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6:00 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 …
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.
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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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 …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Proof-of-concept iPod virus discovered  —  Russian anti-virus specialists Kaspersky Lab has discovered what is believed to be the first proof-of-concept virus designed specifically to infect Apple's iPod devices.  —  The virus, named Podloso,does not pose a real threat but signals an intent …
Discussion: MacUser
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Kaspersky Lab reports first iPod virus, sort of
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
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
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.
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.
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
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Hops on the DRM-free Bandwagon  —  Microsoft, seeing all the good press Apple got for starting to sell DRM-free music in their store courtesy of EMI, has decided to do the same thing.  In the near future, Zune owners will be able to buy songs from the Zune Marketplace in what we can only assume will be DRM-free WMA files.
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," …
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Beaming Up 3-D Objects on a Budget  —  OVER the last few decades, the electronics industry has worked magic with documents by building gadgets that copy, e-mail, print or fax flat images.  Now it is building boxes that do something similar with three-dimensional objects.
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab and Slashdot
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
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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CBC News:
Apple confirms U.S. iPhone launch set for June
Nokia:
Nokia makes payment to Qualcomm for right to use UMTS patents after April 9, 2007
Discussion: GigaOM
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
WSJ Covers Ask.com's "Information Revolution" Ad Campaign
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
HP has gaming handheld in the works
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
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