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6:25 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 …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, MacUser, Gizmodo and digg
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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 / 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.
Discussion: Yahoo! Search Blog
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If You Don't Use Del.icio.us, You Will Now  —  Social bookmarking service Del.icio.us 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 Google.com.
Jessica Hodgson / MarketWatch:
Apple probe will shake up whole music industry  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — A European antitrust probe into the pricing of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL : , , ) iTunes music downloads service could force the music industry to unravel the complex web of intellectual property agreements which allow music to be sold across the world, experts say.
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch and digg
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
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Startups...please think about your marketing messages... re …
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 …
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 …
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: Joystiq, Kotaku and Game | Life
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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.
Valleywag:
STARTUPS: Google's victims  —  Once upon a time, venture capitalists would avoid software startups that looked likely to compete at some point with Microsoft.  It's now Google, the new tech power, that is having the chilling effect.  The search engine's online calendar has deadened the buzz around 30 Boxes and Trumba.
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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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
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.  Vator.tv (as in elevator pitch) features video reports by Francisco and Thiel on various start-ups.
Discussion: alarm:clock and NewTeeVee
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X may gain multi-sized icon interface  —  Apple Inc. has developed an enhancement to its Mac OS X Finder user interface that will allow for different-sized icons within the same window as a means of representing their importance, a recent patent application has revealed.
Discussion: digg
Patrick Klepek / 1UP.com:
WARHAWK WILL BE ON BLU-RAY AND PS NETWORK  —  Not yet known if there will be differences between the two.  —  As more and more favorable impressions are lumped on Warhawk, many have accepted the game's multiplayer focus and becoming more interested in when and how they can get their hands on the update to the PS One classic.
Discussion: Kotaku and Forever Geek
 
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Mike Olson Blog:
Unbreakable Linux: The untold story.  - April 4, 2007; 3:09:11 PM
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeremy's Blog
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Demographics of Visitors to Blogs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Early Prototype Of FireFox Coop Released
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year
New York Times:
Spinning Into Oblivion  —  DESPITE the major record labels …
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 / paidContent.org:
EMI Releases First Album With DRM-Free Option; Artists Selling Direct from Site
Discussion: emigroup.com and Crave
 Earlier Items: 
Neil Long / Computer gaming industry news from MCV:
Secret Atari project revealed
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google to build $600M datacenter in South Carolina
Discussion: Neowin.net
New York Times:
Cable TV Networks Boycott eBay Ad Exchange
Jan Schaffer / J-Lab:
New Voices: 10 New Citizen Media Ideas Are Funded
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I finally get "semantic" Web
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
How to Get the Attention of a Venture Capitalist
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
IRS rapped for missing laptops
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition
Discussion: Macsimum News