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4:30 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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Philipp Lohmann / GullFOSS:
Sun Microsystems joins porting effort for OpenOffice.org for Mac  —  I'm excited to let you all know that as of now Sun engineering will add its support to the ongoing Mac/Aqua porting effort.  —  The MacOSX porting history is basically as old as OpenOffice.org itself.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo To Announce Closure of Yahoo Photos Tomorrow  —  I am at a dinner event with Brad Garlinghouse (Yahoo SVP Communications & Communities) and Stewart Butterfield (Cofounder Flickr) are sitting at my table and told me that they will announce the closure of Yahoo Photos tomorrow.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
T-Mobile's cell-to-WiFi service to launch this summer  —  T-Mobile could be ready to launch its long-anticipated cell-to-WiFi service this summer, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal.  The service, initially called "T-Mobile at Home," has been implemented in test markets since last year …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Ring Nokia
Veronica Belmont / Webware.com:
I'M IN LIKE WITH YOU: EBAY FOR LOVE?  —  I'm In Like With You is a different kind of dating site.  On the site, users spend points to bid for access to people they like.  You get these spendable points as you use the site: when you log in, for example, and when you answer simple …
Discussion: uncov
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Runs Into Dust-Up About a Profile on MySpace  —  WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama ran into an Internet controversy after seizing a profile on the MySpace social-networking Web site.  —  Joe Anthony, a Los Angeles paralegal, detailed his falling out with the Obama campaign …
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Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia N75 hands-on - part 2, launches the 4th  —  Hard to believe we had to wait until 2007, but here we are, finally able to say Symbian, 3G, and US all in the same sentence.  Even after last week's misfire launch of the N75, Nokia's uber-hot flip phone made its way into our grubby hands under …
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha release  —  Today, we have released Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha, a test version which will give you a sneak-peek into how the next major release for Linux will function.  —  Alpha means that this version is still under development and only experienced users should try it out.
Discussion: Compiler and digg
 
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Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Drops Another Case In Chicago Against Misidentified Defendant
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Starts Paying Star Users
Discussion: GigaOM
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
NBC Universal Sets Sights Beyond CPMs
Ariel Waldman / Engadget:
Adgadget: Apple - flattered and photocopied
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Spidey 3 Online Ahead of U.S. Release
Discussion: Digital Alchemy
Ccoc / Colin's Corner:
EIC Change at PC World
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar on the go  —  Posted by Aarati Parmar Martino …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Features Volkswagen, Which Happens To Be Search Spamming
 Earlier Items: 
Austin Modine / The Register:
Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO TESTING NEW SEARCH LOOK?
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Focus in Apple's options scandal shifts to its board
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
iProspect Launches in Norway and Denmark
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Do We Really Need a Security Industry?
Discussion: Techdirt
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Slips to No. 3 on Internet
Discussion: Valleywag, GigaOM and Digital Daily
Helen A.S. Popkin / MSNBC:
Twitter Nation: Nobody cares what you're doing
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC project clarifies: no plans for Windows support