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4:30 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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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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh Oh: No New iPhone Or Steve Jobs At Apple's WWDC
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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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: ChannelWeb, Thanks:atul
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Waffles About Why @Replies Were Dumbed Down  —  Surprise, surprise.  Last night Twitter abruptly decided to disable an option in the way @replies worked.  The feature, while not widely used, was very popular among so-called ‘power users’ because it helped expose them to new users and conversations.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Small Settings Update
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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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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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obnoxious Newspaper Bailout Begins
Discussion: Seattle Times and paidContent.org
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:   Hey Washington State: Make It A 40% Tax Break For Journalism, Not For Newspapers
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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: CNET News and mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
New York Times To Restore Links To IHT Stories In Coming Weeks  —  Over the weekend, the New York Times was once again ridiculed for how links to its former International Herald Tribune web site were not redirecting readers to new locations for IHT stories.  The situation, which was first noticed …
Discussion: Thomas Crampton
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 …
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Unofficial Software Incurs Apple's Wrath
Discussion: Open IT Strategies
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
A Modest Proposal: Three-Strikes for Print
Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
What Google's David Lawee Recently Said About Twitter
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:spencerante