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6:10 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.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Chris Kanaracus / IDG News Service:
Salesforce Announces Integration With Google Apps  —  Salesforce has integrated Google's online productivity applications with its on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) offerings, Salesforce plans to announce Monday.  —  The deal, which was the subject of rumors recently …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Associated Press
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter and inadequacy (er, the great friend divide)  —  I'm tracking the new “friend divide.”  What is it?  —  Well, compare your experiences on a number of services when you only have one friend vs., say, 500.  Look at  Have only one friend?  It really is empty looking and there's not much value.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
How to Lose Followers and Alienate a Community
Arn / MacRumors:
‘OpenMac’ Promises $399 Headless Mac... But Not From Apple  —  A company called Psystar has started advertising a $399 computer called “OpenMac” which claims to be a Leopard compatible Mac built from standard PC-parts.  For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:  — 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
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 …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Storage Space, The Final Frontier  —  Developers who have found our cloud computing model attractive have been asking us to be a little bit more open about what we are planning to do in the future.  To date we've simply announced new additions to the Amazon Web Services lineup …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield to leave BBC for Project Kangaroo  —  Ashley Highfield, the BBC's most senior technology executive, is leaving after eight years to launch the broadband TV service being developed as a joint venture between the corporation, ITV and Channel 4.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
What's interesting is what we say it is.  Really?  —  With the annual Web 2.0 conference only a week away, we're about to get bombarded with the latest avalanche of marketing hype about technologies that are supposed to change our lives.  And if past is prologue, I'm quite sure …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Their passion is Windows XP  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp.'s operating systems run most personal computers around the globe and are a cash cow for the world's largest software maker.  But you'd never confuse a Windows user with the passionate fans of Mac OS X or even the free Linux operating system.
Discussion: broadstuff and Wired News
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
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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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Microsoft may be barred from EU public procurement procedure
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Profile redesign pushed back several weeks
Discussion: Mashable!
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: We're serious about Internet safety and privacy
Staci D. Kramer /
March Madness On Demand Stats: 4.7 Million Unique Video Player Users …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wi-Fi poised for pilot flights at 4 airlines
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTorrent Goes Legal, and Up For Sale
Multichannel News:
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
John Markoff / New York Times:
When Tech Innovation Has a Social Mission
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can't Go Dead
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