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12:50 PM ET, April 3, 2008

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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple passes Wal-Mart, now #1 music retailer in US  —  Over the past few years, we have watched Apple climb the music sales chart courtesy of the iTunes.  Last month we learned that Apple passed Best Buy to become the number two retailer in the the US.  Now, Apple has ascended to the top of the charts …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Arrington: ‘Demo needs to die’  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, in discussing the decision to place TechCrunch 50 at the same time as DemoFall said, ‘Demo needs to die.’  —  The scheduling of the TechCrunch 50 conference, which was announced Wednesday, has pit it directly against DemoFall …
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Chrisshipley / The Guidewire:
Imitation Is Flattery?  Or Just Bad for Entrepreneurs?  —  There are a dozen other, perhaps more important and insightful, posts I'd rather be writing today.  But, alas, my friends at TechCrunch put a wall in my path today and I just can't ignore it, despite counsel from perhaps wiser advisers to do just that.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Memo to Chris Shipley: Luca Brasi Sleeps With the Fishes!
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Live: MySpace Music Call: DRM-free Downloads, International Plans And More  —  Work in progress Waiting for the MySpace Music call to begin ... In the meantime, some details on what is being billed as a “global initiative that will include a 360 music experience”:
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Andy Golding / Google News Blog:
Psst...secrets of Google News exposed!  —  Often publishers ask us why Google News didn't include one of their articles, or skipped the image associated with an article.  In the search for answers, we've noticed that there's a lot of confusion about how we include and rank articles.
Sony:
SONY ROLLS OUT WORLD'S SMALLEST FULL HD CAMCORDER JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION  —  The new pocket-sized Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam® camcorder's weighty high-definition capability will appeal to vacationers who prefer to “travel light.”  —  This diminutive camcorder weighs in at only ten ounces.
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Sony Intros Tiniest HD Video Camera Ever
Discussion: IDG News Service
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Trademark Dispute Pits Apple vs. The Big Apple  —  The Big Apple has a new logo, and Apple says: Drop dead.  —  At issue is the emblem for New York City's GreeNYC campaign, which has started to appear around the city on bus shelters, hybrid gasoline-electric taxicabs and even Whole Foods shopping bags.
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
Study: ‘Influencers’ Possess Less Clout  —  IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL media, so-called “influencers” might have less clout than some marketers think.  —  According to a new study from Canadian research firm Pollara, self-described social media users put far more trust in friends and family online …
Peter Glaskowsky / CNET News.com:
An Atom-powered Intel?  Not a chance  —  With Intel's focus on the new Atom-brand processors being described at the Intel Developer Forum this week, “Atom-powered” is the obvious description of the mobile Internet devices (MIDs) these chips will go into... and it seems like half the IDF stories …
Discussion: IDG News Service
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek reveals MID plans
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile
louisgray.com:
FriendFeed's Increased Filtering Clears Deck of Unwanted Junk  —  Before the end of 2007, after making FriendFeed an integral part of my daily Web experience, I publicly posted a number of requested updates that would help make the social Web activity aggregation service even more of a must-visit site than it already was for me.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Why I don't like Friendfeed as much as I wanted, it lacks intention
Discussion: Mark Evans and broadstuff
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
IBM and Linden Partner on Enterprise-Class Second Life  —  IBM and Linden Labs are partnering to develop a version of Second Life that will live behind the corporate firewall.  —  As I mentioned in my previous post, Second Life is far too fat and clumsy to be taken seriously in the enterprise.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Know It All
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Real Estate Search Engine Zillow Opens “Mortgage Marketplace”  —  Zillow doesn't see itself as a real estate “vertical.”  Instead it regards itself as a media company that creates advertising opportunities around what is arguably the most significant “life events” purchase: buying a home.
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Photoshop, Lightroom, and Adobe's 64-bit roadmap  —  As you've probably seen, among the great features in the Lightroom 2.0 beta is its ability to run 64-bit-native on Mac (Intel, 10.5.x) and Windows (Vista 64).  If you think it feels great to beat Aperture to the punch here, you're right. :-)
CBC News:
Hands off our network, Bell tells CRTC  —  BY PETER NOWAK — Bell Canada Inc. is calling on the courts to scrap mandated access by competitors to its network, a move that could jeopardize some smaller companies that sell phone and internet services.  —  The Montreal-based company …
Discussion: p2pnet and DSLreports
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
It's official: upgrade hack included in Vista SP1  —  The new Service Pack 1 version of Windows Vista allows end users to purchase the “upgrade edition” and install it on any PC — with no need to purchase the more expensive “full edition.”  —  The same behavior was present when Vista …
Discussion: Computerworld and jkOnTheRun
DigiTimes:
iPhone used less for talk, more for Web and music, says iSuppli  —  US iPhone owners are spending their time enjoying all its capabilities - voice, data communications and multimedia entertainment - rather than exclusively using it for traditional voice calls, according to a latest consumer survey by research firm iSuppli.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Blackbaud: Jefferies Says Non-Profits To Slow IT Spending
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Slide Caught Posting Fake Positive Reviews For Their Own App
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Groundswell - Buy it, Read It, Share It!
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
From wireless pioneer, memories of a milestone cell phone call
Joe Fay / The Register:
Dave Cameron pledges to Open Source UK.gov
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Video Reporting from Iraq: Reuters has 35 Stringers Linked via ftp …
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April 3rd 2008 is “GOOD PEOPLE DAY” Pass it on
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
People Â"probably wonÂ'tÂ" need discrete graphics cards anymore Intel
Discussion: Engadget
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Music exec leaves for start-up
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Dell: Layoffs bigger than expected
Discussion: Digital Daily
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Just Put It on My Phone  —  Companies are introducing services …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast to Twin Cities: Want WideBand? Gonna Cost You Big
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gizmodo
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Mylene Mangalindan / Business Technology:
The Threat of “Free”  —  Businesses sometimes are quick …
Ashley Highfield / BBC Internet Blog:
“Hidden Costs” of Watching TV Online?