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9:40 PM ET, May 20, 2009

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Jim / craigslist blog:
CL Sues SC AG For Declaratory Relief  —  craigslist has filed suit against SC AG Henry McMaster in federal court in South Carolina, seeking declaratory relief and a restraining order with respect to criminal charges he has repeatedly threatened against craigslist and its executives.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
South Carolina's McMaster softens rhetoric, but still considers suing Craigslist  —  The office of South Carolina Atty. Gen. Henry McMaster said this afternoon that it was still considering legal action against Craigslist over classified listings it sees as prostitution.
Discussion: TechCrunch, eWeek and CNET News
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 9.4 Per Cent and Smartphones Grew 12.7 Per Cent in First Quarter of 2009  —  Inventory Destocking Adds 25 Million Units to Sell-In  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009 …
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Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple doubles its iPhone market share  —  If there was any doubt about the popularity of Apple's iPhone, a quick look at the latest market share figures from research firm Gartner should put them to rest.  —  Released on Wednesday, the newest data from Gartner shows that Apple's share …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Gawker Chief: ‘Original Reporting Will Be Rewarded’  —  Q&A: Gawker Media Founder Nick Denton  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Gawker Media impresario Nick Denton, one of the more vocal Cassandras of media collapse last fall, got a surprise this spring when things turned out to be, well, not so bad.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetApp buys Data Domain for $1.5 billion  —  NetApp said Wednesday that it will acquire Data Domain for $1.5 billion, or $25 a share.  —  Data Domain makes deduplication storage systems designed to cut cost and make data management easier.  NetApp said in a statement that its game plan …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Book-Scanning Pact to Give Libraries a Say in Prices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a move that could blunt some of the criticism of Google for its settlement of a lawsuit over its book-scanning project, the company signed an agreement with the University of Michigan that would give some libraries …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre's Irritating $100 Rebate Will Be Instant At Best Buy  —  Annoyingly, you won't be able to get a Palm Pre for the advertised $199 without redeeming a $100 mail-in rebate—something Sprint is depending on you not doing.  Solution: get yours at Best Buy.
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Palm Pre Buzz: Monthly Costs Will Be Lower Than the iPhone
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Digital Daily and Macworld
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Adobe convenes ‘Come to Jesus’ meeting for buggy Reader app  —  Flash left outside the tent  —  Free whitepaper - Cashing in on banking security and compliance  —  Over the past year, Adobe software has been pummeled by a steady stream of critical zero-day vulnerabilities.
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
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Reuters:
Yahoo eyes social networking acquisitions  —  Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) is looking to buy companies that will allow it to become a bigger player in social networking and revamp its family of products, Chief Technology Officer Ari Balogh said on Wednesday.  —  Yahoo has had conversations with companies …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Jetpack, Call for Participation  —  Exploring new ways to extend and personalize the Web.  —  The add-ons community for Firefox is arguably one of the largest, most vibrant sources for innovation on the Web today.  If you want to affect people, to reach them and make a difference …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Strap In: Mozilla's Jetpack May Be The Next Step In Browser Extensions
Discussion: Mashable!
Ars Technica:
4chan, eBaum's World carpet bombing YouTube with porn videos  —  YouTube is the latest target for pranksters looking to amuse themselves.  Today, May 20, has been deemed “Porn Day” by denizens of 4chan and eBaum's World, with an organized group of users from the sites uploading video clips of explicit …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and CNET News
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Does Twitter Hate Advertising?  —  When we speak publicly about how Twitter might become a profitable business, we talk about the idea of commercial usage and then explain that we're still exploring what that means—that's true.  We also say traditional web banner advertising isn't interesting to us which is also true.
Wall Street Journal:
Look at This Article.  It's One of Our Most Popular  —  Top-Ten Lists Abound Online, but Following the Herd Can Make You Wonder About the Wisdom of Crowds  —  Popularity is, unfortunately, still all the rage.  —  The Internet has facilitated an outbreak of popularity contests …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Updates The Kindle App To Be More iPhone-ified  —  As a Kindle owner, I love the fact that Amazon released an iPhone app to allow me to continue reading my content even when I don't have the actual Kindle with me.  Of course, the experience of reading on the iPhone's much smaller …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft hit with $200 million patent verdict  —  A federal jury in Tyler, Texas on Wednesday ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million in a patent infringement case.  —  The jury ruled that the custom XML tagging features of Word 2003 and Word 2007 infringed on a patent from Toronto-based i4i.
Discussion: Reuters and TechFlash
Gary Gale / The Yahoo! Geo Technologies Blog:
Announcing Yahoo! Placemaker - Geo-enrich Your Content  —  Today at Where 2.0 in San Jose, California Yahoo! Geo Technologies announced the launch of a key part of our vision of Open Location, a new web service, Yahoo! Placemaker™.  —  What is Placemaker?
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Hulu set for September UK launch  —  Hulu, the free online video-on-demand service backed by News Corp, NBC Universal and Disney, is set to launch in Britain in September 2009, with 3,000 hours of American content and ITV and Channel 4 as content partners.  —  According to senior sources close …
Financial Times:
Google drops idea to buy newspaper  —  Google has considered buying a newspaper or using its charitable arm to support news businesses seeking non-profit status, but is now unlikely to pursue either option, Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive, told the Financial Times.
Discussion: Gawker
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Socializr integrates Twitter as alternative to Facebook events  —  Socializr, the events-oriented social network founded by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, doesn't get as much play as Evite and Facebook Events.  But as VentureBeat editor Matt Marshall recently wrote …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Intel brings rich UI to Moblin Linux platform  —  Intel has announced the availability of the first Moblin 2 beta release.  This version introduces the platform's innovative new user interface.  Although there are still some rough edges, it delivers impressive usability and aesthetic sophistication.
Nielsen Wire:
Americans Watching More TV Than Ever; Web and Mobile Video Up too  —  Americans may choose to consume video on the “best screen available,” yet traditional TV remains the screen of choice.  —  The recent results of Nielsen's Three Screen Report - a quarterly analysis from Nielsen's Anywhere …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Real-Time as a Service?  Check Out What Notify.me is Working On  —  Can being “present in the now” be packaged and sold as a service?  A number of companies believe that it can be and are aiming to offer a “real-time” layer of functionality to consumer websites and businesses interested in this growing trend online.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
I.B.M. Unveils Real-Time Software to Find Trends in Vast Data Sets  —  New software from I.B.M. can suck up huge volumes of data from many sources and quickly identify correlations within it.  The company says it expects the software to be useful in analyzing finance, health care and even space weather.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Surges Past Digg, LinkedIn, And NYTimes.com With 32 Million Global Visitors  —  How quickly they grow.  Remember when Twitter was just a little pipsqueek, with less than 10 million monthly unique visitors to its site worldwide?  That was back in February, 2009.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Boldly Goes Where Hulu Wouldn't  —  Independent developer Paul Yanez, who seems to make a game of adding functionality to web video platforms whether they like it or not, has built an Adobe AIR app for Joost called the Joost Media Player.  —  This is delightfully ironic for a number of reasons.
Discussion: Download Squad and Obsessable
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Dell Demonstrates the Mini 10v Running Android Cupcake  —  Warning: Dell has not announced that their 10-inch, $299 Mini 10v netbook will be optionally loaded with Google's smartphone environment Android (Cupcake).  But that hasn't stopped Dell from demonstrating it working.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Suggest Adds Hyperlinks, Personalization And Yes, Ads  —  Suggesting queries is becoming a pretty standard practice on search engines these days.  You know, those drop-down menus that are populated as you type with things you likely mean.  They're useful, but Google just made them more useful.
Discussion: The Official Google Blog and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Freemium Model And A Desktop App Get The Thumbs Up With Pandora One  —  You'd be hard pressed to find someone who tries the online streaming radio service Pandora that doesn't like it.  In fact, some users like it so much that they actually ask for ways to pay the company …
 
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Brett Smith / Free Software Foundation:
FSF Settles Suit Against Cisco
Discussion: ITworld.com
Grant Gross / PC World:
EBay, Others Want End to Retail Price-fixing
Discussion: Ars Technica and Pulse2
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell: Most Linux users don't really need the latest version
Discussion: OSNews and dailywireless.org
Michael Kahn / Reuters:
Researchers create DVDs with massive storage
Discussion: Electronista
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Acer says to make Android phone in 2009
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple still negotiating terms for third-gen iPhone with carriers
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable: let us experiment with metered Internet
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Push Notification Settings and Screenshots
Discussion: EverythingiCafe and DailyTech
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stanford's iPhone U: The rise of the armchair coder
Discussion: iLounge and TUAW, Thanks:bigdogst