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7:15 PM ET, April 14, 2008

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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Company claims to sell Mac clone for $399  —  Source: Psytar (at least until Apple Legal has their morning coffee)  —  Personal technology enthusiasts yearning for the Mac Experience without the Apple Tax—that huge markup that Mac users pay for off-the-shelf PC hardware with OS X—your days of gnashing teeth may be over.
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Arnold Kim / 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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What's wrong with a $399 Mac?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nick Denton “Pruning” Gawker Media, Ditching Three Sites  —  Gawker Media boss Nick Denton is “rationalizing” his blog business by spinning off three underperforming sites: Wonkette, Gridskipper and Idolator.  The sites will find new homes/owners as follows:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Gawker Media slims its blog network
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nick “The Slasher” Denton cuts loose three blogs: Gridskipper …
b2i.us:
Blockbuster Proposes Combination With Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) today announced that it has offered to acquire Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) for at least $6.00 per share in cash, subject to due diligence.  The offer was made in a letter sent to Circuit City Chairman …
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Waxy.org:
Exclusive: Google App Engine ported to Amazon's EC2  —  One of the biggest criticisms of Google's App Engine have been cries of lock-in, that the applications developed for the platform won't be portable to any other service.  This weekend, Chris Anderson, the Portland-based cofounder …
Discussion: CNET News.com and O'Reilly Radar
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   Is Google App Engine a Lock-in Play?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google mapping spec now an industry standard  —  Members of an industry group called the Open Geospatial Consortium have approved Google's KML technology as an open standard for describing some geographic data.  —  KML is used to manage the display of geospatial information in Google Earth …
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Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
KML: A new standard for sharing maps
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Content Is Becoming a Commodity  —  Over the weekend, it seemed that everyone in the tech blogosphere contributed to the discussion around fractured blog comments; Robert Scoble even went so far as to say that the “era of blogger's control” is over.  What all these discussions hinged …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Slurp 3.0  —  Over the past few weeks, we've been preparing for the latest version of the Yahoo! Search crawler with some infrastructure updates, which recently caused a variance in our crawl behavior.  —  With everything now in place, the rollout has officially begun.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TwitLinks: Not Useful, Not A TechMeme Killer  —  It's clear that Twitter is the place that a lot of news breaks first (example), hours before blogs and days before mainstream media.  No one has created an application yet that harvests that information and presents it as breaking news …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon's cloud computing will surpass its retailing business  —  Amazon on Monday announced persistent storage for its EC2 service and what's notable is how quickly the e-tailer is running ahead of the competition.  In fact, Amazon's real business down the line will be its cloud services.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Official Google Blog:
Salesforce for Google Apps  —  A little less than a year ago, we partnered with Salesforce.com to create Salesforce Group Edition featuring Google AdWords.  It combines Salesforce.com's CRM applications with AdWords to make it easier for businesses to generate leads, track, and close them.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Details On The Google-Salesforce “Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” Alliance
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Latest iPhone Firmware Saves Pictures from Safari  —  At last!  The latest beta version of Apple's iPhone 1.2.0 firmware gives you the possibility of saving pictures straight from Safari and into the Photo Album.  We tried and it works: just hold your finger against an image for a longer …
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Google XSS  —  Now, normally when I find an XSS vulnerability on a popular domain I just report it to the appropriate security team and move on, but this one is interesting...  By taking advantage of the content-type returned by spreadsheets.google.com (and a caching flaw on the part of Google) …
Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Willcom D4 WSO16SH Hands-on!  —  Rate this News:  —  Finally we're back, and GOOD Lord this new Atom powered device is impressive!  Stunning design, stunning size (84x188x25.9mm), stunning weight (470g), stunning screen (5" with a 1024x600 resolution and LED backlight), but average performance.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: YouTube Dominates Video More than Google Dominates Search  —  Traffic analysts Hitwise released new numbers today indicating that while online video sites as a category have seen a 7% drop in traffic year over year since March 2007 - YouTube has seen a remarkable 32% growth in visits during that period.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebProNews
Matt Kapko / RCR Wireless News:
Changing the channel in less than a second  —  MobiTV touts technology advances  —  MobiTV Inc. has spent the past 18 months developing new technologies that will speed up the time between channel changes to less than a second and optimize cellular network backhaul by automatically switching video streams …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Hits New High; Microsoft & Yahoo New Lows  —  Last week, Hitwise released the latest statistics for search engine share in the United States for March 2008, showing Google at an all-time high while Microsoft and Yahoo hit all-time lows.  —  The four major search engines stack up as follows:
The Boy Genius Report:
Sony KDL-XBR6, KDL-XBR7, and KDL-XBR8 specs, and release dates!  —  What could possibly be better than your 52 inch Sony XBR5 TV?  The XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8, of course!  If there was any doubt about Sony's seriousness with the XBR line, we can safely put that to rest right now.
 
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood and Silicon Valley Try Again to Bridge Their Divide
Tim / GPS Review:
TomTom 930  —  The TomTom 930 will soon make its way to stores in North America.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Engadget
CSR:
CSR gives world's first public demonstration of ULP Bluetooth
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Engadget
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Taking The Books-On-Demand Business Quite Literally
Discussion: Got Ads?
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network Hi5's developer platform is more successful …
Discussion: The Social Times
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Analysts: Yahoo and Microsoft likely to synch up this week
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Seagate Says STEC Solid-State Drive Infringes Patents
Discussion: Big Tech
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Stan Flack, a pioneer of online Mac journalism, has died
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
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Microsoft reveals new content partners, DRM for Silverlight
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acknowledges graphics glitch with latest notebooks
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
GE confirms that wind turbine supply is getting worse
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