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3:25 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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Steve Jobs, new iPhone coming in late June - analyst
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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Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Ill. AG: Craigslist dropping ‘erotic services’ ads  —  The online classified ads site Craigslist will drop its “erotic services” category that critics called a front for prostitution, replacing it with an adult category to be monitored internally, government enforcers from three states said Wednesday.
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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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel Fine in Europe May Have Ripple Effect in U.S.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TECH.BLORGE.com
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
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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.
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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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
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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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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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Hey Washington State: Make It A 40% Tax Break For Journalism, Not For Newspapers  —  The newspaper bailout has arrived, or so the headlines are going in the wake of Washington State granting a 40% tax break to newspapers.  That got me thinking — why just newspapers?
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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 and Tech Trader Daily
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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 …
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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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
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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Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
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Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:spencerante