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10:30 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 …
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Jacob Schulman / Engadget Mobile:
Exclusive BlackBerry Storm 2 shots!  —  What's this we have here?  A trusted source just hit us with a slew of beauty shots of the Storm 2 that leaked a little bit ago.  Not much else to say at this point until we can get one in our hands — the photos really speak for themselves.
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:
Companies Object to Google Policy on Trademarks  —  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.
Steven Musil / CNET News:   Google revises AdWords trademark policy
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu Questions Count of Its Audience  —  Does Hulu, the Web's most popular place for TV viewing, reach nine million people a month or 42 million?  —  Millions of dollars in advertising revenue may hinge on the answer.  But no one seems to know for sure how big the site's audience is.
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
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 …
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
GPS Accuracy Could Start Dropping in 2010  —  We've all become accustomed to using the Global Positioning System, or GPS, whether via our iPhones, car navigation devices, handheld GPS units, or even watch-based devices like the Garmin Forerunner series.  The GPS system went into full operation …
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 …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Newspapers Tweeting Like Crazy—But What Are the Rules?
Discussion: BeatBlogging.Org
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
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Malicious JSRedir-R script found to be biggest malware threat on the web  —  Research done by experts in SophosLabs has revealed that a new web-based threat has blown all previous web-based malware out of the water, being found six times more often than its nearest rival.
Discussion: The Register and Softpedia News
Louis Gray:
Don't Tempt the Online Mob.  They Come Bearing Pitchforks.  —  There's no need for me to recap Twitter's two-day flub as you've already seen it 40 different places.  What's most interesting to me about the entire situation is the rapidity of how the user community turned on the service …
Thanks:atul
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 than 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.
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.
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 …
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to finally launch “Verified Apps” program (and more)
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Social and Mashable!
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 …
BBC:
EU proposal could ‘stifle’ games  —  The future of games development has been called into question after the EU Commission suggested developers provide a two year guarantee.  —  Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva want to expand the EU Sales and Guarantees Directive.
Discussion: VG247, Kotaku and GoNintendo
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
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wait... Wouldn't Micropayments Be Bad For Journalism?
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Did the FCC cook the books on broadband over power lines?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Trouble Ahead For Blip.fm?
Discussion: Blip.fm Blog
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Face.com Scans 13 Million Facebook Photos Every Day
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
The Official Google Blog:
Behind the scenes of the Search Options panel
Discussion: Mashable! and blogs.ft.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
YouTube sails out of safe harbor to reinstate marriage video
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
More Tim Armstrong Fallout: Departures at Google, AOL
Discussion: paidContent.org and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB.com Gets Geolocation Patent
Discussion: CNET News and Screenwerk
Eiji Hirai / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android now with Barcode Scanning