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10:40 AM ET, April 15, 2008


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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
Tony Conrad / Sphere Blog:
Our New Address @ AOL.COM  —  Unlike the rumor that Sphere has reserved the Wrigley Field bleachers for Game 7 of the 2008 World Series, the conjecture about Sphere being acquired by a larger platform is officially true.  AOL has acquired sphere.  More information is here, here and here again for the curious detail seeker.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   AOL tacks on Sphere; Reinvention continues
Susan Timcheck / AOL Press Releases:
AOL Acquires Sphere
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Don't Be Evil Not “Ordained Motto” Says Marissa Mayer  —  Google's “Don't Be Evil” motto, first uttered by Googler Paul Buchheit (now founder of FriendFeed) in 2001, has long been the pillar of their self-imposed code of conduct.  It was amended somewhat in 2006 when CEO Eric Schmidt …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Testing Advertising In Twitter Streams  —  Twitter was down tonight, nothing really unusual for the San Francisco based startup (to be fair though downtime has improved since they dumped Joyent), but what was different is some reports of users spotting ads in their Twitter stream during the service difficulties.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Local Business Center Allows Free Form Categories Now  —  You can now enter any category that you feel is best for your company in the category section of your Google Local Business Center listing.  In the past, you had to select a specific category that was in Google's database.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Google LatLong:
YouTube videos in Google Maps
Discussion: The Praized Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Maps + YouTube Videos = Local Video White Pages
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Psystar: Apple's terms violate U.S. monopoly laws  —  Psystar, a Miami-based OEM which is now offering OS X on generic PC hardware, claims that Apple's restrictive licensing terms violates U.S. monopoly laws.  Whoa, bold claim there.  Better have some deep pockets if the company wants to take the fight to court.
Mark Evans:
Who's Louis Gray?  —  At a time when blogging is evolving and the high-tech landscape is being dominated by blog publishers such as TechCrunch, GigaOm and Mashable as well as blogs operated by mainstream media, it is good to see that it's still possible for one-man/woman shop to capture …
Discussion: TechCrunch and SEO and Tech Daily
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Rocker Peter Gabriel offers Filter to cut through online clutter  —  Internet users are awash in information every time they search for new music videos or books online, says rocker Peter Gabriel.  —  One of the founders of the rock group Genesis and the creator of the iconic solo album So …
Devin Leonard / Fortune:   Peter Gabriel's filter
Tap into experiences with the Nokia 6212 classic  —  NFC-enabled handset offers new and easy ways to access and share content  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today introduced the Nokia 6212 classic featuring integrated Near Field Communication (NFC).  The 3G handset allows consumers …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook News Feed Reports on You Behind Your Back  —  The Facebook News Feed is a strange beast.  Upon its release, it was met with an extremely negative reception as members protested their new ‘auto-stalker’, but it has slowly gained acceptance as users learned they could control which stories were sent to the News Feed.
Discussion: All Facebook
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tesla Motors Files Suit Against Competitor Over Design Ideas  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley maker of electric sports cars, filed suit in San Mateo County Court on Monday against a competing company and two of its employees, saying they stole some of Tesla's design ideas and trade secrets.
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Your Analytics Data Is Very Wrong  —  I've written about this in the past so I expect this is nothing new for you, my dear reader.  The title summarizes everything I am going to say.  —  My buddy Fred Wilson had a comScore chart about Delicious' growth (or lack of growth) in his hugely popular We Need A New Path To Liquidity post.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apture drags online news experience into the 21st century
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google talks up Android: open ecosystems lead to innovation
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Greatest Innovations
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Federated Media's $50 Million C-Round Confirmed—No Plans to Buy Up Blog Partners
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Infosys revenues to reach $5 billion this year
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Anne Broache / CNET
Politicians push for new iTunes sales taxes
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 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
PhysX coming to GeForce 8/9 owners soon
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Kid Breaks Vacuum to Play Xbox Instead of Doing Chores; Mom Sells …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Wiki business  —  Wikipedia started as a hobby with noble aims …
James Hall / Telegraph:
Tesco Digital to challenge Apple's iTunes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fring iPhone Chat/Voip App Launching Today
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Farecast sold in $75 million deal
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Feld Thoughts
Apple IIgs Original Hardware Laptop