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Gmail Blog:
Import your mail and contacts from other accounts  —  Gmail users can be a passionate bunch.  Many of us have, at one time or another, encouraged or cajoled friends and family to join us @gmail.com.  But switching email accounts can be pretty painful.  It's like getting out of a relationship.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Stuck On Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Or AOL?  Gmail Just Made It Incredibly Easy To Switch  —  Since launching back in 2004, Gmail has set the gold standard for webmail clients, offering a large amount of storage and a highly usable interface, free of charge.  But for many people it has remained out of reach …
Benjamin Grol / The Google Apps Blog:
Bringing your contacts to the cloud
Thanks:kevinmarks
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Spectacularly Awful 24 Hours  —  Twitter just went through an awful 24-hour stretch.  It included taking away a feature some people loved, probably being misleading about it, getting a huge amount of backlash, halfway bringing the feature back, and getting railed by the press for it all.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:brickandclick
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Ongoing Mystery That is Twitter
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New ‘WSJ’ Conduct Rules Target Twitter, Facebook  —  NEW YORK Staffers at The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday were given a newly compiled list of rules for “professional conduct,” which included a lengthy guide for use of online outlets, noting cautions for activities on social networking sites.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Missing the point  —  The Wall Street Journal's rules for Twitter …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:   Craigslist Clarifies: It Wants to Be Paid to Get You Laid
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Apple has made no more than $20-45m in revenue from the app store  —  About a month ago Apple announced that one billion iphone apps have been downloaded in the first nine months.  That's an amazing number.  I wondered how much money Apple was making from the app store.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kindle Publishing Now Open To All Blogs  —  One of the neat little sub-features of Amazon's Kindle is being able to subscribe to blogs on it.  You have to pay for the privilege, but for heavy Kindle users, it makes sense as you can get the content delivered to you wirelessly for your favorite blogs.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Real Networks Sues Studios on Antitrust Grounds  —  Escalating its already simmering court battle with Hollywood, Real Networks has sued the six major Hollywood movie studios and the DVD Copy Control Association, a cross-industry consortium, in federal court in northern California.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple snags ex-OLPC security chief  —  Former director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Ivan Krstic has joined Apple to help thwart hacker attacks against the Mac operating system.  —  Krstic, a well-respected innovator who designed the Bitfrost security specification …
Troy Wolverton / SiliconBeat:
AT&T: “Slinging” barred on all devices, not just iPhone  —  The problem with Sling Media's new new iPhone application has nothing to do with the fact that it's running on the iPhone, an AT&T spokesman, responding to the controversy over the new program, told me today.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Spammers harvesting emails from Twitter - in real time  —  Spammers are no strangers to the ever-growing Twitter.  From commercial Twitter spamming tools, to re-tweeting trending topics for delivering their message, a new crafty search technique can provide spammers with fresh …
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
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook demand dropped 26% in Q1  —  Demand for netbooks was indeed down in Q1 - as yesterday's Atom processor shipment figures suggested - but by the industry average, figures form market watcher DisplaySearch show.  —  According to the researcher, 5.9m netbooks were shipped worldwide in Q1 …
Discussion: last100, Fast Company and ParisLemon
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google wants to know if you're sick  —  Google is attempting to find out how much of a role Internet searches play in the self-diagnosis process.  —  The company plans later Wednesday to start rolling out a subtle question at the bottom of pages with search results for a few common ailments …
Schneier on Security:
Software Problems with a Breath Alcohol Detector  —  This is an excellent lesson in the security problems inherent in trusting proprietary software: … Draeger, the manufacturer maintained that the system was perfect, and that revealing the source code would be damaging to its business.
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Why It Sucks To Be A VC  —  Online restaurant reservation service OpenTable has set the terms for its IPO—and they don't look wonderful for its venture backers (see table below).  As a group, VCs invested a total of close to $69 million in the company, but at $13 each their shares would be worth …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Enables People/Group Tracking  —  While Twitter is busy removing features, or half removing them, or whatever — FriendFeed continues its relentless pace at adding new ones.  The latest one today is small, but potentially very, very useful.  Basically, you can now get emails/IMs/pop …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple Store now taking iPhone 3G orders online  —  Back when we were your age, we had to buy our iPhone 3Gs partway online, then we'd trudge across 17 miles of frozen tundra to the Apple Store to complete the sale — and that's the way we liked it.  Now, you whippersnappers have the option …
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony reports $1B annual loss, first in 14 years  —  TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. said it lost 98.9 billion yen ($1 billion) in the fiscal year through March, its first annual net loss in 14 years, and projected it would lose even more money this year amid a slump in consumer demand for electronics goods.
Discussion: BBC and New York Times
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
DocStoc Charges Out Of Beta With DocCash, APIs, And More Blog-Like Homepage  —  A year and a half after launching at our first TechCrunch40 conference, document-sharing service Docstoc is taking off its “beta” label with a homepage redesign, open APIs, and a new revenue-sharing model called DocCash.
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 …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
How Yahoo Got To Be So Bloated  —  Since she took over as CEO at the beginning of the year, Carol Bartz has been pruning the product lines at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).  She has laid off 700 employees and killed a handful of products, including the fairly successful GeoCities, which reaches almost 14 million visitors a month.
David Cohen / Colorado Startups:
Announcing my new startup seed fund  —  Today, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of a new seed fund designed to invest in early stage web/software startups nationwide.  This new $2.5M fund was finalized last week and will begin investing immediately.  —  As many of you know …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Innovation Economy
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
With Valeo deal, Google Apps gains business cred  —  Gmail may not yet have the same footprint as Microsoft Exchange, but megadeals such as a recently announced 30,000-seat installation at Valeo prove that large enterprises are comfortable running applications in the cloud.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Intel's Medfield Project May, May Not Go Into Smartphones  —  It's all very wink wink, nudge nudge, hush hush, but the odor that Intel is giving off in this Fortune article about the Medfield project is that Intel's trying to shrink x86 down to smartphones.  —  Intel's roadmap looks like this …
Discussion: Fortune
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
After a Shaky 2008, U.S. Broadband Growth Picks Up
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Do we really need a cybersecurity czar?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits
Discussion: DefectiveByDesign.org and digg.com
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Factory-Overclocked ATI Radeon HD 4890 Is First 1GHz Graphics Card
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Sony Walkman X: Hands-On Video
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Sony, Sony Insider and Engadget, Thanks:dmac1
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
P2P study: Music crackdown is bad for business
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Not-so-shocking: Jammie Thomas, RIAA unable to settle
AdAge:
Can Vitaminwater Help MySpace Music Make Some Money?
PlayStation LifeStyle:
Redesigned PS3 to be Revealed at E3
Russell Adams / Digits:
Google Exec Leaves for Bloomberg
Discussion: paidContent
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds Tasks