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11:40 AM ET, April 12, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?  —  There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and "he said, she said" going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket's 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Photobucket CEO: Our videos don't have ads  —  The Photobucket vs. MySpace fracas took another mysterious turn Wednesday evening, after we got a chance to chat with Alex Welch, chief executive officer and founder of Photobucket.  —  "We are not selling any advertising on our videos …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and Adweek
Jon Fortt / The Utility Belt:
How MySpace's pride is destroying it
Associated Press:   MySpace Blocks Some Photobucket Content
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Free Advice for Photobucket
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and ben barren
Nick / Rough Type:
The sharecroppers' tools
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Vonage Speaks - Want to be Their CEO?  —  How's that for an opening to this morning's investor call???  —  Vonage had three spokespeople this morning - CEO - then Chairman - now interim CEO Jeff Citron, Sharon O'Leary and John Rego.  —  Jeff did most of the talking - no surprise there …
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steps Down  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone services, today announced that Michael Snyder stepped down from his position as Chief Executive Officer …
Discussion: Between the Lines and
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
To the average Joe, blogs aren't cutting it  —  This month's state of the blogosphere survey by Technorati, the monitoring service, was greeted as if it were the online equivalent of the President's State of the Union address.  It undoubtedly reveals a fascinating array of statistics …
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Google Maps Feature - 2.5D Buildings  —  Google is yet again adding features to Google Maps which bring it closer to Google Earth.  In February Google added building outlines to major cities when you zoom in close.  Now Google has added 2.5D buildings to some of those cities for Google Maps.
Ogle Earth:
Google Maps repurposes Google Earth's 3D content
Discussion: The Map Room
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: CrunchGear, TechBlog and Slashdot
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
How To Make Your Nokia N95 100 Percent  —  It seems some of the global mobile carriers in some parts of the world just can't let a great phone stay great.  I'm referring to the Nokia N95 that has more bells and whistles than just about any mobile phone on the planet.
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Sorry, this Nokia N95 isn't perfect
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Kate Holton / Reuters:
EMI and Beatles settle royalty dispute  —  The company representing The Beatles has settled a 30 million-pound ($59 million) royalty dispute with EMI Group (EMI.L: Quote, Profile , Research), in a deal that could finally pave the way for the Liverpool band's music to go online.
Discussion: MacUser
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 …
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Braille converter eases web use  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  A free service that provides automatic Braille conversion is proving popular despite still being in test phase.  —  RoboBraille was started by a Danish organisation and now has partners in five other European countries.
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: Gadget Lab, Crave and OhGizmo!
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.
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 …
Can stuck torrents beat pirates?  —  Online filesharing of movies and music has the Hollywood hotshots hopping mad, but they are fighting back with the help of anti-piracy firms, as Danny Bradbury discovers  —  Peter the pirate is working on buying his own island.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
Apple TV and HD quality: It's not the hardware
Steven Edward Streight / Vaspers the Grate:
resistance to Twitter similar to blog hate
Discussion: One By One Media
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
Track your share price, not your valuation new! …
Discussion: Nivi
China seeks to 'limit game hours'
Discussion: Techdirt, GigaOM and BloggingStocks
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Ubuntu's new Linux sports debugging tool
Chris Ulbrich / Google:
Google to Hold Worldwide Developer Event — Google Developer Day