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6:10 PM ET, May 14, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
This is your pilot speaking.  Now, about that holding pattern...  Imagine if you were trying to fly from New York to San Francisco, but your plane was routed through an airport in Asia.  And a bunch of other planes were sent that way too, so your flight was backed up and your journey took much longer than expected.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloudy day: Google falters; Packets lost in key cities  —  Updating: We're getting various reports via that Google services are down or at least sucking some serious wind.  The service appears to be back as of noon-ish EDT in New York City, but packets are still being lost around the globe.
Jerry Cain / Facebook Developers:
Introducing New Application Directory and App Profile Pages  —  In the nearly two years since Facebook Platform opened to developers, over 52,000 applications have gone live in the Application Directory.  Ensuring that applications are trustworthy, meaningful (whether for entertainment or utility value) …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to finally launch “Verified Apps” program (and more)  —  What makes a Facebook application good?  The social network is going to try to make that clearer to users in the next few weeks, when it introduces a program it's been talking about since last year, called Verified Apps .
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee Keyboard to launch by end of June  —  The dream of owning a keyboard embedded with a full-blown PC running XP on an Atom N270 processor and 5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display/trackpad is nearly upon us.  A dream, quite honestly, nobody had prior to seeing the reveal …
Eiji Hirai / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android now with Barcode Scanning  —  Since we launched Google Product Search for mobile a few weeks ago, I've been using it to check prices, reviews and product details on my Android phone.  In addition to typing in my product searches, I've also had some fun speaking them.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: Steve Jobs' Amazon.com Account Hacked, Hacker Claims  —  CC-licensed picture by Ben Stanfield.  —  A hacker claims to have broken into Steve Jobs' private Amazon.com account.  —  The hacker is trying to sell details of Jobs' Amazon.com account to journalists …
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T sued over ties to Shazam music ID service  —  Apple, AT&T and several others have been named in a new patent infringement lawsuit, presumably for their connection to Shazam, a maker of music identification software distributed under the same name for the iPhone and several other mobile devices.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How The Kindle Now Lets You Steal This Blog  —  Amazon's new blog publishing program has a major flaw: it lets anyone steal other people's blogs and charge readers for them.  —  Yesterday, Amazon opened up the ability to publish a blog on the Kindle to anyone who sets up an account.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and AppScout
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Apple OS X Update Gives Battery Boost to Hackintoshes  —  Here's a rather odd little tidbit regarding Apple's latest update to OS X. While it doesn't bring many new features to the Mac, consisting as it does of mostly bug-fixes, OS X 10.5.7 apparently gives a significant boost to battery-life on hackintoshes.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Crave, TheAppleBlog and Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB.com Gets Geolocation Patent  —  Another achievement for Major League Baseball's incredibly successful Internet arm: The company has been awarded a patent for a system that verifies access to a service based on a subscriber's location.  —  MLB Advanced Media uses this system to determine whether …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
Discussion: Electronista, WMExperts and DSLreports
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire: We Don't Need No Stinkin' LTE
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and DSLreports
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes A Twitter Clone...In Portuguese  —  We've heard that Yahoo may be unveiling a Twitter clone called Yahoo Meme.  According to our tipster David Ruiz's blog (it's in Portuguese, here's the translated version), Yahoo is inviting users to test out the alpha version of a competitor to Twitter.
Discussion: Screenwerk and AppScout, Thanks:atul
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google News spotlights YouTube, suffers outage  —  Click here for the latest on those widespread Google outages.  In addition, this story was corrected at 11:30 a.m. PDT to reflect that YouTube videos already had been available, but now are spotlighted as a part of a broader Google News facelift.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Who Has the Most Web Servers?  —  There was a milestone buried deep within the earnings tables in this week's first quarter results from Rackspace: the San Antonio company has become one of a select number of companies that have more than 50,000 servers.  Rackspace reports that as of March 30 …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MSLO To Start Charging For Video Downloads  —  Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) plans to start charging for online video downloads of the domestic diva's TV show episodes and segments.  Stewart, appearing at an industry conference this morning, touched on the plan during a Q&A with NYT media columnist David Carr.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, paidContent and mocoNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
College Journalists Want To Erase Their Past From Google  —  While many professional journalists fondly remember the work they did in college — covering townie news for the university paper or radio station — some are trying to erase their past work from the Internet because it shows …
Discussion: /socnets
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
April Video Winners: Hulu, of Course.  And... MTV?  —  Here's an online video story you haven't seen before: Viacom's MTV sites had a really good month last month.  —  This news comes from Nielsen Online, which just released its video traffic numbers for April.  The top line is more or less unchanged.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS bringing 1008HA, UX50 and U80V laptops Stateside, we go hands-on  —  We've got the skinny on ASUS's latest North American foray, with the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, UX50 and U80V “thin and light” all vying for your slice of the stimulus this summer.  The quite familiar (by now) …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Analyst: cyberwarfare arms race with China imminent  —  A congressional commission that reviews economic and security relations between the United States and China held a hearing last month on Chinese intelligence activities that impact national security.  During this hearing …
Google Code Blog:
Google OpenID API - taking the next steps  —  Six months ago, we announced our first step in supporting single sign-on using OpenID.  Well, we wanted to share with you what we have been working on since.  As a strong supporter of open standards such as OpenID, Google's top priority in this area …
David Liu / Team Fusion:
A Message to VMware Fusion Users with Macs that have ATI Graphics Cards about Apple's Mac OS X Update 10.5.7  —  Apple released the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update yesterday, and I know many of you are eager to try it out.  However, if your Mac has an ATI graphics card (MacPro or iMac) …
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,” …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
More Tim Armstrong Fallout: Departures at Google, AOL  —  More ripple effects from Tim Armstrong's departure from Google to run AOL for Time Warner (TWX): Tom Phillips, Google's director of search and analytics, is out.  —  No word on whether he has a new job lined up, but it wouldn't be a huge shock to see him land at AOL.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
 
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Peter Wayner / Bits:
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Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MacSpeech Dictate gets 20% more accurate with paid upgrade
Discussion: Macworld, Macsimum News and TidBITS
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Don't Drink The 151.im — The Latest Facebook Phishing Scam
Discussion: Post I.T., Mashable! and Etan on Tech, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Last MySpace Payment: $75 Million On June 20, 2010
Discussion: Between the Lines
Yokum / Startup Company Lawyer:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft begins working on SP3 for Vista
Discussion: Softpedia News
Nic Fildes / Telegraph:
Vodafone drops ‘roaming’ charges for overseas calls
Discussion: Fast Company, Gizmodo and DailyTech
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbelt Tells Which Of Your Pages Were Recently Indexed or Linked
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Why isn't Zillow dead?
Discussion: TechFlash and All Points Blog
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
What's Holding Back Google Apps?
Discussion: Software, Interrupted