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2:55 PM ET, April 1, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Really Takes April 1 Seriously  —  Google takes a lot of time with its April Fools jokes, and they generally center around new products.  Last year we saw the launch of Google Romance.  This year, they have two solid fake product launches: Google TiSP (free broadband service) …
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Writer  —  Google launched in October 2005 a feed reader, which became popular a year later.  The company also offered publishing tools like Blogger, Page Creator and Google Docs, but even if they make your job easier by letting you focus on the content, you still have to come up with the text and the ideas.
Discussion: Can Erten and Google Blogoscoped
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Has Acquired F**  —  Tomorrow we will announce that we have acquired Philip "Pud" Kaplan's F** in a stock for assets transaction.  The basic details of the transaction are included in a press release that will go out around 9 pm PST tonight, and Pud has also mentioned this on his personal blog.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google launches TiSP — Free wireless broadband
Discussion: Googlified and Lost Remote
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Time to buy  —  Mike Arrington announces that TechCrunch …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple, Google join forces for 'ultimate phone'  —  Exclusive Apple and Google have abandoned their individual mobile phone projects for a joint venture, The Register has learned.  —  Apple will mothball its iPhone, announced in January, in favour of a new device that serves as a platform for Google's contextual advertising business.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple collaborating with Amazon, Google, and Cingular on new iReader?  —  I was going to not blog until Monday, but I saw something today that just has to be blogged about.  Seriously, on Monday I'll be on CNN with Kathy Sierra and Chris Locke talking about this week's events.
Sam Harrelson / Cost Per News:
PLANETBETA (INCUBETA, REVENEWS AND COSTPERNEWS)  —  More (much more) to come tomorrow, but I'll leave it to the official press release to provide some details for you today...  IncuBeta, an investment holdings company focused primarily in online marketing and media assets …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Push Comes to Shove for Control of Web Video  —  FOR now, the biggest news in the exploding realm of online video is not much more than a news release.  Still, the recent announcement from the News Corporation and NBC Universal of a new online video venture shows a big change …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Beet.TV
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
I'm feeling patriotic  —  ...and would like to highlight some amazing Canadian startups as well as Canadian contributions to the Web world, in general.  I'm hoping that my friends at the Globe and Mail will see this and understand the importance of the media in really highlighting and helping their homegrown companies.
New York Times:
New Bar Codes Can Talk With Your Cellphone  —  It sounds like something straight out of a futuristic film: House hunters, driving past a for-sale sign, stop and point their cellphone at the sign.  With a click, their cellphone screen displays the asking price, the number of bedrooms and baths and lots of other details about the house.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Workspace Launches Web-based Access to FTP  —  Workspace, which puts out its sandbox release today, is offering an online space to work on web-based applications, with no plug-ins necessary.  You can gain direct access to your own ftp space or use the server space provided.
Discussion: Startup Meme
Randall Stross / New York Times:
If at First You Don't Succeed, Write a Check  —  SIX months ago, Microsoft stood in front of the world and rather bravely stated the question on everyone else's mind: Why on earth does the world need another search engine?  —  Before supplying the answer, the company acknowledged …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Matt Cutts Blog Gets Hacked  —  The Dark SEO Team has had a bit of a beef with Google's Matt Cutts from back in 2005 over URL hijacking.  Looks like they've pulled a prank on him today.  Matt's blog is down, hacked — and archives wiped out as well.  Matt has posted previously …
Discussion: Online Marketing Blog
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why Journalism Matters  —  By now we are all quite familiar with the upside of blogging — free, easy-to-use software and the powerful network effects of the web have enable thousands of people who might never have had a voice back in the days of scarce publishing resources to have their voices heard far and wide.
Apple TV Hacks:
Mac OS X running on Apple TV  —  semthex from, in collaboration with has done it again!  A complete replacement to the Mac OS X kernel has been built which allows the full version of Mac OS X to be run on an Apple TV.  —  Semthex wrote a processor emulation …
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