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10:30 AM ET, April 12, 2008


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Alina Tugend / New York Times:
At a Certain Age, Simplicity Sells in High-Tech Gadgets  —  ALL right, everyone under the age of 40, go run around the block or something.  This column is not for you.  —  It is for people like me, inching toward 50, who are, let us say, not technology-averse, but do not embrace it with the unquestioning love that our children do.
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Fine, I'll Say It: Shyftr Crosses The Line  —  Well, I can already tell what the headlining post this weekend is going to be on Techmeme (or bitchmeme, a la MG), and its going to probably revolve around Shyftr, a relatively new service in the RSS aggregating category (and lo, since I started writing, it has begun!)
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
Mathew /   Shyftr: Feed theft or social news reader?
‘Amazon Tax’ Lands in New York  —  Controversial new law shifts collection requirement to online retailers in a move that other states could follow, but legal uncertainties abound.  —  With the passage of the hotly debated state budget last night, New York legislators approved a bill …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Slashdot
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 …
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!
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Meet Facebook's new number two  —  Sheryl Sandberg has held high-profile jobs at the World Bank, the Treasury Department and Google.  Her latest challenge?  Making Facebook as profitable as it is popular.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — This is only day 13 on the job for Sheryl Sandberg …
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Comparing Amazon's and Google's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Offerings  —  The announcement this week that Google released a beta version of a robust cloud computing platform called Google App Engine that lets anyone build apps on Google's renowned and highly scalable infrastructure underscored …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
The problem with Google Apps Engine
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Competitor OLX Raises $13.5M  —  According to co-founder Fabrice Grinda, “OLX is probably the largest classified site no one has ever heard of.”  And now it's also the most funded classified site no one has ever heard of, having secured an additional $13.5M in Series B funding today …
Discussion: Quintura blog
John Markoff / Bits:
The Coming of the Holodeck  —  Virtuality reality at a desktop computer has always seemed so — how should I say it? — unreal.  —  Now a new generation of inexpensive video cameras that sense 3D information is taking a tiny step toward the Star Trek Holodeck.
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
Sara Corbett / New York Times:
Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?  —  If you need to reach Jan Chipchase, the best, and sometimes only, way to get him is on his cellphone.  The first time I spoke to him last fall, he was at home in his apartment in Tokyo.  The next time, he was in Accra, the capital of Ghana, in West Africa.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Smart Mobs
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
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.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone to Support GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, Nike+, Battle Hackers
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Lessons From Twitter: #1  —  A number of years ago now …
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Refocusing The Blog  —  Time for a change of focus for Webomatica.
Discussion: WinExtra and Mark Evans
Simon /
Flexible screens - why am I so grumpy?
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
Elinor Mills / CNET
Microsoft not opposed to regulation of online privacy
Anne Broache / CNET
Big tech companies accused of overstating patent problems
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Discussion: Labnotes and Ruby Inside
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
See More on Yahoo! Maps  —  The Yahoo! Maps team is happy …
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Security Guru Gives Hackers a Taste of Their Own Medicine
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