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2:40 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.  —  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) …
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.
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Google App Engine HuddleChat a Campfire Rip-Off?  —  Of all the App Engine apps in all the developer joints in all the Google universe, Google walks into a land mine: HuddleChat.  —  There's only one problem: HuddleChat is a dead ringer for 37signals Campfire, the leading web-based group chat for business.
Fred / A VC:
Can The Y Combinator Idea Turn Into A Movement?
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
HuddleChat: Did Google Just Rip Off 37Signals?
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
Experimenting with Google App Engine
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Nick / Rough Type:
Google unlocks its data centers
Discussion: CNET News.com
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Gain Access To Google's Infrastructure With Google App Engine
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
App Engine: Host Your Apps with Google
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
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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’ …
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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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
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Wal-Mart Refunding HD DVD Players Bought On or After Nov. 1  —  Wal-Mart is a little late to the HD DVD pity party, finally deciding to offer tokens to suckers who threw in with the dead format.  Until April 30, they'll refund any HD DVD player bought after Nov. 1, as long as you've got the original receipt …
Discussion: TG Daily and Electronista
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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 …
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
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 …
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
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.:
Clear Channel Radio Now Broadcasting 340+ HD Stations Compatible with iTunes Tagging via HD Digital Radio  —  Utilizes Company's Own Technology to Further Expand HD Radio Adoption  —  Clear Channel Radio today announced a milestone in the implementation of the HD Radio iTunes tagging feature …
Discussion: PC World and MacUser
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Find new people to follow on Twitter with Twubble  —  Twitter's really no fun unless you have a few interesting people to follow.  But what's the best way to find new Twitter users?  You could look at the friend lists for the people you already follow, but that could take forever.
Discussion: Mark Evans, FaceReviews and SheGeeks
 
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Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Philips Ending Production of TVs for U.S. Market
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Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Google Maps Give Close-Up View of UN Refugee Camps
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
RSA: Microsoft launches trusted Internet initiative; Aims for security dialogue
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Open source will not save education
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Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
MySong combines your singing voice with synth to make music
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Developer Lockdown reportedly iPinkBricks all dev units
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
RSA: IBM's project Phantom to lock down virtual machines
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Dongles power 3's data surge
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Morgan Keegan Cuts Rating To Underperform; Sees Slowdown …
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Michael Horowitz / CNET News.com:
Don't get burned by Windows Update
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Courts chip away at Web sites' decade-old legal shield
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm admits ‘over zealous’ editing of Wikipedia article
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Wal-Mart Abandons Windows DRM, Sony/BMG and Warner
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