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9:45 PM ET, April 1, 2007


 Top Items: 
Beatles and iTunes talk growing  —  EMI is to hold a media event on Monday with Apple boss Steve Jobs as special guest, prompting speculation that Beatles songs will finally go online.  —  None of the Beatles tracks are available to download on any online music service.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Real interview with Fake Steve Jobs  —  We got a precious few minutes to sit down and talk to the man himself.  That's right, we landed a real interview with Fake Steve Jobs.  In it, "El Jobso" reminisces about his drug-addled youth, what he does to the traitorous wretches that leak Apple products …
Discussion: digg
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs and EMI Press Conference on Monday [Updated]  — is reporting that Apple and EMI will be hosting a joint announcement on Monday, April 2nd.  —  The press invite reads: … A special live performance from an unannounced artist will also take place.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service  —  "Dark porcelain" project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users' plumbing systems.
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) …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google launches TiSP — Free wireless broadband
Discussion: Lost Remote and Channel 9
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A decade of Scripting News  —  On this day, ten years ago, a weblog named Scripting News appeared for the first time at this address.  —  Today, it is the longest continuing running weblog on the Internet.  —  This site played a big role in several important trends.  —  1. It helped bootstrap the blogging world.
Rex Hammock /
Thanking Dave Winer  —  Typically, I try to avoid the blogosphere on April Fools Day — On this day, I always believe even less of what I read than usual.  —  But today, this is a straight-up sincere post of appreciation regarding my friend, Dave Winer.  No fooling.
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 and Scobleizer
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.
Rafat Ali /
Topix Reboots As a CitJ-News Search Hybird  —  Topix, jointly majority-owned by Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy, is migrating the site from the .net domain to, and will launch it later tonight.  The site will also get a significant change of focus from being a news search engine …
Discussion: Chip Griffin
sam harrelson:
PlanetBeta Launches  —  You heard (read?) it here first...  IncuBeta, an investment holdings company focused primarily in online marketing and media assets, has agreed to acquire the brand.  —  The deal will include absorption of the ReveNews site into the overall IncuBeta umbrella …
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
TomTom RIDER 2 almost revealed  —  One of readers was nice enough to send us a few screenshots from a Flash animation for the new TomTom RIDER 2.  Apparently the animation - which was live for several hours this morning - was put up on the site a bit earlier than planned.
Discussion: InstaGPS and MobileWhack
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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Matt Cutts' Blog Hacked  —  Matt Cutt's blog looks defaced today... but remembering it's April 1st, trust no one and nothing!  The blog reads ...  This site have been hacked by  —  Dark SEO Team.  —  nous sommes le proprietaire de toi  —  Shoutz to Dan "the man", the 302 hijack t33m, NYC SEO gang, Linusx [and so on]
Discussion: franticindustries
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Matt Cutts Blog Gets Hacked
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Billhilf / Port 25:
Microsoft Penguin Adoption 2007
I HATE IT HERE  —  NICK DOUGLAS — TechCrunch acquired F**kedCompany, eh?
George Ou:
Don't buy an HDTV without reading this first
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Security-Related April Fool's Jokes
Discussion: The Edge of I-Hacked and digg
reddit now doubleplusgood  —  We got tired of having links appear …
Discussion: Mashable!
Randall Stross / New York Times:
If at First You Don't Succeed, Write a Check