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8:45 PM ET, April 11, 2008

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Crawling through HTML forms  —  Google is constantly trying new ideas to improve our coverage of the web.  We already do some pretty smart things like scanning JavaScript and Flash to discover links to new web pages, and today, we would like to talk about another new technology we've started experimenting with recently.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Fills Out Forms & Crawls Results  —  One of the biggest search challenges has long been that the major search engines like Google cannot crawl material that can only be retrieved through the use of forms.  Now Google is filling out those form to obtain the information previously hidden, the company has announced.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
The problem with Google Apps Engine  —  If you are considering taking advantage of the new Google App Engine service from Google, I suggest you read this article first.  There are some hidden facts that you should be aware of before making your decision to adopt this platform.
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Pete Koomen / Google App Engine Blog:
We're up and running!  —  Google App Engine has been live …
Royal Pingdom:
Map of all Google data center locations  —  Data Center Knowledge recently published a “Google Data Center FAQ”.  As most other web geeks, we here at Pingdom tend to find this kind of information quite fascinating.  We have extracted some interesting tidbits, and also used the information …
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
New chip will let an iPod store 500,000 songs  —  A new storage technology will pave the way for MP3 players and other gadgets to store a hundred times more information  —  Mobile phones, iPods and other consumer devices may soon be able to hold a hundred times more information …
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Paul Marks / New Scientist:
IBM creates working racetrack memory device
Discussion: broadstuff, TeleRead and Slashdot
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
TiVo patent win against EchoStar upheld  —  Updated at 11:45 a.m. PDT with Dish Network's statement.  —  Another court has upheld TiVo's patent suit against EchoStar Communications.  —  A U.S. Appeals Court on Friday denied EchoStar's appeal on an earlier court ruling …
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Gary Morgenthaler / Business Week:
Apple's OS Edge Is a Threat to Microsoft  —  A recent upgrade to the Mac operating system moves Apple closer to challenging Microsoft for overall computing dominance, even in the corporate market  —  The 20-year death grip that Microsoft has held on the core of computing is finally weakening—pried loose with just two fingers.
Kevin McLaughlin / crn.com:
Microsoft Exec: UAC Designed To ‘Annoy Users’  —  The User Account Control in Windows Vista improves security by reducing application privileges from administrative to standard levels, but UAC has been widely criticized for the nagging alerts it generates.  According to one Microsoft executive …
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:   Microsoft: Vista feature designed to ‘annoy users’
WatchingTV Online:
HULU WORKING ON GLOBAL STREAMING DISTRIBUTION  —  One nice message from hulu, when I connected this morning from Switzerland.  Finally, someone cares about (frustrated) non US viewers.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Gives International Users a Sign
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Windows is a glacier and glaciers don't melt overnight  —  Boy this Windows collapsing under its own weight argument has some legs.  —  A few points about this Gartner presentation two days ago, which has raised quite a ruckus on Techmeme.  The analysts argued Wednesday morning that Windows …
Discussion: CNET News.com, Slashdot and PC World
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gartner Says Vista Will Collapse.  And That's Why The Yahoo Deal Must Happen
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
See More on Yahoo! Maps  —  The Yahoo! Maps team is happy to announce the single biggest imagery update on maps.yahoo.com since the program inception.  While we've steadily added new cities around the world every month (over 500 now) since the beginning, we haven't made as much of a change in the US until today.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
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Virtual Earth:
The New Release of Live Maps and Virtual Earth 3D is now Live!
MacGameStore.com:
Burger Shop  —  This game is for Macintosh  —  Visit ReallyNeatGames.com for PC Windows Games  —  After receiving a set of strange blueprints in the mail, you build an extraordinary food-making contraption and open a restaurant.  Your goal?  To make food and satisfy customers while you explore …
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
BART in talks for systemwide Wi-Fi service  —  More than 8,000 BART riders have been quietly surfing the Internet on trains and stations in downtown San Francisco and along a stretch of track in Hayward as part of a pilot project that could be expanded systemwide.
Discussion: Autopia
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
GitHub: A Social Network for Programmers  —  Git is a decentralized version control system created by Linus Torvalds that is used by a number of open source projects, most notably perhaps the Linux kernel.  GitHub is a new hosted Git repository service that's being called a “social network” for programmers and with good reason.
Discussion: Labnotes and Ruby Inside
Matt Pace / Compete Blog:
Obama v. Clinton: Ignore the Media Hype, This Race Isn't Close  —  With the majority of primary votes cast over a month ago, March was likely met with a fair amount of disappointment by anyone hoping the hoopla surrounding the presidential race would quiet down, if only for a moment.
 
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Anthony Klan / The Australian:
Google execs out of sight
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
NVIDIA Promises Powerful, Sub-$45 Processing Platform to Counter Intel
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft not opposed to regulation of online privacy
Discussion: Microsoft and The Social
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Big tech companies accused of overstating patent problems
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Stitch Photos Into Panoramas with Free Software
BBC:
Europe rejects anti-piracy plans
Discussion: Gizmodo and p2pnet
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Notebook Exposes More Exporting Options
LAW.com:
Apple Hires HP's Top Corporate Lawyer
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Security Guru Gives Hackers a Taste of Their Own Medicine
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
L'affaire Yahoo is tres banale to Madison Ave.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
MediaSentry apparently ignoring Mass. cease-and-desist order
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Library of Congress exhibit shows future of digital archives
space-travel.com:
Boeing Patent Shuts Down AMC-14 Lunar Flyby Salvage Attempt
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Powerset: Don't call us a search engine
Discussion: Data Mining
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Launching ToDo List Product?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
On the Menu at the Yahoo Top Managers Lunch Yesterday: Fear and AOL-oathing