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3:30 PM 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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Don't build solely on another's technology... re: Flock  —  Back in the early '90s, as companies developed their office-like software, once their app became popular and successful, the next revision of Microsoft Office would include those features.  So what happened to those companies?  They closed.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla tinkers with in-browser social network
Discussion: Mashable!
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Mozilla Transforming Into a Social Network
Discussion: Scripting News
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Firefox exploring social networking features
Discussion: CNET and
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 …
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.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Search your Mac with Google Desktop  —  It seems like just yesterday that I was announcing the Google Mac blog.  Since then, we've been working hard to deliver great products for Google users on Mac, including MacFUSE and Google Earth.  Today, I'm really excited to let you know that Google Desktop is now available on the Mac!
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Google Desktop for Mac
Discussion: Compiler, The Apple Blog and MacUser
Andy Patrizio /
Intel Wheels and Deals Embedded Xeon Chips  —  Intel is marking its 30th anniversary in the embedded systems market with some new chips and a stylish new motorcycle from Orange County Choppers that employs embedded technologies.  —  The quarreling Teutul family, which achieved national fame …
Discussion: Engadget, ChipLand and The Raw Feed
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Intel launches a pair of new quad-core chips
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Plans To Win AdWords Converts  —  The Website Optimizer tool received a formal launch for Google's AdWords clients today.  Marketers using it should see conversion rates improve for their sites.  —  Tom Leung, a product manager at Google, talked with WebProNews about the new tool called Website Optimizer.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Google Unwraps Multi-Variate Site Testing, Anoints Partners
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 …
Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
FBI probes Second Life gambling
Discussion: Second Life Insider and Joystiq
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.
SAMSUNG Launches Silent and Speedy SpinPoint S166 Hard Disk Drive Series  —  Seoul, Korea - April 4, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its new SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
Muni Wi-Fi Powers Hope at San Francisco Housing Project  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Westside Courts is a bleak concrete housing project in the city's Western Addition where violence is closer than a high-speed net connection, and one resident's first steps online include plans to create a memorial for the people who've died here.
Nick / Rough Type:
Amazon patents cybernetic mind-meld  —  As noted by Slashdot, was on March 27 granted a broad patent for computer systems that incorporate human beings into automated data processing - the type of cybernetic arrangement that underpins the company's Mechanical Turk service.
Discussion: Slashdot and Between the Lines
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Verizon Admits that their Unlimited Data Plan is Limited to 5GB Per Month  —  Back in August of 2006 I wrote about a guy who had his unlimited Verizon EVDO Wireless Data Service canceled because buried deep into the Terms of Service (TOS) they mentioned some things that were unacceptable.
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 …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Challenges the U.S. Monopoly on Satellite Navigation  —  The days of their cold war may have passed, but Russia and the United States are in the midst of another battle — this one a technological fight over the United States monopoly on satellite navigation.
Discussion: Engadget, All Points Blog and digg
Business Wire:
Best Buy's Fiscal 2007 Fourth-Quarter Diluted EPS Rises 20%, Fueled by 5.9% Comparable Store Sales Gain  —  Company Expects Diluted EPS of $3.10 to $3.25 for Fiscal 2008  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY - News):  —  Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Performance Summary
Discussion: and Between the Lines
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Tom Espiner / CNET
New OpenOffice version includes security upgrade
Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking
Susie Mesure / The Independent:
Bloomsbury looks for new media to replace Potter
Discussion: The Social Web and Mashable!
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Introducing the Future of Mobile TV
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and MoCoNews
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