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12:50 PM ET, April 5, 2008

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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Quake 3 for iPod Touch / iPhone  —  The time has finally come.  Games like Quake 3 are hitting the iPhone platform.  It is particularly cool to see the accelerometers being used to control the action.  —  Bonus points for controlling 2 players at once.  —  Apple's new gaming platform looks to be shaping up quite nicely.
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Cam / HermitWorks:
Quake 3 + iTouch  —  So we've been playing around with Quake 3 and Apple's iTouch.  Scott grabbed the icculus source and with a few modifications had it running pretty quick.  Here's a video of him with two iTouch's in multiplayer.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service  —  Google may be releasing BigTable, its internal database system, as a web service to compete with Amazon SimpleDB, according to a source with knowledge of the launch.  There are also rumors that press is being pre-briefed on the product, although we haven't been contacted by Google.
Discussion: Outside the Lines and bytes|genes
ZDNet:
Gartner: Open source will quietly take over  —  In a few years' time, almost all businesses will use open source, according to Gartner; even though IT managers may be unaware of it, and prefer to talk about fashions such as software as a service.  —  Open-source promoters have welcomed …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft losing patience with Yahoo?  —  Microsoft is evaluating its Yahoo acquisition bid under the theory that the Internet company may have lost value since the $44.6 billion offer was made, according to a Reuters report this afternoon, citing an anonymous source.
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Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Microsoft evaluating Yahoo bid: sources
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Lines Drawn for Microsoft and Yahoo, and Neither Is Ceding Ground
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Will Launch In Coming Weeks  —  San Francisco based Powerset will be publicly launching a long-awaited beta version of the service in the coming weeks, the company told me yesterday.  They are working on a new kind of search engine that will understand natural language searches …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Phorm “Webwise” System  —  Last week I spent several hours at Phorm learning how their advertising system works — this is the system that is to be deployed by the UK's largest ISPs to pick apart your web browsing activities to try and determine what interests you.
Discussion: The Open Rights Group
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BBC:   ‘Illegal’ ad system scrutinised
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Lawyer Who Threatened File-Sharers is Banned For 6 months  —  A lawyer who sent out hundreds of thousands of threatening letters demanding that alleged file-sharers pay 400 euros, has been banned from operating for 6 months.  Elizabeth Martin, who had been working with Swiss anti-piracy outfit …
Discussion: p2pnet
craigslist blog:
Kinder, Gentler C&Ds Please  —  I'm getting some well-deserved flak for a ham-handed cease-and-desist email I sent to a blogger recently.  The dialogue had remained cordial until he revealed his business model - running deceptive textads such as the ones below, which got on my nerves:
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Moov Is the LEGO of Kids' Vehicles (Verdict: I Don't Want to Grow Up)  —  Moov is probably one of the most amazing toys you will see this year: a do-it-yourself 4-in-1 vehicle kit for kids aged between 5 and 12.  Now it's a racer, now it's a carver, now it's a tricycle, now it's a scooter.
InfoWorld:
Companies struggle as Safari pops up on networks  —  Network administrators are complaining that Apple's recent decision to offer users its Safari Web browser as part of an iTunes and QuickTime update has made their lives harder as they struggle to remove the software from PCs on their networks.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Huge Microsoft patent loss is a partial win  —  A federal jury in San Diego this afternoon awarded $367.4 million to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute with Microsoft.  It ranks among the biggest patent verdicts in U.S. history, but it could have been worse: Alcatel-Lucent had been seeking $1.75 billion.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
 
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
ISPs Hog Rights in Fine Print
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