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2:30 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 …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Mozilla tinkers with in-browser social network
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Firefox exploring social networking features
Discussion: CNET and
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
OtherEgo Launches - YouTube, Facebook, MySpace in One Place
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.
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
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 …
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.
Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
FBI probes Second Life gambling  —  SECOND LIFE, April 3 (Reuters) - The FBI has visited casinos in Second Life at the invitation of Linden Lab, but federal law enforcement officials have not yet taken an official stance on virtual gambling.  —  "We have invited the FBI several times …
Discussion: Second Life Insider and Joystiq
FBI checks out gambling in 'Second Life'
Discussion: Raph's Website and VTOR
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.
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 …
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.
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
Rafe Needleman /
ZILLOW CONTINUES BUILD-OUT OF REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY  —  Zillow is launching a few important community features on Wednesday.  The sexy new addition is Home Q&A: Zillow will now let users ask questions about any property on the map.  Anyone can answer them.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Amid questionable benchmarking choices, AMD 'claims' speed title with new Opteron 2222SE  —  In a release of benchmarks that could fuel the fires of benchmark controversy (which are already blazing hot), AMD today is announcing the official release of its Opteron 2222SE processor.
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 and All Points Blog
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Susie Mesure / The Independent:
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Introducing the Future of Mobile TV
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and MoCoNews
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