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2:40 PM ET, May 13, 2009

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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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh Oh: No New iPhone Or Steve Jobs At Apple's WWDC  —  Anticipation was building that Apple would launch the sexy new iPhone at its worldwide developers' conference in early June.  Some had also hoped that God would reappear at the event and send the audience and Apple's stock to cloud nine.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
‘Team of Apple executives’ to deliver WWDC Keynote
Discussion: Gizmodo and AppleInsider
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.
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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.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Whoa, Feedback!  —  We're getting a ton of extremely useful feedback about yesterday's update to Settings.  The engineering team reminded me that there were serious technical reasons why that setting had to go or be entirely rebuilt—it wouldn't have lasted long even if we thought it was the best thing ever.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Twitter changes @reply settings again, users protest
Discussion: VentureBeat, Social Business and Daggle
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Puts a Muzzle on Your Friends: Goodbye People I Never Knew (Updated)
Discussion: Licence to Roam, Thanks:brickandclick
James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Fines Intel a Record $1.45 Billion in Antitrust Case  —  BRUSSELS — The European Commission fined Intel a record €1.06 billion on Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the computer chip market to exclude its only serious rival, Advanced Micro Devices.
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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.
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel Fine in Europe May Have Ripple Effect in U.S.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TECH.BLORGE.com
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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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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CNET News:
Apple and AT&T playing favorites with the App Store?  —  Just under a year since first announced, the SlingPlayer Mobile application is finally available for the iPhone.  But compared with the capabilities of the same application available on other smartphone platforms, the iPhone version of SlingPlayer is curiously handicapped.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone: an in-depth review
Verizon:
Verizon to Divest Wireline Businesses in 14 States; Significant Benefits to Verizon Shareholders  —  Frontier to Provide Seamless Transition for Customers and Employees, and Target Increased Broadband Penetration  —  NEW YORK - In a move that will further accelerate the company's focus on wireless …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Apple responds to Microsoft's Laptop Hunters... with a Megan  —  According to Apple, there aren't any PCs with fast processors and big screens that work without viruses, crashes or headaches.  But folks, this isn't reality, this is advertising.  In fact, this is Apple's …
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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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: Some Netbook resellers saw 30% return rate  —  Netbooks had a rocky start last year in some markets, Intel's marketing chief said at the Intel investor meeting Tuesday.  —  “In the first period—June, July, August of last year—there were some in the retail channels that were shipping …
Discussion: fiercemobileit.com and Liliputing
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Is The Netbook Phenomenon Over? In a Way, Yes
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
12-inch MSI U200 thin-and-light appears a day early?  —  Well, well, look what we've got; a new CULV-based thin-and-light laptop from MSI.  The image comes by way of Engadget Chinese whose trusted source lays out the following specs: a 12-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel LED-backlit display …
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Oracle's Latest Acquisition Is Virtual Iron  —  Oracle purchased Virtual Iron, a designer of server virtualization software, after months of rumors.  The acquisition will allow Oracle to compete more fully within the virtualization market against VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Systems …
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.
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.
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Tellme Founder and GM McCue Departs, as Microsoft …
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Linux Foundation relaunches Linux.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 expected as soon as next week
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Unofficial Software Incurs Apple's Wrath
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Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
What Google's David Lawee Recently Said About Twitter
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Real-Time Search-Off  —  Today saw the launch of two new real …
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
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