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11:55 AM ET, April 10, 2008

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Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY I DELETED MY TWITTER ACCOUNT  —  It's no big deal.  I liked Twitter.  But I found it too easy.  —  I think my time would be better spent drawing cartoons and writing books.  —  That's just how I feel.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Introduces Tool for Avoiding Traffic Jams  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Thursday plans to introduce a Web-based service for driving directions that incorporates complex software models to help users avoid traffic jams.  —  The new service's software technology, called Clearflow …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Updates Layout, Now With Tabs And Statistics  —  YouTube has quietly launch a new layout on video pages with a new tab focused layout and video statistics (pic above).  —  The first change in the consolidation of Share, Favorites, Playlists and Flag into a dedicated tab driven box.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Personal InfoCloud
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Fred / A VC:
We Need A New Path To Liquidity  —  Watching all these machinations between Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, AOL, News Corp/MySpace, and their ilk makes me sick.  They are playing around with Internet assets like they are toys.  And meanwhile the services we have come to rely on like Flickr …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy  —  Everybody remain calm.  —  While it might have looked like it was the rapture for major Internet players yesterday-what with everyone and his mother getting sucked up into the Yahoo-Microsoft takeover tussle and disappearing into the ether of confusion …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry Strikes Back, Part 2: Yahoo-AOL May Announce Merger Next Week*  —  The WSJ confirms that a Yahoo-AOL deal may be imminent.  Earlier, Rafat Ali at PaidContent had speculated that the Yahoo-Google search partnership could pave the way for a Yahoo-AOL merger announcement, perhaps as early as next week.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Another Surprise Twist, AOL-Yahoo Deal Said to Be Close At Hand
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget gets a new look and adds Switched to the family!  —  It's been well over a year since our last big redesign, which in gadget time means our last design was unveiled circa original Walkman.  So we're freshening up the whole joint — all seven sites — with a brand new design.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Regroups Blogs, Launches AOL Tech Network
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and The Blog Herald
Richard Felton / TG Daily:
Apple 's 3G iPhone to be priced from $399  —  Chicago (IL) - We just came across a few more interesting 3G iPhone details.  Industry sources told TG Daily that the device in fact will launch at WWDC 2008, in two or possible three different configurations, and prices starting at $399.
Economist:
Start making sense  —  Big and small companies are getting into the business of building an intelligent web of linked data  —  SOME new ideas take wing spontaneously.  Others struggle to be born.  The “semantic web” is definitely in the latter category.  But it may have found its midwife in Reuters, a business-information company.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and broadstuff
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Blockbuster eyes streaming to TVs  —  Apple TV is getting some competition from Blockbuster.  —  The home video giant is developing a set-top device for streaming films directly to TV sets and is expected to announce the offering sometime this month.  —  Blockbuster declined comment …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MySpaceTV inks international distribution deal  —  The MySpaceTV show ‘Quarterlife’ is going international  —  MySpace is a social-networking site that behaves increasingly like an entertainment conglomerate.  —  MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is expected to announce Thursday morning …
Discussion: Mashable!, AppScout and NewTeeVee
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
MySpace signs TV show deal
Discussion: The Social Times and p2pnet
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Nationwide alert system: Text messages  —  In 2006, Congress passed the Warning Alert and Response Network Act, required upgrades to the nation's emergency alert system.  At least part of the plan the FCC has come up with involves the groundbreaking technology of ... text messaging.
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Associated Press:
Text Alerts to Cellphones in Emergency Are Approved
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Can't Get Their Price, Goes For Fundraising Instead Of Sale  —  Web chat startup Meebo has been working with investment bank Montgomery & Co. for the last few months to either find a buyer or raise a big new round of financing.  The rumor was they were looking for a $250 million valuation.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Future of Broadband: We're Totally Screwed  —  As turtle-tastic as broadband is in the US compared to Asia, other than Time Warner's experiment to charge by the byte, at least consumption-based billing has mostly been a problem for Canadians.  Until now.
Discussion: Digg
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vying Hard to Claim Tiny Crown  —  Well, this ought to be good.  —  Last week, Sony released its HDR-TG1, which it calls the world's smallest full high-definition camcorder.  Which is a little odd, because Panasonic just released its HDC-SD9, which it claims is the world's smallest full hi-def camcorder.
Discussion: Salon
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM backs the truth up out there with FilesX
Discussion: InfoWorld
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
RSA: Cyber Storm II Builds Network To Defend Against Cyber Crisis
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Researchers map Internet black holes
Discussion: uwnews.org and DSLreports
Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
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Opera Mini for Android
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AdBrite Launches Open Targeting Exchange
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Ben Fullerton / Twitter Blog:
A little spring cleaning
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comScore:
comScore Video Metrix Launched in U.K., France, Germany and Canada
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone contacts search and meeting invite revealed
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Pretty as a picture: make an artistic statement with the new …
Discussion: Tech Digest, Gizmodo and Engadget
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