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10:20 PM ET, April 8, 2008

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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.
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Flickr launches video hosting
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Google App Engine alluring, will be hard to escape  —  Last night at a Campfire One event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, a new service was announced called Google App Engine.  Aimed almost squarely at the loosely-coupled Amazon Web Services, Google is betting that developers …
Jackson West / Valleywag:
GOOGLE APP ENGINE CAN'T HANDLE DEMAND FOR GOOGLE APP ENGINE …
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?
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft issues five critical security patches  —  Microsoft on Tuesday issued five “critical” security patches designed to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer.  —  The five critical patches were included among eight bulletins that Microsoft released as part of its Patch Tuesday.
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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).
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Video: The Truth According To Wikipedia  —  Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial internet entrepreneur  —  On Friday April 4, in the afternoon the audience of The Next Web Conference watched the world premiere of the documentary The truth according to Wikipedia from IJsbrand van Veelen.
InfoWorld:
U.S. reaches 2009 H-1B visa cap  —  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the cap on H-1B immigrant worker visas for the 2009 fiscal year, just a week after the agency opened the application period.  —  USCIS announced Tuesday that it reached the H-1B cap …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and eWeek
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Macworld UK:
Blu-ray tech advance integrates iPhone, iPod touch
K.C. Jones / InformationWeek:
Videotaped Florida Teen Beating Prompts Calls To Block Violent Content
Discussion: Web Scout and Salon
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
More On Lending Club - “No Longer a P2P Lender”
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM smacks rivals with 5.0GHz Power6 beast
Discussion: eWeek
Google LatLong:
Google Transit arrives in Chicago
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Homeland Security secretary proposes ‘Manhattan Project’
Discussion: eWeek
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: 6 percent of U.S. teens own iPhones
Discussion: Electronista
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Who's giving Vista a miss and waiting for Windows 7?
Discussion: WinBeta
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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
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
VMware offers up MacBook Air for Fusion switcher video
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Retailers: A Little Tired Of Paying For Your Shipping
Google Android News Android Forums:
Nokia N810 Running Google Android
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Put a finer point on your Gmail searches
Discussion: Computerworld and Webware.com
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Yahoo seems headed the way of PeopleSoft
James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia confirms ‘iPhone killer’ handset in pipeline
 

 
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