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5:00 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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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
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 …
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 …
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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple notebook lines to see major design changes, sources say  —  Apple Inc.'s existing MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks will be the last of their breed, as both product families are destined for major design changes upon their next refresh, AppleInsider has learned.
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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After their top executives traded recriminations in an exchange of letters, Microsoft and Yahoo continued their stalemate, with Yahoo shareholders expected to play an increasingly large role in the takeover battle.
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?
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
RSA Conference: Web Page Can Take Over Your Router  —  Researcher Dan Kaminsky tomorrow will show attendees of the RSA security conference how a Web-based attack could be used to seize control of certain routers.  —  Kaminsky has spent the past year studying how design flaws …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
HP strikes chord with Mini-Note PC  —  The biggest name in computing is joining the growing mini-notebook fray.  —  On Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard is expected to officially announce the availability of the Mini-Note PC.  The device will begin shipping next week.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun review- hands on with the HP Mini-Note UMPC
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foreclosures Shown On Scary, Encroaching Heat Maps  —  If you want to see in stark colors exactly how the mortgage credit crisis is spreading across the country, go to real estate search site HotPads and look at the foreclosure heat maps in your area.  These are map mashups that take foreclosure data …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
The $10 billion state bond for high-speed trains — good for Silicon Valley, good for California?  —  We've covered electric sports cars, electric three-wheeled cars and other forms of clean transportation that Silicon Valley investors have been pumping money into over the last several years.
Kyle Monson / AppScout:
The Future of Travel Search  —  My feature story today on PCMag.com, Web Sites for Cheap Flights, has 10 sites worth checking out if you're planning on flying somewhere in the near future.  I'm actually planning a trip myself right now, so I know the headache of schlepping from site to site in search of the best price.
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  Back in February, we posted about the release of a couple of prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  While several million customers installed the updates successfully, you may have read that a few customers experienced an endless reboot cycle …
 
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Eric Pryne / The Seattle Times:
Seattle Times Co. to cut 200 jobs at flagship paper
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 In 2010, Microsoft Says  —  The expected release …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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New Massive Botnet Twice the Size of Storm
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IT cost cutting 101  —  It's a sad commentary on IT spending …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
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InfoWorld:
Nokia readies iPhone response
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
“Deep Integration” Between Google Apps and Salesforce to Be Announced Next Monday
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Google's US Search Market Dominance Hits All Time High
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mossberg: 3G iPhone coming in 60 days
Darren Waters / BBC:
Search engines warned over data
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking! TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked