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4:15 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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Outage Caused by Asian “Traffic Jam”
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Storm 2!!  —  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 in these pictures of RIM's next generation of BlackBerry touchscreen.
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
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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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.
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.
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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AdAge:   Google Lifts Ban on Trademark Terms for Search Ads
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.
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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 …
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.
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Face.com Scans 13 Million Facebook Photos Every Day  —  There's well over 10 billion photos on Facebook, making it the largest photo-sharing site on the web.  Now that's a lot of people tagging each other.  Face.com's Facebook app, called Photo Finder, has taken on the task of tagging every …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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.
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.
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
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: CNET News and Screenwerk
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
HP recalls 70,000 notebook batteries because of fire hazard  —  The lithium-ion batteries in about 70,000 HP and Compaq notebook computers are being recalled because they pose a fire hazard.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today in a statement that there are two reported incidents …
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
K&L Gates loses preferred status as Microsoft law firm  —  The law firm K&L Gates, named for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' father, has been dropped as one of Microsoft's preferred legal providers...  The law firm K&L Gates, named for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' father …
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 …
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 and paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
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 …
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: blogs.ft.com
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 …
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: AppScout and Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
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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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Dropio presentation tool Presentio opens up
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Rambus Antitrust Case on Royalties Dropped by FTC
Discussion: Electronista and Tech Trader Daily
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Guatemalan Twitter User Arrested for “Inciting Financial Panic …
Discussion: Mashable!
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google's Rich Snippets and the Semantic Web
Discussion: Tim Anderson's ITWriting, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Video games slide down the recession slope as April sales fall 17 percent
Discussion: Bits, SiliconBeat and CNET News
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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MSLO To Test Paid Video Downloads; Strategy Focusing On Archived Material
Discussion: HipMojo.com, paidContent and mocoNews
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Analyst: cyberwarfare arms race with China imminent
David Liu / Team Fusion:
A Message to VMware Fusion Users with Macs that have ATI Graphics …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Who Has the Most Web Servers?
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. going after online bookers for hotel tax
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
College Journalists Want To Erase Their Past From Google
Discussion: /socnets and Technologizer