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6:10 AM ET, April 3, 2007


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Elinor Mills / CNET
Satellite circuit for Google TV ads  —  After months of speculation, Google has officially jumped into the television business.  —  The Web giant announced on Monday that it is partnering with EchoStar to sell commercials over the DISH satellite broadcaster's 125 national programming networks …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to sell EchoStar satellite TV ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. will sell and select some of the ads shown to EchoStar Communications Corp.'s 13.1 million satellite TV subscribers, marking the online search leader's latest effort to extend its marketing muscle beyond the Internet.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple and EMI ditching DRM is good, but it's not good enough  —  Last night the lot of us Engadget editors went to bed with sweet dreams of a DRM-free world dancing through our little heads.  Lo and behold, this morning we woke up and to our pleasant surprise, EMI announced that in conjunction with Apple …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Build Your Own Third Rate Mobile Network  —  If you've ever wanted to have your own mobile phone network, now you can.  Sonopia launched today, and it allows anyone to create their own virtual mobile phone network in a couple of minutes (which I promptly did).
Business Week:
Cold Cash From A Hot Site  —  Can MySpace pull in revenue fast enough for Rupert?  —  As numbers go, this one's a whopper.  Last year MySpace users called up an average of 31.5 billion unique page views per month.  That's as though everyone on the planet visited the site once a week.
Discussion: 901am, Mashable! and The Webpreneur
David Kaplan /   MySpace Ad Revenue Pegged To Grow 201 Percent: Merrill Lynch
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
The State of Technorati, April 2007  —  I typically issue the State of the Blogosphere report each quarter to give a glimpse into our data and what that may tell us about the global social media phenomenon.  As many of you have pointed out, it's been nearly six months since the last report.  Yow!
Discussion: Scobleizer, and Mashable!
Crashtron / iPhone-Scene:
H.264 hardware encoder for Mac - encode movies for iPod, Apple TV and iPhone  —  Clearly faster than a mac an USB stick converts movies into the H.264 format.  —  Elgato announced a new hardware for mac that helps you to encode your movies for your iPod, Apple TV or the upcoming iPhone.
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Twitter: Is Brevity The Next Big Thing?  —  Jack Dorsey has long been obsessed with status.  [I'M WRITING THE LEAD TO MY COLUMN] Not in the snob-appeal sense, but status as in "where are you and what are you doing."  He became fascinated with the idea while programming software for cab and courier companies.
Discussion: Cost Per News and parislemon
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Raising money from VCs?  Check out Venture Hacks  —  Venture Hacks is a new site launched by two entrepreneurs to help founders of start-ups navigate the hairy world of venture capital.  —  It aims to provide tips, such as how to negotiate a good deal when raising money …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Software lets you create cybertwin  —  If spending too much time online turns you into your evil twin, then it might be time for a "cybertwin."  —  An Australian upstart on Monday introduced MyCyberTwin, an early version of software that lets people create and customize a virtual personality …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Software News:
Oracle Linux adopters labelled 'idiots'  —  One of the first converts to Oracle's support for Linux has revealed the public backlash it has endured since their decision to drop Red Hat.  —  Melbourne company Opes Prime Stockbroking told ZDNet Australia that in the weeks following its announcement …
Kevin Murphy / Computer Business Review:
Web 2.0 is vulnerable to attack  —  Security researchers have found what they say is an entirely new kind of web-based attack, and it only targets the Ajax applications so beloved of the 'Web 2.0' movement.  —  Fortify Software, which said it discovered the new class of vulnerability and has named it …
Discussion: Slashdot
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
VCs Aim to Out-Angel the Angels  —  Responding to the emergence of a new breed of wealthy investor, venture capitalists are boosting their early-stage investments in startups  —  In October, as startup Jaxtr hit up venture capital firms for its first round of funding, it landed an unusual arrangement.
Discussion: Information Arbitrage
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Blogger posts Windows Vista SP1 fixes on Web site  — owner says he's got the inside line on 100+ patches  —  The owner of a blog dedicated to software patches has posted online more than 100 fixes he said are expected to be included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!: - Lonely Planet Goes the YouTube Route  —  Lonely Planet, the company that produces travel guides and programming for channels such as the Discovery network, has launched (  Taking a cue from other traditional media companies, Lonely Planet is enlarging …
Discussion: Compiler and The Blog Herald
Would you watch this guy?  —  Justin Kan broadcasts every moment of his life on his site,  —  The Internet is replete with sites that allow Web surfers to peek into the lives of average people doing all manner of things.  But who among us could withstand that kind of scrutiny all of the time?
Dgohara / MacResearch:
MacResearch: Science Related Requests for Apple  —  Update: The Tri-Cameral meeting starts this Wednesday and to date we've only received ~30 responses.  This is a perfect opportunity for scientists to get their requests heard by Apple.  Apple takes these meetings very seriously.  How seriously?
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Associated Press:
Report: EU Launches ITunes Probe
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
ViddYou Launches Blogger for Vloggers
Elinor Mills / CNET
Targeted real-time ads reach downloaded content
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
Not for Attribution  —  Will starve content or set it free?
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
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David Kaplan /
Major League Baseball Subscription Service To Carry Ads; 45 Advertisers Back It
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple TV benchmarked, not a supercomputer in disguise
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Hoping to Move Guitar Notations Into the Legal Sunshine
Blake Robinson / TechCrunch:
Davidville, Inc. Tumbles Into the Spotlight with Tumblr
Discussion: Labnotes