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12:50 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) …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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  —  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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Google unlocks its data centers
Discussion: CNET News.com
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google App Engine: Launching a startup gets even easier
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
SmoothSpan Blog:   Well Done Google App Engine, Congratulations Python!
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 and MacDailyNews
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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.
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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
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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Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Final Cut Server finally shipping, one year later
Discussion: MacRumors, Macworld and MacDailyNews
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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Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Yahoo seems headed the way of PeopleSoft
Discussion: Tech Ticker
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.
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 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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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 MySpace.com flourish.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
RSA: IBM's project Phantom to lock down virtual machines
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BBC:
Innovators shortlisted for award
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New York Times:
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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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Wal-Mart Abandons Windows DRM, Sony/BMG and Warner
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
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