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9:00 AM ET, April 6, 2007


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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's not fighting back against Apple TV hacks  —  We had a word with Apple yesterday about the Apple TV — specifically about that supposed backdoor.  We asked whether enthusiasts really are in fact having services and hacks shut down through surreptitious software updates and backdoors into the Apple TV …
Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Hackers Dissect Apple TV to Create the Cheapest Mac Ever  —  Apple TV is dead, long live the Mac Nano.  Sort of.  —  Just two weeks after Apple released its streaming media box to the public, hackers successfully installed OS X, Apple's desktop operating system, on the $300 device, making it the cheapest PC Cupertino has ever sold.
Osunick /
making Firefox more  —  For the past few months, we've been working on a new Bookmarks extension for Firefox.  We quietly released it to the community to see what would happen, and we've been constantly working on it to make it great for our core community of users.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If You Don't Use, You Will Now  —  Social bookmarking service has one of the more popular Firefox Add-ons, but until recently it didn't sync with your account and bring bookmarks and tags to the browser.  A few months ago they quietly released a new version …
Discussion: franticindustries
Inside AdWords:
Two changes to how top ads are displayed  —  Our product teams are constantly making adjustments to improve both the user and advertiser experience.  As many of you may have already noticed, we've recently made two changes to the top AdWords ads that appear above search results on
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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Startups...please think about your marketing messages... re …
Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
GameTap Reveals Sega Saturn License, Plans  —  Turner's GameTap subscription PC 'all you can eat' gaming service has now added Sega Saturn games to its service, with the debut of platform game Bug! as a special Easter-timed Easter Egg for its service.  —  The game is currently filed as 'Insect? …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Game | Life
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web 2.0: End of Innocence  —  David Galbraith, a good friend of mine, is not a man of extremes.  Polite to a fault, he uses logic to make his arguments.  Today, in response to our My Maps post, he wrote a stinging piece, The Day Web 2.0 Died.  Hyperbole?  I don't think so …
Staci D. Kramer /
Francisco, MKTW and DJ Draw Attention For Reporter's Role In Start-Up  —  For months, high-profile MarketWatch journalist Bambi Francisco has been involved—quite publicly—in a start-up with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. (as in elevator pitch) features video reports by Francisco and Thiel on various start-ups.
Discussion: alarm:clock and NewTeeVee
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 …
Business Wire:
Hop-on Receives U.S. Design Patent on MP3 Phone  —  "Boom Box in a Cell Phone"  —  IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HOP-ON, INC. (Pink Sheets:HPNN) announced today that the Company has successfully received from The United States of America a Design Patent on a MP3 Phone with speakers on the side …
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Think Short  —  Short Descriptions to be Required Starting in May  —  I'm sorry this letter is so long, but I did not have time to make it shorter.  —Mark Twain or Blaise Pascal  —  Scholars differ about the source of the quote above.  Some think Twain said it.  Others think Pascal said it.
Josh Lowensohn /
GOOGLE TALK WIDGET GETS BETTER  —  Google pushed out a nice update to the Web version of their Talk application earlier this week.  Users can now have more than four conversations at once, embed Flickr slideshows into chat, and my personal favorite: popping out the chat list as its own window.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Stokes a Digital Music Standards War  —  Apple's recent deal with EMI to sell DRM-free songs from the publisher's catalog on iTunes may clinch the iPod's AAC format as the industry standard  —  A few months ago I was at a big family dinner at Capsouto Frères, a fancy French bistro in Tribeca.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Slashdot
New York Times:
Spinning Into Oblivion  —  DESPITE the major record labels' best efforts to kill it, the single, according to recent reports, is back.  Sort of.  —  You'll still have a hard time finding vinyl 45s or their modern counterpart, CD singles, in record stores.  For that matter, you'll have a tough time finding record stores.
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Mulling Portable Data Centers?
Discussion: Slashdot
Mike Olson Blog:
Unbreakable Linux: The untold story.  - April 4, 2007; 3:09:11 PM
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeremy's Blog
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X may gain multi-sized icon interface
Discussion: digg
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Demographics of Visitors to Blogs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Early Prototype Of FireFox Coop Released
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Discussion: Kotaku and Forever Geek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Teaching Google To See  —  "Image search" is really something …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Homes, not just homepages  —  More than ever, home buyers …
Staci D. Kramer /
EMI Releases First Album With DRM-Free Option; Artists Selling Direct from Site
Neil Long / Computer gaming industry news from MCV:
Secret Atari project revealed
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google to build $600M datacenter in South Carolina
New York Times:
Cable TV Networks Boycott eBay Ad Exchange
David Meyer / CNET
Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition
Discussion: Macsimum News