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7:40 AM ET, April 29, 2006


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J. Scott Johnson / FuzzyBlog:
A Conversation with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino  —  I just got off the phone with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino regarding the Maine Web Report lawsuit and, well, it doesn't feel like its being presented (that's why I pulled down the contact information).  Tom McCartin:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Will Maine lawsuit hurt Pop! Tech?
Discussion: Know It All and CrunchNotes
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Blogger who criticized Maine tourism office faces lawsuit
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.
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.
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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO AND THE YELLOW PAGES: CO-OPT, OR CO-OPETITION?  —  Yahoo Local has rolled out an update to its business model for local merchants, and it's looking a lot like what the Yellow Pages do, only online, self service, cheaper, and, well, what I've been on about for a while …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Microsoft Software Will Let Times Readers Download Paper  —  SEATTLE, April 28 — Microsoft and The New York Times unveiled software on Friday that would allow readers to download an electronic version of the newspaper and view it on a portable device.  —  With Microsoft's new Windows Vista software …
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Is Jesus the next killer app?  —  LAS VEGAS—Tech companies are getting religion.  —  Companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Avid and Hitachi are helping churches spread the gospel as part of an effort to cash in on an exploding market known as "house of worship technology."
Discussion: Ramesh Jain's Blog
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
Jouni / MRKTNGman:
Nokia Podcasting Application for S60 3rd Edition  —  The biggest S60 news of the week has been announcement of 3 new S60 NSeries multimedia computers by Nokia.  In the Open Studio event Nokia demonstrated interesting beta version of forthcoming application.  It's a Nokia Podcasting Application!
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
Pre-E3 2006: Halo 3 at E3  —  Microsoft to show Halo footage at E3 news briefing.  —  April 28, 2006 - With Microsoft, the rumors are always true.  The next iteration in Bungie Studios' Halo series will appear at E3 2006 in video form at its Tuesday, May 9 news conference …
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #5: craigslist  —  Eric Scheide of craigslist offered me a stream of consciousness summary of the craigslist database setup.  At a conference last year, Craig showed a slide (which helped inspire my postings about asymmetric competition [1, 2, 3]) that listed the number of employees at the top ten web sites.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #3: Flickr
Discussion: tecosystems
Judy Breck / Golden Swamp:
A stroll down this week's carnival midway:  —  First a note about mobilists getting together.  I have not been asked to mention anything this week on the subject but there may be a mini mobilist meet-up soon anyway.  When I sent an email to Justin at MOpocket about his Carnival entry …
Discussion: Wap Review and
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.
Charles Cooper / CNET
Perspective: Bush's dim pitch for energy  —  President Bush blew into Silicon Valley last Friday for a televised meet-and-greet with Cisco Systems' John Chambers before heading out to Napa Valley for some quality mountain biking.  As it turned out, that was the most productive part of his visit.
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Antony Mayfield / Open (finds, minds, conversations):
More on analysis of social media production
Jon McAlister / Official Google Blog:
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Podcast: Second Life Review, Robert Scoble, Chris Salazar and Me!
Stuart Maxwell / Mind Camp:
Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp - The Practical Guide
Discussion: Scobleizer
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Eye-Fi  —  I just met with Yuval Koren, CEO of Eye-Fi …
Discussion: Weblogs Work and TechCrunch
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TDK: Ok, we're done with the 200GB recordable Blu-Ray
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and HD Beat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Shopping Launches - But No Firefox
Evan Blass / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola patenting Feng Shui-enabled cellphone
 Earlier Items: 
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Business is fine, thanks for asking...
Dave Winer / BloggerCon:
BloggerCon IV: June 23-24 in SF
Discussion: down the avenue
Paul / Firefox Flicks Backstage:
Firefox Flicks Video Contest Winners Announced
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 …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
Robert X. Cringely /
Killer Apps:  —  For Apple's Windows Strategy to Work …
Jon's Radio:
A conversation with Kingsley Idehen
Discussion: Raw
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Web 2.0 meets the enterprise