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10:15 AM ET, April 4, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla To Build Social Networking Into Firefox: Bad News For Flock  —  Mozilla has released details on The Coop, a new product that will incorporate social networking features directly into the Firefox browser.  This is not good news for the privately-backed social browser Flock …
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Mike Beltzner / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Keep track of your friends with The Coop  —  Just a few years ago, one of the most popular uses of the internet was to send jokes, cute pictures, and news stories to friends and family (social networks) via email.  Fast forward to today, and you'll find that not a lot has changed except the medium.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Firefox exploring social networking features  —  Mozilla Labs (makers of Firefox) are busy working on a new project called 'The Coop', which will "let users keep track of what their friends are doing online, and share new and interesting content with one or more of those friends."
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Don't build solely on another's technology... re: Flock
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Google Desktop for the Mac 1.0  —  Today Google announced the availability of Google Desktop for the Mac (this link will work shortly, I am sure!).  What's Google Desktop, you ask?  It is an application from Google, which indexes the contents of your hard drive (including applications …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the new Google Desktop for Mac  —  Google Desktop has finally made its way to the Mac.  Almost two and a half years after the initial introduction of the Google Desktop search beta for Windows, the desktop searching tool will be available as a beta for OS X users later today.
Discussion: CrunchGear and jkOnTheRun
Carlo / Techdirt:
Steve Jobs Not Quite So Enthusiastic About DRM-Free Video  —  from the halfway dept  —  While the world continues to digest yesterday's announcement that Apple will sell DRM-music from EMI, it's worth taking a look at Steve Jobs' comments from the event regarding copy-protected video.
Discussion: MediaVidea
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Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How Steve Jobs Calls the Tunes
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Jobs unlikely to push for lift of video DRM
Discussion: Epicenter, Apple 2.0 and NewTeeVee
BBC:
'Why I was wrong about Steve Jobs'
Discussion: the billblog
New York Times:
DoubleClick to Set Up an Exchange for Buying and Selling Digital Ads  —  DOUBLECLICK, which delivers marketing messages to Web sites and monitors how many clicks they get, plans to announce today that it is setting up a Nasdaq-like exchange for the buying and selling of digital advertisements.
infotoday.com:
Google Book Search Libraries and Their Digital Copies  —  by Jill E. Grogg, Electronic Resources Librarian, The University of Alabama Libraries and Beth Ashmore, Cataloging Librarian, Samford University  —  Few things in the past decade, other than the PATRIOT Act, have brought libraries …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Librarian Central / Google Librarian Central:
Book Search and library digital files — what's the scoop?
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
WiFi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare Cabin Hotspots  —  BlackBerrying, Web Surfing  —  Expected Aloft Within a Year;  —  Cellphone Service May Follow  —  The days when airplanes offer a hiatus from being connected to the office are numbered.  —  After years of discussion and delay …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   WiFi (again) flies the friendly skies
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
FCC says no to mobile calls on airplanes  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has ended a proceeding that would have allowed mobile phone calls on airplanes, for now ending the possibility of phone conversations during flights.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   FCC declares in-flight cellphones a dead issue for now
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views  —  Vidmeter Incorporated has published an in-depth study of the number and type of YouTube videos that have been removed at the request of copyright holders.  Importantly, the study analyzes not only the number of videos removed …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Not Built on Big Media's Back?
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Will Utah's New Trademark Bill Stop Competitive Keyword Buys?  —  Wow.  Via Techdirt, news from the EFF that the Utah legislature has passed a Trademark Protection Act law preventing people from buying ads linked to terms that are also trademarks of others.  The Trademark Blog notes the law probably violates the US Constitution.
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Mike / Techdirt:   Utah Tries To Ban Keyword Advertising On Trademarked Terms
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony confirms PSP price cut for US  —  But no word on plans for Europe  —  A spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that the price of the PSP has been cut in the US.  —  Until this week, the Core PSP pack retailed for USD 199.99 (EUR 150 / GBP 100).
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Google Unwraps Multi-Variate Site Testing, Anoints Partners  —  Google has released a site optimization product it's calling the "third leg" in a stool that includes its flagship AdWords product as well as Google Analytics.  —  Previously available in limited beta, the company's Website Optimizer …
Reuters:
FBI checks out gambling in 'Second Life'  —  FBI investigators have visited Second Life's Internet casinos at the invitation of the virtual world's creator Linden Lab, but the U.S. government has not decided on the legality of virtual gambling.  —  "We have invited the FBI several times …
Discussion: Raph's Website and VTOR
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two Episodes Into Prom Queen And I'm Completely Hooked  —  Two days and two episodes into the new 80-segment, Internet-only show Prom Queen and I'm completely hooked.  —  Ok, not really.  High school dramas aren't really my thing, and I'm betting I spend a lot more time watching Justin.tv than Prom Queen.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of RSS  —  There is little doubt that RSS is a disruptive, game-changing technology.  The so called Really Simple Syndication (previously also called Rich Site Summary and RDF Site Summary), has powered a fundamentally new way to deliver and consume web content.
 
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Introducing the Future of Mobile TV
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Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Verizon Admits that their Unlimited Data Plan is Limited to 5GB Per Month
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Challenges the U.S. Monopoly on Satellite Navigation
Discussion: All Points Blog
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
An Early Peek at 3 Young Video Startups
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony bows to iPod once again
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Study finds stable personalities unaffected by violent games
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Mike / Techdirt:
How Can New Satellite Radio Merger Analysis Be 'Independent …
Discussion: Orbitcast and paidContent.org
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Justin.tv Is Just the Beginning
Discussion: Justin.TV Guide and PR 2.0
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