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3:30 PM ET, April 19, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: MySpace News Launches Thursday  —  On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at  Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST.  —  The news property is built on Newroo technology, a company they acquired in early 2006 for a rumored $7 million.
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
MySpace visitors to vote on what's news  —  Leave it to the folks behind "American Idol" to ask tens of millions of MySpace visitors to vote for their favorite news story.  —  News Corp., which owns the world's top social-networking website as well as the Fox television network …
Times of London:
MySpace takes on Google News and Digg  —  MySpace is going into the news business with a service that will scour the internet for news stories and let users vote on which ones receive the most exposure.  —  This approach blends elements of Google News and sites such as Digg and Netscape …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
MySpace offers news recommendations
Discussion: Profy.Com
Mathew /
MySpace News, YourSpace news
Discussion: The Last Podcast and
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MySpace to test news service to boost ad revenue
Discussion: Gizmodo
Acquisition of Hitwise  —  Experian, the global information solutions company, announces that it has acquired Hitwise, a leading Internet marketing intelligence company, which helps clients monitor the performance of their websites and target their online advertising spend more effectively.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Hitwise Acquired by Experian for $240 Million  —  All of those great charts that Hitwise so freely provide us, have paid off big time for the web intelligence company.  Information services provider Experian has announced their cash purchase of Hitwise for $240 million.
Microsoft aims to double PC base  —  Microsoft software will sell for just $3 (£1.50) in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users.  —  The firm wants to bring computing to a further one billion people by 2015.  —  Governments in developing countries …
Discussion: Compiler and Slashdot
Microsoft Announces Commitment to Promote Sustained Social and Economic Opportunity for the Next 5 Billion People  —  Company unveils affordable education suite for young people in developing nations and announces plans for 90 new Innovation Centers to promote local software ecosystems.
Ubuntu Releases:
Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)  —  Select an image  —  Ubuntu is distributed on three types of images described below.  —  Desktop CD  —  The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later.  This type of CD is what most people will want to use.
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Arrives
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and The Tech Report
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Is the pen still mighty in the computer age?  —  Your grandchildren may use a stylus on a tablet PC instead of a Bic on tablet paper, but they will continue to write.  —  That's because even in an era when elementary school students are adept at mousing and teenagers are fiends at text-messaging …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The Blog is the New Resume  —  Bokardoan Adam Darowski suggests that the blog is the new resume.  I think he's absolutely right...whenever anyone wants to know anything about me I send them here.  —  This immediately brings several things to bear:  — Your blog represents you.  —  Represent!
Discussion: The Webpreneur and point being
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Security Companies Sucker Us With Lemons  —  More than a year ago, I wrote about the increasing risks of data loss because more and more data fits in smaller and smaller packages.  Today I use a 4-GB USB memory stick for backup while I am traveling.  I like the convenience, but if I lose the tiny thing I risk all my data.
Discussion: Slashdot
Interfacing External Hardware Using Managed Code and Microsoft Robotics Studio  —  You must register at 117792 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.  —  While developers write code to build software every day, not often are they exposed to code that drives and interfaces hardware.
Discussion: Channel 9 and Paul Mooney
AT&T Launches Mobile Remote Access for AT&T U-verse TV U-verse Customers Can Now Program Their DVR With Wireless Phones From AT&T  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that AT&T U-verse customers can now schedule and manage their U-verse TV recordings from AT&T wireless phones and devices.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony admits, fixes problem with DVD DRM  —  Sony has said that it will replace a number of DVDs that caused problems for many of its customers.  20 DVD titles were affected by the glitch—including the movies Casino Royal, Rocky Balboa, and Stranger Than Fiction—which was caused by Sony's ARccOS copy protection on the discs.
Colour barcode system to hit DVDs  —  A colour barcode system holding more data than current codes will find its way onto DVDs later this year.  —  The four and eight-colour geometric patterns can hold up to two-pages of data, double the amount of traditional black and white, striped barcodes
Discussion: Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Microsoft Sells 20 Million Copies Of Vista WorldWide, 244 in China  —  Windows Vista, the much touted and hyped operating system from Microsoft that was long over due, is now out in the market for more than 2 months.  Microsoft announced a month back that Vista sales-licenses sold to PC manufacturers …
Yoshiko Hara / EE Times:
Hitachi bets on 85-inch PDP TV  —  TOKYO — Hitachi Ltd. announced Wednesday (April 18) that it aims to increase its global market share for large-sized plasma display panel TVs with the addition of an 85-inch model to its line.  —  "As the number of PDP players is limited …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Outlook 2007: downgrade no longer
Alan Graham / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Amazon sues Alexaholic...everyone loses!
Discussion: Mashable! and digg
Bob Wallace / X-Change Tradeshow:
Verizon Details FiOS Local Programming Plans
Virginia Tech and social media: some questions for newsrooms
Discussion: Scripting News and
Operation Ore flawed by fraud
Staci D. Kramer /
Earnings: NYTCO 1Q: Profit, Revenue Down; Internet Revenue …
Robert Young / GigaOM:
What if Redstone 'Googled' Murdoch?
Discussion: Epicenter
Mike / Techdirt:
Trent Reznor: CD Outdated... But If We Have To Sell It, Why Not Make It Cool?
 Earlier Items: 
iPhone on target for end of June launch, AT&T says
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
TalkBMC - opensville:
Welcome to Opensville, Population Zero
Discussion: Open Source and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vista, IE7 help Microsoft boost search market share
Paul Miller / Engadget:
SimpleTech announces 512GB and 256GB 3.5-inch SSD drives
Pew Internet:
Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How teens manage …
Glenn Wolsey:
Interview: Will Friedwald, Owner Of The Worlds Largest iTunes Collection