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11:10 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 …
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
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
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
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.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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: theory.isthereason
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Mike / Techdirt:
From Grokster To YouTube... The Supreme Court's Reinterpretation …
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Kevin Anderson / Strange Attractor:
How much 'lived experience' does your news site cover?
Discussion: Invisible Inkling
Mark Ward / BBC:
Smart fabrics to take the pulse
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Musicload: 75% of customer service problems caused by DRM
Discussion: and digg
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Web 2.0 Address Book May Have Arrived