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10:29 PM ET, April 20, 2007


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Blackberry reveals failure cause  —  The maker of the Blackberry wireless e-mail device says an insufficiently tested software upgrade was the cause of this week's network failure.  —  Blackberry's US and North American users lost their service on Tuesday and Wednesday as a result of the problem.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
R.I.M. Offers a Reason for BlackBerry Failure
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
PODCASTING: Battle over — and Apple won  —  Can we officially declare the end of the podcasting boom?  Sure, internet users will continue to subscribe to audio files, the experience will become ever more like interactive radio, and existing broadcasters will supply their programs in chunks — just like the visionaries predicted.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Oh Valleywag  —  I think they're all smoking crack down there, or abusing small animals, or sticking things in orifices god never intended things to be stuck in, or maybe all of the above (at the same time), because their brains seem to be shrinking, visibly, every day.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Google draws privacy complaint to FTC  —  Three public-interest groups are expected to file a joint complaint on Friday with the Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into the potential threat to consumer privacy posed by Google's planned acquisition of DoubleClick.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video reasons for Google-Marratech deal
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Database Exposes Social Security Numbers  —  The Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of people who received loans or other financial assistance from two Agriculture Department programs were disclosed for years in a publicly available database, raising concerns about identity theft and other privacy violations.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Random Page Redirect For Wordpress Blogs
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: Game | Life, Kotaku, PE HUB, and digg
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: Gadget Lab, Techdirt and Technovia
Cathryn Atkinson / Globe and Mail:
Internet hosts should be made to pay for libellous statements, suit contends  —  The hosts of the speed-of-light world of Internet blogs and interactive websites that publish anonymous commentary should be forced to pay when reputations are damaged, says a former Green Party staff member who is suing three such sites.
Discussion: WebProNews
Mike / Techdirt:
Google, Wikipedia Sued By Politician Confused About How The Internet Works
Podcast Advertising Firm PodBridge Raises $8.5M More  —  By most accounts podcast advertising has been very disappointing.  There is just not enough podcast listeners for advertisers to scale as they can with Adsense or other buys.  But a couple of research groups keep publishing glowing reports about the future.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS ANALYSIS: MICROSOFT GENERAL COUNSEL ON DOUBLECLICK AND ANTITRUST  —  I had an interesting call today with Brad Smith, the general counsel of Microsoft.  I was eager to understand Microsoft's position on the Google/Doubleclick deal, and to parse the issues swirling around the companies decision to …
Discussion: alarm:clock and Search Engine Land
Ogle Earth:
Oh the irony: Google Earth ban in Sudan is due to US export restrictions  —  I've been sending emails to people located in Sudan asking if they could corroborate the Sudan aid worker's strange report of no longer being able to download copies of Google Earth locally, though still being able to access the data servers.
Discussion: Compiler
John K / Got Ads?:
Why Can't Yahoo Compete?  —  Yahoo reported yet another depressingly weak quarter.  The Q1 2007 earnings conference call is a litany of lame excuses as to why Yahoo can't perform.  —  One thing Yahoo is good at is plying an excuse.  This time it's "Wall St. got ahead of itself on Panama."
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MetroPCS Dials Up IPO
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Mark Henderson / Times of London:
Yahoo! sued over torture of Chinese dissident
Discussion: IP Democracy
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