ET  —  “Nightline” is expanding its ongoing relationship with Twitter to develop “NightTline,” a new half-hour digital program hosted by the show's anchors and correspondents …
Discussion: BNET Media
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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Wladimir Palant / Adblock Plus and (a little) more:
An approach to fair ad blocking
Discussion: InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Norwegian ISP: dig your own fiber trench, save $400
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Adobe beams up new Strobe video framework
Discussion: Beet.TV
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos
Discussion: Quick Online Tips, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Times Wire Gives You NYT In Real-Time. But The News May Be Old.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Radio Trips Up Google's Off-Line Ad Push
 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: Softpedia News
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple freezes Snow Leopard APIs as software nears final stretch
Discussion: Softpedia News, MacRumors and TUAW
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Amazon re-Kindles the iPhone