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12:15 AM ET, May 4, 2007

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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Why the 09ers Are So Upset  —  The user revolt at Digg and elsewhere, over attempts to take down the now-famous "09 F9 ..." number, is now all over the press.  (Background: 1, 2) Many non-techies, including some reporters, wonder why users care so much about this.
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Thor / Demand Satisfaction!:
How Digg could have avoided a community revolt
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg's Mob Rules
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Is Error-Prone  —  Apologies to all of you who've requested invites to Joost.  We'd love to let you into the service, but over the past few days we have had trouble launching the application ourselves.  I'd had no problems running earlier versions, but these days can't even get the thing to start.
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Joost Opens To Public, But Still Broken
Discussion: Lost Remote
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FCC Chairman Martin to Telcos: No Blocking Iowa Calls  —  BREAKING: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday that the commission told large telcos to stop blocking calls into numbers for the Iowa-based free calling operations, threatening punitive actions if the carriers didn't comply.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
45% of Europeans watch TV online  —  A new study from Motorola has found that an amazing 45% of European broadband users now watch at least some television online.  —  The survey covering the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain found that the French lead Europe in terms …
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Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
If Markets Are Conversations Then Twitter Is Money  —  Twitter is the conversation.  David Weinberger gets it right enough.  —  One of the themes coming through loud and clear in the twitterverse is that many of us are a bit jaded about blogging.  Marshall Kirkpatrick wants to Twitter instead of blogging.
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
MacArthur Maze Detour Update  —  In response to the I-80 and I-580 freeway connector collapse in the San Francisco Bay Area that occurred on Sunday, April 29, we responded quickly by removing these ramps from our mapping system on Monday.  As a result, Yahoo! Maps is now offering alternative routes …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Advertising Pioneer ScreenTonic  —  ScreenTonic's mobile ad serving and management expertise increase advertiser opportunity across Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire ScreenTonic SA …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC project clarifies: no plans for Windows support  —  Late last week the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a media event in Cambridge, and while I couldn't make the event, I did tape a video interview for the BBC on the project.  During my preparation I kept coming across these claims …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Features Volkswagen, Which Happens To Be Search Spamming  —  The Google Enterprise Blog recently featured the Volkswagen web site for using Google Enterprise search to power a new feature on the VW web site.  As you can see, the Volkswagen home page has a huge search box in the middle of the page.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO TESTING NEW SEARCH LOOK?  —  From Rob Phillips, an astute reader in the UK, a new look for Yahoo search.  He can only see this from a UK IP address looking at the main yahoo.com site, not uk.yahoo.com.  —  He reports:
Helen A.S. Popkin / MSNBC:
Twitter Nation: Nobody cares what you're doing  —  Then again, if you don't get it, that must mean you're totally too old  —  Using Twitter, you can find out what your friends are doing right this minute.  But seriously...do you care?  —  MSN Tech and Gadgets  —  Don't dial and drive
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google Goes Wireless  —  A coalition led by the Web search giant is scoring early wins in a tussle over $10 billion in wireless airwaves  —  For a company that's had an office in Washington, D.C., for less than two years, Google is wielding a surprising amount of power in the nation's capital.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
TheFunded, the site for VC hatchet jobs  —  The Funded, the Web site that lets people anonymously rate venture capitalists, is causing some concern in venture capital circles about the hatchet jobs on VC firms.  —  Rejected entrepreneurs are flaming VCs with snide remarks at the site, often with no grounding in reality.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Slips to No. 3 on Internet  —  After more than a decade connecting more Americans to the Internet than any other company, AOL has given up its title as the leading Internet service provider, a reflection of changing consumer habits and its own strategic shift.
Discussion: Valleywag, GigaOM and Digital Daily
 
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EIC Change at PC World
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar on the go  —  Posted by Aarati Parmar Martino …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Slashdot
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Thoughts on Silverlight  —  I was at MIX this week speaking on a panel about web services.
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog and Colinizer
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Focus in Apple's options scandal shifts to its board
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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
iProspect Launches in Norway and Denmark
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Yahoo Web-ifies its chat application
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Do We Really Need a Security Industry?
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Study predicts majority of laptops to have Flash drives by 2009
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Pipes Blog:
Pipes Adds Interactive Yahoo! Maps, KML Support (and More)
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SEO Contest: Help People, Get Training, Go to SMX
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
How Wi-Fi Can Extend T-Mobile's Range
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Internet radio royalty hike delayed; last chance to petition Congress
BBC:
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