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9:40 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 …
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?
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Gartner lays odds on Microsoft in ads over Google in enterprise  —  Microsoft can give Google a better fight in online ads than Google can compete against Redmond in enterprise software, a Gartner analyst concludes in a new research report.  —  In one corner is Microsoft, the leader in enterprise software and PC-centric applications.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
“Deep Integration” Between Google Apps and Salesforce to Be Announced Next Monday
Discussion: Enterprise Apps
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 …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:'s Top 25 Blogs — the one-page-version  —  As easy on editors as mindless lists are in print, they're even better online. has perfected the art with its “first annual blog index,” cashing in the magazine's tastemaking reputation on a crassly effective pageview-generating effort.
David Carnoy / CNET
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.
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 …
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: MacUser, jkOnTheRun, Engadget and Gizmodo
Nokia readies iPhone response  —  Nokia remains at work on its answer to the Apple iPhone, codenamed “Tube,” a company official said on Monday.  —  Shown in a slide at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City, Calif., Tube looks similar to the popular iPhone.
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iPhone is already the top mobile browser
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AMD swings the ax after sales shortfall
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cuts expected flash memory spending by $200M
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Gmail being throttled, blocked by some anti-spam vendors
Discussion: TechSpot
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Media Watch: Chief Dan Farber Brings Lessons Of Blogger Media
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Thin Intel Netbook to vie with MacBook Air?
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista