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5:05 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: 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Computerworld, Mashable! and ClickZ
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Twitter Shies Away From Advertising...For Now
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
9 Month Old Critical Java Vuln.  Still Not Patched in Mac OS X  —  Six months ago, a certain security flaw in Java was fixed by Sun.  This flaw was present in OpenJDK, GIJ, icedtea and Sun's JRE, but it got fixed in those.  There's one important shipping Java implementation that still …
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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.
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.
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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 …
Discussion: eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple still negotiating terms for third-gen iPhone with carriers  —  With just weeks to go before Apple is expected to take the wraps off its new family of touchscreen handsets, the iPhone maker remains engaged in talks with carriers vying to join its expansive fleet of authorized wireless providers.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 9 to 5 Mac
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Chris Keall / National Business Review:
Telecom in ‘deep discussions’ with Apple
Discussion: CNET News
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
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?
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 …
Discussion: nma.co.uk and Techgeist
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.
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.
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 …
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: EverythingiCafe and DailyTech
 
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Acer says to make Android phone in 2009
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Byron Acohido / USA Today:
New ‘2D barcodes’ puts info at the tip of your camera phone
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
Jim Spanfeller / paidContent.org:
How To Get Past The Generational Divide On The Future Of News
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Portfolio.com to Get Lazarus Treatment
Discussion: MediaMemo and Gawker
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stanford's iPhone U: The rise of the armchair coder
Discussion: iLounge and TUAW, 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former MySpace Execs Get Funding For New Venture; Some Details Leak