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9:50 PM ET, April 30, 2007


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Jon Udell:
A conversation with John Lam about the dynamic language runtime, Silverlight, and Ruby … He's the creator of RubyCLR and, as it happens, he joined Microsoft on the same day I did.  John's been running silent since then, but no longer.  In this conversation we discuss the dynamic language runtime …
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The scoop on Silverlight for developers  —  The speculation is over and today is the day Microsoft takes the developer covers off of Silverlight.  There are a bunch of announcements today, so I'll break them down one by one, but for those in a hurry, here's the summary.
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.
David Kaplan /   Sony TV Shrinks 'Charlie's Angels', More For MySpace; Considers …
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: Download Squad, and digg
Anne Broache / CNET
Supreme Court sides with Microsoft in patent spat  —  update In what could be a broader victory for American software companies, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Microsoft cannot be forced to pay up for patent infringement that occurs when copies of Windows are made and installed on computers abroad.
David Kaplan /
Yahoo-Right Media: Execs Address Questions Of Conflicts, Value  —  The midnight announcement that Yahoo is acquiring 80 percent of Right Media for $680 million was followed by a call Monday with Yahoo chairman and CEO Terry Semel, Sue Decker, the outgoing CFO who now heads the advertising and publisher group …
Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Democracy and the online ad
Colin Colehour / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Personalization Workshop: Gadget Maker and More  —  Today, Google is having a workshop (along with product news) on Google's personalization services.  Colin Colehour will be reporting live from the Googleplex event for us and I'll be updating the post with new info as it comes in.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Google To Viacom: Sorry, You're All Wrong  —  This won't come as a surprise to anyone, but today Google filed an answer to Viacom's copyright lawsuit against Google and its YouTube video sharing service.  As one person at Google put it, the answer to the $1 billion suit, filed in mid-March, basically says "Deny, deny, deny."
Lisa Lerer / Forbes:   Google Case Spells Windfall For Lawyers
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 …
angel gambino:
BEBO SIGNS NEW GLOBAL HEAD OF MUSIC (lucky me!)  —  BEBO SIGNS NEW GLOBAL HEAD OF MUSIC  —  FORMER MTV & BBC EXEC ANGEL GAMBINO TO DRIVE MUSIC STRATEGY FOR GLOBAL SOCIAL NETWORK  —  Bebo, the leading social networking site, today announced the appointment of Angel Gambino to the newly-created position of Vice President, Music.
Discussion: Mashable!
Robert Andrews /
Industry Moves UK: Bebo Hires Ex-MTVN Exec Gambino As Music VP …
Discussion: tbites
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Peter Gabriel shakes the tree, ad-supported MP3s fall out  —  Peter Gabriel is one of the founding investors of a new music download service that offers tracks for free to users who are willing to listen to ads.  The service, called We7 for some reason, offers MP3 versions of tracks with advertising attached to the beginning of songs.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick /
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.
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