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7:30 PM 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.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What If Media 2.0 Is Less Profitable Than Media 1.0?  —  The advent of web-based e-commerce fundamentally lowered the costs of doing business, increasing the scalability (and in many cases the viability) of thousands of small businesses.  The introduction of micro-marketing through Google AdWords gave …
Russell Beattie / RussellBeattie.com:
The Last Page  —  Well, I think it's time to put this weblog to bed.  —  Yep, after four years and almost 3,000 posts I've decided to close up the Notebook.  There's lots of reasons, but generally this is a continuation of the full-reset I started back in January.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress readies new digital copyright bill  —  For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  —  Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite.
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Intel's Hard-to-Define Viiv Doesn't Live Up to the Hype  —  In January, Intel told the world that digital media would never be the same again.  —  During a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, chief executive Paul S. Otellini unveiled Viiv — a combination of hardware …
Chris Barylick / Washington Post:
New Digital Books Offer Better Readability  —  Step onto a Metro train any given morning and it's easy to find people feeding their appetites for information.  Commuters regularly have their faces buried in newspapers, magazines, novels — and sometimes even Web-enabled cellphones — during the ride to and from work.
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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. …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:   More Mac OS X Flaws Identified
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.
Brandon LeBlanc / Sidebar Geek:
Windows Vista Build 5365 - Beta 2 Preview  —  This evening, Beta Testers for Windows Vista were given a new interim build - Build 5365 - to test.  Microsoft is atleast a month away from releasing Windows Vista Beta 2 and this interim build showcases several enhancements we can expect to see coming in Beta 2.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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 …
Associated Press:
Linux distributors unite on desktop standard  —  Move aimed at making operating system compete better with Windows  —  NEW YORK - In a move to make the freely distributed Linux operating system a stronger alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, a group of major Linux distributors announced Friday …
Discussion: Open Source and Open Sources
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.
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.
CNET News.com:
YouTube: Too rough for advertisers?  —  A closely guarded secret at video-upload site YouTube is the company's plan to sell advertisements.  The strategy is even cloaked in a code name.  —  Madison Avenue is keeping a close eye on what kind of advertising model the top player in the burgeoning market will adopt.
 
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