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8:10 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.
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
GigaOM:
App Engine: Competition Is Good for Everyone
Discussion: OStatic blogs and TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google App Engine: History's Next Step or Monopolistic Boondoggle?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Video Launches - A Unique Experience  —  Flickr users can now add video clips alongside their photos, a much requested and much anticipated feature that has been promised for over a year.  —  The puppet version of Shel Israel graciously kicked things off for us by announcing the new feature in the Flickr Video below.
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.
Longofest / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds New iPhone OS 2.0 Beta (5A240d), SDK Update (Beta 3)  —  Apple has seeded a new version of the iPhone 2.0 Beta OS for developers enrolled in the beta iPhone Developer Program.  Also available today to all ADC members is an updated version of the iPhone SDK (Beta 3).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Puppet Parody Show Gets Sponsorship; Original FastCompany Show Doesn't  —  Loren Feldman's puppet video show, which parodies a video interview show run by Shel Israel called Global Neighborhoods, has landed an official sponsor, Feldman says.  Meanwhile, Global Neighborhoods itself remains sponsorless.
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 …
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’ …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Firmware Updates for Notebooks, Keyboard, and iMac  —  Apple released EFI Firmware Updates for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac today.  The firmware update descriptions are predictably short: … Users should note that while the EFI Firmware upgrades are downloaded …
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.
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.
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Homeland Security secretary proposes ‘Manhattan Project’  —  Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff  —  Risks from cyberattacks are increasing and the consequences are so great that the country needs a “Manhattan Project” for network security, Michael Chertoff …
Discussion: eWeek
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
11th Circuit Freaks Out About Metatags—North American Medical v. Axiom  —  North American Medical Corp. v. Axiom Worldwide, Inc., 2008 WL 918411 (11th Cir. April 7, 2008)  —  Oh man, what a bizarre and frustrating ruling from the 11th Circuit on metatags.  The parties compete in the “spinal decompression” device market.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Traffick
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digg's Jay Adelson Speaks!
Discussion: Valleywag
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft issues five critical security patches
Discussion: InfoWorld, Microsoft and TechSpot
Google LatLong:
Google Transit arrives in Chicago
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Who's giving Vista a miss and waiting for Windows 7?
Discussion: WinBeta
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iBig Box, the world's largest iPod dock
The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Is E-Learning Forever Trapped in a Field of Dreams?
Discussion: Open Source
EurekAlert!:
Most powerful laser in the world fires up
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Video: The Truth According To Wikipedia
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wal-Mart Ditches DRM... And Lots Of Major Label Music With It
Discussion: VentureBeat and Listening Post
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
VMware offers up MacBook Air for Fusion switcher video
Discussion: Virtualization.com
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
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Cuill is banned on 10,000 sites
Google Android News Android Forums:
Nokia N810 Running Google Android
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
HP's mini laptop packs a punch
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Put a finer point on your Gmail searches
Discussion: PC World and Webware.com
 

 
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