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4:10 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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
So.  Carolina AG appears to back down in Craigslist case  —  Henry McMaster, the South Carolina attorney general who threatened Craigslist with criminal prosecution last week, must assume Web users and the people of his state don't take the time to read.  —  Just a few hours …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Craigslist Goes On The Offensive: Sues South Carolina's Henry McMaster
Discussion: 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 …
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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Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora One: Upgrade the Pandora Experience
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 …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Netflix comes to Windows Media Center  —  Starting tomorrow, Windows Media Center users who are also Netflix members will gain access to more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly within Windows Media Center on their PCs.  —  Using the two together is easy and convenient.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Movie fans to get a TV-friendly Netflix experience on Windows Media Center
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Palm Pre Buzz: Monthly Costs Will Be Lower Than the iPhone
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forget Kumo — Will Microsoft's New Search Engine Launch Soon As Bing?  —  It's not long now.  Microsoft's new search engine has been widely expected to launch soon, and now it appears likely to happen within the next week or two.  And might Bing be the new name?
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft Expected to Debut Updated Search Engine at D: All Things Digital
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Virgin America first to offer fleetwide Wi-Fi, gives other airlines the bird  —  Whether we realize it or not, there's a race going on in the skies above us.  With the advent of wireless Internet access creeping into what once our sanctuary of solitude at 37,000 feet has now become a domain …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
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Virgin America First Airline to Offer Fleetwide WiFi
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
New Facebook Application Directory Goes Live  —  Along with the new application pages which were rolled out this morning, Facebook has also pushed the new application directory live.  The new directory provides a much needed improvement over the previous version.
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Ed Lu / The Official Google Blog:
Energized about our first Google PowerMeter partners  —  Earlier this year I blogged about energy information and a tool our engineers developed called Google PowerMeter, a Google gadget that can show consumers their personal electricity consumption right on a home computer.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook CEO says IPO a few years out  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to eventually take his company public but said it won't be for a few years, and stressed that the world's largest online social network is in no immediate need of capital.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Confirms Ad Network Plans
Discussion: MediaFile
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Push Notification Settings and Screenshots  —  Apple began high volume testing of the upcoming Push notification system for iPhone applications earlier this week.  The system offers 3rd party applications the ability to push notifications to the user even when they are not the running application.
Discussion: DailyTech
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm Pre to run $549 off-contract  —  We'd ventured a guess that the Pre would run close to $500 off-contract, and it looks like we were in the ballpark — Sprint customer service is apparently telling people that Palm's first WebOS device will run $549 without a two-year commitment.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable: let us experiment with metered Internet  —  In the wake of Time Warner Cable's data caps debacle, Ars talks to the head of cable's DC lobby group about metered pricing, Internet access, and the importance of doing the experiment before pontificating about solutions.
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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Placemaker: Extract Location Data from Any Text  —  At Where 2.0 today, Yahoo announced a new product in its already impressive lineup of geo technologies: Placemaker.  Placemaker is a new open API from Yahoo that helps developers to make their applications and data sets location-aware.
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: Obsessable
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former MySpace Execs Get Funding For New Venture; Some Details Leak  —  Remember when MySpace lost three key execs before the whole chaotic reorganization?  They announced their departure in March.  And we've now confirmed that they are closing a substantial round of funding, even before they've picked a final name for the company.
Telegraph:
Google chief Eric Schmidt hints at partnership with Twitter  —  Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, hinted that a partnership with Twitter could be close, although he dampened speculation that he is planning to buy the microblogging phenomenon.  —  Speaking to reporters following …
 
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Jessica Lee / Inside Facebook:
Payment Industry Perspectives: Q&A with Twofish President Lisa Rutherford
Google Geo Developers Blog:
Earn revenue from your mashup with the Maps Ad Unit
Discussion: Google Maps Mania, Thanks:blogfisher
Associated Press:
Another 6,400 workers to lose jobs at HP
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple still negotiating terms for third-gen iPhone with carriers
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Hulu set for September UK launch
Discussion: nma.co.uk and Obsessable
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
ESPN Integrates Video Player on YouTube
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Spanfeller / paidContent.org:
How To Get Past The Generational Divide On The Future Of News
Discussion: mocoNews and paidContent
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Portfolio.com to Get Lazarus Treatment
Discussion: MediaMemo and Gawker
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Ozzie defends Microsoft's aggressive online spending
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stanford's iPhone U: The rise of the armchair coder
Discussion: iLounge, TUAW and MobileContentToday, Thanks:bigdogst
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Open Source Developer Intends To Block Belgian Government From Using …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Updated: “MP” tweets “election in weeks” then deletes Twitter account.
Discussion: The Register