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11:00 AM ET, May 14, 2009

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Gmail Blog:
Import your mail and contacts from other accounts  —  Gmail users can be a passionate bunch.  Many of us have, at one time or another, encouraged or cajoled friends and family to join us @gmail.com.  But switching email accounts can be pretty painful.  It's like getting out of a relationship.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Stuck On Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Or AOL?  Gmail Just Made It Incredibly Easy To Switch  —  Since launching back in 2004, Gmail has set the gold standard for webmail clients, offering a large amount of storage and a highly usable interface, free of charge.  But for many people it has remained out of reach …
Discussion: Mashable! and TheNextWeb.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Spectacularly Awful 24 Hours  —  Twitter just went through an awful 24-hour stretch.  It included taking away a feature some people loved, probably being misleading about it, getting a huge amount of backlash, halfway bringing the feature back, and getting railed by the press for it all …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
We Learned A Lot  —  This morning we received lots of great info about the replies setting we changed yesterday.  Folks loved this feature because it allowed them to discover new people and participate serendipitously in various conversations.  The problem with the setting was that it didn't scale …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Ongoing Mystery That is Twitter
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Apple has made no more than $20-45m in revenue from the app store  —  About a month ago Apple announced that one billion iphone apps have been downloaded in the first nine months.  That's an amazing number.  I wondered how much money Apple was making from the app store.
Brad Stone / Bits:
RealNetworks Sues Studios on Antitrust Grounds  —  Escalating its already simmering court battle with Hollywood, RealNetworks has expanded its lawsuit against the six major Hollywood movie studios and the DVD Copy Control Association, a cross-industry consortium, in federal court in northern California.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RealNetworks accuses MPAA of antitrust violations
Discussion: Techdirt
Troy Wolverton / SiliconBeat:
AT&T: “Slinging” barred on all devices, not just iPhone  —  The problem with Sling Media's new new iPhone application has nothing to do with the fact that it's running on the iPhone, an AT&T spokesman, responding to the controversy over the new program, told me today.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows Mobile 6.5: the UI was rushed, more on widgets  —  A TechEd 2009 video gives more information on widgets, talks about how the UI in Windows Mobile 6.5 was rushed, and that Silverlight won't be coming till a later version.  —  TechEd 2009 already gave us details on Windows 7 …
Samsung Newsroom:
Welcome the Samsung Jack™ to Samsung's Smartphone Portfolio  —  The Samsung Jack™, the successor the award-winning BlackJack™ and BlackJack II™, will hit AT&T shelves on May 19th.  —  The BlackJack series has been the number one selling franchise in Windows Mobile history …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Phone Scoop
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Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
AT&T announces the Samsung Jack, available on May 19th
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Alan Duke / CNN:
Official: Craigslist to replace ‘blatant Internet brothel’  —  (CNN) — Craigslist will replace its controversial online “erotic services” listings with a section where ads are individually checked by Craigslist employees before they are posted, according to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Discussion: p2pnet
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New ‘WSJ’ Conduct Rules Target Twitter, Facebook  —  NEW YORK Staffers at The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday were given a newly compiled list of rules for “professional conduct,” which included a lengthy guide for use of online outlets, noting cautions for activities on social networking sites.
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
What's Holding Back Google Apps?  —  The search giant aims to compete in business software with Google Apps.  But some clients fret over storing data on its servers—and its rivals are big  —  When Google (GOOG) announced a foray into business software two years ago, it touted General Electric (GE) as one of its trophy accounts.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Why isn't Zillow dead?  —  “Things are very good at Zillow,” Rich Barton, CEO of the online real estate company, was telling me.  We're in the thick of the worst economic crisis of a generation and a depressed real estate market, so this means that Barton is either a very clever CEO or an audacious liar.
Discussion: All Points Blog
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple snags ex-OLPC security chief  —  Former director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Ivan Krstic has joined Apple to help thwart hacker attacks against the Mac operating system.  —  Krstic, a well-respected innovator who designed the Bitfrost security specification …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kindle Publishing Now Open To All Blogs  —  One of the neat little sub-features of Amazon's Kindle is being able to subscribe to blogs on it.  You have to pay for the privilege, but for heavy Kindle users, it makes sense as you can get the content delivered to you wirelessly for your favorite blogs.
Toshiba:
World's First PC Integrating 512GB SSD  —  Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502), reinforcing its “dynabook SS RX2 series” of notebook PCs offering light weight, slim lines, and long-lasting battery operation, today announced the introduction of the top-of-the-range “dynabook SS RX2/WAJ,” …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
These The First Pics Of The PS3 Slim?  —  While rumors have been swirling that Sony will be announcing a PS3 Slim, the company has stated earlier that it “currently has no plans” for a redesign.  That was then, this is now.  —  Today, pictures of what appears to be a redesigned PS3 have appeared on Chinese message boards.
BBC:
Pirated pop keeps stars popular  —  File-sharing sites help make popular acts more popular, finds a study.  —  The research, by industry body PRS for Music, showed the most pirated pop songs tend to be those at the top of the music charts.  —  There was little evidence …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Is Now Available On Android  —  The Netherlands-based eBuddy, which markets a comprehensive application that lets users handle multiple instant messaging accounts from the web or their mobile phones, is today releasing an application …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook demand dropped 26% in Q1  —  Demand for netbooks was indeed down in Q1 - as yesterday's Atom processor shipment figures suggested - but by the industry average, figures form market watcher DisplaySearch show.  —  According to the researcher, 5.9m netbooks were shipped worldwide in Q1 …
Schneier on Security:
Software Problems with a Breath Alcohol Detector  —  This is an excellent lesson in the security problems inherent in trusting proprietary software: … Draeger, the manufacturer maintained that the system was perfect, and that revealing the source code would be damaging to its business.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
4G wireless makes progress with WiMax, LTE developments  —  Suddenly, there's a light at the end of the 4G tunnel.  We keep hearing about the next generation of wireless communications but thanks to two developments this week, it's finally starting to feel like we're getting close.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The 10 Sites Benefiting The Most From Twitter's Traffic Explosion  —  US unique visitors to Twitter grew 83% between March and April, according to ComScore.  Since one of the main uses of Twitter is sharing links, we wondered: Who is feeling the Twitter love?  We asked Hitwise.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS bringing 1008HA, UX50 and U80V laptops Stateside, we go hands-on
Discussion: Gizmodo, Liliputing and jkkmobile
Nic Fildes / Telegraph:
Vodafone drops ‘roaming’ charges for overseas calls
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbelt Tells Which Of Your Pages Were Recently Indexed or Linked
Lewis Page / The Register:
DARPA working on inertial-nav ‘Smart Boot’ tech
Discussion: All Points Blog
Business Wire:
MSI Marks a New Era of Slim, Thin, and Light Notebooks With Its Latest X-Slim Series
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Softpedia News
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony reports $1B annual loss, first in 14 years
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Enables People/Group Tracking
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Why It Sucks To Be A VC  —  Online restaurant reservation …
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David Cohen / Colorado Startups:
Announcing my new startup seed fund
Discussion: VentureBeat and Innovation Economy
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple Store now taking iPhone 3G orders online
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
How Yahoo Got To Be So Bloated