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3:25 PM ET, April 9, 2008

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Nate Westheimer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's App Engine: Aiming At Facebook, Not Amazon  —  There's no shortage of stories about Google's newly launched App Engine, but almost all of them get it wrong — because they compare the new service to Amazon's EC2 and S3 services (AMZN).  —  If the Silicon Valley echo chamber wants …
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Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs:
Five reasons why Vista beats Mac OS X  — IT TOPICS:Desktop Applications, Enterprise Software & Services, Macintosh & Apple, Operating Systems, Software, Windows & Microsoft  —  The conventional wisdom, that Mac's OS X is superior to Windows Vista, is flat-out wrong.
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Duncan / duncanriley.com:   Computerworld Late To April Fools
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mac security not so much about the Mac  —  SAN FRANCISCO …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
We need a Wikipedia for data  —  I just started blogging.  I am not sure what I want to write about, but I think one theme will be “things I want but want someone else to build.”  This article describes one of those things.  —  At Google, I worked on a number of projects that required data from third party data sources.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   Open-sourcing factual data, Wikipedia style
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Exec to OpenX; OpenX to L.A.  —  Former Yahoo Senior Vice President Tim Cadogan will take the CEO job at OpenX, the popular open-source ad server start-up, backed by Index Ventures, Accel Partners and others.  —  As part of the change, the company will move from its London HQ to Los Angeles.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo's Senior VP, Tim Cadogan, Leaves Yahoo For OpenX; Google Ad Manager Competitor
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Saw The Future Of Social Networking The Other Day  —  Anyone who's been reading this blog for more than a few months knows I'm bullish on mobile social networking.  —  The space is wide open at this point - no one has created an application that has gotten enough traction to go mainstream.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire IndexTools' Analytics Business  —  Acquisition intended to enhance platform for comprehensive Web  —  analytics and extend offerings for on-line marketers  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that it has entered …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Latest iPhone 2.0 beta reveals 3G chipset  —  Hidden away in the latest test firmware for iPhone developers is the mention of the chipset that will power third-generation cellular Internet access in Apple's next generation of the device.  —  Discovered by the creators of the popular ZiPhone jailbreak …
BBC:
BBC announces Nintendo Wii deal  —  The BBC's iPlayer video service will soon be available via the Nintendo Wii.  —  The video download and streaming service that lets people catch up with BBC programmes will soon be a channel on the hugely popular game console.
Discussion: last100, Opposable Thumbs and Joystiq
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
New RIAA Argument: Throwing A Promo CD In The Garbage = Unauthorized Distribution  —  from the next-up:-picking-your-nose=distribution dept  —  Last summer, the EFF sued Universal Music Group, after UMG had eBay takedown the sales of certain CDs.  The CDs were promotional CDs …
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
UMG Says Throwing Away Promo CDs is Illegal
Discussion: joegratz.net
John Markoff / New York Times:
Study Gives High Marks to U.S. Internet  —  South Koreans played video games in Seoul last month.  South Korea rose 10 places to ninth in the ranking of network services for the World Economic Forum.  The United States was fourth.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Contradicting earlier studies …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Report: U.S. ranked No. 4 for networked readiness
Adobe:
Adobe Media Player Now Available  —  For immediate release  —  New Adobe AIR Application Redefines Next-Generation TV Experiences for Viewers and Broadcasters  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Media Player 1.0 software.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Legg Mason Wades Into the Yahoo Fray  —  Manager Says Shareholder Would Back Independence If Microsoft Lowers Its Bid  —  A major Yahoo Inc. shareholder said Microsoft Corp. “blundered” last weekend by threatening a hostile Yahoo takeover at a lower price.
New York Times:
Economy Has Become a Drag on Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Housing prices in Silicon Valley remain defiantly high.  New BMWs and Saabs cruise Highway 101.  But for the first time there are signs that the current economic downturn is taking its toll on the country's cradle of technology and innovation.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: AOL's Lewis Dvorkin Exiting As Head Of News And Sports Programming  —  PaidContent has learned that Lewis Dvorkin is leaving his post as SVP, AOL News and Sports, on May 1, with plans to start his own content company.  Dvorkin, a media veteran who has held top editorial positions at Forbes …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
corp.aol.com:
Platform-A's Advertising.com Launches a Self-Service Solution for Publishers  —  AOL today announced that Advertising.com is launching PubAccess, a Web-based, self-serve interface for publishers to join the Advertising.com network.  PubAccess is designed for small publishers to easily manage …
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
IE8 beta 1 is released in Chinese (Simplified) and German
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Windows collapsing under its own weight; Radical change needed
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Teen iPhone share seen doubling as iPod, iTunes flatten
Discussion: Infinite Loop and iLounge
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Vignette To Acquire Video White Labeler Vidavee For $6.6 Million …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and HipMojo.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Stiffs Nonprofits, Launches Second Rate Widget Builder With No Hosting
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Defendants: RIAA's private eyes are watching us—illegally
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm's Free Music ‘Boosts Sales’; Unlimited Services ‘To Kick In By 2012’
Discussion: last100 and TG Daily
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Add-on Gets Updated
 Earlier Items: 
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Inevitable: The Bastard Offspring of a Fridge Magnet and Digital Photo Frame
Bill Ray / The Register:
O2 PR calls Reg readers ‘techie nerds’
Discussion: MobHappy and broadstuff
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
iPhone to Interface With PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Disc Movie Playback
Mercury News:
Analyst says Yahoo shareholders prefer Microsoft bid to nothing
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Virtualization's Dark Side
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Staffers Livid Over Web Site
Discussion: Internet Alchemy
CupBoy / nihilogic:
Super Mario in 14kB Javascript
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog
 

 
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