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9:05 AM ET, May 14, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Ongoing Mystery That is Twitter
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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RealNetworks accuses MPAA of antitrust violations
Discussion: Techdirt
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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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Craigslist Clarifies: It Wants to Be Paid to Get You Laid
Discussion: Gawker and Associated Press
Jim / craigslist blog:
Striking a New Balance  —  As of today for all US craigslist sites …
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.
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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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Why isn't Zillow dead?  —  “Things are very good at Zillow,” Rich Barton, CEO of the online real estate company, was telling me.  We're in the thick of the worst economic crisis of a generation and a depressed real estate market, so this means that Barton is either a very clever CEO or an audacious liar.
Discussion: All Points Blog
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
What's Holding Back Google Apps?  —  The search giant aims to compete in business software with Google Apps.  But some clients fret over storing data on its servers—and its rivals are big  —  When Google (GOOG) announced a foray into business software two years ago, it touted General Electric (GE) as one of its trophy accounts.
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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.
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
MSI Marks a New Era of Slim, Thin, and Light Notebooks With Its Latest X-Slim Series  —  MSI Takes the Lead to Introduce Ultrathin Notebooks With Intel's CULV  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan—(BUSINESS WIRE)—MSI today announced that it has successfully reaffirmed its leading position by introducing a series of X-Slim laptops of various sizes.
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Softpedia News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Is Now Available On Android  —  The Netherlands-based eBuddy, which markets a comprehensive application that lets users handle multiple instant messaging accounts from the web or their mobile phones, is today releasing an application …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows Mobile 6.5: the UI was rushed, more on widgets  —  A TechEd 2009 video gives more information on widgets, talks about how the UI in Windows Mobile 6.5 was rushed, and that Silverlight won't be coming till a later version.  —  TechEd 2009 already gave us details on Windows 7 …
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
4G wireless makes progress with WiMax, LTE developments  —  Suddenly, there's a light at the end of the 4G tunnel.  We keep hearing about the next generation of wireless communications but thanks to two developments this week, it's finally starting to feel like we're getting close.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Intel's Medfield Project May, May Not Go Into Smartphones
Discussion: Fortune
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony reports $1B annual loss, first in 14 years
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Why It Sucks To Be A VC  —  Online restaurant reservation …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
DocStoc Charges Out Of Beta With DocCash, APIs, And More Blog-Like Homepage
David Cohen / Colorado Startups:
Announcing my new startup seed fund
Discussion: VentureBeat and Innovation Economy
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Sony Walkman X: Hands-On Video
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Sony, Sony Insider and Engadget, Thanks:dmac1
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Not-so-shocking: Jammie Thomas, RIAA unable to settle
AdAge:
Can Vitaminwater Help MySpace Music Make Some Money?
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
How Yahoo Got To Be So Bloated
PlayStation LifeStyle:
Redesigned PS3 to be Revealed at E3
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Rumor: Zune HD coming in September