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1:15 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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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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Puts a Muzzle on Your Friends: Goodbye People I Never Knew (Updated)  —  It's not exactly a silent spring, but a change made to Twitter's settings this afternoon has already greatly reduced the tweets its users are witness to.  In what the company called a small settings update …
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.
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission imposes fine of €1.06 bn on Intel …
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  —  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 …
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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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Sells Huge Chunk Of Network To Frontier …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Don't Fight The Stream: Facebook And FriendFeed Redesigns Are Paying Off  —  When Facebook redesigned its homepage in early March in a wholehearted embrace of the real-time activity stream as its primary user interface, everybody complained.  “Why on earth does the world need 2 Twitters?,” asked one of my friends on Facebook.
Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Ill. AG: Craigslist dropping ‘erotic services’ ads  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Online classified ads service Craigslist will get rid of its “erotic services” category that critics called a front for prostitution, replacing it with an adult category that will be reviewed by Web site employees, state attorneys general announced Wednesday.
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 …
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.
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 …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Can Microsoft stop IE's market share slide?  —  The Web browser market has been undergoing tectonic shifts for the past six years, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) dropping 10 percentage points in market share every two years while Mozilla's Firefox gains 10 percentage points every two years.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skydeck Mashed Up With Google Voice Could Be The Perfect Combination  —  One of the few necessary evils that accompanies the uber-cool and recently launched Google Voice service (which was officially released in March) is the necessity to convert all of your numbers (cell, landline, office) to one number.
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Joshua Partlow / Windows Mobile Team Blog:
Windows Mobile Facebook Application update
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Paid Search Traffic Share Down 26%
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 expected as soon as next week
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Unofficial Software Incurs Apple's Wrath
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Pogoplug Ready To Go Open Source, But Only If It Dies
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Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
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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 …