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3:30 AM ET, April 14, 2008


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Details On The Google-Salesforce “Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” Alliance  —  On Monday, Google and Salesforce are officially announcing the complete integration of Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail, and Gtalk) and Salesforce's online enterprise apps.  TechCrunch broke the story last week.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Scobleizer
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft  —  Google and, two of Microsoft's most conspicuous rivals, are expanding a 10-month-old collaboration in an effort to accelerate their sales of customer management and office software to businesses.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET
Google, Salesforce link up for business apps  —  It has hardly been a well-kept secret.  Now, and Google have made it official: they're linking up to offer Google Apps integrated with's CRM (customer relationship management) applications.
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:   Cloud Watching: Google and Band Together
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquired By Live Universe  —  Pageflakes, an Ajax home page service that originally launched in Germany in late 2005, has been acquired by Los Angeles based Live Universe, sources tell us.  The deal has not yet been announced, and both Live Universe and Pageflakes refuse to comment.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Clock Ticking On Pageflakes?  —  Personalized web page startup Pageflakes has run into trouble and is desperately seeking a buyer, according to our sources.  The company is rumored to be running low on cash and will join the dot.gone club unless it can find last-minute buyers.
Discussion: WebGuild
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)  —  It's not easy to write a book.  First you have to pick a title.  And then there is the table of contents.  If you want the book to be categorized, either by a bookseller or a library, it has to be assigned …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
How to Lose Followers and Alienate a Community  —  It seems like there have been quite a few Bitchmemes this week, but the one from yesterday/today about Andrew Baron (founder of RocketBoom) auctioning off his Twitter account takes the cake.  —  Part of me is thinking: Who the hell would buy someone else's Twitter account?
Discussion: Scobleizer and Capitol Valley
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Founder Puts His Twitter Account On Sale
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Incredibly Shrinking Music Biz — EMI Shutting Down Some Asian Offices — EMI, one of the global music majors, is shutting down some of its offices in Asia.  Offices in Thailand and Singapore have already been shuttered, while regional headquarters in Hong King are ready for the grim reaper, Music 2.0 reports.
Discussion: Voices
Maths / Music 2.0:   EMI Closing Asian Offices - Major Labels' Global Foibles Exposed
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTorrent Goes Legal, and Up For Sale  —  In just a matter of weeks since its launch, YouTorrent has become one of the most popular BitTorrent meta-search engines.  This weekend, however, it revealed a shift in strategy and it now only indexes sites that host torrent files linking to “licensed” content.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can't Go Dead  —  GrandCentral, Google's $50 million phone company, has been down all morning (see overview of service here).  And that means every single user who has started using their GrandCentral phone number isn't able to receive any calls.
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: We're serious about Internet safety and privacy  —  At RSA Conference 2008, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, announced his company's “End to End Trust vision,” which aims to give users more control over what is trustworthy online.
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wi-Fi poised for pilot flights at 4 airlines  —  Wireless Internet is literally taking off.  We're talking cruising at 35,000 feet above the Earth.  —  A handful of airlines are poised to offer wireless Internet access inside their planes, giving passengers the ability to answer e-mails …
Shyftr Responds to Critics, Alters RSS Commenting Strategy  —  Friday night's discussion around the fragmenting of comments between blogs, FriendFeed and RSS readers grew well beyond what I had expected.  While the issue of comments and where they should live, relative to the original blog …
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March Madness On Demand Stats: 4.7 Million Unique Video Player Users …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Beaming Online Services Toward Blacks
Josh Lowensohn /
Mibbit: IRC so easy, your mom could use it
Discussion: Mashable!
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Instant Digital Prints (and Polaroid Nostalgia)
Discussion: Digg
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Google TV Ads: Buy The People, For The People
Discussion: DSLreports and Googling Google
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index the Invisible Web
Discussion: Datawocky
 Earlier Items: 
John Markoff / New York Times:
When Tech Innovation Has a Social Mission
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AlertThingy, The FriendFeed Desktop Application, Launches
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Virgin Media CEO Says Net Neutrality is “A Load of Bollocks”
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files