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5:05 PM ET, April 8, 2008


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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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.
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 (Update: we've built and launched a test application here).  —  Google isn't just talking about hosting applications in the cloud any more.
Jackson West / Valleywag:
GOOGLE APP ENGINE CAN'T HANDLE DEMAND FOR GOOGLE APP ENGINE The sign-in page for Google's new App Engine platform apparently runs on App Engine — and ran out of it's server allocation this morning, triggering the error message above when a tipster tried to sign up.
Discussion: Download Squad
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Google App Engine HuddleChat a Campfire Rip-Off?
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google App Engine: History's Next Step or Monopolistic Boondoggle?
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:   Experimenting with Google App Engine
Fred / A VC:
Can The Y Combinator Idea Turn Into A Movement?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mossberg: I Have No Idea When 3G iPhone Is Coming, And I Don't Care  —  That Walt Mossberg prediction about a 3G iPhone in June?  Hold off on that, says Walt Mossberg.  The Wall Street Journal's personal tech guru tells us he has no idea when Apple (AAPL) is releasing its next phone.
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Want to Expand Your Twitter Friends?  Try Twubble  —  Twubble: Rating:  —  Want to Expand Your Twitter Friends?  Try Twubble.  If you want to follow more people and listen more effectively then this is a great twitter tool for you.  Twubble will actually look at your friends list …
Discussion: and SheGeeks
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Ways to Find More Friends on Twitter
Discussion: Mark Evans
Brad Linder / Download Squad:   Find new people to follow on Twitter with Twubble
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 …
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’ …
Discussion: last100, Engadget and MacDailyNews
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.
Discussion: and PC World
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.
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 …
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
VMware offers up MacBook Air for Fusion switcher video  —  VMware, makers of desktop virtualization solution Fusion for Intel-based Macs, is offering up a shiny new MacBook Air for the lucky Fusion user who can create the best ""Switch to Fusion" video.  The company is also putting up a …
Google Android News Android Forums:
Nokia N810 Running Google Android  —  First it was the Sharp Zaurus and the Armadillo 500, now it's the turn of the Nokia N810.  Yup, Google Android has been successfully installed on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet and it works too.  —  The Wiki page at details the install guide …
Cuill is banned on 10,000 sites  —  Be careful while you debug your crawler...  Webmasters these days get very touchy about letting new spiders walk all over their sites.  There are so many scraper bots, email harvesters, exploit probers, students running Nutch on gigabit university pipes …
Andrew McLaughlin / Google Public Policy Blog:
How Google determines the names for bodies of water in Google Earth  —  Hundreds of millions of users around the world use Google Earth.  Many of them have strong — and sometimes conflicting — opinions about how places should be named and where borders should be drawn.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wal-Mart Ditches DRM... And Lots Of Major Label Music With It
Sarah Bird / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Pulling a Fast One: A Clever Internet Marketer Is Trying to Trademark “SEO”
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to add the Genuine Advantage ‘nag’ to Office
Discussion: Microsoft and Computerworld
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
ThinkFree Launches a Revamped Office Suite
Microsoft releases some of promised Office documentation
Discussion: The Register
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel: AMD's Troubles Are Making Investors Nervous
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Retailers: A Little Tired Of Paying For Your Shipping
Martin LaMonica / CNET
IBM launches mashups for business portfolio
Discussion: Computerworld
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Meredith Whittaker / Official Google Docs Blog:
Social spreadsheeting  —  All of us who are Google employees …
Discussion: WebProNews
Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
Crucial tool now tells all about your Mac's memory
Discussion: MacUser
PC World:
Blu-ray Tech Advance Integrates iPhone, iPod Touch
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Lenovo's Ideapad U8 interface scrolls like butter, looks like candy
Discussion: The Tech Report
ChairmanMEOW / MEOW! Blog:
Sonopia Ceases Operations - Another Victim on the US MVNO Scene
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Open source will not save education
Discussion: The Chronicle …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Unlocked iPhone Shopping Guide: World Tour Edition (AAPL)
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Bill Evans / Apple:
Final Cut Server Now Shipping