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10:00 PM ET, April 28, 2006


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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Blogger who criticized Maine tourism office faces lawsuit  —  Case reflects growing influence of weblogs  —  A coastal Maine blogger who criticized the state's tourism office has been hit with a lawsuit seeking potentially more than $1 million in damages for allegedly making false statements …
J. Scott Johnson / FuzzyBlog:
A Conversation with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino
Scoop: DOJ jails Spam King!  Alan Ralsky might rat out a massive hacker / spammer network  —  Local hacker "Memehacker" IMed in with a scoop on Alan Ralsky, the famed "Spam King" covered by the Observer and the Detroit News.  Here's the breaking story:  —  Valleywag: Tell me the scoop in three sentences.
Paul Boutin / Slate:
A Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace  —  Point-and-click sites that don't tell you what to do.  —  I was skeptical when I heard how huge video-sharing hub YouTube and social-networking hotspot MySpace have become.  YouTube claims 40 million plays a day, up from 35 million just a week ago.
Discussion: ben barren, and IP Democracy
David Kushner / Business 2.0:
Video blogs, ready for prime time  —  Video blogs, a.k.a. vlogs, are booming, and Internet users and advertisers are taking note.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Amanda Congdon, 24, is running through the wintry streets of Manhattan in a purple cape and leotard.
Discussion: B2Day and elearnspace
Robert X. Cringely /
Killer Apps:  —  For Apple's Windows Strategy to Work, It Must Replace Microsoft Office and Buy Adobe Systems  —  Over the past three weeks, we've laid out in this column a sequence of clues and events that suggest Apple is planning to next year take on not only Microsoft's hardware OEMs …
Business Wire:
Skype Achieves 100 Million Users  —  People Worldwide Demonstrate Rapid-Growing Desire to Communicate on the Internet  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 28, 2006—Skype, the global Internet communications company, today reached a major milestone when it passed 100 million registered users.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
new UMPC from France: it's Label  —  This new origami device, manufactured by It's Label was announced today in France.  The company does have a fancy flash site but this gadget isn't up there yet.  It features a 7″ screen which supports upto 1024×768 resolution, and it can play movies in DivX, mpeg2, H264,... formats.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
Tanya Palta /
Origami It's UMPC
Discussion: Ubergizmo
John Markoff / New York Times:
Is Microsoft Preparing Big Attack?  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 27 — Microsoft reported strong third-quarter revenue growth on Thursday, but analysts said the company also telegraphed a significant increase in spending, an indication that it was preparing to take on its big online rivals, Google and Yahoo.
Yahoo! Search blog:
Delivering flowers, delivering babies  —  Driving to work, I always notice the florist near highway 237, where a man stands outside waving an arrow-shaped "Flowers" sign.  When I think of local businesses trying to attract new customers, I picture this florist.
Lee Hartsfeld / Music You (Possibly) …:
HAL's father??  —  Scene: a junk shop on the east side of town.  Your blogger is waiting for the owner to name a price for a sound recording he found in the back in a box he wasn't supposed to go through (he hadn't known that, though).  The dealer is going through every possible word combination …
Discussion: SuperGeek and Boing Boing
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Web 2.0 meets the enterprise  —  Long set up like a gated community, the enterprise software industry is quickly gaining a populist streak.  —  New ideas in consumer technology are rapidly creeping into the design and marketing of software aimed at corporations.
Movielink Test Run  —  The Movielink announcement last month about releasing VOD movies for purchase left me with a lot of unanswered questions.  First, who the hell would pay for this?  Why would you spend $20 for KING KONG on your computer when you could go to Wal-Mart and buy the DVD …
Discussion: Techdirt
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
Is Blogging Cooler Than A Firetruck?  —  By all accounts, Take Your Child To Work Day was a blast.  We had several attendees in Atlanta, and Staff Engineer Josh Kleinpeter sent the following report about the blog-centric activity he led with the kids in Pasadena.
Paul / Firefox Flicks Backstage:
Firefox Flicks Video Contest Winners Announced  —  SAN FRANCISCO - April 27, 2006 - Mozilla today announced the winners of its Firefox Flicks video contest at the San Francisco International Film Festival.  The winning videos were selected from nearly 300 submissions created by Firefox enthusiasts …
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart:
Bloggingstocks, Why Blogging and Stocks Might Not Be a Good Fit  —  For a long time I couldn't understand why Weblogsinc (the blog network behind Engadget and a hundred other targeted blogs that nobody reads) hadn't started a finance-oriented blog.  Well, now they have.  It's called, cleverly, Bloggingstocks.
Rafat / Starts Accepting Contextual Ads From Google; More Coming  —  [ By Rafat Ali] PBS has been testing Google AdSense as a fundraiser, a first for any big public broadcaster in U.S. Both NPR and PBS have underwriters in their offline and online material (NPR's podcasts have sponsors …
Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ Internet Marketing Solutions …:
The San Francisco Feed Feed  —  What a good idea.  —  Last night, Pheedo hosted an informal dinner in a San Francisco restaurant to feed on Cajun food — and to talk feeds.  No speeches, no real agenda, just good old fashioned brainstorming from about 40 people involved in RSS from every conceivable angle.
Discussion: The 360
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patents watching TV and chatting at the same time  —  A patent filed by Microsoft has recently been approved by the United States Patent Office (USPTO).  The patent describes a "multimode interactive television chat" system, where the user can view television while simultaneously …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Shopping Launches - But No Firefox
Evan Blass / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola patenting Feng Shui-enabled cellphone
Discussion: Techdirt
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Business is fine, thanks for asking...
Dave Winer / BloggerCon:
BloggerCon IV: June 23-24 in SF
Discussion: down the avenue
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #3: Flickr
Discussion: tecosystems
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Margin Surplus - Or Why the US Ain't Broke
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
Onward  —  With the defeat of the Markey net neutrality amendment …
Jon's Radio:
A conversation with Kingsley Idehen
Discussion: Raw
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Goto / gotomobile:
say hello to helio  —  "Future revenue growth comes …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Joystiq:
The Wii, in comic form
Discussion: B2Day and Kotaku
Rocky Mountain News:
Wii has fans asking Why
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Jobs touts product pipeline to Apple shareholders
MBA students want Google
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
The Top Ten Lies of Engineers