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6:15 AM ET, April 12, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 lessons of Photobucket Fiasco  —  Photobucket, which started out as a plain-vanilla hosting service, cried wolf last night when it claimed that MySpace was blocking its videos.  The truth came out this morning: because Photobucket is selling ads on videos that get shown on MySpace via widgets …
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MySpace blocks Photobucket videos and slideshows  —  Social-networking giant MySpace.com on Wednesday blocked Photobucket videos and photo slideshows from being uploaded to its pages.  —  MySpace will no longer let users post such content from Photobucket in their profiles, blogs or comments section.
Nick / Rough Type:
The sharecroppers' tools
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
R.I.P. PlayStation 3 20GB is officially no more  —  Straight from Sony: The 20GB PS3 will no longer be offered to retailers for sale in North America.  The decision was made based on consumer and retail demand favoring "the 60GB model 10 to 1."  —  Dave Karraker of Sony America states …
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sony: The PS3 20GB is Dead
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Forbes:
Sony in talks on commercial use for PlayStation 3 - report
Discussion: Game | Life and TIME: Nerd World
Ryan Block / Engadget:
20GB PlayStation 3, RIP: 2006 - 2007
Discussion: parislemon
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Apple partners with MGM  —  Companies pact on catalog titles  —  Apple continues to be a go-to partner for Hollywood's movie libraries.  —  Steve Jobs-led company on Tuesday signed MGM as its latest partner to sell catalog titles, but not new releases.  —  It also revealed that …
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
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Chris Ulbrich / Google:
Google to Hold Worldwide Developer Event — Google Developer Day  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)- today announced that on May 31, 2007, Google offices in ten countries will host Google Developer Day™, a global event featuring workshops, keynotes and breakout discussions on Google's APIs and developer tools.
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BBC:
China seeks to 'limit game hours'  —  The Chinese government has clamped down on the amount of time youngsters can spend playing online games, according to the official news agency Xinhua.  —  Under-18s who play for more than three consecutive hours a day will have limits imposed on the amount …
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Blake Snow / GigaOM:
China Limits Online Gaming Hours
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast Acquires Fandango; To Launch Fancast Destination Site
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Tells Vloggers: "Fix Your Videos"  —  Apple is giving vloggers a few hints on how to optimize their videos for iTunes so that a single format will look ok on both an iPod as well as the new Apple TV, which is probably connected to a large screen HDTV.  —  An email went out today …
James Meikle / Guardian:
Web bosses must block pupils' videos mocking teachers, says minister  —  Website providers have a moral obligation to stop pupils posting offensive school videos that demean their teachers or other children, the education secretary said yesterday.  Alan Johnson told teachers that companies …
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Greek interview reveals new Wii games: Music, Health Pack  —  Greece is not usually known as a hub of video game information, but an interview with George Katrinakis (Altavista translation of relevant page), CEO of Greek Nintendo distributor Nortec Multimedia, reveals some interesting information about two previously unknown Wii games.
Ryan / Skype for Mac:
Skype 2.6 Beta is here  —  Today we released Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta.  Although our main focus was on quality, we've also added a few new features.  One of them so new it's released first on Mac and only later on other platforms.  —  Download Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta now
Gizmodo:
Sony Demos 9mm-thick High-Def OLED Displays  —  Look and yearn folks.  This here is Sony's new OLED display.  It's an obscene 9mm thick yet it packs a 1080p resolution along with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.  Just as a recap, OLED displays are thinner and brighter than their LCD counterparts and they suck up less power.
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Ubuntu's new Linux sports debugging tool  —  With its upcoming "Feisty Fawn" version of Ubuntu Linux due April 19, Canonical hopes to shed light on what happens when things go wrong.  —  Feisty Fawn, also known as version 7.04, comes with software that can send debugging information …
Angus Kidman / APC:
Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand  —  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.  —  By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts …
Discussion: Slashdot
Paul R. La Monica / Media Biz:
Apple changes its iTune?  —  Since Apple (AAPL) launched its wildly successful iTunes music store back in 2003, CEO Steve Jobs has adamantly refused to offer a monthly subscription service.  If you want to buy music from iTunes, you do it either by the single or the album, that's it.
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