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8:45 AM ET, May 13, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Small Settings Update  —  We've updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies.  Based on usage patterns and feedback, we've learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it's a good way to stay in the loop.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Decides We're Not Smart Enough For @Replies, Changes Them Again  —  Twitter is officially getting dumbed down.  —  For the second time in less than two months, Twitter has changed its @reply system, this time by removing an option that has existed for many months in an effort to appease confused newcomers.
The Official Google Blog:
More Search Options and other updates from our Searchology event  —  Today we are hosting our second Searchology event, to update our users, partners, and customers on the progress we have made in search and tell them about new features.  Our first Searchology was two years ago …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Google Squared?  It Is How Google Will Crush Wolfram Alpha (Exclusive Video)  —  One of the next frontiers of search is taking all of the unstructured data spread helter-skelter across the Web and treat it like it is sitting in a nice, structured database.
James Kanter / New York Times:
Intel Fined Record $1.45 Billion in Antitrust Case  —  BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Wednesday fined Intel a record $1.45 billion (€1.06 billion) for abusing its dominance in the market for computer microchips to exclude Advanced Micro Devices, which is Intel's only serious rival.
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Intel:
EC Ruling: Statement by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:  —  “Intel takes strong exception to this decision.
Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update  —  The 10.5.7 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website.
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Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Digging into Apple's OS X 10.5.7 update  —  Tuesday's release of OS X 10.5.7, the latest update to the Leopard operating system, weighed in at 449MB on my MacBook Pro; the combined updater (which will update any version of OS X 10.5 to 10.5.7) is a whopping 729MB.
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacFixIt
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Apple Ad Mocks Microsoft Laptop Hunters In Usual Smarmy Way  —  Apple's new ad takes solid aim at Microsoft's recent much-talked-about Laptop Hunters ad series with the Apple style fully intact.  In other words, it's really, really smug.  —  The ad has a Lauren-type actress give her list …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Apple responds to Microsoft's Laptop Hunters... with a Megan
Discussion: The Toybox
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T issues official statement on SlingPlayer's 3G blackout for iPhone  —  Sweating bullets over network saturation, are we?  AT&T's obviously taking a good helping of heat today over Sling's rock-and-a-hard-place decision to remove 3G streaming capability from its SlingPlayer Mobile build for the iPhone …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone coming shortly: $29.99, no 3G support
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?  —  While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and “Pink” phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding.  —  First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: BlogHer Nabs $7 million in New Funding  —  BlogHer, which bills itself as “the community for women who blog,” has gotten $7 million more in a Series C funding, which will bring the total investment in the site to about $15.5 million.  —  The new round includes a return by two existing investors …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Frank Rose / Epicenter:
Hulu, a Victim of Its Own Success?  —  Hulu, the online TV service launched two years ago by Fox and NBC, has enjoyed incredible success with viewers — too much, it may turn out.  —  Two weeks ago, comScore's report that Hulu had pulled into the top three streaming video sites was quickly followed …
Kevin Serafini / Google Mobile Blog:
Sky Map for Android - A Mobile Planetarium  —  I originally heard about Android on my first day at Google.  A colleague and I were excited about all of the features that would be present in the platform, such as the GPS, compass, and motion sensors.  As astronomy buffs …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Video: Palm Pre Unboxed  —  We don't know where, when, or by whom this was filmed, but it looks very real to us, confirming our earlier suspicions that the Pre will be packaged in a box.  [Thanks, shopperciti.com!]
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Real-Time Search-Off  —  Today saw the launch of two new real-time search engines, from OneRiot and Tweetmeme.  While the two are slightly different in ways that I went into earlier, all that really matters are the results you get.  So I put those two to the test along with Twitter Search …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Search Engine Land
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Swings at Wii With Videocam  —  Microsoft Corp. is developing a new videocamera for the Xbox 360 console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies, people familiar with the matter said, an effort to attract the casual players that have fueled Nintendo Co.'s recent success.
Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
What Google's David Lawee Recently Said About Twitter  —  Here's a belated though interesting bit of news.  I wanted to post this item a few weeks ago but life got in the way.  I am posting it today because I still think it is newsworthy.  —  On March 27, I moderated a panel at the Stanford Global Technology Symposium.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Deletes Fake Kanye West Account After Kanye Freaks Out  —  Twitter has suspended a fake Kanye West profile after the music star complained loudly on his blog.  —  As TechCrunch's MG Siegler reported earlier, Kanye was apparently angry at Twitter over a fake account purporting to be him.
Ubergizmo:
Pogoplug Ready To Go Open Source, But Only If It Dies  —  There's a reason why users are sometime hesitant to rely on the services of a new company: they might go under.  And these days, the question probably pops more often than usual.  Startup Pogoplug is well aware of this and has prepared …
Discussion: Pogoplug blog and CNET News
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obnoxious Newspaper Bailout Begins  —  Senator Kerry isn't cutting Arthur Sulzburger a fat check or anything so obvious, but make no mistake: the newspaper bailout is on.  —  Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today approved a 40% tax cut for that state's newspaper printers and publishers.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft says hackers seek to attack PowerPoint users  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that hackers are seeking to attack users of its PowerPoint presentation software for Windows PCs and released patches to protect them against the threat.
Jer / blprnt.blg:
Just Landed: Processing, Twitter, MetaCarta & Hidden Data  —  I have a friend who has a Ph.D in bioinformatics.  Over a beer last week, we ended up discussing the H1N1 flu virus, epidemic modeling, and countless other fascinating and somewhat scary things.  She told me that epidemiologists …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay's Nazi Ordeal A Decade Ago Mirrors Facebook's Plight On Holocaust Denial Today  —  In 1999 eBay was under heavy fire for allowing the sale of Nazi memorabilia.  Their policy approach at the time mirrors almost exactly what Facebook is doing now with Holocaust denial groups …
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
Here it is, the first “tweet from space”  —  About an hour ago, Mike Massimino, an astronaut who blasted off for space from Cape Canaveral on Monday, sent out this tweet on his Twitter account.  —  NASA had said that Massimino would be the first astronaut to tweet from space.
Adobe:
Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB09-06  —  CVE number: CVE-2009-1492, CVE-2009-1493  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1492) …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Says It Should Have Been More Open... But It Said That In 2005 Too  —  There's a bunch of buzz around a recent interview with Sony's CEO Howard Stringer, where he admits that Sony should have gone with an “open” music solution from early on, and if it had done so, how it could have “beaten Apple.”
 
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Grace Won / AVING USA:
Samsung to announce shipment of its 32GB moviNAND
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Ubuntu One's Online Storage Looks an Awful Lot Like Dropbox
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
iLike gives bands automatic iPhone App creator
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Content owners will get paid if they open up all the way
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has AOL mothballed Userplane?
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Phil Windley's Technometria:
Why Didn't PubSub Become Twitter?
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Windows 7 gives Firefox 3, IE8 speed boosts, while Firefox 3.5 slows down
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George White / Dealscape:
New venture funds focus on early stage
Discussion: Reuters
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Larry Ellison's Plan A: Buy only Sun's software assets
Discussion: The Register and Between the Lines
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia halts investment in media-sharing site
Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
Dell undercuts Netbook competitors with the $299 Mini 10v