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4:35 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.
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.
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.  But What Does Google Want?
Discussion: The Wrap
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.
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 …
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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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.
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
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
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
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, Gawker and CNET News
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: Andrew Baron, Thanks:jesse
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 …
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.
Rob Goodlatte / 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.
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.
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, Gizmodo and p2pnet
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Adobe beams up new Strobe video framework  —  As part of the Streaming Media East conference in New York, Adobe has unveiled “Strobe,” the open-source Flash video player framework that the company first announced last month.  It's expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Macworld and Electronista
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 …
Discussion: Quick Online Tips, Thanks:atul
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
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Norwegian ISP: dig your own fiber trench, save $400
Discussion: Maximum PC all
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Searchology Event: An “Insider's Perspective On Search”
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
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's ReMail Finally Brings Full-Text Email Search To The iPhone
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Gabor hits Send, 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
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple freezes Snow Leopard APIs as software nears final stretch
Discussion: MacRumors and TUAW
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Amazon re-Kindles the iPhone