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2:25 PM ET, April 8, 2008


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Paul McDonald / Google App Engine Blog:
Introducing Google App Engine + our new blog  —  At tonight's Campfire One we launched a preview release of Google App Engine — a developer tool that enables you to run your web applications on Google's infrastructure.  The goal is to make it easy to get started with a new web app …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Jumps Head First Into Web Services With Google App Engine  —  Our live coverage of the Google App Engine launch event is here.  —  Google isn't just talking about hosting applications in the cloud any more.  Tonight at 9pm PT they're launching Google App Engine (Update: The site is live) …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Google: Cloud Control to Major Tom  —  Google has just launched Google App Engine, “a developer tool that enables you to run your web applications on Google's infrastructure.”  This will allow startups to use Google's web servers, APIs, and other developer tools to build a web app on top of.
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Google App Engine HuddleChat a Campfire Rip-Off?  —  Of all the App Engine apps in all the developer joints in all the Google universe, Google walks into a land mine: HuddleChat.  —  There's only one problem: HuddleChat is a dead ringer for 37signals Campfire, the leading web-based group chat for business.
Fred / A VC:
Can The Y Combinator Idea Turn Into A Movement?  —  Most readers of this blog know what Y Combinator is.  Hell, last month two of the top five referrers were affiliated with Y Combinator.  But for those who don't know, Y Combinator was started by Paul Graham and now runs two programs a year …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
HuddleChat: Did Google Just Rip Off 37Signals?  —  Blogs are abuzz this morning about HuddleChat, a real-time chat application that a team of three Google developers created to show off Google's new App Engine platform.  The chat software bears a striking resemblance to the popular Campfire app from 37Signals.
Nick / Rough Type:
Google unlocks its data centers
Discussion: CNET
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
Experimenting with Google App Engine
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
App Engine: Host Your Apps with Google
SmoothSpan Blog:   Well Done Google App Engine, Congratulations Python!
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
HP's mini laptop packs a punch  —  The HP Mini laptop is aimed at the education market, but it could appeal to road warriors as well.  Image: HP  —  Pick up HP's new $500 mini-laptop, and the first thing you notice is the aluminum casing.  Though the thing weighs only about 2.5 pounds …
Discussion: Computerworld
James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia confirms ‘iPhone killer’ handset in pipeline  —  Nokia has confirmed that it's developing a touchscreen-equipped handset to take on the Apple iPhone, and has shown off pictures of the upcoming phone to drooling onlookers.  —  The Finnish giant's handset is codenamed ‘Tube’ …
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Yahoo seems headed the way of PeopleSoft  —  Commentary: Yang's fight against Microsoft seems futile at this point  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang has not resorted to boorish tactics like calling Steve Ballmer a sociopath or comparing him to Genghis Khan …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Ballmer's Secret Weapon
Bill Evans / Apple:
Final Cut Server Now Shipping  —  Apple® today announced that Final Cut® Server, a powerful software solution for media asset management and workflow automation, is now shipping.  A scaleable server application, Final Cut Server automatically catalogs large collections of assets …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Wal-Mart Refunding HD DVD Players Bought On or After Nov. 1  —  Wal-Mart is a little late to the HD DVD pity party, finally deciding to offer tokens to suckers who threw in with the dead format.  Until April 30, they'll refund any HD DVD player bought after Nov. 1, as long as you've got the original receipt …
Discussion: TG Daily and Electronista
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET
Put a finer point on your Gmail searches  —  The first application I open and the last one I close each workday is Gmail.  —  Even though I use the service's labels and filters to sort my mail, I often found myself scrolling through the 600-plus messages in my Gmail in-box to find the one I need.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm admits ‘over zealous’ editing of Wikipedia article  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Updated Phorm has admitted that it deleted key factual parts of the Wikipedia article about the huge controversy fired by its advertising profiling deals with BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Developer Lockdown reportedly iPinkBricks all dev units  —  Reports are streaming into TUAW that official iPhone developers have been hit this morning by the Pink Screen of Expired Release.  Their beta licenses for the current 1.2/2.0 firmware distribution have expired as of 12:01am April 8th.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Early notes on GoogleApps  —  The last few years when something new hits the tech blogosphere, I usually kick back and think while so many others scramble for position on Techmeme.  I find that by doing this I can usually find the nugget that they're all missing, assuming it's an area I'm interested in …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
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Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Google Maps Give Close-Up View of UN Refugee Camps
Discussion: TG Daily
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
RSA: Microsoft launches trusted Internet initiative; Aims for security dialogue
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RSA's Coviello: Let's cook up a thinking security defense system
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Open source will not save education
Discussion: The Chronicle …
Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
MySong combines your singing voice with synth to make music
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and New Scientist
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
RSA: IBM's project Phantom to lock down virtual machines
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek
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Discussion: AppleInsider
Michael Horowitz / CNET
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Anne Broache / CNET
Courts chip away at Web sites' decade-old legal shield
Discussion: Slashdot
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