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2:15 AM ET, April 28, 2007

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Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:
Firefox Extension: Smart Digg Button  —  The Smart Digg Button extension for Firefox places a button in your status bar.  It uses the newly released Digg API to determine if the web page you are currently viewing has been submitted to Digg.  —  If the page you are viewing has been submitted to Digg …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
FIREFOX GETS TIGHT WITH DIGG  —  Digg launched an API recently, a way for developers to write new ways to submit stories to Digg and to extract data from the service.  One intriguing new app that uses the API is the Smart Digg Button for Firefox.  There have been toolbar icons that make it easier …
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
At Mix, Microsoft's Windows Live platform group loosens up  —  Microsoft next week at its Mix07 conference plans to detail more generous business terms for partners to use its Live online services and to open up new application programming interfaces for Windows Live Spaces.
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Six Basic Truths of Free APIs  —  Amazon and Google have recently shattered a common misconception: that free APIs are a commons of goodies to be built on top of for fun and profit, like open source software.  If you think that, then here are six things you need to know about free APIs:
Discussion: Vincent Maher
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE - NBC: VERY DUMB IDEA  —  Some buzz from Wall St: Analysts are saying that there is no "synergy" between NBC, a GE Unit, and the conglomerates' other units.  So the analysts suggest selling it.  That is nothing new, this kind of stuff is tossed around all the time on Wall St …
Discussion: The Media Age
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Bloomberg:
GE Shares Rally on Citigroup's Push for Unit Spinoffs (Update7)
Discussion: Digital Markets
Kotaku:
Blizzard Working on "Next-Gen MMO"  —  360 Launches in the Middle East  —  While we were busy yesterday following the Kutaragi news, over in the United Arab Emirates they were celebrating the launch of a brand new video game console for the region, the Microsoft Xbox 360.
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizz Confirms New Product Next Month
David / Ironic Sans:
Idea: Uncensor the Internet with Greasemonkey  —  There's an article on-line from Money Magazine called "50 Bulls**t Jobs."  That's right.  Bulls**t.  With those two asterisks in there.  Come on.  We know what word they mean.  So why not just say it?  If they think we're adult enough …
Discussion: Lifehacker and AppScout
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Zunch Communications' Bankruptcy a Sign of Things to Come?  —  Zunch Communications has declared bankruptcy, but Zunch Worldwide lives on.  The new entity bought the assets and took on some of the debts of SEM firm Zunch Communications in October 2006, and that company finally filed for bankruptcy last week.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
WSJ censoring Vonage's Ads?  —  When we looked at the back page of Friday's Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal, it looked like the delivery person had perhaps taken offense with the Vonage ad campaign about its patent case with Verizon, with what looked like some black-pen editing …
Discussion: WSJ.com
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop  —  Is Linux finally ready to take on Windows as a desktop OS?  We tried out both Vista and Ubuntu on individual PCs to see which works better.  Here's who won.  —  The prevailing wisdom about Linux on the desktop runs something like this …
Discussion: Download Squad, digg and Slashdot
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple issues fix for notebook battery issues  —  Apple is advising all owners of MacBooks or MacBook Pros bought after February 2006 to download a software update that will help fix some battery issues.  —  The update, available through Software Update in the Apple menu or here on Apple's site …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft mulling major changes to ward off .ANI-type flaws  —  How did the super-critical animated cursor (.ani) vulnerability get past all the strict code review, fuzz testing and other defense-in-depth mitigations built into Windows Vista?  —  Michael Howard (left) has the answer …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Sdl / The Security Development Lifecycle:
Lessons learned from the Animated Cursor Security Bug
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft is dead in theory  —  A few days ago, Paul Graham proclaimed, "Microsoft is dead."  He later explained that what he really meant was, "Microsoft doesn't matter."  —  But whether it's dead or just irrelevant, the company remains an extraordinarily healthy economic organism.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Wakoopa: Last.fm For Desktop Applications  —  Last.fm does for music what Dutch startup Wakoopa wants to do for your desktop applications.  Like Last.fm, Wakoopa uses a downloaded tracker, except if follows how often you use applications instead of listen to music.
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
The Perfect DB Storage Array  —  I've long known that YouTube had a secret weapon in their datacenter by the codename 'Colin', but yesterday at the MySQL Conference, I met three more secret weapons - codename 'Paul' and his team (sorry, guys, I've forgotten your names!).  —  Paul and his team are incredible.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
How Google, Yahoo & Ask.com Treat the No Follow Link Attribute  —  There seems to be a common misconception in the webmaster and search engine marketing field that inbound links which use the 'no follow' attribute have no value to the site which they point towards.
Discussion: Small Business SEM and digg
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Moving fuels shift from wireline service  —  New research is showing that almost half of all households that move shift their new telecom service to a non-traditional service provider such as a wireless operator, a cable company or a VoIP provider.  —  Telephia's Total Communications Survey …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Telcos' Biggest Marketing Strategy: Inertia
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
EconSM Conference: Social Media Sans Search  —  Yesterday's Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference in LA, the first event from the team at PaidContent, was an impressive debut, both in terms of attendance and the range and "quality" of speakers on the stage.
Discussion: Screenwerk and paidContent.org
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Second Life Build Tools Support More Formats  —  Without an announcement on its official blog, Linden Lab, makers of the virtual world of Second Life, seems to have introduced a new capability for its in-world building tools that will allow them to better support established formats …
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Friday Rant: Let's Make Companies Publish Their Guidance; Conference Call Aren't Enough  —  While most people on the Street still think of this as earnings season, another way to think of it would be outlook season: the time when corporate managements (at companies other than Google) …
Seeking Alpha:
Microsoft F3Q07 (Qtr End 3/31/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Kirk Materne - Banc of America Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Welcome to the Microsoft 2007 fiscal year third quarter earnings conference call.
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Secretive Silicon Valley company, OptiSolar, builds largest solar farm
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AT&T chief's retirement package: $158.5M
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Jamglue's Growth and Scaling
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Kaz Hirai's Post-Kutaragi Metamorphosis
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Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license
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Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Bill May Save Net Radio
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
A tale of two Web 2.0 conferences and mashups
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Acer to buy small PC vendor — but not Gateway, it says
Discussion: Gadget Lab and alarm:clock
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's OLPC coup and unintended consequences
Inside AdWords:
Protecting your security online
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sold on eBay, Shipped by Amazon.com