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9:10 AM ET, May 21, 2009

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Financial Times:
View from the Top: Eric Schmidt of Google  —  Chrystia Freeland, US managing editor, interviewed Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive of Google, in London.  They discussed the future of newspapers, developing online advertising and antitrust issues.  This is a transcript of that interview.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Beta Love May Die In Fight For Enterprise Customers  —  Being in Beta is cool.  So cool that five years after its April 2004 launch Gmail is still held in Beta by Google.  That's despite the fact that it has 146 million users worldwide (Comscore, April 2009).  Which is sort of ridiculous.
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, iTnews Australia and TechFlash
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Canadian Press:
Microsoft ordered by court to pay Canadian software company i4i US$200 million
Discussion: The Register
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Acer takes on HP in home servers  —  Acer plans to unveil its first home server for the U.S. market on Thursday, called the Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server.  —  The server is intended for home use as well as small businesses that have a need for networking multiple PCs.
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!
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Intuit GoPayment lets you process credit cards on your phone  —  Want to process a credit card payment on your smartphone?  There's an app for that.  —  Okay, to be more specific, there are actually several iPhone apps for that, most notably Credit Card Terminal from developer InnerFence.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intuit unveils mobile phone credit card processing
Discussion: Reuters
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
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Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Thinking About Buying Into That Whole Social Networking Thing
Discussion: The Register
BBC:
Websites ‘keeping deleted photos’  —  User photographs can still be found on many social networking sites even after people have deleted them, Cambridge University researchers have said.  —  They put photos on 16 popular websites - noting the web addresses where the images were stored - and deleted them.
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 …
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: eWeek and CNET News
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Brad Arkin / ASSET:
Adobe Reader and Acrobat Security Initiative
Mathew Ingram / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The golden age of computer-assisted reporting is at hand  —  Computer-assisted reporting or CAR has been around, well — ever since there were computers.  Even when I was in journalism school (which was longer ago than I care to remember), we learned about databases we could search, etc.
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 …
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.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Job Listing Reveals More Powerful ARM Processors and Video Processing for iPhone  —  A recent Apple job listing that we just discovered reveals that Apple is looking for a low level iPhone programmer with detailed knowledge of the ARM processor including its NEON vector unit.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Tim Greene / Computerworld:
Interop: Skype calls for interoperability  —  Network World - Peer-to-peer communications vendor Skype used its Interop keynote slot today to put out a call to traditional PBX vendors, inviting them to make their gear interoperable as the company tries to make inroads with businesses.
Discussion: The Register
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.
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
OpenTable IPO Prices At $20, Better Than Expected  —  OpenTable Inc.'s initial public offering has priced at $20, an underwriter said.  That's well above original expectations, suggesting strong investor demand.  —  It's another positive sign for venture capitalists, which on Wednesday saw …
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.
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.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Microsoft Kicking Apple's Butt In The Living Room (MSFT, AAPL)  —  There are many things about Apple (AAPL) that Microsoft is jealous about.  But Apple's home entertainment business is not one of them.  —  Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360 and its Windows Media Center software are quickly looking better than anything Apple offers.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola “Morrison” rounding out T-Mobile's 2009 Android offerings?  —  Okay, we think we're starting to get a good picture for how T-Mobile's Android plans for the year are going to play out (naturally, this is all subject to change — we doubt the manufacturers know precisely when they'll …
Discussion: TmoToday and Android Community
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Satellite Net Service Sued for Caps, Paltry Bandwidth  —  Satellite internet provider Hughesnet treats its rural customers like rubes, advertising its service as being equal to DSL, while actually delivering paltry bandwidth and over-throttling subscribers, a new lawsuit claims.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Game industry trade group chief gets ready to party and take on the Governator over violent games  —  Mike Gallagher, who runs the video game industry trade group, has to worry about a lot of things as the big game trade show, E3, approaches in a couple of weeks.  Among them is a legal battle with the Terminator himself.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
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