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7:30 PM ET, April 7, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple notebook lines to see major design changes, sources say  —  Apple Inc.'s existing MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks will be the last of their breed, as both product families are destined for major design changes upon their next refresh, AppleInsider has learned.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook to Settle Thorny Lawsuit Over Its Origins  —  Facebook is close to putting an uncomfortable and embarrassing legal episode behind it.  —  A person briefed on the status of dueling lawsuits between Facebook and the competing site ConnectU said on Sunday that Facebook was finalizing …
Business Wire:
Yahoo!'s Board of Directors Responds to Latest Microsoft Letter  —  The Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter to Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation.  —  Dear Steve:
Darren Waters / BBC:
Search engines warned over data  —  Search engines should delete personal data held about their users within six months, a European Commission advisory body on data protection has said.  —  The recommendation is likely to be accepted by the European Commission and could lead to a clash with search giants like Google, Yahoo and MSN.
Wei Luo / Google LatLong:
All the news that's fit to print on a map: The New York Times in Google Earth  —  I read a lot of news by surfing the Internet, as do many of my colleagues and friends, and I've always dreamed of a way to browse news based on geography.  What's happening in Paris today?  What are the top headlines in Japan?
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Can Sony get 50% market share for Blu-ray this year?  —  Maybe that price cut in Blu-ray players is coming sooner than we think because Digitimes is reporting that Sony has set some very ambitious goals for Blu-ray in 2008.  And by ambitious I'm talking a 50-50 split with DVD.
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
5 factors that determine your advertising CPM rates  —  An interesting post at Techcrunch: Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant Ads Than Large Sites.  —  I love seeing this cross-site ad monetization data, since it's rare to get your hands on it unless you for an ad network.
Discussion: broadstuff
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant …
Discussion: media landscaping
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mossberg: 3G iPhone coming in 60 days  —  Uncle Walt says the iPhone will be able to download Web pages even faster in 60 days.  —  (Credit: CNET Networks)  —  Uncle Walt thinks a 3G iPhone will arrive within the next 60 days.  —  Walt Mossberg, the legendary technology columnist …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foreclosures Shown On Scary, Encroaching Heat Maps  —  If you want to see in stark colors exactly how the mortgage credit crisis is spreading across the country, go to real estate search site HotPads and look at the foreclosure heat maps in your area.  These are map mashups that take foreclosure data …
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  Back in February, we posted about the release of a couple of prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  While several million customers installed the updates successfully, you may have read that a few customers experienced an endless reboot cycle …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
MeeVee: Someone Please Buy Mee  —  MeeVee, the struggling online video guide, is looking for a buyer.  The well-capitalized site announced in a release that it would do better by “combining with an established player”, and it's inviting interested parties to shoot them an email (seriously).
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Business Wire:
Online Entertainment Portal MeeVee In Acquisition Discussions
Discussion: Mashable!
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Time.com's Top 25 Blogs — the one-page-version  —  As effective as mindless lists are in print, they're even better online.  Time.com has perfected the art with its “first annual blog index,” cashing in the magazine's tastemaking reputation on a crassly effective pageview-generating effort.
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking!  TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked  —  UPDATE 4.7.08: Looks like ZDnet was hacked as well (although they've since cleaned up)  —  So in some innocent conversation earlier today with Allen Stern, he noticed that Tailrank was getting hammered with spam, via Tailrank's River …
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Time Machine via AirPort Disk Is Unsupported, Apple Says  —  Apple confirmed for me last week that a feature for using hard drives attached via USB to an AirPort Extreme Base Station is an unsupported feature.  The company declined to provide further information.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacUser and jkOnTheRun
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
HP Provides Unlimited Online Storage with Upline  —  Hewlett-Packard has just officially announced the release of HP Upline, a consumer online storage service that can be used for both backup and file sharing purposes.  —  The online storage space has been heating up lately with the release of Dropbox …
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cuts expected flash memory spending by $200M  —  Apple has cut its 2008 flash memory orders by $200 million, according to iSuppli, setting up a down year for flash vendors.  —  In February, iSuppli reported that Apple was slashing its orders of flash memory amid a weakening economy …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's US Search Market Dominance Hits All Time High
eWeek:
UK Online Ad Spending to Overtake TV
DigiTimes:
Acer to ship over six million low-cost PCs in 2H08
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
AMP!: Is Yahoo! Breaking Up the Advertising Atom?
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Phil Libin about EverNote's new memex
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
iPhone is already the top mobile browser
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Gartner lays odds on Microsoft in ads over Google in enterprise
Discussion: TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
What does your TweetCloud say about you?
 Earlier Items: 
Smoritz / Techland:
AMD swings the ax after sales shortfall
Sramana Mitra / Sramana Mitra on Strategy:
The Real VCs of Silicon Valley?
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Gmail being throttled, blocked by some anti-spam vendors
Discussion: TechSpot
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Media Watch: News.com Chief Dan Farber Brings Lessons Of Blogger Media
Discussion: Furrier.org
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Home copying - burnt into teenage psyche
Discussion: sarahintampa and p2pnet
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Thin Intel Netbook to vie with MacBook Air?
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Josh Wiseman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Chat: Now We're Talking
BBC:
Europe clears mobiles on aircraft