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Earlier today, the U.S. declared a public health emergency over the Swine Flu, after confirming 20 cases of the flu spreading to humans in New York, Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California. More than 80 people have died in Mexico from the disease, which has potentially spread to other countries, including Canada and France. Although Federal officials are urging Americans not to panic about the disease, fear of contracting the potentially deadly flu is quickly spreading over Twitter, Google, and blogs across the web. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/26/swine-flu-spreads-panic-over-the-web 4/26)


Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, and Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, have been named to President’s Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). According to a statement released by the White House, PCAST is an advisory group of the the country’s foremost scientists and engineers who will help the President and Vice President form policy related to science, technology, and innovation. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/27/googles-schmidt-and-microsofts-mundie-appointed-as-obama-tech-advisors 4/27)


Google plans to roll out a system that will bring high-quality news content to users without them actively looking for it, according to CEO Eric Schmidt. Users will be automatically served the kind of news that interests them. Google will sell advertising against premium content. (Iwantmedia 4/27, http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/2679 4/25)

Facebook is expected to open up core parts of its site to third-party developers so that they can build new services. The move means developers can build services that access the photos, videos, notes and comments users upload to Facebook, with users’ permission. (Iwantmedia 4/27, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124078628311057281.html 4/27)


Computers will freeze and drop offline with increasing regularity as the Web’s outdated infrastructure struggles to cope with the surging popularity of bandwidth-hungry video sites, analysts warn. YouTube reportedly uses as much bandwidth as the entire Internet took up in 2000. (Iwantmedia 4/27, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/technologynews/5224306/Internet-users-could-suffer-brownouts-due-to-YouTube-and-iPlayer.html 4/27)

AOL is adding a twist to old-fashioned political journalism with the launch of its new political news and blog site, PoliticsDaily.com. The site, which will primarily focus on in-depth political commentary as opposed to breaking news, will only provide original content, from long-form analysis to blog posts on issues in the U.S. political landscape. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/26/aol-launches-online-news-magazine-politicsdaily 4/26)


MTV Networks exec and co-founder John Sykes will replace outgoing CEO Owen Van Natta as the new head of Project Playlist, the controversial music-sharing site. Van Natta is being named CEO of MySpace. Sykes, who helped launch MTV 25 years ago, left the company last year. (Iwantmedia 4/27, http://kara.allthingsd.com/20090424/project-playlist-names-former-mtv-exec-sykes-as-ceo-replacing-van-natta 4/24)

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Newsy.com is also following the Swine Flu story. They synthesize multiple sources into a single video story that examines multiple perspectives. Here is a link to the Swine Flu story: http://www.newsy.com/videos/the_world_on_swine_flu_alert/

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