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5:30 PM ET, April 30, 2007

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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
MIX07: Q&A with Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie  —  After demos of Silverlight to the MIX07 crowd, Techcrunch founder and editor Mike Arrington interviewed Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Scott Guthrie, general manager of Microsoft's developer platform.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Port 25
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The scoop on Silverlight for developers
Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Democracy and the online ad  —  Tonight we're announcing the acquisition of Right Media, which I believe has the potential to dramatically enhance Internet advertising.  We hope to revolutionize the way ads are bought and sold on the Internet and, in turn, drive more value for advertisers, publishers, and partners.
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Fred / A VC:
Right Idea  —  Back in December 2005, I wrote a post …
Discussion: The Browser and Media Biz
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Yahoo-Right Media: Execs Address Questions Of Conflicts, Value
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Coming Online Soon: The Five-Minute 'Charlie's Angels'  —  The question probably never occurred to viewers in the 1970s and 1980s, but suddenly it is highly relevant: exactly how much worthwhile entertainment content was there in shows like "Charlie's Angels," "T. J. Hooker," and "Starsky and Hutch"?
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Sony TV Shrinks 'Charlie's Angels', More For MySpace; Considers …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
YouTube Launches Active Share  —  YouTube announced the addition of a few new features overnight.  Here's a summary:  —  Most importantly, YouTube has added an Active Sharing feature, to let you see who's watching your video, and videos that other users are watching.
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:   YOUTUBE ADDS ACTIVE SHARING FEATURE TO VIDEOS
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Supreme Court ruling makes "obvious" patents harder to defend  —  In a decision issued today, the US Supreme Court reinvigorated the "obviousness test" used to determine whether a patent should be issued.  Ruling in the case of KSR v. Teleflex, the Court found that the US Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Google nudges states to make records more accessible  —  WASHINGTON — By providing free consulting and some software, Google is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online easily accessible to Web surfers.
Discussion: Google Watch
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Google Seeks Clearer Path to State Data
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Launches "ToGo" Widgets For Any Listing  —  As you can see with the embedded Flash widget above, eBay is now letting users embed information about any listing or group of listings directly into a website.  Their hope is to encourage bloggers and social network users who discuss famous listings …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechFold
DigiTimes:
Xbox 360 GPU to go to 65nm in fall, TSMC to see side benefits, says paper  —  Sources at equipment makers were cited by a Chinese-language Commercial Times report as saying that the Xbox 360 will be equipped with a 65nm-made Xenos graphics processing unit (GPU) in the fall …
BBC:
BBC gets TV on-demand service OK  —  BBC shows such as Doctor Who and EastEnders are to be made available on-demand after the BBC's iPlayer service was given the green light.  —  The service - which will launch later this year - allows viewers to watch programmes online for seven days after their first TV broadcast.
Discussion: Mashable!, Liberate Media and Slashdot
Chris Williams / The Register:
Peter Gabriel takes sledgehammer to music downloads (again)  —  Updated Serial internet investor and musician Peter Gabriel today took the wraps off We7, a free at the point of use music download service where tracks are paid for by 10-second adverts spliced to their beginning.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and Macsimum News
BBC:
Apple admits laptop battery issue  —  Apple has said that "some batteries" in its range of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have "performance issues".  —  The company has issued a software update to fix the issue and has offered to replace defective batteries.
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gadget Lab
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Incentives Matter: Why Comments on Digg Are So Bad  —  Comparing the comments on Slashdot story Seven Reasons Microsoft Loves Open Source to the ones on the Digg story 7 Reasons Microsoft Loves OpenSource on the same topic, it seems that there is a sharp contrast in the quality of the comments posted by the users of the site.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Glass House
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Announcing MyPodcastNetwork  —  We're excited to announce the release of the newest major feature from SplashCast today.  We're calling it MyPodcastNetwork.  —  The basic idea is that it's an easy way to collect all your favorite audio and video podcasts and display them live on your startpage or webpage.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Got Roomfuls of Stuff?  Now Sites Will Help Keep Track of It  —  PACK rats, shopaholic showoffs and avid collectors take note: the Internet will give you a place to track your stuff for free.  One condition: you have to keep your wallet open.  —  At least three companies have emerged …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo loses VP of consumer search, to Accel Partners  —  Yahoo, the Sunnyvale search engine trying to stem shrinkage of its market share in search, has lost a key search executive to a venture capital firm.  —  Andrew Braccia quietly quit as Yahoo's vice president of consumer web search earlier this month …
Nadia Cameron / InfoWorld:
Dell looks beyond direct model  —  In leaked internal memo, Dell CEO admits for the first time he has an interest in developing an indirect channel  —  Dell CEO Michael Dell has dropped his biggest hint yet that the PC vendor is looking at an indirect channel.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
We'd Love To Hear Your S3 Stories...And Numbers  —  SmugMug has told the world how much money they've saved using S3, and at the Web 2.0 Expo, Jeff Bezos told us how his aerospace company, Blue Origin spent only $304 using S3 to deliver half a million copies of the video of their test launch.
 
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REUTERS ADVANCES DEVELOPMENT OF SEARCH CAPABILITY WITH THE ACQUISITION …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's FiOS network: Payback time?
Discussion: PR Newswire and IP Democracy
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