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9:45 AM ET, March 19, 2007

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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
SCOOP: Apollo public alpha available later tonight  —  I'm about to get on a plane for Ajax World, but I just got word that the public alpha of Apollo is going to drop on the Adobe Labs site tonight.  The current build is targeted mostly at Flex developers but has enough HTML support …
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Public Alpha of Apollo Debuts on Adobe Labs  —  For immediate release  —  New Technology Enables Web Developers to Extend RIAs to the Desktop  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that the first public alpha version of Apollo is now available for developers on Adobe Labs.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and A VC
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe offers early peek at Apollo  —  Adobe Systems on Monday is expected to release an early version of Apollo, software that will let people run Web applications online and offline.  —  The first release is an "alpha" version, with a beta due sometime this summer.  Version 1.0 is planned for the second half of this year.
Discussion: Adobe Labs and Webware.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Apollo Launched, So Go Build Something
Discussion: i-boy
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Launches Apollo, Alpha Version
Discussion: Teknision and WeBreakStuff
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Time Rich or Time Poor?  —  Broadly speaking, there are two types of internet users, Time Rich (more time than money) and Time Poor (more money than time).  I'd speculate that many of the readers of this blog fall into the Time Poor category, but the vast majority of internet users fall into the Time Rich category.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Video Awards  —  YouTube will announce on Monday the launch of "YouTube Video Awards" - a late attempt to honor the best-user generated videos of 2006.  The seven categories are Most Inspirational, Most Creative, Best Series, Best Comedy, Musician of the Year, Best Commentary and "Most Adorable Video Ever."
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Introduces the Newest Bluetooth® Headset Designed by Bang and Olufsen - WEP 420  —  With the launch of the newest Bluetooth® headsets,  —  Samsung aggressively targets the mobile phone accessory market  —  Hanover , Germany , March 19, 2007 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. …
Discussion: Engadget and MobileWhack
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Kiko Guys Back As Reality TV Stars  —  Two years ago Y Combinator invested in Justin Kan and Emmett Shear's calendaring company, Kiko, which eventually folded after Google Calendar launched in 2006.  —  The Kiko guys have returned to the startup scene since their acquisition on eBay …
Discussion: duncanriley.com
The Age:
AOL introduces location plug-in for instant messaging so users can see where buddies are  —  AOL is offering users of its AIM instant messaging service new capabilities to see where people on their buddy lists are physically located.  —  The first phase of this push is with an unusual software plug …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
QuickTime gains 720P Apple TV high-definition export mode  —  In an undisclosed and largely unnoticed update to its QuickTime video playback and conversion software, Apple has quietly added an "Export to Apple TV" feature capable of creating high-definition videos viewable on the Apple TV accessory.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Musicload: 75% of customer service problems caused by DRM  —  Deutsche Telekom's Musicload, one of the largest online music stores in Europe, has come out strongly against DRM on account of its effects on the marketplace and its customers, according to German-language Heise Online.
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
The Twitterfication of the blogosphere  —  Twitter is getting lots of air-time right now.  It was heavily discussed and used as the backchannel during SxSW.  Some people like Kathy Sierra are questioning if it is TOO good whilst others are predicting the demise of Twitter in 2007.
Discussion: Rough Type
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Web 2.0 Address Book May Have Arrived  —  David Pogue recently sent out the following email message to all his contacts: … In a private note to me, he wrote: "I'm using, of course, GrandCentral, which was the topic of my column today.  It's pretty awesome—I'd think you might be a prime candidate, too!"
Discussion: Webware.com, VoIP Watch, ongoing and 901am
New York Times:
Viacom's Full-Court Press for Online Ads  —  Justin Timberlake did not attend Nickelodeon's annual advertising presentation this month, but one of Viacom's own ad sales executives, Jim Tricarico, took the stage to perform a rendition of the singer's "SexyBack."
Kevin Anderson / Strange Attractor:
How much 'lived experience' does your news site cover?  —  One of the most common mistakes that news organisations make when it comes to community is trying to build participation strategies around an extremely narrow, overly-professionalised definition of news.
Discussion: Invisible Inkling
 
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