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5:35 AM ET, April 23, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
For MySpace, Making Friends Was Easy.  Big Profit Is Tougher.  —  ALMOST on a lark, Chris DeWolfe bought the Internet address MySpace.com in 2002, figuring that it might be useful someday.  At first, he used the site to peddle a motorized contraption, made in China and called an E-scooter, for $99.
Reuters:
Microsoft hires CEO of Ask.com to head Web unit  —Text+SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software giant Microsoft Corp. said on Friday it hired away Steve Berkowitz, the chief executive of rival Internet company Ask.com, to head Microsoft's own Internet business.
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Chris / Hacking Cough:
Get on MSN Spaces in Asia and watch the link-love pile up.  Sort of  —  Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0 took a look at the Technorati 100 yesterday and found that, even before he had quit blogging there, Dave Winer's Scripting News was out of the top 100.  Steadily replacing the old A-list …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Technorati Top 100 Is Changing Radically  —  Have you checked out the Technorati Top 100 (by unique links) lately?  It's starting to change in very interesting ways.  —  First, Dave Winer is gone.  That's right — Scripting News is no longer a top 100 blog.  —  So what knocked him off?
Mure Dickie / MSNBC:
Warner tackles Chinese piracy with cut-price DVD  —  Warner Home Video has begun trial sales in China of a movie DVD priced at just Rmb12 ($1.50), a move likely to anger consumers in developed markets such as Europe and the US, who typically pay $20-$30 for a recently released film on DVD.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Calendar task list feature  —  I decided to spend a little time today digging through the Google Calendar javascript source and I found a couple of things I thought were interesting.  Sometimes pieces of code get put into the javascript that are simply not called from anywhere …
linuxdevices.com:
Chinese $150 Linux mini-PC races OLPC to market  —  A Chinese company is touting an inexpensive Linux-based computer as a way to close the "digital divide."  YellowSheepRiver's $150 "Municator" appears to be available now, with a three-month leadtime, suggesting it could reach market well ahead of MIT's $100 …
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
t3.co.uk:
The nano gets bigger  —  At least where storage capacity is concerned.  According to Apple-watchers, 8GB and 10GB versions are on the way.  —  In the wake of the touchscreen iPod delay, Apple will be launching new 8GB and 10GB iPod nanos in the summer.  At least that's what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is saying.
Businesspundit:
Is Concentration the New Competitive Advantage?  —  Technology has been a double edged sword for business.  On the one hand, it allows companies to do all kinds of things they could never do before.  On the flip side, it has slowly eroded many forms of competitive advantage by making many corporate tactics easy to imitate.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Unpatched Mac flaws may put users at risk  —  Apple Computer is investigating several unpatched and potentially serious security flaws in Mac OS X that have been publicly disclosed, the company said Friday.  —  Tom Ferris, a security researcher in Mission Viejo, Calif. …
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Wales Discusses Political Bias on Wikipedia  —  Conservative blogger Robert Cox, who writes the National Debate blog, told me he was amazed at the quality of Wikipedia and thought it was a great resource.  But there was something about the free online community-generated encyclopedia …
Marc Perton / Engadget:
It's Earth Day — so don't just toss your old computer!  —  It's Earth Day today, and the consumer electronics industry isn't above a little shameless self-promotion to show off their green cred.  And, we have to admit, recycling your old gear is a lot better than just tossing it into the basement — or worse, a landfill.
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
$5B spent on bounced e-mails?  —  Spam is a nuisance, we all know that.  No more so than for the poor suckers who find their name and reputation marred by some spam or phishing attack.  But a $5 billion problem?  That's the contention of (surprise surprise) e-mail security and antispam vendor IronPort.
Discussion: broadband and Techdirt
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Guest post: Vanessa Fox on Organic Site Review session  —  I almost made it.  I got through one day of a three day conference, and I was still blogging, caught up on email, and I'd checked my RSS feeds.  Then on the second day, I spoke on three panels, stayed up talking SEO until 3:30, and it all crashed down.
Discussion: SEOmoz and WebMetricsGuru
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Save now or lose  —  Jeff Pulver on his Viral Marketing Contest to Save the Internet: … Here are the rules.  —  Bonus link.  Advance to Scenario III.  Starts about halfway down.  —  Earth to NASA and SpaceFlight Now: Blog with RSS  —  Let's bring space flight into the Live Web age.
Discussion: IrishEyes
 
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Libel and blogs  —  Glenn Reynolds writes a good paper on libel …
Ingrid Marson / CNET News.com:
Patent Office needs a 'Slashdot for prior art'
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