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4:13 AM ET, April 14, 2006

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Toni's Garage:
Automattic funding  —  We've been working towards raising a seed round of capital at Automattic and recently completed the final piece of it.  Matt explains the thinking behind it here (and promptly celebrated the occasion with a new haircut).  VCMike, one of our board members and investors, shares his thoughts here.
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Vcmike / Mike's Blog:
Why Polaris is Backing Automattic  —  We just announced leading a small round of funding with Automattic, a San Francisco based startup whose team is most known for its leading role in creating the open source personal publishing (ie, blog) platform WordPress, blog spam blocker Akismet, and blog pinging service Ping-o-Matic.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Carl Sjogreen / Official Google Blog:
It's about time  —  We're all busy people.  Whether it's work or play, school or family, every day is filled with stuff that takes time.  Keeping track of schedules isn't easy, and frankly we haven't been too happy with the tools available.  So we invite you to try Google Calendar …
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Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Calendar creates a platform for "time" applications
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Annual Buying Guide: How to Ensure New PC Can Use Windows Vista  —  It's a confusing time for computer buyers, and that makes this annual spring buyer's guide to desktop computers harder to write than usual.  Microsoft's Windows XP operating system is in its last months of primacy …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista won't show fancy side to pirates  —  Windows Vista plans to offer you spiffy new graphics, as long as you're not a pirate.  —  With the new operating system, Microsoft is offering plenty of new graphics tricks, including translucent windows, animated flips between open programs and …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Averatec touts 3G, Wi-Fi UMPC  —  Notebook specialist Averatec will ship its take on the ultra-mobile PC concept this autumn, offering a handheld Windows XP Home Edition-based machine with a keyboard that sits underneath a slide-out 5in, 1,280 x 1,204 touch-sensitive screen.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung UMPC to ship worldwide 1 May
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Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Taking Web Services To The Office  —  Most of the innovation in web services over the past three to four years (what is popularly known as web 2.0) has been focused on the end user as the customer.  We call them consumer facing web services in our firm and they include the services from Yahoo! …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are Domains The New Black?  —  Every so often, you run into some entrepreneur and that one thing he (its mostly he) who laments about: lack of available domain names.  Which means people use dyslexic spellings of popular words, or even translate words from other languages and then Valleywag gets a chance to make fun of them.
Discussion: B2Day
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Joe / Techdirt:
Yesterday, Beatles Downloads Seemed So Far Away  —  A good percentage of online music buyers have probably, at some point, tried downloading a Beatles song, only to be informed that none were available.  The band has been notably absent from the online music revolution, refusing to let their songs appear on various services.
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
As Apple retools new video iPod, release rolls back  —  April 13, 2006 - The roll-out of Apple's forthcoming video iPod has been delayed substantially after the company encountered problems with the display and touch-screen interface, Think Secret has learned.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
AOL charged with blocking opponents' e-mail  —  update America Online on Wednesday apparently began blocking e-mail on its servers containing the Web address of a petition against the company's upcoming certified-mail program, an issue the company called a "glitch."
Lloyd Frink President / Zillow Blog:
Zillow homes in 3D  —  This is an exciting day for us at Zillow, as we announced this morning the addition of 3D-like, "birds-eye" aerial photos to our beta site.  These remarkably clear and detailed images, shown alongside home details and Zestimates, come from Microsoft's Virtual Earth platform.
Susan Butler / Reuters:
Webjay creates new copyright woes for Yahoo  —  NEW YORK (Billboard) - Yahoo acquired playlist-sharing site webjay.com in January.  But it seems it may have bought itself a problem.  Webjay.org makes downloading the Beatles' music or Kanye West's full-length video as easy as a keyword search and a click of a mouse.
Discussion: Techdirt
gadgets.qj.net:
Wall-O-Monitors project — twelve 30-inch flatscreens mounted  —  When friend of QJ.NET "Crazy Jon" called us up and told us about a project he was working on, we didn't believe it at first.  But when we got to his house, sure enough — twelve 30-inch Dell flatscreen monitors are sitting in his office …
Discussion: Engadget
Valleywag:
Mark Cuban bails from IceRocket  —  He's not completely jumping ship, but the dot-com billionaire is selling his blog search engine, IceRocket, leaving his co-owner the CEO spot.  Did Mark Cuban realize his property couldn't overthrow Technorati, the tiny giant of blog search?
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Washington Post:
Terrorists' Web Chatter Shows Concern About Internet Privacy  —  Groups Advise Members on Anonymity, Avoiding Intercepts  —  Terrorist groups, which for years have used the Internet and its various tools to organize and communicate, are paying more attention to addressing security …
BBC:
Search users 'stop at page three'  —  Most people using a search engine expect to find what they are looking for on the first page of results, says a US study.  —  At most, people will go through three pages of results before giving up, found the survey by Jupiter Research and marketing firm iProspect.
Discussion: IT Facts
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
Fox's Crafty New-Media Deal  —  Rupert Murdoch's Fox TV has cut an unprecedented deal to share revenues from the Web with its affiliate stations.  —  At a time when a string of new deals to offer current TV shows on the Web and for video-on-demand is further straining relationships between broadcast networks …
 
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Blogs, Pods and Really Simple Stuff Deliver Advertising At An Increasing Rate
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Guardian:
A thirst for knowledge  —  Wikipedia and other online databases provide …
Discussion: Rough Type
Reuters:
Study: Iceland tops in broadband use
Discussion: IT Facts
CNET News.com:
States seek levies on digital-media downloads
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
HELIO and Yahoo! Announce Mobile Services Partnership
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