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10:20 PM ET, April 24, 2007


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Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Calacanis Won't Do Phone Interview — Cowardly  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis is complaining about a Wired reporter who wants to do an interview with him, but refuses to do it via email.  He says it's "ironic" that a magazine covering the digital age refuses to use email for its interviews.  —  Ironic?
Discussion: Valleywag
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Transcription errors  —  Jason Calacanis was contacted by the same reporter who contacted me.  I'm mentioned in Jason's post, but somewhere along the line there was a transcription error.  I did not offer to do the interview via email, I made a different offer.  —  Here's what I said: "Not generally doing interviews these days.
Discussion: Threat Level
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Interviews, Email or Live  —  Wired News calls Jason Calacanis "cowardly" for refusing to do an interview except by email.  Pretty thin-skinned response to Jason's fuller explanation of why that's his policy.  —  Updates: Wired's Fred Vogelstein posts the entire email exchange he had with Jason on this topic.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
With Friends Like These  —  Despite my frequent jabs at Wired, they were (and I mean "were") considering doing an article on TechCrunch and the upcoming TechCrunch20 conference.  Fred Vogelstein (a very well respected journalist - this is the guy Microsoft was keeping a file on) was pinging people to get their perspective.
Discussion: Startup Dunia
Mathew /   Interviews: phone, email — which is best?
Business Wire:
Attorney for Fred Anderson Issues Statement Regarding Settlement of Claims with the SEC  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The following statement is attributed to Mr. Fred Anderson's attorney Jerome Roth, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Ex-Apple CFO: I cannot tell a lie — Steve did it  —  As anticipated, the SEC dropped the hammer today on two former Apple execs in connection with its investigation into stock-option backdating (see "And that's why Mr. Jobs' office has the Teflon wall covering and the extra insulation").
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Beta 2, RC1 and RC2 set to expire  —  On 31 May 2007, all Customer Preview Program (CPP) pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire.  If you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1 or RC2), you will begin to receive warning notifications about the upcoming expiration on 18 May.
Robert McLaws /   Windows Media Center Update Rollup 1 for Windows Vista
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
RSS Has No Value Without A Filter
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Big Bang For The MySpace Ad Buck  —  When a MySpace user talks, her friends listen.  And when a MySpace user talks about your brand, your advertising dollars go far.  —  Those nuggets of wisdom are from a 65-page study commissioned by MySpace parent News Corp. (nyse: NWS - news - people ) …
Business Wire: Announces First Quarter Sales Surpass $3 Billion, up 32% Year over Year — Operating Profit Grows 38% — Raises Financial Guidance  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2007.
Stephanie Pettinati /
CastTV Closes Series A Led by DFJ  —  Video Search Pioneer CastTV Secures $3.1 Million Series A Funding Led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson  —  DFJ Managing Director Warren Packard Joins Board  —  San Francisco, CA - April 24, 2007, CastTV Inc. (, dedicated to building …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CastTV raises $3.1M to launch better video search
Discussion: alarm:clock
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Where Are All the Open Source Billionaires?  —  Hugh MacLeod asks, if open source is so great, where are all the open source billionaires? … I can immediately think of one reason there aren't any open-source billionaires:  —  Most competition for open source software comes from other open source software.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Telegraph Cluelessly Attacks Google News Indexing  —  This time it is the UK-based Daily Telegraph that is complaining about a need to protect their content from search engines.  —  Which makes us wonder if they, like Copiepresse and AFP before them, are willfully clueless …
Discussion: Digital Point Forums
Morgan McDowell / Market Wire:
User-Generated Content Delivers More Bang for Your Online Marketing Buck According to Study From BlueLithium Labs  —  On average, user-generated content (UGC) sites provide a lower cost per conversion than non-UGC sites.  That's the surprising finding from a new study published today by BlueLithium Labs …
No Spin Zone: Dell Ushers In Better Mobile Storage Reliability With Solid State Drives on Select Notebooks  —  Commits to Offer New Technology Across Next-Generation Latitude Product Line  —  Dell today announced that it is offering a 1.8-inch 32GB* solid state drive (SSD) …
A List Apart:
The Web Design Survey, 2007  —  Designers, developers, project managers.  Writers and editors.  Information architects and usability specialists.  People who make websites have been at it for more than a dozen years, yet almost nothing is known, statistically, about our profession.  Who are we?
Vonage injunction stayed in patent case  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Internet phone company Vonage Holdings said Tuesday a federal appeals court permanently stayed a lower court order that barred it from signing up new customers.  —  A federal district court on April 6 said Vonage could not add …
Discussion: and digg
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