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3:55 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 …
Discussion: 901am and alarm:clock
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Launches MyMaps  —  Tonight Google launched MyMaps.  It adds the ability to create and share maps directly from Google's site (you can see a map that I created above).  These maps will be added to Google geoindex and will be available to search in Google Earth and in Local Search.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google My Maps  —  Google introduced a new feature to Google Maps: My Maps.
Discussion: Download Squad
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google makes mashups easy, even for me
Discussion: Webware.com
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 …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Steve Ballmer and Ray Ozzie - The best of both worlds
Nick / Rough Type:   Ozzie walks the line
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.
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 …
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
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Online Experiment for Print Magazine  —  READERS of a weekly newsmagazine will soon be getting a bonus issue, but they will miss it if they look in mailboxes or on newsstands.  —  The magazine, The Week, will publish the extra issue online, rather than in its regular printed format.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Adrants
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
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Rewriting ethics rules for the new media  —  Some members of the so-called old media establishment may no longer be able to wag a finger at what they say is questionable ethics among bloggers.  —  Two weeks ago, ABCNews.com video blogger Amanda Congdon's appearance in online infomercials …
Nokia:
Nokia makes payment to Qualcomm for right to use UMTS patents after April 9, 2007  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced today that it has paid Qualcomm USD 20 million for patent licenses covering the second quarter 2007.  Nokia and Qualcomm have had patent license agreements since 1992 …
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Discussion: Engadget and FierceWireless
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Mini Web Sites Target Users of Mobile Phones  —  New Kits Give Firms  —  A Cellular Presence;  —  Boon for Concertgoers?  —  Johannes Tromp says the Web site for his South Carolina bed-and-breakfast generates good business.  But last fall, he found a way to reach even more potential customers …
Discussion: MoCoNews
BBC:
Cursor hackers target WoW players  —  World of Warcraft players are being targeted by hackers exploiting flaws in how Windows handles animated cursors.  —  The flaw came to light in late March and lets attackers take over vulnerable PCs via booby-trapped websites.
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thailand Bans YouTube  —  Thailand's military-appointed government blocked access to YouTube and several other Internet sites on Wednesday in a crackdown on material that denigrates the country's monarch.  —  "We have blocked YouTube because it contains a video insulting to our king," …
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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