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10:55 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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Fills Out Forms & Crawls Results
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.
Pete Koomen / Google App Engine Blog:
We're up and running!  —  Google App Engine has been live …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hacker News Bans Valleywag  —  Hacker News, a small but influential digg/reddit-like tech news site hosted at Y Combinator, is asking its users if stories from Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag should be banned from the service. … After 20 hours of voting, 60% of the 400+ people who voted said yes to the ban.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nerds To Valleywag: Stay Off Our Site!  —  Hacker News, the Reddit-like tech/coder news site run by startup funders Y Combinator, is in the middle of making an interesting policy decision: Ban stories from Gawker Media's tech gossip blog Valleywag from its site... or not?
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 …
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
IBM creates working racetrack memory device
Discussion: broadstuff, TeleRead and Slashdot
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.
Erica Ogg / CNET
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 …
Anthony Klan / The Australian:
Google execs out of sight  —  THEY spend their days devising technology that eats away at privacy but when it comes to disclosing their own personal information the people behind Google's prying mapping systems are less than co-operative.  —  Google Australia is expected within months …
Kevin McLaughlin /
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 …
Tom Espiner / CNET   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.
Burger Shop  —  This game is for Macintosh  —  Visit 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 …
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
Elinor Mills / CNET
Microsoft not opposed to regulation of online privacy  —  Microsoft on Thursday issued its response to proposed Federal Trade Commission guidelines for online ad industry self-regulation, but the company wouldn't necessarily oppose regulation, a Microsoft representative said.
Discussion: The Social and
InfoWorld:   Microsoft proposes tiered privacy in online advertising
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
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