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9:45 PM ET, May 13, 2009

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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 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Ongoing Mystery That is Twitter  —  Boy, you can't take your eyes off Twitter for even a few hours without falling behind.  I'm late on reporting on the fact that Twitter tweaked its settings yesterday so that tweets that begin with an @username (so that they address that person specifically …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
KISS FAIL.  You Can Now See Twitter Replies Sometimes, Except When You Can't.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Craigslist to remove erotic services section, monitor adult services posts [Updated]  —  Updated at 10:17 a.m.: This post has been updated to add comments from Craigslist Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster, Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and a Craigslist spokeswoman.
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Jim / craigslist blog:
Striking a New Balance  —  As of today for all US craigslist sites, postings to the “erotic services” category will no longer be accepted, and in 7 days the category will be removed.  —  Also effective today for all US sites, a new category entitled “adult services” will be opened for postings by legal adult service providers.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Craigslist Clarifies: It Wants to Be Paid to Get You Laid  —  Here's the backwards result of the legal crusade against Craigslist: The site never used to make money from its “erotic services” ads.  But the service tells Valleywag that it's now planning to profit from porn.
Teresa Brewer / Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off with Keynote Address on Monday, June 8  —  Apple® will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. A team of Apple executives, led by Philip Schiller …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
New iPhone Could Still Come At WWDC
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs, new iPhone coming in late June - analyst
Discussion: iPhone Savior
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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Benjamin Grol / The Google Apps Blog:
Bringing your contacts to the cloud  —  Today, my contact information is spread across various programs and devices.  Some contacts are on my phone, some in Outlook, some in OS X Address Book and some in my Gmail auto-complete.  This makes it challenging to communicate and collaborate with my friends, family and coworkers.
Thanks:kevinmarks
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.
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 …
Discussion: last100
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James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Fines Intel $1.45 Billion in Antitrust Case  —  BRUSSELS — The European Commission fined Intel a record 1.06 billion euros Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the computer chip market, the strongest sign yet that regulators worldwide are serious about opening the technology sector to competition.
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel Fine in Europe May Have Ripple Effect in U.S.
Cliff Edwards / Tech Beat:
Intel—Anti-competitive or No?  —  As one might expect …
Discussion: The Register, Bits and eWeek
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 …
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FULL FEATURES OF THE X-SERIES WALKMAN®, DELIVERING AN UNRIVALED PORTABLE AUDIO/VIDEO EXPERIENCE  —  Sony today took the wraps off its top-of-the-line Walkman® Video MP3 player - the X-series Walkman®.  A premium portable entertainment device, the X-series …
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Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Sony Walkman X: Hands-On Video
Thanks:dmac1
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple Store now taking iPhone 3G orders online  —  Back when we were your age, we had to buy our iPhone 3Gs partway online, then we'd trudge across 17 miles of frozen tundra to the Apple Store to complete the sale — and that's the way we liked it.  Now, you whippersnappers have the option …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Spammers harvesting emails from Twitter - in real time  —  Spammers are no strangers to the ever-growing Twitter.  From commercial Twitter spamming tools, to re-tweeting trending topics for delivering their message, a new crafty search technique can provide spammers with fresh …
Asa Dotzler:
longterm browser trends  —  Today I put together a chart of browser usage share for the major players, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.  It charts the usage breakdown from autumn of 2004 when Firefox 1.0 was released through last month.  —  data from Net Applications Browser Market Share Report
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Paid Search Traffic Share Down 26%  —  Hitwise data indicate that the share of search traffic coming from paid listings is decreasing at the expense of organic traffic.  In the four weeks to May 9, 2009, 7.25% of search engine traffic to All Categories of websites was from paid clicks.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Tellme Founder and GM McCue Departs, as Microsoft Reorganizes Its Speech Recognition Unit  —  After running one of the more successful Silicon Valley acquisitions by Microsoft for several years, Tellme Networks founder and GM Mike McCue (pictured here) will be leaving the company at the end of June.
Discussion: GigaOM, mocoNews and CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
How Yahoo Got To Be So Bloated  —  Since she took over as CEO at the beginning of the year, Carol Bartz has been pruning the product lines at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).  She has laid off 700 employees and killed a handful of products, including the fairly successful GeoCities, which reaches almost 14 million visitors a month.
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
David Cohen / Colorado Startups:
Announcing my new startup seed fund  —  Today, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of a new seed fund designed to invest in early stage web/software startups nationwide.  This new $2.5M fund was finalized last week and will begin investing immediately.  —  As many of you know …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Innovation Economy
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint to release MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot in June  —  It looks like Verizon Wireless wasn't the only company that took a liking to the sleek design of Novatell's MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot.  Beginning the first week of June, Sprint customers will also be able to pick up the snazzy little device online and in stores.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds Tasks  —  Google first implemented a basic task management service as a Gmail Labs feature, then it developed an iPhone version and an iGoogle gadget.  Now you can manage your tasks from Google Calendar.  There are two ways to view your tasks in Google Calendar …
PlayStation LifeStyle:
Redesigned PS3 to be Revealed at E3  —  Of course this is just yet another rumor, as there is no official confirmation.  But we caught word that Sony is set to not only reveal the PSP Go at E3, but another hardware redesign will be debuted as well.  —  We didn't get any specifics …
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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