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7:40 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
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 …
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: Webware.com and O'Reilly Radar
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   Is Google App Engine a Lock-in Play?
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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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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Google's KML map markup language now an official standard
Discussion: opengeospatial.org
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 …
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Electronista:
Verizon adds unlimited smartphone plan
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget
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.
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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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
TwitLinks: The Techmeme of Twitter?  —  Just launched today is a new Twitter mashup called Twitlinks.  This one aggregates the latest links posted to Twitter by tech industry pundits.  The end result is a homepage that kind of resembles Techmeme, only without the threading of topics.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   TwitLinks: Not Useful, Not A TechMeme Killer
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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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:
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 …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft reveals new content partners, DRM for Silverlight  —  Microsoft unveiled on Monday new content partners for its Silverlight technology and provided details of a forthcoming DRM (digital rights management) technology for its multimedia platform.  —  The company made these announcements …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple, Sony agree to pay out over battery fire lawsuit
Discussion: MacUser
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Enterprise 2.0: A Computer Security Nightmare?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another Windows veteran to leave Microsoft
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: YouTube Dominates Video More than Google Dominates Search
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebProNews
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
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Analysts: Yahoo and Microsoft likely to synch up this week
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Stan Flack, a pioneer of online Mac journalism, has died
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
Official Google Blog:
Salesforce for Google Apps
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acknowledges graphics glitch with latest notebooks
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
GE confirms that wind turbine supply is getting worse
The Boy Genius Report:
Sony KDL-XBR6, KDL-XBR7, and KDL-XBR8 specs, and release dates!
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The press becomes the press-sphere
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