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5:50 PM ET, April 8, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Mac Beach
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:   Experimenting with Google App Engine
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Google App Engine HuddleChat a Campfire Rip-Off?
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google App Engine: History's Next Step or Monopolistic Boondoggle?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Nelson's Weblog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Jumps Head First Into Web Services With Google App Engine
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mossberg: I Have No Idea When 3G iPhone Is Coming, And I Don't Care  —  That Walt Mossberg prediction about a 3G iPhone in June?  Hold off on that, says Walt Mossberg.  The Wall Street Journal's personal tech guru tells us he has no idea when Apple (AAPL) is releasing its next phone.
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
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 …
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Want to Expand Your Twitter Friends?  Try Twubble  —  Twubble: Rating:  —  Want to Expand Your Twitter Friends?  Try Twubble.  If you want to follow more people and listen more effectively then this is a great twitter tool for you.  Twubble will actually look at your friends list …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Ways to Find More Friends on Twitter
Discussion: Mark Evans
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.
Discussion: PC World and
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
EMC Buys 90s High Flyer Iomega For $213 Million  —  Storage giant EMC is buying Iomega for $213 million in cash, a slight premium above its $200 million market cap at the close of trading today.  Iomega, which makes portable hard drives and Zip drives, will become the core of EMC's consumer and small business storage device business.
Discussion: CNET and Gearlog
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Developer Lockdown reportedly iPinkBricks all dev units  —  Readers report that update 5A240d is now available on the Dev Portal  —  Reports are streaming into TUAW that official iPhone developers have been hit this morning by the Pink Screen of Expired Release.
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 …
iBig Box, the world's largest iPod dock  —  Presenting the world's largest iPod dock the iBig Box.  It is inflatable and comes with complete with two speakers, iPod dock, and fabric controls similar to the ones you find on iPod jackets.  Other MP3 players and audio devices can be connected to it as well.
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 details the install guide …
Cuill is banned on 10,000 sites  —  Be careful while you debug your crawler...  Webmasters these days get very touchy about letting new spiders walk all over their sites.  There are so many scraper bots, email harvesters, exploit probers, students running Nutch on gigabit university pipes …
Andrew McLaughlin / Google Public Policy Blog:
How Google determines the names for bodies of water in Google Earth  —  Hundreds of millions of users around the world use Google Earth.  Many of them have strong — and sometimes conflicting — opinions about how places should be named and where borders should be drawn.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Video: The Truth According To Wikipedia
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wal-Mart Ditches DRM... And Lots Of Major Label Music With It
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
VMware offers up MacBook Air for Fusion switcher video
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Pulling a Fast One: A Clever Internet Marketer Is Trying to Trademark “SEO”
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Retailers: A Little Tired Of Paying For Your Shipping
Meredith Whittaker / Official Google Docs Blog:
Social spreadsheeting  —  All of us who are Google employees …
Discussion: WebProNews
Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
Crucial tool now tells all about your Mac's memory
Discussion: MacUser
PC World:
Blu-ray Tech Advance Integrates iPhone, iPod Touch
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Lenovo's Ideapad U8 interface scrolls like butter, looks like candy
Discussion: The Tech Report
ChairmanMEOW / MEOW! Blog:
Sonopia Ceases Operations - Another Victim on the US MVNO Scene
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Google Maps Give Close-Up View of UN Refugee Camps
Discussion: TG Daily
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Unlocked iPhone Shopping Guide: World Tour Edition (AAPL)
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