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8:55 AM ET, April 8, 2008

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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) …
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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 …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
App Engine: Host Your Apps with Google  —  Tonight at their second CampFireOne Google Code is announcing App Engine, a hosted platform for web developers.  The actual service will launch later tonight in a closed Beta.  10,000 developers will be granted access on a first come, first serve basis.
Discussion: Techdirt
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google hopes to house Web software on App Engine  —  Google plans to launch a service called App Engine Monday evening that the company hopes will attract programmers and eventually companies needing an expandable foundation for online applications.  —  App Engine, free to the first 10,000 people …
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.
Discussion: Matt Cutts
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google App Engine readies for brawl with Amazon  —  For all the rivals Google is making as it continues to expand into nearly every facet of the Internet, Amazon has thus far remained one fellow power relatively unscathed.  That is about to change.  Tonight, the search giant …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   Google App Engine Goes Up Against Amazon, But That's Not the Point
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google Engine: Competitor or knock-off?
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun review- hands on with the HP Mini-Note UMPC  —  The Asus EEE PC woke people up to the benefits that a sub-notebook device brings to consumers, especially if it's priced attractively.  HP is releasing their hotly awaited sub-notebook and the Mini is a solid first effort in this small notebook category.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
HP strikes chord with Mini-Note PC
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Ballmer's Secret Weapon  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer may have a secret weapon in his fight with Yahoo! Chief Executive Jerry Yang for control of the beleaguered Web portal: Yahoo! shareholders who also hold gobs of Microsoft stock.  —  Because of the software giant's size …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Answers Microsoft With Yet Another No
John Oates / The Register:
EU demands Google slashes cookie retention times  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  An influential EC policy group, the Article 29 Working Party, is calling on search engines to delete users' cookies within six months - a much shorter period than that typically used by Google, MSN, and Yahoo!
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News.com
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU wants to slash search data retention period to six months
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 In 2010, Microsoft Says  —  The expected release date contradicts earlier statements by Bill Gates that his company might ship a new version of its Windows operating system as soon as 2009.  —  Microsoft is backing off comments by chairman Bill Gates that the next version of Windows could be available as early as next year.
Discussion: TechRadar.com, Engadget and Gizmodo
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BBC:
Gates hints at Vista ‘successor’
Discussion: The Tech Report
Associated Press:
Virginia 1st state to require Internet safety lessons  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is the first state to mandate that public schools offer Internet safety classes for all grade levels — and it's one of many measures being taken nationally to protect young Web users.
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?
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘The Sims Online’ is officially reborn as ‘EA Land’  —  For anyone familiar with The Sims Online, the poorly-received virtual world launched by Electronic Arts in 2002, take note: EA is relaunching it under a new name and for a new price: free.  —  Born as The Sims Online, it will now be called EA Land.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
InfoWorld:
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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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Wal-Mart Abandons Windows DRM, Sony/BMG and Warner
Discussion: Gizmodo and Insanely Great Mac
Elizabeth Olson / New York Times:
Bar Code Sales Tool Is Failing Campus Test
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Second-generation Eee PC to hit the Taiwan market later this month, say sources
Discussion: Engadget and TechRadar.com
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Data Transfers Via Telecoms Questioned
Tim Arango / New York Times:
CBS Said to Consider Use of CNN in Reporting
Eric Pryne / The Seattle Times:
Seattle Times Co. to cut 200 jobs at flagship paper
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
The $10 billion state bond for high-speed trains …
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Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
New Massive Botnet Twice the Size of Storm
Discussion: Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IT cost cutting 101  —  It's a sad commentary on IT spending …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Is Jakob Lodwick the moneyman behind Muxtape?
Discussion: Jakob Lodwick
Kyle Monson / AppScout:
The Future of Travel Search
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
RSA Conference: Web Page Can Take Over Your Router
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
TechCrunch, VentureBeat in merger talks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
“Deep Integration” Between Google Apps and Salesforce to Be Announced Next Monday
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