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3:30 PM ET, April 8, 2008

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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 …
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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 (Update: we've built and launched a test application here).  —  Google isn't just talking about hosting applications in the cloud any more.
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 …
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.
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.
Jackson West / Valleywag:
GOOGLE APP ENGINE CAN'T HANDLE DEMAND FOR GOOGLE APP ENGINE The sign-in page for Google's new App Engine platform apparently runs on App Engine — and ran out of it's server allocation this morning, triggering the error message above when a tipster tried to sign up.
Discussion: Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google App Engine: History's Next Step or Monopolistic Boondoggle?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Fred / A VC:
Can The Y Combinator Idea Turn Into A Movement?
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:   Experimenting with Google App Engine
Nick / Rough Type:
Google unlocks its data centers
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 …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Ballmer's Secret Weapon
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 …
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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’ …
Discussion: last100, Engadget and MacDailyNews
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 …
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Emily Green / Wall Street Journal:
Dollars for HD Losers  —  Did you plop down big dollars for a high-definition DVD player using Toshiba's HD DVD format — which recently lost the battle with Sony's Blu-ray format?  —  Well, depending where you bought it, you may be eligible for a refund or a gift card to ease the disappointment.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Wal-Mart Refunding HD DVD Players Bought On or After Nov. 1
Discussion: Electronista, Ubergizmo and TG Daily
Google Android News Android Forums:
Nokia N810 Running Google Android  —  First it was the Sharp Zaurus and the Armadillo 500, now it's the turn of the Nokia N810.  Yup, Google Android has been successfully installed on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet and it works too.  —  The Wiki page at elinux.org details the install guide …
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
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.
Discussion: PC World
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Unlocked iPhone Shopping Guide: World Tour Edition (AAPL)  —  Why can't Apple (AAPL) keep enough iPhones in stock in its U.S. stores?  One theory: Because so many are being bought to be “unlocked” and resold overseas.  —  We've seen plenty of anecdotal reports of tourists leaving the U.S. full of iPhones (or trying to).
Discussion: Apple 2.0
ChairmanMEOW / MEOW! Blog:
Sonopia Ceases Operations - Another Victim on the US MVNO Scene  —  (Disclaimer: I have been part of the journey of this company in 2006 until early 2007 as a bizdev consultant so this serves as a healthy self-criticism.)  Sources familiar with the matter today reported that Sonopia …
 
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
RSA: Microsoft launches trusted Internet initiative; Aims for security dialogue
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm admits ‘over zealous’ editing of Wikipedia article