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5:55 AM ET, April 12, 2008

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louisgray.com:
Should Fractured Feed Reader Comments Raise Blog Owners' Ire?  —  One of the more frequently mentioned suggestions for avid Google Reader users is the addition of comments to the service, so RSS readers could respond to blog posts, either directly from the reader and back to the originating blog …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Shyftr: Feed theft or social news reader?  —  I checked into Twitter this evening to find a message from Louis Gray — who seems to be everywhere in social-media these days — about Shyftr, a new community for sharing RSS feeds.  Cool, I thought.  Maybe it's like a new version of Google Reader, or FriendFeed.
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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Nerds To Valleywag: Stay Off Our Site!
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 …
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
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 …
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 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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Reports of Windows' demise are greatly exaggerated  —  I was planning to avoid posting about Gartner's “Windows will collapse under its own weight” presentation from earlier this week because I felt it was a bunch of hype that didn't provide any new insights or conclusions.
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Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Refocusing The Blog  —  Time for a change of focus for Webomatica.  —  Lately, I find myself agreeing with “technology avoidance” articles like Scoble turning off the Internet, Hugh quitting Twitter, Mark Evans declaring RSS feed bankruptcy, ignoring TechMeme and Mashable, and tech bloggers overwhelmed by stress.
Discussion: WinExtra
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’
eWeek:
Driving IT Innovation at General Motors  —  Table of Contents:  —  Driving IT Innovation at General Motors  —  GM CIO Ralph Szygenda discusses the outsourcing payoff and plans for the future. … It has been nearly two years since GM handed out its IT outsourcing contracts.
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
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.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Stitch Photos Into Panoramas with Free Software  —  You can get decent photos out of a standard, consumer-grade digital camera, but a little post-processing can turn them into fantastic wide-angle landscapes.  You don't need to be one of those people who can explain the concept …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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.
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InfoWorld:   Microsoft proposes tiered privacy in online advertising
 
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Simon / SimonWaldman.net:
Flexible screens - why am I so grumpy?
Sara Corbett / New York Times:
Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?
Discussion: Beet.TV
John Markoff / Bits:
The Coming of the Holodeck  —  Virtuality reality at a desktop computer …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
The rise of the Malware Mafia
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
BART in talks for systemwide Wi-Fi service
Discussion: Autopia
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Big tech companies accused of overstating patent problems
BBC:
Europe rejects anti-piracy plans
Discussion: Gizmodo and p2pnet
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Notebook Exposes More Exporting Options
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Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
See More on Yahoo! Maps  —  The Yahoo! Maps team is happy …
LAW.com:
Apple Hires HP's Top Corporate Lawyer
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Security Guru Gives Hackers a Taste of Their Own Medicine
MacGameStore.com:
Burger Shop  —  This game is for Macintosh  —  Visit Reall …
John Oates / The Register:
Met police plans to track cops by GPS
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
L'affaire Yahoo is tres banale to Madison Ave.
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
 

 
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