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8:45 AM ET, May 15, 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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Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
The Great GoogleLapse  —  Web sites go down.  Circuits fail.  Network engineers goof router configs.  And few of these outages ever make the nightly news...  But if you happen to be Google and your content constitutes up to 5% of all Internet traffic, people notice.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Storm 2!!  —  * Update: MORE PHOTOS ADDED!  Sooo much Storm 2 goodness it's ridiculous.  BOOM.  Here it is CrackBerry Nation, your FIRST look at the BlackBerry Storm TWO.  I'm not even sure what to say here... other than a super trusty source sent us …
Dan Friedman / Inside AdWords:
Update to U.S. ad text trademark policy  —  Imagine opening your Sunday paper and seeing ads from a large supermarket chain that didn't list actual products for sale; instead, they simply listed the categories of products available - offers like “Buy discount cola” and “Snacks on sale.”
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Order of Ads on Google Leads to Suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Audrey Spangenberg idly typed “FirePond,” the name of her small software company, into Google this year, she was not happy with what she saw.  —  Her company's site came up as the top search listing.
AdAge:   Google Lifts Ban on Trademark Terms for Search Ads
Biz / Twitter Blog:
The Replies Kerfuffle  —  Twitter evolves and thrives on how folks use it.  Some of our best features are invented by users, so listening is extremely valuable.  Replies and conversations are awesome and we fully intend to support and encourage their growth.
Royal Pingdom:
Congratulations, Google staff: $210k in profit per head in 2008  —  Google had $209,624 in profit per employee in 2008, which beats all the other large tech companies we looked at, including big hitters like Microsoft, Apple, Intel and IBM.  —  (As you may know, we have been taking a closer look …
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pre pics released into the wild by Sprint freedom fighter  —  You know, if you're going to post pics of yourself onto the Internet goofing around with the Palm Pre in a Sprint back-office, Engadget's going to be there to post them.  However, if you're dumb enough not to block out your face …
Discussion: Gizmodo, IntoMobile and WebOS Arena
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Twitter Culture Wars at The Times: ‘We Need a Zone of Trust,’ Bill Keller Tells Staff  —  On Monday, The New York Times Web chiefs held a meeting about the future of nytimes.com.  They discussed several proposals being considered for the future of paid content on the Web.  It was an internal meeting.
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Newspapers Tweeting Like Crazy—But What Are the Rules?
Discussion: BeatBlogging.Org
news.teamxbox.com:
Microsoft Working on Digital Entertainment Handheld  —  When I got the first piece of information regarding a Microsoft digital entertainment handheld last year, I wanted to be sure it wasn't just a wild gossip.  In a time when people is afraid of losing their jobs because of the global recession …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, SlashGear and Engadget
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: YouPorn Still On Top Of Competition  —  A year ago, YouPorn had taken off as the top user-uploaded adult video site, attracting 3 million U.S. unique visitors in April '08, up 1300% year-over-year, according to Compete.  A year later, YouPorn is still the king of kinky.
Laura June / Engadget:
Random House now disabling text-to-speech function of Kindle e-books  —  The much-touted and extremely controversial story of the text-to-speech function of Amazon's Kindle 2 could fill a very large e-book.  The tale continues to get longer still, as at least one major publisher …
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Quietly, Google Updates Its Blog Search Algorithm  —  There's no official announcement (yet), but Google tells Search Engine Land that it's made several improvements under the hood of Google Blog Search.  —  In an email conversation, Google's Jeremy Hylton — head of the search quality group …
Thanks:mattmcgee
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) …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Trouble Ahead For Blip.fm?  —  In an honest blog post, music recommendation and streaming service Blip.fm (which we likened to a Twitter for music when it launched almost exactly one year ago), CEO Jeff Yasuda has indicated that the startup is going through a rough phase right now that has forced …
Discussion: Blip.fm Blog
Electronista:
Intel Larrabee to have 32-cores, ship in 2010  —  Intel at the opening of Saarland University's Visual Computing Institute on Wednesday gave clues as to its plans for its many-core Larrabee graphics processor.  In a presentation to guests, the semiconductor firm showed that the design uses 32 processor cores …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
MySQL daddy seeks post-Sun Oracle independence  —  Preempts the diaspora  —  Free whitepaper - Calculating total power requirements for data centers  —  MySQL's founder has accelerated his push for the open-source database's independent development, free of its latest, potential corporate owner: Oracle.
Discussion: Computerworld UK and Ars Technica
The Official Google Blog:
Behind the scenes of the Search Options panel  —  On Tuesday, we announced Search Options, which are a collection of tools that let you slice and dice your results and generate different views to find what you need faster and easier.  —  We know that people search for a wide variety of things …
Discussion: Mashable! and blogs.ft.com
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
About Those iPhone App Store Revenue Numbers  —  I don't think it's a stretch to say that Apple's App Store has been more successful that even Apple ever imagined.  It entered a market that had been completely controlled by carriers and handed the keys over to third-party developers to make their own apps.
Discussion: Umair Haque, PC World and Ars Technica
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.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia launching ‘high-end handset’ with capacitive touchscreen in Q3?  —  DigiTimes has a couple of back-to-back rumors from its industry sources that could be of interest to Nokia fans.  Yesterday, the Taiwanese rumor rag said that Nokia will adopt a Synaptics touchscreen integrated circuit …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Take-Two Sues Duke Nukem Forever Devs Over Failure To Deliver  —  The 12-year-long development soap opera that was Duke Nukem Forever ended on a disappointing note.  More disappointing for publisher Take-Two Interactive, which invested over $12 million in the game.  Understandably, Take-Two is suing 3D Realms.
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Did the FCC cook the books on broadband over power lines?
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu Questions Count of Its Audience
Discussion: MediaMemo
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Face.com Scans 13 Million Facebook Photos Every Day
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram Blog:
7 years of NKS—and its first killer app
Discussion: Ars Technica and Wolfram
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
YouTube sails out of safe harbor to reinstate marriage video
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
More Tim Armstrong Fallout: Departures at Google, AOL
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB.com Gets Geolocation Patent
Discussion: CNET News and Screenwerk
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes A Twitter Clone...In Portuguese
Discussion: AppScout and Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Who Has the Most Web Servers?
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot, Thanks:atul