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2:15 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Rips Down HuddleChat  —  Google showcased HuddleChat, a real-time chat application, as one of many test applications (directory here) to show off their new Google App Engine platform last night.  —  Some bloggers noted that the application was a rip off of Campfire, a 37Signals product.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Red Dog: Ray Ozzie's answer to the Google App Engine?  —  (Note: while we've been serving up a number of potential new Windows Live logos recently, this isn't one of them.  I just happen to like Clifford the Big Red Dog)  —  Much has been made recently about last night's announcement …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Red Dog: Yet another unannounced Microsoft cloud service
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
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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.
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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Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
Video on Flickr!  —  Also available in: Deutsch, , Español, Português  —  Video!  Video!  Video!  The rumours are true and “soon” is now.  We're thrilled to introduce video on Flickr.  If you're a pro member, you can now share videos up to 90 glorious seconds in your photostream.
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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 …
Symbian Smart Phones World:
Exclusive: Latest update on the hotly anticipated Nokia Tube - The Rumours are over - Hands on the Nokia “Tube”  —  + Exclusive: latest update on the hotly anticipated Nokia Tube  —  Hands on the Nokia “Tube”  —  The Rumours are over!  —  Now whether the phone was inadvertently …
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 startup, backed by Index Ventures, Accel Partners and others.  —  As part of the change, the company will move from it London HQ to Los Angeles.
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
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.
Discussion: Tech Tracks and Digital Daily
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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.
CupBoy / nihilogic:
Super Mario in 14kB Javascript  —  Here's an experiment in keepings things small and confined to one Javascript file.  There are no external image files or anything, everything is rendered with Javascript using either canvas elements or old fashioned div-making tactics (for IE).
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CrunchGear
 
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Waxy.org:
Waxy.org Redesigns  —  For the first time since I started blogging …
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm's Free Music ‘Boosts Sales’; Unlimited Services ‘To Kick In By 2012’
Discussion: last100
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Add-on Gets Updated
InfoWorld:
Microsoft jumps into European health-care market
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Advertising Spending Has Weakened—RBC
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Is FriendFeed a better News Feed?  Interview with FriendFeed Co-Founder Bret Taylor
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’
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
iPhone to Interface With PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Disc Movie Playback
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Analyst says Yahoo shareholders prefer Microsoft bid to nothing
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs:
Five reasons why Vista beats Mac OS X
Pallavi Gogoi / Business Week:
Is Circuit City Up for Sale?
Discussion: CNET News.com and DealBook
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Virtualization's Dark Side
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
Segway's new RMP!
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo, Gearlog and Tech Blog
John Markoff / New York Times:
Study Gives High Marks to U.S. Internet
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Staffers Livid Over Web Site
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