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2:45 AM ET, May 1, 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 …
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.
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rebrand & New Features: Google IG To Relaunch as iGoogle
Discussion: BlogHer
Staci D. Kramer /
Google Files Response To Viacom Lawsuit; Denies Claims; Seeks Jury Trial  —  The legal to-and-fro between Google/YouTube and Viacom continued today when the search company planned to file its response to the media company's $1 billion-plus claims of copyright infringement.
Discussion: RSS
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
David Kaplan /   Sony TV Shrinks 'Charlie's Angels', More For MySpace; Considers …
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.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
SplashCast Expands Media Player
Discussion: Mashable!
Informed Speculation: Jason Calacanis' next venture  —  Jason Calacanis, the publishing entrepreneur who sold a group of weblogs to AOL for $25m, has enjoyed sewing confusion about his plans.  We've been fooled ourselves.  There was the rumor run by Valleywag that the avid podcaster intended …
Discussion: 901am and Clickety Clack
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: GigaOM and Mashable!
Robert Andrews /
Industry Moves UK: Bebo Hires Ex-MTVN Exec Gambino As Music VP …
Discussion: tbites
Dpblogs / ADO.NET team blog:
Project Codename "Astoria" - Announced at Mix 07  —  Today at Mix 07, the ADO.NET team will speak for first time about an incubation project that they have been working on, Project Codename "Astoria".  —  With the announcement of Microsoft Silverlight and technologies like AJAX …
Dell to choose Ubuntu  —  Analysis — Officially, Dell Inc. hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops.  Several sources within Dell, however, have told that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
The Technorati 100 Not So Hot?  —  Is it worth it to crack Technorati's Top 100 Most Favorited Blogs?  While the honor might be flattering, it may not be extremely useful to you or your blog.  Amit Agarwal contends that the popular trend of "reciprocal favoriting" schemes have devalued the list:
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
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.
Fernando Cassia / Inquirer:
One man writes Linux drivers for 352 USB webcams  —  Face to Face Michel, the pipe-smoking French Linux guru  —  A LONE HOBBYIST programmer sitting at his home in France is responsible for adding 352 USB webcams to the list of those supported by Linux.  He tells the INQUIRER about this often unknown and unrecognised achievement.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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 …
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Ubuntu: How to install Ubuntu Linux on a Mac
Discussion: DailyTechRag and Forever Geek
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Yahoo-Right Media: Execs Address Questions Of Conflicts, Value
Adam Lasnik talks about paid links, duplicate content and more
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Unboxing the OQO 02 outside America
 Earlier Items: 
Xbox 360 GPU to go to 65nm in fall, TSMC to see side benefits, says paper
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Got Roomfuls of Stuff? Now Sites Will Help Keep Track of It
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Hollywood suddenly loves tech?
Discussion: CinemaTech and NewTeeVee
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Finally, the On-Demand, Online Garage Band Gets Real
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Incentives Matter: Why Comments on Digg Are So Bad
BBC gets TV on-demand service OK
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
YouTube Launches Active Share