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11:25 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Joost (almost) Launches  —  Updated: It won't be for another few days before anyone can join Joost, but the company has officially announced that it is launching commercially.  Starting today, existing beta testers can now invite anyone to join Joost.  Beta testers visit the "Invite Friends" …
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Dutch internet TV company to show CNN  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Joost, a company attempting to broadcast television via the Internet, said Tuesday it had signed several new content distribution agreements, including one with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. to show CNN news and interview programs.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joost Signs Deal With CNN, Sony, NHL; Prepares To Launch  —  Two big announcements from new Internet TV startup Joost today: they've signed a deal to include content from CNN, and they've opened up the beta to allow any current user to invite an unlimited number of other users.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Joost Invites Unlimited
Stuff to Think About:
How I got banned from Digg  —  It all started last night.  I'm reading my RSS feeds and I come across an article on Digg. … Are you serious?  That's awesome!  Somebody found a key that allows Linux users watch HD-DVDs!  Naturally, I wanted to find out more, so I clicked the link.
Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
What's Happening with HD-DVD Stories?  —  I just wanted to explain what some of you have been noticing around some stories that have been submitted to Digg on the HD DVD encryption key being cracked.  —  This has all come up in the past 24 hours, mostly connected to the HD-DVD hack …
Digg: Post this number, get banned from Digg.
Discussion: parislemon
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
Mob Takes Over at Digg, Widespread User Revolt
Discussion: digg
Dell to Offer Ubuntu 7.04  —  In February when Dell launched IdeaStorm as forum for customers to contribute ideas for product offerings, we received overwhelming feedback that customers wanted Linux on desktops and notebooks.  —  As part of an overall effort to update our Linux program …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Dell picks Ubuntu for Linux PCs  —  Dell is trying a second time to sell personal computers with Linux preinstalled, this time using the up-and-coming Ubuntu version of the open-source operating system.  —  At the end of May, the No. 2 PC maker will begin selling some consumer-focused laptop …
Dell to use Ubuntu on Linux PCs  —  Computer maker Dell has chosen Ubuntu as the operating system for its range of Linux computers for consumers.  —  Fans of Linux hope that the move will persuade more mainstream PC users to abandon Microsoft Windows and opt for the open-source operating system.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
You've got gadget mail  —  Posted by by Sophia Brueckner, Software Engineer, iGoogle  —  For a while now, we Googlers have used a bit of shorthand to refer to the Personalized Homepage — a name that connotes interactivity, the Internet, and personalization all at once.
BBC:   Personal touch to Google homepage
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Personalization Push: iGoogle, Localization, Gadget Maker
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:   iGoogle It Is!  —  Yesterday, Google announced that its …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft "rebooted the Web" yesterday  —  One way you can tell how good a product launch is by waiting for the day after effect.  Are people still talking about it?  Still excited?  Does it cause people like Steve Gillmor to change opinions?  —  The answer after reading all my feeds is yes.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Take Time To Understand Silverlight.  It's Important  —  The announcements around Microsoft's new Silverlight platform yesterday were important to anyone who is thinking about where the web will evolve.  For those of us watching the demos at the Mix conference the immediate importance of it was apparent …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Newsmaker: Ozzie's quiet revolution at Microsoft
Discussion: Between the Lines
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Offers $60 a Share In Unsolicited Bid for Dow Jones  —  News Corp. has made a $5 billion takeover offer for Dow Jones & Co., parent company of The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones announced.  —  Dow Jones said in a statement that its board, and members of the Bancroft family …
News Corp. Makes $5 Billion Offer for Dow Jones (Update1)
Discussion: Techdirt
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Holy Cow! News Corp. Lobs Hostile Bid for Dow Jones
Discussion: MarketWatch and DealBook
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Yahoo - Comcast = The Deal of the Year  —  Little has been written about yesterdays announcement that Yahoo would be selling display and video ads for Comcast's websites, in particular,  —  What's so special about this deal beyond the shear size of Comcast and the inventory …
Shira Ovide / MarketWatch:   Yahoo, Comcast sign online-advertising agreement
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Calacanis' latest, Project X, Kokua?  —  Jason Calacanis, co-founder of Weblogs Inc., and now an entrepreneur-in-action at Sequoia Capital is working on a new company called, Project X. Valleywag published some details about the company earlier this week, that has the apparent backing of Mark Cuban …
Valleywag:   Rumormonger: Is Kokua the new site from Calacanis?
Andrew Thomas / Inquirer:
Canada branded a 'haven for pirates'  —  Microsoft, Apple point finger northwards  —  UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS Microsoft and Apple have asked the US Government to put Canada on its priority blacklist of intellectual property crooks, saying the country isn't doing enough to prevent their products being ripped off.
Discussion: Engadget and Macsimum News
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
GameTap to offer free, ad-supported gaming, along with new store
Discussion: Download Squad
Jay Baage / Digital Media Wire:
Analysis: What is the Role of the Artist in a Digital Age?
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
OpenLaszlo on Adobe's and Microsoft's open source RIA moves
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Jabber creator signs on to Wikia search project
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google denies Viacom copyright charges
Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
Contest winner: Vista more secure than Mac OS