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8:00 PM ET, May 13, 2009

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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 (UPDATED: Only A Little Reversed)  —  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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A New iPhone Means New APIs  —  Gene Munster: … That'd be goofy.  Last year's iPhone 3G was announced at WWDC in early June, so why wouldn't this year's?  Plus, if there are any new hardware features — like say a video camera or magnetometer — that means new APIs …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo, Thanks:parislemon
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Fines Intel $1.45 Billion in Antitrust Case  —  BRUSSELS — The European Commission fined Intel a record 1.06 billion euros Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the computer chip market, the strongest sign yet that regulators worldwide are serious about opening the technology sector to competition.
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel Fine in Europe May Have Ripple Effect in U.S.
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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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 Open Road and Mashable!
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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T issues official statement on SlingPlayer's 3G blackout for iPhone
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.
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.
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, mocoNews and CNET News, 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.
Benjamin Grol / The Google Apps Blog:
Bringing your contacts to the cloud  —  Today, my contact information is spread across various programs and devices.  Some contacts are on my phone, some in Outlook, some in OS X Address Book and some in my Gmail auto-complete.  This makes it challenging to communicate and collaborate with my friends, family and coworkers.
Thanks:kevinmarks
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: From Zero To SEO
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Unofficial Software Incurs Apple's Wrath
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