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10:30 AM ET, May 8, 2007


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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun's JavaFX to take on AJAX, Silverlight  —  JavaFX, which covers Java development in desktops and mobile devices as well as online, is Sun's latest push into the rich Internet apps world  —  Sun will detail a plan Tuesday that could make Java a formidable player in the scripting language space.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Sun tries again with consumer-flavored Java  —  Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will introduce a friendlier way to write Java applications for consumer devices, an attempt to fulfill Java's potential and stake a greater claim in the next generation of Web applications.
Mathew /
Is the Web half full or half empty?  —  Lots of chat out there about the latest Pew study into how people use the Interweb.  These studies are useful in part because the Pew Internet & American Life Project does such a thorough job with them — you know they weren't cooked up by marketing types to sell more banner ads.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Survey defines split in technology use
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Web 2.0? Nearly Half Just Say No
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Was A Steal v. Google/YouTube  —  By almost any measure, MySpace got Photobucket for an absolute steal when compared to the Google YouTube deal.  The companies are somewhat comparable - both have very large libraries of user-created videos, and both built their business on the back of MySpace.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Fox Interactive Nears Deal to Buy Photobucket  —  Photobucket, a four-year-old, rapidly growing Web company, is in advanced talks to be acquired by Fox Interactive Media, a division of the News Corporation, a person briefed on the negotiations said Monday.  —  Photobucket allows its users …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: MySpace To Acquire Photobucket For $250 Million
Linux evolves for mobile phones  —  A version of the increasingly popular Linux operating system Ubuntu will be developed for use on net-enabled phones and devices.  —  The Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project aims to create the open source platform for initial release in October 2007.
Discussion: All About Symbian and Slashdot
John Blau / PC World:
Ubuntu Plans Mobile Linux Version
Darren Murph / Engadget:   Smartphones to get mobile flavor of Ubuntu Linux
Rafat Ali /
Ad-Supported VOD From ABC/ESPN Launching on Cox; Ad Skipping Disabled  —  Also to be announced at the Cable Show on Tuesday: Disney's two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, are launching free, ad-supported VOD of hit shows and football games on cable operator Cox Communications' service …
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
ABC, Cox Bar Ad Skipping in Video on Demand
OpenID at Work  —  On both the Internet and behind the firewall, the identity problem gets uglier every year.  How many passwords do you have?  If you're in IT, how much pain do you go through getting your all your apps to share a notion of who someone is?
Phil Windley's Technometria:   Sun Supports OpenID and Opens the Question of Reputation
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!: Launches A Ning Competitor  — is a service that lets you essentially build your own MySpace.  They're launching their SNAPP program today, which will power their online communities.  — has been around for a couple of years now, but they've only just launched a free service for the creation of your own networks.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top 15 Web 2.0 Startups in Europe?  —  Here is the list of the top 15 European Web 2.0 projects, which will be presented next Thursday in Madrid.  The information below was provided to me by the organizers:  — ( Photo-sharing of geolocated photos.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hot or Not Tears Itself Apart, Reinvents  —  When James Hong and Jim Young founded HotorNot in October, 2000, they had no real plans for the service to be anything other than a fun site for a few friends.  They turned a free low end computer they received for setting up an etrade account into a web server …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ShareOffice Launches - Open Standards Based Web Office Suite  —  At the Software 2007 conference on Tuesday in San Jose CA, on-demand document management provider ShareMethods will announce the launch of an open standards Web Office suite called ShareOffice.  The company says it is the world's first open standards online office suite.
Production cost of PS3 could be cut by US$100  —  As blue-laser pick-up heads (PUHs) for use in the PlayStation 3 (PS3) are expected to increase in supply and decrease in price, the production cost of the game console could be reduced by as much as US$100, according to Taiwan-based makers of game consoles and components.
Luke Jerod Kummer / New York Times:
A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write  —  While most newspapers are trying to stake bigger claims online, one new publication is pulling material off the Internet to be printed in ink.  —  John Wilpers, editor in chief of BostonNow, a free weekday daily introduced last month …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Some updates from Google Finance  —  Earnings season is one of the busiest times in the world of finance.  There's barely enough time to join an earnings call if you are combing through all the latest news and quarterly statements.  Today, we're adding content on these events content so you never have to miss an earnings call again.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Record shops: Used CDs?  Ihre papieren, bitte!  —  There are a few things lawmakers have decided really ought to be handled with the "care and oversight" that only the government can provide: e.g., tax collection, radioactive materials, biohazards, guns, and CDs.  CDs?
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Converting movies for Apple TV using Roxio Crunch (an in-depth review)
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and digg
Rich Brown / CNET
HP to debut Blu-ray HD DVD combo drive
Discussion: Gadgetell and CrunchGear
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono developers to bring Silverlight to Linux
Discussion: digg
IRS wants data on users from Internet firms
Discussion: RSS and digg
Who are the Linux desktop users?
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
Warner Bros. Television Group Joins Joost
James Thomas / CenterNetworks:
My life without Google
Discussion: Library Stuff and digg
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Ashwin Navin / CNET
Perspective: The P2P mistake at Ohio University
Discussion: Bit Player and TorrentFreak
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
ThinkFree to Add Flickr Style Community Features
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New bill to give bloggers same shield law protection as journalists
Discussion: Social Media
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Rock the Cash Box?
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Chevy Volt heads into GM's production pipeline
Nick ONeill / The Webpreneur:
Eric Savitz /
Yahoo: Forget About Microsoft; Maybe Google Should Make A Bid …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
You Can Own an Integer Too — Get Yours Here