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1:45 PM 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) …
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 …
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.
Fred / A VC:
Can The Y Combinator Idea Turn Into A Movement?  —  Most readers of this blog know what Y Combinator is.  Hell, last month two of the top five referrers were affiliated with Y Combinator.  But for those who don't know, Y Combinator was started by Paul Graham and now runs two programs a year …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
App Engine: Host Your Apps with Google
Nick / Rough Type:
Google unlocks its data centers
Discussion: CNET
SmoothSpan Blog:   Well Done Google App Engine, Congratulations Python!
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google App Engine: Launching a startup gets even easier
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Tech Ticker
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Ballmer's Secret Weapon
Bill Evans / Apple:
Final Cut Server Now Shipping  —  Apple® today announced that Final Cut® Server, a powerful software solution for media asset management and workflow automation, is now shipping.  A scaleable server application, Final Cut Server automatically catalogs large collections of assets …
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Final Cut Server finally shipping, one year later
Discussion: MacRumors, Macworld and MacDailyNews
Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm admits ‘over zealous’ editing of Wikipedia article  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Updated Phorm has admitted that it deleted key factual parts of the Wikipedia article about the huge controversy fired by its advertising profiling deals with BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse.
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET
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.
Anne Broache / CNET
Courts chip away at Web sites' decade-old legal shield  —  For more than a decade, Web site operators have enjoyed a broad legal shield against lawsuits filed over material posted by their users, which has let user-driven sites like YouTube and flourish.
Discussion: Slashdot
I'm Not Actually a Geek:
When Your Blog Is LouisGrayCrunched...  Start-ups can go through the Slashdot Effect, the Digg Effect or be TechCrunched.  Well, five blogs were LouisGrayCrunched on yesterday.  —  Louis Gray is a top blogger in the tech world.  He covers a lot of good tech topics, perhaps best known for his early and bullish coverage of FriendFeed.
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Developer Lockdown reportedly iPinkBricks all dev units  —  Reports are streaming into TUAW that official iPhone developers have been hit this morning by the Pink Screen of Expired Release.  Their beta licenses for the current 1.2/2.0 firmware distribution have expired as of 12:01am April 8th.
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Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
RSA's Coviello: Let's cook up a thinking security defense system
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Open source will not save education
Discussion: The Chronicle …
Business Wire:
3Dconnexion Unveils SpaceNavigator for Notebooks 3D Mouse …
Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
MySong combines your singing voice with synth to make music
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and New Scientist
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Unlocked iPhone Shopping Guide: World Tour Edition (AAPL)
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
RSA: IBM's project Phantom to lock down virtual machines
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Dongles power 3's data surge
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Morgan Keegan Cuts Rating To Underperform; Sees Slowdown …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Michael Horowitz / CNET
Don't get burned by Windows Update
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony's BDZ-A70 Blu-Ray Recorder Transfers to PSP: TV, not Disc
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The Next Generation Search Engine - Cluuz
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Wal-Mart Abandons Windows DRM, Sony/BMG and Warner
Elizabeth Olson / New York Times:
Bar Code Sales Tool Is Failing Campus Test