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5:30 PM ET, April 7, 2007

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Paul Graham:
Microsoft is Dead  —  A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead.  I was talking to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.  I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of Microsoft.  That was why they'd positioned themselves as a …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Microsoft "Dead"?  Please.  —  Paul Graham, VC, and one of the many men behind Y Combinator, has pronounced that Microsoft is Dead.  Well, if this isn't one heckuva piece of linkbait.  And on a quiet April weekend, its probably going to reverb until Monday, thanks to getting Techmeme'd.
Discussion: gapingvoid
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Sam Zell considers picking fight with Google  —  The new owner of Tribune Co. says Google is stealing his content.  And it has to stop.  Here's Sam Zell's quote, reported most completely by The Stanford Daily but most prominently by the Washington Post: … I wish I could ask a few follow-up questions.
Mark Boslet / Mercury News:
MarketWatch blogger resigns  —  Step comes after report on conflicts with a startup she founded  —  The blogosphere has been called the Wild West of the 21st century, a free-wheeling panoply of information from sources trustworthy and not.  —  This unrestrained environment was evident Friday …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Goodbye Twitter.  Hello Jaiku.  —  When I talk about Twitter people think I'm crazy.  Who would want to be bugged by hundreds of messages a day from your friends telling you what they're up to.  Well, as it turns out, lots of us would.  Twitter is positively addictive and everyone …
Dwight / TechBlog:
Goog-411: Free business information via phone  —  Whenever my Lovely Wife gets lost trying to find a business in town, she calls her favorite information service — me.  —  "Hey, can you look up this address for me?" she'll ask, not having visited Google Maps before she hits the road.
Terje Langeland / Bloomberg:
The maximum mileage  —  Some hybrid car owners go to great measures to figure out ways of getting as much as possible out of a tank of gas  —  Toyota Motor Corp. says its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid car gets about 55 miles to the gallon, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Engadget
Editor and Publisher:
NYTimes.com Most Popular Newspaper Site — Here Is Top 30  —  NEW YORK NYTimes.com kept its strong lead in February as the top newspaper Web site, besting competitors across the country in unique audience, page views, and time spent per person on the site, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows XP still starring in HP ad  —  I was somewhat surprised to pop open yesterday's USA Today and see a nearly full page ad for an HP computer running Windows XP.  The PC, a Compaq desktop, is aimed at businesses and is touted for having dual hard drives allowing for redundant backup.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
YouTube Launches CitizenTube - Official Political Vlog  —  YouTube has formally announced a new, official channel of political videos called CitizenTube.  Edited by Steve Grove, YouTube's Citizentube/YouTube News & Politics Editor, the channel appears intended to aggregate select political …
Business Week:
Web Attack  —  Nastiness online can erupt and go global overnight, and "no comment" doesn't cut it anymore.  Here's how to cope  —  Martin S. Sorrell, CEO of advertising agency WPP Group, sues two blogging ex-colleagues for a Web hate campaign in which, he says, they smeared him and his former lover.
Philliptorrone / MAKE Magazine:
DIY old timey Skype phone  —  Technick29 writes - … instructables : DIY Old Timey Skype Phone - Link.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AOL TO LAUNCH WHITE LABEL AOL-ONLY ADWORDS MONDAY  —  This was embargo'd till Monday, but AOL just told me the embargo was broken so I can post it now.  AOL has worked with Google to execute a white label version of AdWords that allows AOL advertisers to target only AOL audience members.
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Reuters:
AOL launches search ad service with Google
Discussion: Mashable!, Search Engine Land and 901am
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Business 2.0 bloggers get first checks  —  Writers at entrepreneur-oriented biz magazine Business 2.0 who started blogging earlier this year recently received their first checks based on how many hits their blogs received in the first three months of the year, said editor Josh Quittner.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inspectors: IRS lost 490 laptops, many with unencrypted data  —  Every large organization loses laptops, but when those laptops contain the personal tax information of millions of Americans, it's a big deal.  Big enough that the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration looked …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Greasemonkey user scripts  —  Sometimes web sites don't work or look the way you want them to - but if you're using the Firefox web browser with the Greasemonkey extension, you can do something about it.  —  What the heck is Greasemonkey and why are we always on about it?
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and digg
 
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Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
A helmet that's safe, stylish and sync'd to your iPod
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
John Borland / Wired News:
The TV Is Dead. Long Live the TV
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
New technology lets you read your voice mail
Discussion: Mobility Site
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Verizon cans the word 'Unlimited'
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
Are Blog URLs important?
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The Sidebar Syndrome  —  Written by Bilal Hameed from the Startup Meme blog
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