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12:50 PM ET, April 29, 2007

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Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype silences Alpha-blogger  —  Wow.  Talk about a chilling effect.  —  Skype lawyer Seema Sharma emailed blogger Jan Geirnaert Friday afternoon.  She told him his popular skype-watch.com and skype-gadgets.com blogs put him in legal jeopardy.  —  Jan, an independent IT consultant, took the implied threats seriously.
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Seema Sharma / webtown.com.my:
Start of Quote "  —  Lester Madden has passed to me a copy of your email below so that I may respond to it.  I am an IP lawyer at Skype.  —  In the first instance, I should like to stress that we work very hard at Skype to prevent third parties from illegally registering and using domains …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Lawyers at Skype bring negative PR to Skype
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Skype: how to lose friends and influence the blogosphere against you
Martin / mpwebwizard:
Hints at upcoming Gmail features  —  I've been listed as a translator for the XX-Hacker (known as l33t to the rest of the world) language on Google for quite some time.  The great thing about being a translator for Google is that you get to see some of the upcoming features of Google services.
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Multi-User Chat?  —  Martin says he's one of the translators for Google and hit upon the following phrase hinting at a potential multi-user chat for Google Chat (as part of Gmail):  —  Phrase in English: NAME has joined (...)  —  Translation Help: System messages when user joined or left a muc conversation
Discussion: gSpy and Googling Google
Arn / MacRumors:
First Photos from Apple iPhone?  —  An unusual story has popped up on MobileGuerilla claiming to have found the first photos from an Apple iPhone on the web.  —  The search method seemed rather primitive... they simply searched for "taken with an Apple iPhone" on Google and found a set of Flickr images …
Discussion: Engadget, Apple Gazette and digg
Tom Kuntz / New York Times:
Oh, for a Chance to Whitewash a Fence  —  Tom Sawyer, metaphor of the digital age?  Or cliché?  Whichever, Mark Twain's 19th-century sprite is being name-checked a lot lately as a handy way to describe the Internet vogue du jour: exploiting free labor and content online.
Discussion: TeleRead and larry borsato
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
JavaScript and HTML: Forgiveness by Default  —  I've been troubleshooting a bit of JavaScript lately, so I've enabled script debugging in IE7.  Whenever the browser encounters a JavaScript error on a web page, instead of the default, unobtrusive little status bar notification..
Discussion: paradox1x
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Climbing the social Web ladder  —  Forrester analysts Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff have published a report, "Social Technographics," ($279) that identifies six levels of participation in the realm of social media or the social Web in the U.S. based on a recent survey.
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia: Special Treatment for Wikia and other Wikis  —  Wikipedia: Special Treatment for Wikia and some other Wikis  —  There was a lot of controversy recently when Wikipedia announced that all outbound links from the online encyclopedia would include the nofollow tag.
Discussion: duncanriley.com, MediaVidea and digg
Dpblogs / ADO.NET team blog:
ADO.NET Entity Framework Update  —  Microsoft is deepening its investment in the ADO.NET Entity Framework as a critical piece of Microsoft's Data Platform vision.  Based on the need to align with requirements from key internal partners that are building on the Entity Framework …
Discussion: Channel 9
Richard Bloor / SymbianOne:
The S60 Summit - What Was It All About?  —  With twenty four members of the press and an undisclosed number of bloggers attending, the S60 Summit should have been well covered in online media.  So what was this event all about?  —  Phil Schwarzmann on the See into S60 Blog informed the world …
Discussion: Ring Nokia
Daily Mail:
Slaughter: Horror at Sony's depraved promotion stunt with decapitated goat  —  Electronics giant Sony has sparked a major row over animal cruelty and the ethics of the computer industry by using a freshly slaughtered goat to promote a violent video game.  —  The corpse of the decapitated animal …
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
I miss the "Wow"  —  This coming December will be 5 years since I jumped in with both feet to the world of Tablet PC.  Dennis spent a good month before then talking my ear off about this new fangled thing called "Tablet PC" and I finally gave in and bought one.  And wouldn't you know it - I got my TC1000 before he did!
 
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