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12:35 AM ET, April 15, 2008


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Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
The end of Mowser  —  It's been a year since I launched Mowser at April 2007's Mobile Monday, so it's time for a progress report.  Sadly, the news isn't good.  —  Mowser is at the end of its life in its current form.  We haven't been able to raise funding, and as a site …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the Mobile Web Dead?  Some Mobile Entrepreneurs Say Yes  —  Former Yahoo! Mobile evangelist turned startup entrepreneur Russell Beattie announced today that he's calling it quits for his company Mowser because the market for mobile browsing is taking a fast turn for the worse.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mobile Web: Over before it began?
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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 morning, Chris Anderson, the Portland-based cofounder …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Is Google App Engine a Lock-in Play?  —  Venture capitalist Brad Feld just put up an intriguing post comparing Google App Engine to Amazon EC2.  The meat of the entry is from an analysis by Brad's friend Scott Moody.  Here are the juiciest bits, pro and con: … This last point is really very serious.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Buys Sphere's Blog Content Engine  —  Tomorrow AOL will announce the acquisition of San Francisco-based Sphere, a blog content engine that launched in 2006.  The price is not being disclosed, but sources are suggesting it's in the $25 million range, or possibly a little more.  More details from Om Malik
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Personal Note: Conrad Got Mailed.  —  My buddy Tony Conrad, co-founder & CEO of Sphere just called to let me know that he had sold his company to AOL for an undisclosed amount of money.  The details of this announcement are on TechCrunch and also on the Sphere blog.
AOL's Platform-A Ranks as Top Ad Network in March, Reaching More Than 9 Out of 10 U.S. Internet Users  —  Niche Ad Networks Emerge to Help Advertisers Target Specific Audiences  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released March 2008 data on online ad networks …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Not A Misprint: AOL's Platform A Is The Top Advertising Network By Reach
Discussion: Tech Beat
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 …
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.
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo! Slurp 3.0 Replaces Yahoo! Slurp Search Engine Crawler
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 …
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Blogging's Naked Truth
Discussion: WinExtra
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Get your Mac clone now and beat the big cease-and-desist rush
Discussion: PC World and The Apple Core
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Bridging the Gap, the Sequel  —  A story that Daniel Scheinman, a senior vice president at Cisco Systems in San Jose, Calif., likes to tell illustrates the cultural divide between Hollywood and his Silicon Valley.  —  Last year he met with an affluent film producer who marveled …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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:
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network Hi5's developer platform is more successful (and spammier?) than MySpace's [updated]  —  It's a tale of two social network developer platforms.  Hi5, a site popular in some Spanish-speaking Latin American countries and other regions around the world, launched its platform …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another Windows veteran to leave Microsoft  —  Will Poole, a Microsoft Windows veteran — and most recently, Corporate Vice President in charge of the company's Unlimited Potential group — is retiring, according to sources who asked not to be named.  —  Poole, who has been at Microsoft 12 years …
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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