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6:15 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 …
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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.
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 …
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 and Mac Beach
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Google App Engine HuddleChat a Campfire Rip-Off?
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:   Experimenting with Google App Engine
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google App Engine: History's Next Step or Monopolistic Boondoggle?
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.
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-021 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in GDI Could Allow Remote Code Execution (948590)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in GDI.
Discussion: Computerworld and Security Watch
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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-018 - Critical
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
EMC Buys 90s High Flyer Iomega For $213 Million  —  Storage giant EMC is buying Iomega for $213 million in cash, a slight premium above its $200 million market cap at the close of trading today.  Iomega, which makes portable hard drives and Zip drives, will become the core of EMC's consumer and small business storage device business.
Discussion: CNET News.com, PC World and Gearlog
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
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: PC World and Webware.com
PC World:
Blu-ray Tech Advance Integrates iPhone, iPod Touch  —  Jonny Evans, Macworld.co.uk  —  The iPod touch and iPhone seem set to enter a special relationship with Blu-ray discs and players, with the imminent launch of new software that networks Apple's devices with Blu-ray technology.
Newlaunches.com:
iBig Box, the world's largest iPod dock  —  Presenting the world's largest iPod dock the iBig Box.  It is inflatable and comes with complete with two speakers, iPod dock, and fabric controls similar to the ones you find on iPod jackets.  Other MP3 players and audio devices can be connected to it as well.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Developer Lockdown reportedly iPinkBricks all dev units  —  Readers report that update 5A240d is now available on the Dev Portal  —  Reports are streaming into TUAW that official iPhone developers have been hit this morning by the Pink Screen of Expired Release.
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 …
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 elinux.org details the install guide …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
US Court Rules Meta Tags Can Constituted Trademark Infringement  —  Eric Goldman reports that an 11th circuit, US Court of Appeals has upheld a district court's decision that the use of trademarked terms in meta tags can cause confusion and thus can constitute trademark infringement.
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Who's giving Vista a miss and waiting for Windows 7?
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Intel:
Intel Capital Announces New US$500 Million China Technology Fund II …
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The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Is E-Learning Forever Trapped in a Field of Dreams?
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Cable Launches $1 Million Blog-Centric Image Campaign
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Most powerful laser in the world fires up
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wal-Mart Ditches DRM... And Lots Of Major Label Music With It
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
VMware offers up MacBook Air for Fusion switcher video
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to add the Genuine Advantage ‘nag’ to Office
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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
Andrew McLaughlin / Google Public Policy Blog:
How Google determines the names for bodies of water in Google Earth
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
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