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10:20 AM ET, April 4, 2008


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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
20 reasons why Seesmic acquired Twhirl  —  As TechCrunch just announced, Seesmic just acquired Twhirl.  And here are 20 ways it will benefit the Seesmic community  —Staying in touch with your friends using microblogging is much easier using a client than through your browser
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Acquires Popular Twitter AIR Client Twhirl  —  San Francisco video/chat startup Seesmic has acquired Twhirl, a popular application created by German developer Marco Kaiser that allows users to access the Twitter service directly from their desktop, and also cross post to other services like Pownce and Jaiku.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Mobile Phone Industry Takes Aim at the iPhone  —  LAS VEGAS — Last year, the wireless industry obsessed over the iPhone.  This year, the industry is buzzing about how to beat it.  —  Touch screens, the mobile Internet and devices packed with multimedia capabilities dominated the discussion …
Google Public Policy Blog:
Cone of silence (finally) lifts on the spectrum auction  —  For three weeks at the end of January and early February, a small team of us holed up in double super secret “war rooms” in Mountain View, CA and Washington, D.C. to bid on Google's behalf in the FCC spectrum auction.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
MySpace Music leaves creators cold  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  What a pity that while raging against the (dying) major record label, keyboard warriors are content to see them gain more power over creators than ever before.  MySpace announced …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A SaaSy SAP vs. Salesforce debate: Is Benioff overestimating his platform?  — CEO Marc Benioff and SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner dueled at the Churchill Club in a debate about the future of software and the generation gap couldn't be larger.  —  Benioff brought the bluster …
Discussion: deal architect
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Creative climbs down over home brew Vista drivers  —  Daniel-K slams ‘arrogant and sarcastic’ company  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  A Brazilian developer threatened with legal action by Creative for making its soundcards work better with Vista has had his work reinstated on the company's website.
Discussion: Techdirt
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
South Park kills 10 YouTube memes for good  —  Viacom continues to pursue a $1 billion lawsuit against Google's YouTube for allowing video piracy.  On Viacom's Comedy Central, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren't helping their corporate parent's legal case.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Digg
Michael Geist Blog:
CRTC To Face Net Neutrality Issue as CAIP Demands Bell Cease and Desist Its Throttling Practices  —  The CRTC has to date largely avoided the net neutrality issue, however, that is about to change.  The Canadian Association of Internet Providers, Canada's largest ISP association …
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox Interactive Media To Miss Revenue Targets; Chief Revenue Officer Out Amid Reorganization  —  Amidst all the excitement over the MySpace Music announcement today is another story about the fate of parent company Fox Interactive Media.  FIM, the division of News Corp. that controls MySpace …
Ashish Thapliyal / Ashish Thapliyal's Blog:
Silverlight Roadmap questions  —  Silverlight is about 7 month old kid but it is already making such a big buzz.  One of my colleague Rahul did excellent job in terms of putting up a FAQ regarding the roadmap  —  1. When exactly will Silverlight support all the codecs that a standard Windows Media Player support?
Tim / craigslist blog:
Finally: Craigslist Launches a Blog of Their Own  —  A month after we launched, the good people at craigslist launched their own blog.  Oh, and shortly thereafter, I received the following request from their CEO, Jim Buckmaster, to shut ours down: … This was my response:
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Google's Android work far from finished  —  As a wise man once noted, the waiting is the hardest part.  —  It's been nearly six months since Google sent ripples through the mobile phone industry with the announcement of its plans to develop Android, a Linux-based operating system.
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
How to survive the next-gen confab  —  There's no fighting it.  Conference 2.0, as some have called it, is here to stay.  —  The term refers to tech confabs where audiences communicate about what they're witnessing via a vibrant backchannel on Twitter, blogs, IM, and other forms of live media.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
DimDim's No Duh, Recession-Proof Proposition  —  Uh-oh, it's budget time and pennies are tight.  Lets see what can we cut?  The Expresso machine or the Starbucks expense account?  Howls of protest and a sure-fire productivity killer.  What about our Webex/GoToMeeting bills?  No, way we need that for sales.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
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Chris Nolan / Spot-On:
No More Bubbles  —  Finally, they're talking regulation on Wall Street.
Discussion: Valleywag
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Internet provider fires shot across bows of music industry on piracy
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Ad network Federated Media raises $50M from Oak Hill Capital …