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10:05 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) …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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 …
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: Rough Type and Techdirt
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Let the PaaS wars begin  —  A month ago, I wrote about the plethora of PaaS options available from the cloud, setting out a five-layer model to categorize them.  With last night's announcement of Google App Engine, it's all stepped up a notch.  People are already talking about when Microsoft …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google App Engine: Launching a startup gets even easier  —  This is pretty cool.  Google launched App Engine, which lets you write code for a web application, then Google takes care of the scaling/failover/logistics-type issues.  You can store your data in a Google Bigtable using the Google File System (GFS).
Official Google Blog:   Developers, start your engines
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Google App Engine Goes Up Against Amazon, But That's Not the Point
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.
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Wal-Mart Abandons Windows DRM, Sony/BMG and Warner  —  As Wal-Mart switches to the MP3 music format and redesigns its music store, it leaves behind Microsoft's digital rights management technology, which prevented the songs it sold from being played on iPods.
Discussion: last100, Insanely Great Mac and Gizmodo
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.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
CBS Said to Consider Use of CNN in Reporting  —  CBS, the home of the most celebrated news division in broadcasting, has been in discussions with Time Warner about a deal to outsource some of its news-gathering operations to CNN, two executives briefed on the matter said Monday.
Elizabeth Olson / New York Times:
Bar Code Sales Tool Is Failing Campus Test  —  IN parts of Asia and Europe, marketers have been using bar code technology to help sell things to people on their cellphones.  A consumer can point a phone at something intriguing that bears a signature black-and-white square …
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.
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony's BDZ-A70 Blu-Ray Recorder Transfers to PSP: TV, not Disc
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big Content in worldwide “whisper campaign” against Fair Use
Discussion: TeleRead, Techdirt and Slashdot
IDG News Service:
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David Batty / Guardian:
UN uses Google to pinpoint refugee crises
Discussion: Ogle Earth
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John Oates / The Register:
EU demands Google slashes cookie retention times
Discussion: eWeek and
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Second-generation Eee PC to hit the Taiwan market later this month, say sources
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 In 2010, Microsoft Says  —  The expected release …
Discussion:, Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
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