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12:55 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 …
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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.
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.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Firefox exploring social networking features
Discussion: CNET News.com and Webware.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Mozilla tinkers with in-browser social network
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Is Flock f***ed again?
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:   OtherEgo Launches - YouTube, Facebook, MySpace in One Place
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:   Mozilla Labs Introduces the Coop: Turning the Browser into a Social Network
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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Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Google Desktop for Mac  —  People have been asking me since I started at Google what I've been working on, and until today, I've been unable to say.  Now is the time to change all that and introduce the newest product from the Google MacEng team: Google Desktop for Mac (beta).
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, jkOnTheRun and digg
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Intel launches a pair of new quad-core chips  —  Two latest offerings for embedded apps come from the Cloverton family of chips and are targeted at telecom infrastructure, network storage systems, and medical imaging uses  —  Intel launched two quad-core processors for embedded applications on Tuesday …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Victor Agreda, Jr / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple unleashes 8-core and quad-core Mac Pro
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.
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 …
Samsung:
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: Engadget
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 …
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.
BBC:
High-speed web boost for Africa  —  Kenya, Burundi and Madagascar have secured $164.5m (£83.3m) from the World Bank to help roll-out high-speed internet networks.  —  The World Bank said the money was being made available to boost business competitiveness in the region.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
An Early Peek at 3 Young Video Startups  —  Video startup funding announcements may getting more rare these days, but that's not stopping people from investing their time in home-grown video startups.  Here are three pre-funding video-oriented startups we've talked to lately — goChongo …
Discussion: Beet.TV and JD on EP
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: digg
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
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Reuters:
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony confirms PSP price cut for US
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