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11:30 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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Adobe:
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Apollo Launched, So Go Build Something
Discussion: i-boy
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Launches Apollo, Alpha Version
Discussion: WeBreakStuff and Teknision
Associated Press:
And the YouTube award goes to...  NEW YORK (AP) — Lonelygirl15, OK Go and other YouTube sensations will get an opportunity to walk down a virtual red carpet.  —  The video-sharing Web site announced Monday that it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognize the best-user created videos of 2006.
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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."
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Comcast Unhappy With Google On Search Deal; Talking To MSN; Other Ad Inventory Talks  —  Comcast, the second largest broadband ISP in U.S., is in talks to use Microsoft's search services on its broadband portal, a sign the cable titan isn't happy about its current search deal with Google, reports WSJ, citing sources.
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Fujitsu adopts flash memory for new tablets  —  Tablet PCs probably get dropped more than other computers, so Fujitsu has created two machines that store data by using flash memory rather than traditional hard drives.  —  The LifeBook P1610 and LifeBookB6210 are now available with either 16GB or 32GB flash drives.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Track Down a Plague of Fake Web Pages  —  Tens of thousands of junk Web pages, created only to lure search-engine users to advertisements, are proliferating like billboards strung along freeways.  Now Microsoft researchers say they have traced the companies and techniques behind them.
Discussion: Zero Day
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Lycos, Early Search Engine, in a U.S. Remake as Jubii  —  Through a quirk of dot-com history, Lycos Europe cannot sell itself in the United States using its own once-famous name.  Instead, the Internet service, partly owned by Bertelsmann of Germany and Telefónica of Spain …
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: MobileWhack and Engadget
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.
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is VoIP an Excuse for Bad Voice Quality?  —  In a few hours, the annual Spring VON is going to kick off in San Jose, California.  Hundreds of companies, big and small will hawk their wares, pundits will pontificate and a lot of people will talk about convergence.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
 
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Deanna Brown Leaves Yahoo; Joins Scripps As President, Interactive Group
Stace / Unwired View:
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
BALLMER ON GOOGLE - UH OH
Discussion: Nate Elliott
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Toshiba's gigabeat U gets social with FM transmitter
Discussion: Mobility Site
Mike / Techdirt:
From Grokster To YouTube... The Supreme Court's Reinterpretation …
Nick / Rough Type:
Dot dash  —  And so at last, after passing through Email …
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
The Twitterfication of the blogosphere  —  Twitter is getting lots of air-time right now.
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Kevin Anderson / Strange Attractor:
How much 'lived experience' does your news site cover?
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Smart fabrics to take the pulse
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Musicload: 75% of customer service problems caused by DRM
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