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11:45 AM ET, April 28, 2007


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Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle: to get boot from S.F. landlords  —  (04-27) 18:50 PDT — One San Francisco landlord has decided that the company producing is a crowd.  —  Complaining of raucous parties and other disruptive behavior, the landlord of the San Francisco high-rise that has become …
Virtual Earth:
Virtual Earth API V5 is released  —  Just in time for your weekend coding pleasure, version 5 of the Virtual Earth Software Development Kit is live today.  There's a boatload of new features and enhancements, among my favorites are mouse events for polygons and polylines and great layering support.
Gizmodo Exclusive: Exclusive Pics of the Vudu - Video Store In A Box  —  These are the first pictures of the box, remote control and UI of Vudu, a video store in a box that is going to engage in a battle royale with Apple TV come June.  The service will launch with thousands of movies …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
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 …
Associated Press:
Schools say iPods becoming tool for cheaters … MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Banning baseball caps during tests was obvious — students were writing the answers under the brim.  Then, schools started banning cell phones, realizing students could text message the answers to each other.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Lost Remote
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
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Wakoopa: For Desktop Applications  — does for music what Dutch startup Wakoopa wants to do for your desktop applications.  Like, Wakoopa uses a downloaded tracker, except if follows how often you use applications instead of listen to music.
David Wallace / SearchRank Blog:
10 Signs That You May Be a Blog Addict  —  Blogs exist on just about every variety of subject one can imagine.  And more and more blogs come online each and every day.  But what does it take to really have an active blog that people will subscribe to and come back again and again to read?
Discussion: Small Business SEM and digg
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New spyware legislation a mixed bag  —  A comprehensive spyware bill recently cleared the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (it flows trippingly from the tongue, no?) and is busy stirring up controversy.
Discussion: digg
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone's Slippery Secret  —  Just how slippery is Apple's (AAPL) iPhone?  —  Scattered reports from people who have put their hands on pre-release models say that its main problem is not the rumored battery life shortfall, but the sleek, slippery surface.
Discussion: digg
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
GE Shares Rally on Citigroup's Push for Unit Spinoffs (Update7)
Discussion: Digital Markets
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Secretive Silicon Valley company, OptiSolar, builds largest solar farm  —  A secretive Hayward, Calif. company has just announced it will build the largest solar power "farm" in North America, using solar cells manufactured in Silicon Valley.  —  The site, near Sarnia in Ontario, Canada …
Discussion: Red Herring and alarm:clock
S60 Summit, Madrid 2007  —  S60 Summit 2007.  Expo>>>  —  Events like S60 Summit are oriented more to the partners rather than press, and all the more exiting it is to attend them.  The opening speech by Matti Vanska was very optimistic and there are all the prerequisites for that, actually.
Discussion: Ring Nokia
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Friday Rant: Let's Make Companies Publish Their Guidance …
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AT&T chief's retirement package: $158.5M
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