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5:00 AM ET, April 4, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Memeorandum Does Baseball  —  Tracking Major League Baseball coverage this year will be a little bit easier than before - Gabe Rivera is launching a Memeorandum site called BallBug today.  BallBug offers a news summary, updated every five minutes, spotlighting the most buzzed about baseball stories and blog posts on the web.
Google Maps API Official Blog:
Google Maps API Version 2  —  Maps API Version 2 is officially launching!  We're starting the beta-test of the new version that many of you have already been playing with these past few weeks.  —  Version 2 Features  —  Version 2 cleans up much of the API and improves performance …
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NaviGadget:
Easy photo mapping with Google Maps
Discussion: Gizmodo and Fosfor Gadgets
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
GM slow to react to nasty ads  —  update General Motors did little in the way of damage control on Monday after a do-it-yourself ad campaign for a GM SUV was hijacked by critics of the company and thousands of negative ads flooded the Web.  —  As part of a partnership with the TV show …
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Chevy Tahoe's First Mistake  —  ...was underestimating the power of the medium.  —  So, maybe they thought launching a contest to create a new ad was being hip and edgy.  Perhaps they thought of this contest as being a way to be 'viral' online (they certainly have achieved that goal!).
Google Blogoscoped:
Marissa Mayer Interviewed  —  German Spiegel reprints an interview with Google's Marissa Mayer by Galore.  Some key points:  — There are many factors why Google is the most successful search engine in the world, but results relevance is the key.  "Is the most relevant result for my search query really on top?"
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Julia Chang / salesandmarketing.com:
The World According to Google
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to 'host' Linux virtually  —  Microsoft will support customers who chose to run Linux with Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 R2, software for running multiple operating systems on one machine.  —  In addition, the company on Monday said that it has now made Virtual Server 2005 R2 …
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Associated Press:
Hollywood to sell movies online  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "King Kong" on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been available online to own.  —  The films can't be burned onto a disc for viewing on a DVD player.
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Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
Doc Searls: Business as Morality  —  In the middle of an email conversation with Doc Searls, I mentioned that I was having trouble with the whole "Web 2.0" concept.  A laundry list of features or concepts doesn't encapsulate the real change for me: the real key to success is treating the person …
Tuan Nguyen / dailytech.com:
Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Issues … Users feel the pain of being early adopters, thankfully Apple gives hope  —  Apple has been doing quite well lately, especially when it comes to drumming up support for new products.  It's MacBook Pro is no exception to the rule — but rightly so.
Richard / ctrl-ault-del:
New Job @ Metroblogging!  —  After an amazing two years of working on Technorati, I've decided to move on.  Technorati has shone a bright light on just how powerful social media has become in the greater context of the web and our every day lives.  And for my contribution I am extremely proud.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Newspapers see growing online audiences  —  CHICAGO — Newspapers' online audiences are growing rapidly, according to a new industry study, highlighting a key growth area that newspapers are seeking to exploit as print circulation continues to be challenged.
Discussion: Techdirt
Martin Geddes / Telepocalypse:
OPINION://F2C: NETWORK NEUTRALITY SPEECH  —  I know I've written ad nauseam about Network Neutrality, and the fight against bogeymen that aren't even there.  But a couple of people at the Freedom to Connect conference here wanted me to post my speech up online.
Discussion: GigaOM, B2Day and Nyquist Capital
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
AOL Enhances Mobile Search, Announces Study Results  —  AOL has added several new features to its mobile search service, and has also released the findings of a recent mobile lifestyle survey.  —  AOL launched mobile search services in July 2005, offering web, local and shopping search services …
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
NYTimes Describes Next Steps in its Redesign  —  The NYTimes launched a redesign today that's very sharp and very bloglike, as Anil Dash writes.  I spoke with the folks at the Times and they explained that they plan to launch more features later, most notably the My Times feature.
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Wikio and Europe vs 2.0  —  Wikio about to launch - a simple combination of many now ancient 2.0 ideas (syndication, voting, etc).  —  One thing I really dislike about 2.0 in Europe is that...it's just like 2.0 in the States, minus 18 months or so.  —  Perhaps I'm being too critical, but I find this less than compelling.
Robert Manor / Chicago Tribune:
Papers, Web sites in scrape on stories  —  Unpaid use angers some publishers  —  Not only is advertising moving from newspapers to the Internet, but newspaper stories increasingly are migrating as well.  —  Whether they like it or not, newspaper publishers are seeing stories, or "content" …
 
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Google's Got a New Related Links Feature
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A Pint of ALE - Ajax Linking and Embedding
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Would you join a company just cause they let you blog?
Shimon Sandler:
Web Directories - Interview with Greg Hartnett
Rob Enderle / technewsworld.com:
What if Microsoft Bought Apple?
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Gregory Galant / Venture Voice:
VV Show #30 - Scott Johnson of Ookles
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Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
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Dear MS. An MBA is BS.
Tim Richardson / The Register:
Pipex unveils plans for UK wireless broadband service
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
But I Don't Have An E-mail  —  Back when the Apple iMac launched …
Discussion: GigaOM and PC World's Techlog
Brian / Spam Kings Blog:
Verizon pays for spam blockade
Discussion: Techdirt
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