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12:15 PM ET, May 14, 2009

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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 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Ongoing Mystery That is Twitter
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: Mashable! and TheNextWeb.com
Jeremy Liew / 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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Network Use Not the Only Reason For AT&T to Hate 3G iPhone SlingPlayer  —  Everyone may think that AT&T threw their fat around and made Apple lock down the SlingPlayer iPhone app because of AT&T's lousy network, but a tipster tells us there's a more nefarious reason at play.
Discussion: OhGizmo!, SlashGear and The iPhone Blog
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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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
RealNetworks Sues Studios on Antitrust Grounds  —  Escalating its already simmering court battle with Hollywood, RealNetworks has expanded its lawsuit against 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
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 …
Alan Duke / CNN:
Official: Craigslist to replace ‘blatant Internet brothel’  —  (CNN) — Craigslist will replace its controversial online “erotic services” listings with a section where ads are individually checked by Craigslist employees before they are posted, according to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Discussion: p2pnet
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Samsung Newsroom:
Welcome the Samsung Jack™ to Samsung's Smartphone Portfolio  —  The Samsung Jack™, the successor the award-winning BlackJack™ and BlackJack II™, will hit AT&T shelves on May 19th.  —  The BlackJack series has been the number one selling franchise in Windows Mobile history …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Phone Scoop
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Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
AT&T announces the Samsung Jack, available on May 19th
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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The 10 Sites Benefiting The Most From Twitter's Traffic Explosion  —  US unique visitors to Twitter grew 83% between March and April, according to ComScore.  Since one of the main uses of Twitter is sharing links, we wondered: Who is feeling the Twitter love?  We asked Hitwise.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Toshiba:
World's First PC Integrating 512GB SSD  —  Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502), reinforcing its “dynabook SS RX2 series” of notebook PCs offering light weight, slim lines, and long-lasting battery operation, today announced the introduction of the top-of-the-range “dynabook SS RX2/WAJ,” …
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.
Discussion: Software, Interrupted
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
YouTube arrives on Google News after outage  —  Update at 7:27 a.m. PDT: Outage is confirmed, and further details have been added.  —  Google News was inaccessible for many on Thursday morning.  But when it re-emerged, it sported news videos hosted at YouTube.  —  Some news headlines now feature a small YouTube logo.
BBC:
Pirated pop keeps stars popular  —  File-sharing sites help make popular acts more popular, finds a study.  —  The research, by industry body PRS for Music, showed the most pirated pop songs tend to be those at the top of the music charts.  —  There was little evidence …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbelt Tells Which Of Your Pages Were Recently Indexed or Linked  —  Google's new “show options” feature*, rolled out for everyone this week, lets you restrict results to just pages from the past 24 hours.  You can use this feature in combination with Google's “site” and “link” operators, too.
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
These The First Pics Of The PS3 Slim?  —  While rumors have been swirling that Sony will be announcing a PS3 Slim, the company has stated earlier that it “currently has no plans” for a redesign.  That was then, this is now.  —  Today, pictures of what appears to be a redesigned PS3 have appeared on Chinese message boards.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Reports point to widespread Google outages  —  Many people found Google's search site was extremely slow or inaccessible Thursday, and other reports pointed to troubles with other properties including YouTube, Gmail, Google Analytics, Google Maps, Google Docs, AdSense, and Blogger.
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
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 …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee Keyboard to launch by end of June
Discussion: Maximum PC all, Gadgetell and digg.com
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell changes its Windows vs. Linux netbook strategy, plans new subsidized model
Discussion: Liliputing and eWeek
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft begins working on SP3 for Vista
Discussion: Softpedia News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS bringing 1008HA, UX50 and U80V laptops Stateside, we go hands-on
Discussion: Gizmodo, Liliputing and jkkmobile
Nic Fildes / Telegraph:
Vodafone drops ‘roaming’ charges for overseas calls
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Lewis Page / The Register:
DARPA working on inertial-nav ‘Smart Boot’ tech
Discussion: CrunchGear and All Points Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
MSI Marks a New Era of Slim, Thin, and Light Notebooks With Its Latest X-Slim Series
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Enables People/Group Tracking
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Why It Sucks To Be A VC  —  Online restaurant reservation …
David Cohen / Colorado Startups:
Announcing my new startup seed fund
Discussion: VentureBeat and Innovation Economy