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5:40 PM ET, April 20, 2007


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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Collaborating with Marratech  —  As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration.  So we're excited about acquiring Marratech's video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there's an Internet connection.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Marratech; Gets Into WebEx Territory  —  After reporting a monster fiscal quarter (the company has close to $12 billion in cash sitting around now and has hired nearly 2,000 new employees this year), Google made a quiet announcement on its corporate blog tonight …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Video reasons for Google-Marratech deal
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace News...Kinda Sucks  —  Update: Ironically, I just saw this post at the top of MySpace News.  Feel free to vote for it.  —  Mashable was the first blog to announce the imminent launch of MySpace News on Wednesday evening, but now the site is live, it seems to, well, suck a little bit.
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Rupert, the Cowardly Internet Lion  —  What is it about the Web that made Rupert Murdoch lose his taste for synergy?  Offline, his News Corp. (NWS) empire is as self-promoting as always.  But MySpace, Murdoch's Internet jewel, can't even seem to promote its own services.
Kelly Yamanouchi / Denver Post:
Southwest reaching for Wi-Fi in sky  —  Southwest Airlines is exploring how to put Wi-Fi Internet service on its airplanes, as the no-frills carrier seeks to add some frills.  —  Southwest plans to outfit a few planes with in-cabin wireless Internet service that would "allow for e-mail …
Users force Dell to resurrect XP  —  Responding to customer demand Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them.  —  The decision reverses a policy begun in January that meant Windows Vista was the only operating system available on almost all new home machines.
Discussion: Techdirt and Gadget Lab
George Ou:
Fear and anger erupt over $3 Microsoft Suite
Waxpancake /
The New Upcoming  —  Whew!  The new release of Upcoming is finally out the door.  We're still working out the bugs, so let us know if you find anything broken or weird!  Lots to talk about, and I'm sure you'll have lots of questions, so let's get right into it.  What's new?  —  Upcoming Grows Up
Mark Henderson / Times of London:
Yahoo! sued over torture of Chinese dissident  —  Chinese political prisoner sues Yahoo! in a US federal court in what is believed to be first case of its kind  —  A Chinese political prisoner sued Yahoo! in a US federal court, accusing the internet company of helping the Chinese government torture …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Chinese Political Prisoner Sues in U.S. Court, Saying Yahoo Helped …
Anil Dash:
Google Web History - Good and Scary  —  Many years ago, when the web was a simpler place, one of the scariest monsters conjured up to describe the privacy threats that lurked on the Internet was the DoubleClick cookie, used for tying your ad-viewing behavior on the web to your real-world identity.
Rafe Needleman /
STUMBLEUPON LAUNCHING SITE-SPECIFIC STUMBLING  —  This is weird.  Last night it occurred to me that Webware should have a "StumbleUpon"-like feature: In other words, that there should be a button on the site that links to a random Webware review — because if you don't come to the site frequently …
Mike / Techdirt:
Google, Wikipedia Sued By Politician Confused About How The Internet Works  —  from the nice-work dept  —  In the US, when someone threatens to sue a site like Google or Wikipedia because of postings made by its users that are defamatory, you just point them to section 230 …
Cathryn Atkinson / Globe and Mail:   Internet hosts should be made to pay for libellous statements, suit contends
Winda Benedetti / MSNBC:
Were video games to blame for massacre?  —  Pundits rushed to judge industry, gamers in the wake of shooting  —  Jack Thompson, a Florida attorney and opponent of violent video games, said Va. Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui played 'Counter-Strike,' Valve Software's popular multiplayer game.
Discussion: PE HUB,, Kotaku and digg
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg API, Flash Application Toolkit, and Contest Announced!  —  Many of you have been asking about the Digg API and I'm happy to announce that it is now publicly available at along with a Flash application toolkit.  This will be a great tool for Digg users and partners …
McCaslin vs Menlow: 45 Nanometers Prove That Size Matters  —  There's been a lot of UMPC talk and action in the latter part of this week.  And it's not stopping today.  Size queens among you will be interested to see a spiffy 2008 Menlow-based UMPC parked up close and personal on the left of the oh-already-so-tired-O-seven McCaslin.
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Stephen Colbert finally drops a Google bomb  —  Considering he's already pranked Wikipedia and weaseled his way into online polls aplenty, here at we're actually kind of surprised that Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert took this long to instigate a self-promoting "Google bombing" campaign.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Declares Stephen Colbert As Greatest Living American
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Amazon Sues Alexaholic...Everyone Loses  —  Alan Graham published a great account of my discussion with Jeff Bezos about Alexaholic (now Statsaholic at the Web 2.0 Expo on Monday.  Entitled Amazon sues Alexaholic...Everyone Loses, Alan's blog entry does a good job of summarizing the the conversation …
Discussion: TechFold, WebProNews and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Wal-Mart $299 HD DVD player on the way  —  Get ready to get your cheap HD on kids.  Wal-Mart just threw down some serious green for a batch of Chinese-made HD DVD players.  Just as they brought DVD players down to near-disposable status, their deal for 2 million HD DVD players produced …
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Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
HTC Shift is appearing in the wild
Discussion: Mobility Site
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fujitsu's FLEPia e-reader features color display, WiFi
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Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
10 rules for your small business home page
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Lots of new stuff just added to Spaces
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Big Money in Little Screens
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