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6:50 PM ET, April 5, 2007

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Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Map-making: So easy a caveman could do it  —  Posted by Jess Lee, Product Manager, Google Maps  —  Humans have been making maps since the Stone Age.  In fact, map-making predates written language by several millenia.  Nowadays, people make maps online using tools like the Google Maps API …
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Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
My Maps - New Google Maps Update Supports Google Earth Features  —  Google has just released a significant update to Google Maps which allows anyone to, in a sense, create their own maps "mashups" - or what they call "My Maps".  Google was kind enough to demo the new features to me on Wednesday.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Launches MyMaps - Platial Gets Screwed  —  A launch from Google that's sure to go down well: MyMaps, rolled out in the last few hours, lets you create your own personalized maps within Google Maps.  —  You can mark your favorite places, draw shapes to represent areas and lines to represent journeys …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google makes mashups easy, even for me
Discussion: Webware.com
Osunick / del.icio.us:
making Firefox more del.icio.us  —  For the past few months, we've been working on a new del.icio.us Bookmarks extension for Firefox.  We quietly released it to the addons.mozilla.org community to see what would happen, and we've been constantly working on it to make it great for our core community of users.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   If You Don't Use Del.icio.us, You Will Now  —  Social bookmarking …
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
The State of the Live Web, April 2007  —  Hey, it's that time again, time to slow down, take a deep breath, and dig into the data!  —  About this Report, and the Obligatory Plug for Technorati  —  Technorati is known widely for its quarterly State of the Blogosphere reports, analyzing the trends around blogs and blogging.
Stephen Bagg / Compete Blog:
Craigslist's Dirty Little Secret  —  It's no wonder that Craigslist is champion of the online classifieds revolution; Compete reports just under 17 million people visiting per month.  The site boasts quick accessibility, a straight-forward interface, and a posting registry ranging from video games …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Between the Lines
Inside AdSense:
A fresh, new look for AdSense ads  —  You may have noticed that some of your ad units have started to look a little different lately — we're happy to announce that, just in time for spring, we've given our standard ad units a fresh makeover.  After extensive testing and research …
Stephan / JAJAH:
PSP (PlayStation Portable) gamers around the globe: Call with JAJAH!  —  A fresh new discovery - JAJAH's free, or next to free international phone calls are now also available on PSP (PlayStation Portable).  You no longer need a computer or smartphone to save big bucks on calls with JAJAH.
Knowledge@Wharton:
The Man Who Would Change Microsoft: Ray Ozzie's Vision for Connected Software  —  Ray Ozzie has a long and storied history of technological innovation, with accomplishments that include creating Lotus Notes and founding Groove Networks.  But Ozzie may now be facing the most daunting challenge of his career …
New York Times:
Cable TV Networks Boycott eBay Ad Exchange  —  Auctions on eBay may be adored by millions of consumers around the world, but the large cable television networks have decided they want nothing to do with them.  —  Cable networks like Turner Networks, Discovery, Lifetime and ESPN have decided …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Kaspersky Lab reports first iPod virus, sort of  —  Kaspersky Lab on Thursday said it has discovered the first virus designed to infect iPods.  At the same time, the Russian antivirus company said that the virus, dubbed Podloso, does not pose a real threat.
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Proof-of-concept iPod virus discovered
Discussion: MacUser
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Comcast Cuts Off Bandwidth Hogs  —  Man your PCs.  The bandwidth hogs are revolting and Comcast is the recipient of their virtual torches and pitchforks.  —  Customers across the country have been contacted by the telecom giant with a warning to curb excessive bandwidth consumption or risk a one-year service termination.
Discussion: Furdlog, broadbandreports.com and digg
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition  —  An online petition posted by Microsoft to fast-track the standardization of its Office Open XML document format masks the company's concern over the procedure, according to a leading open-source advocate.  —  The petition is an attempt …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Review: Apple TV brings iTunes videos to your HDTV, but quality disappoints  —  NEW YORK - Apple Inc. has graced the public with another smooth, white, exquisitely designed gadget, this time aiming at making it easier to play iTunes movies and songs on the living-room TV set.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Chief Gets $1 in Pay; His Security Costs $532,755  —  It is not common for the salary of an American chief executive to be dwarfed by the cost of keeping that executive safe.  But then, Google is an unconventional company.  —  The Internet search giant paid its top executive …
Discussion: Valleywag, Search Engine Land and digg
Gizmodo:
Verizon Wireless Gets its Mitts on BlackBerry 8830 World Phone  —  Being a Verizon customer, I'm always complaining about their lack of phones, but it looks like the boys in red just got first dibs on RIM's BlackBerry 8830 (aka the Cyclone), which is a CDMA/GSM hybrid.
 
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Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google to build $600M datacenter in South Carolina
Discussion: Neowin.net
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Hops on the DRM-free Bandwagon
Jan Schaffer / J-Lab:
New Voices: 10 New Citizen Media Ideas Are Funded
Discussion: The Local Onliner
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
IRS rapped for missing laptops
Lisa Hoover / Download Squad:
Talk to your Skype contacts from any phone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Ryan Block / Engadget:
ATI stops shipping CableCARD tuners due to bugs, will resume soon
Discussion: Gizmodo
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Mini Web Sites Target Users of Mobile Phones
Discussion: MoCoNews
Brian Smith / Search Engine Land:
Smarter Video Reviews
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Cursor hackers target WoW players
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Beaming Up 3-D Objects on a Budget
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thailand Bans YouTube
CBC News:
Apple confirms U.S. iPhone launch set for June
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Online Experiment for Print Magazine
Discussion: paidContent.org and Adrants
Nokia:
Nokia makes payment to Qualcomm for right to use UMTS patents after April 9, 2007
Discussion: GigaOM
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Rewriting ethics rules for the new media
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trash TechCrunch And Win A Free Pass To The Web 2.0 Expo
 

 
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