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11:50 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: eWeek and CNET News
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  —  Mozilla has unveiled a new project from its Labs division called Jetpack that gives us a taste of how Firefox might begin extending web functionality in years to come.  While the project is still quite early in development …
Discussion: Mashable!
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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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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Book-Scanning Pact to Give Libraries Input on Price  —  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 …
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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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Chris Keall / National Business Review:
Telecom in ‘deep discussions’ with Apple  —  Telecom revealed its full line up of XT phones this morning, plus two data cards.  The iPhone, or any netbook or other laptop with embedded 3G, was conspicuously absent, but the telco had news about both.  —  Observers had not been expecting …
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple still negotiating terms for third-gen iPhone with carriers
Discussion: MobileCrunch, 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
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.
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Silicon Valley flexes political muscle  —  Silicon Valley lore has it that in 1996, when prominent technology venture capitalist E. Floyd Kvamme tried to arrange a meeting with presidential candidate Bob Dole, all he got was 15 minutes in a holding room at the San Jose airport.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Congressmen want automakers to cough up diagnostic codes  —  Like everything else these days, cars are getting increasingly computerized, with embedded microprocessors controlling everything from the fuel-air mixture in the engine to the air temperature in the car.
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
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.
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
A Software IPO!  SolarWinds Prices At $12.50 (Updated)  —  Wow, an actual honest-to-goodness, venture-backed software IPO.  —  We're getting one today.  —  SolarWinds Inc. (SWI), an Austin-based provider of network management software, on Tuesday priced an IPO of 12,116,279 shares at $12.50 apiece.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Storage densities that may yield a 12TB DVD demonstrated
Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
As Google opens Iowa facility, no search for optimism needed
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
U.S. National Archives offers reward for missing hard drive
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stanford's iPhone U: The rise of the armchair coder
Discussion: iLounge, TUAW and MobileContentToday, Thanks:bigdogst