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11:25 PM ET, April 8, 2007


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Rafat Ali /
IT Professionals Network Tom's Hardware Guide Sold  —  Tech professionals-focused news and info network Tom's Hardware Guide (and its parent company TG Publishing) has been sold, has learned.  The sale was confirmed by TG CEO Omid Rahmat in an e-mail to the Inquirer.
Adamson Rust / Inquirer:
Tom's Hardware sold  —  Update Deal closes this month  —  UPDATE We received an email from Omid Rahmat, CEO of Tom's Publishing LLC confirming a sale.  Omid said: "The rumors flying around are less than accurate.  I can only comment on one point, and I do so reluctantly, hoping to avoid more ridiculous rumors.
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earlier this last week I heard a biopic NPR report on Sam Zell, the new owner of the Tribune papers.  It was a positive piece that gave me some hope that the papers might live.  —  That hope ended this morning when I read Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride, in the Washington Post, by reporters Frank Ahrens and Karl Vick.
Rex Hammock /
Is allowing Google to index a newspaper's website "giving it away"  —  Maybe I'm just missing something, but this Washington Post article, "Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride," doesn't make sense to me.  —  Quote: … I'm from the school that sees no logic in that statement.
David Olive / Toronto Star:
Rumours of our demise . . .  Like the Twain witticism …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
The Xbox 360 Easter Egg  —  And I mean a real Easter Egg, not the I-hid-something-in-my-game-see-if-you- can-find-it easter egg.  Since I seem to always get stuck with the holidays I always feel somewhat obligated to mention them while I'm here and then try and relate them to games somehow.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
12 tips before you buy Nokia N95  —  WEEKEND REVIEW: Darla Mack says that the Nokia flagship stores in Chicago and New York are about to start selling the much-awaited Nokia N95 phones.  The phone, often described by Nokia executives as the ultimate multimedia computer …
Joi Ito's Web:
Jaiku vs Twitter  —  Looks like a bunch of people are trying out Jaiku after "tasting" co-presence with Twitter.  To me, Jaiku, which existed before Twitter, is a bunch of Helsinki mobile jocks getting into the Web 2.0 of it all whereas Twitter is the Web 2.0 crowd "getting" co-presence.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Apple TV hacked for RSS and emulation, plus bounty for USB drive support  —  The Apple TV has received two new abilities in its second week of availability thanks to a couple of new hacks: one, a fully functional and integrated RSS reader, and two, video game emulation for NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis game consoles.
Discussion: Apple TV Hacks and Gadgetell
Bill de hÓra:
Matchstick Men  —  Does anyone care?  —  Tim Bray: "This happens over and over.  New WS-* spec submission, check.  Insanely huge charter locking down the conclusion and ensuring a rubber-stamp outcome, check.  Loads of dependencies on WS-standards, WS-drafts, WS-submissions, and other WS-handwaving, check.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mark Shuttleworth:
Note to content owners: DRM doesn't work  —  There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again.  —  DRM is one of them.  —  I was thrilled to see recently that the processing key for *all* HD discs produced to date has been discovered and published.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Xbox 360 to get keyboard controller attachment  —  That two year old rumor that the Xbox 360 was to get a qwerty keyboard attachment has been resurrected, with the appearance of another Gamespot article (leak?) referring to a 47 key keyboard which snaps onto the Xbox 360 controller and communicates through the headset jack.
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Corel updates WinDVD to stop AACS hackers  —  Corel Software, who purchased InterVideo last August, have announced that they have issued a mandatory update for all WinDVD owners who wish to continue to use the software to view Blu-ray and HD DVD discs.  —  The update is being issued to address …
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Why Do People Hate Building Desktop Applications?  —  After reading Paul Graham's inflammatory post about how Microsoft is dead, Simeon Bateman and I got into a little back and forth over IM about the merits of what he was saying.  I tend to agree with Don Dodge, about both the title of the piece and the …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Reporter at Dow Jones Online Site Resigns Over Web Venture  —  A reporter for MarketWatch, an online business news site owned by Dow Jones, resigned yesterday after published reports suggested that a Web site she started on her own might have created a conflict of interest.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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