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7:50 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: TechCrunch, eWeek and CNET News
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 …
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 …
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: Digital Daily, OhGizmo! and Macworld
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Felix Salmon
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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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.
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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Agrees to Oversight of Its Library Pricing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a move that could blunt some of the criticism leveled at Google for its settlement of a lawsuit over its book-scanning project, the company has signed an agreement with the University of Michigan that would give …
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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 …
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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 …
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: The Register and CNET News
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple still negotiating terms for third-gen iPhone with carriers
Discussion: MobileCrunch and 9 to 5 Mac
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: CNET News
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
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, Electronista and Techgeist
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Brad Arkin / ASSET:
Adobe Reader and Acrobat Security Initiative  —  Brad Arkin here.  In my role as the Director of Product Security and Privacy I'm responsible for the security of all Adobe products and services.  In practice this means that I manage both the proactive work the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team …
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.
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.
 
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Reuters:
Yahoo eyes social networking acquisitions
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell: Most Linux users don't really need the latest version
Discussion: OSNews and dailywireless.org
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Socializr integrates Twitter as alternative to Facebook events
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft IIS hole fells university server
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
I.B.M. Unveils Real-Time Software to Find Trends in Vast Data Sets
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Acer says to make Android phone in 2009
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Another 6,400 workers to lose jobs at HP
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forget Kumo — Will Microsoft's New Search Engine Launch Soon As Bing?