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3:55 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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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.
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Mozilla Transforming Into a Social Network
Discussion: Scripting News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla tinkers with in-browser social network
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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 / internetnews.com:
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
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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
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.
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Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Google Unwraps Multi-Variate Site Testing, Anoints Partners
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 …
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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:
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, Gearlog 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, Amazon.com 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.
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
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 …
 
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Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo Could Regret Not Paying Up For Facebook, Needham Says
Discussion: Wired News and 24/7 Wall St.
Business Wire:
Best Buy's Fiscal 2007 Fourth-Quarter Diluted EPS Rises 20% …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Amid questionable benchmarking choices, AMD 'claims' speed title …
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Blog Schmog (Warning- Ignore this Post)
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:
Popouts, Buttons and Slideshows
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
ZILLOW CONTINUES BUILD-OUT OF REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google's Revolution May Not Be Televised
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
High-speed web boost for Africa
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Forget YouTube: Go To These Sites If You Want Hard Core Copyright Infringing Content
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
New OpenOffice version includes security upgrade
BBC:
Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking
Susie Mesure / The Independent:
Bloomsbury looks for new media to replace Potter
Discussion: The Social Web and Mashable!
Valleywag:
HYPE-OFF: Twitter versus Justin.tv
www.ds-x.com:
We are X-tremely pleased to announce the launch of our brand new DS-Xtreme
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony confirms PSP price cut for US