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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Reverses Policy Change, For Now.  This is Nuts But Here's How It Works  —  Less than 24 hours after making a major change to the way that Twitter works, the company has reversed the change and thanked users for “helping us discover what's important!”
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs, new iPhone coming in late June - analyst  —  Reading between the lines of an Apple (AAPL) press release issued early Wednesday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster believes the company has lined up two important events for the end of June: The return of CEO Steve Jobs and the unveiling of the next generation iPhone.
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.
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 euros on Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the computer chip market to exclude its only serious rival, Advanced Micro Devices.
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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: eWeek
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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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Is The Netbook Phenomenon Over?  In a Way, Yes  —  New research by IDC points to falling sales of the chip that drives the majority of netbook PCs—Intel's Atom CPU.  One suggestion is that the first quarter 33% drop is a sign that the netbook's rise to fame is on a down trend.  In truth, that's not quite right.
Discussion: The Register
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Washington papers paid dearly for tax cut  —  Newspapers sacrificed their moral authority and compromised their credibility in exchange for the gift of a token tax break from the governor and legislature in Washington State.  —  While the 40% tax reduction in the state's main business signed …
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Hey Washington State: Make It A 40% Tax Break For Journalism, Not For Newspapers
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Can Microsoft stop IE's market share slide?
Discussion: The Download Blog
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: 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 …
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 …
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, Beyond Binary, CNET News and mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Online Store Now Offering iPhone 3G for Direct Shipment to New AT&T Customers  —  Engadget reports that Apple's US online store has started taking orders for direct shipments of the iPhone 3G.  Previously, the iPhone was available only in retail stores when purchased from Apple …
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Russell Adams / Digits:
Google Exec Leaves for Bloomberg  —  Ien Cheng, a director for product management at Google, is leaving the Internet giant to help run the multimedia arm of Bloomberg LP.  —  In his new role as chief of staff for Bloomberg's multimedia group, Mr. Cheng will oversee the financial-data provider's television …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Rumor: Zune HD coming in September  —  Last month, rumors of the Zune HD erupted: it would be touch-enabled and it would finally give the iPod touch a run for its money.  Various websites claimed different feature sets, some more exciting than others.  Microsoft still refuses to confirm …
Discussion: Electronista and DisplayBlog
 
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