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1:50 PM ET, April 10, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Partial Ownership Of Maxthon Browser  —  Multiple sources are confirming that the Chinese/Israeli startup behind the Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google.  The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million.  We are also hearing that this investment is part of a …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   What would a Google investment in Maxthon mean to Microsoft?
Palm Announces New Linux Based Mobile Platform  —  Today at Palm Inc's Analyst Day, Palm CEO Ed Colligan officially announced that Palm will deliver a new Linux and open source based mobile computing platform combined with Palm OS Garnet technology on new products later this year.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and All About Symbian
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm prepping its own Linux-based OS  —  Just a few years late, Palm is finally getting ready to land its users onto a modern Palm-built OS.  Ed Colligan, in his Investor Day keynote today, announced that Palm will be launching a homegrown Linux-based OS by the end of the year …
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Wireless Doc and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb: Brings Web 2.0 To The Enterprise With ContentExchange  —  Today announced a new product called Salesforce ContentExchange, a content management product for unstructured data such as email and html.  They also publicly announced the acquisition of Koral …
Matt Moore / Mail&Guardian:
European papers optimistic on future — with web's help  —  Are newspapers set to become yesterday's news?  Don't count on it, say editors at some of Europe's iconic publications.  —  The pressures on the industry — in Europe as in the United States — are prodigious …
Discussion: The Media Age
Robert Andrews /
European Newspapers 'Optimistic' About Print And Digital  —  A wide-ranging AP article surveying the European newspaper landscape finds editors "optimistic" about both the web and the survival of print.  The gist: while US newspapers self-flagellate in pursuit of a purpose and a business model …
iProspect Social Networking User Behavior Study  —  Background and Definitions  —  In January 2007, iProspect partnered with independent research firm JupiterResearch to develop a series of survey questions focused on how the U.S. online population utilizes several of the most popular social …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Store Looks Promising?
Discussion: Social Media Club
Weblogs 'need content warnings'  —  Readers should be warned when they are reading blogs that may contain "crude language", a draft blogging code of conduct has suggested.  —  The code was drawn up by web pioneer Tim O'Reilly following published threats and perceived harassment to US developer Kathy Sierra on blogs.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
i-Dog gets 'Spider-Man' makeover  —  Tiger Electronics, maker of the i-Dog, is releasing two new versions of the musical toy, both inspired by the upcoming Sony Pictures release "Spider-Man 3."  The aptly-named Spi-Dog, available now for $40, retains the music response features and built …
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Ubergizmo
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Disney Mobile shares subscriber stats  —  Disney Mobile will soon celebrate its first anniversary, and the mobile virtual network operator is providing some statistics to show how consumers are using the service.  —  In a press release issued over the weekend, the company said 30 percent …
Chitika Blog:
Get More Out of Conferences and Networking Events -By Chris Brogan  —  Expert: Chris Brogan,  —  You've shuffled into the convention center, and found your way over to where you pick up your badge.  It's finally here.  You're at the big conference.  There's a big fat guide of topics and speakers, and lots to do.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Beth's Blog and mydigimedia
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Wilfing on the web, the new British pastime  —  It is the virtual equivalent of window-shopping, and a lot of us seem to be spending a lot of time doing it.  "Wilfing" - or surfing the web without any real purpose - has become a new national pastime, according to a survey out today.
Discussion: Rough Type
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
Search fatigue … A year ago March, Neil Holloway, president of Microsoft's Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations, boasted about how good Microsoft's search engine would become in six months.  —  "What we're saying is that in six months' time we'll be more relevant in the U.S. market place than Google.
Discussion: Channel 9
Business 2.0:
Employers take widgets to work  —  Webified mini-apps have taken the blog world by storm.  Now new versions are getting ready to launch on corporate desktops, Business 2.0 Magazine reports.  —  (Business 2. Magazine) — Most technologies these days are spawned in the consumer world …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and GigaOM
Tom Krazit / CNET
PG&E sees plug-in hybrids as potential profit centers  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Plug-in hybrids could one day turn motorists into energy traders, according to Pacific Gas & Electric.  —  The utility demonstrated on Monday a twist on the concept of the plug-in hybrid, which uses a higher capacity battery …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista: Whatever happened to fast boot?  —  Anyone else remember when Microsoft used to talk about making Windows Vista (or Longhorn, as it was then known) a fast-booting operating system.  Fast, as in cold boots that were 50 percent faster than those possible with Windows XP?  —  Something obviously went awry.
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Thomas Maier / Newsday:
Newspapers will never be as profitable as they once were …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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