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12:00 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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Bill Brand / Mercury News:
U.C. Berkeley student's Twitter messages alerted world to his arrest in Egypt  —  BERKELEY _ When Egyptian police scooped up UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck, who was photographing a noisy demonstration, and dumped him in a jail cell last week, they didn't count on Twitter.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Saves Man From Egyptian Justice  —  Twitter.  Don't leave home without it.  —  I don't know if this is as good for Twitter as the Charlie Rose incident was for Apple, but it's close.  UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck was arrested on April 10 without any charges …
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
How To Put Google Street View To Practical Use  —  Google Street View can scope out real estate, travel destinations, and even save you from your next parking ticket — all from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone browser.  —  Google Street View is the closest thing to teleportation that you can find outside the starship Enterprise.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Earth 4.3  —  The Google Earth team is proud to announce the latest version of Google Earth is available today at http://earth.google.com.  The release of Google Earth 4.3 (beta) greatly advances our vision of offering a realistic, 3D model of the world by giving users a higher quality, more immersive experience.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hits back at Google with Live Search News  —  As a part of its Rome release, Microsoft's Live Search team has launched Live Search News, a direct competitor to Google News.  —  At this time, Live Search News looks like a simplified version of Google News.
TrustedReviews Notebooks Feed:
Asus Eee PC 900  —  Few could argue that Asus created something special when it launched the Eee PC last year.  The idea of making a truly mobile, yet very affordable mobile computer was welcomed by the Press and consumers in equal measure.  Although the Eee PC 4G 701 that Andy reviewed …
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Rory Reid / CNET News.com:
Asus Eee PC 900 Review  —  The Asus Eee PC 701 has earned a permanent place in history.  It almost single-handedly defined the sub-notebook — a genre of PC that made slow, inexpensive laptops the hottest properties in the computing world.  Many have tried to emulate its success …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's paid clicks anemic in March; Will it matter?  —  Google's paid click rate for March grew 2.7 percent in March, a tally that was deemed “anemic” by analysts.  —  Google's paid clicks have been the most overanalyzed metric of the first quarter, but we're about to find out whether …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: March Paid-Click Growth Awful (Again)  —  Google's (GOOG) US paid-click growth in March was as bad as in February—up only 2.7%—rounding out a violent deceleration in Q1, says Comscore (per Mark Mahaney at Citi).  In all of Q1, Google's US paid clicks rose only 2% year-over-year versus 25% in Q4 and 48% in Q3.
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
UK music industry demands an iPod tax (and the law is still an ass)  —  Out-Law.com reports that: “The UK music industry has rejected the Government's proposal to legalise the transfer of music from CDs to MP3 players without a levy.  It has asked for a tax on devices like Apple iPods …
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Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
What will the music industry tax next?
Discussion: Virtual Economics
John Markoff / New York Times:
Larger Prey Are Targets of Phishing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An e-mail scam aimed squarely at the nation's top executives is raising new alarms about the ease with which people and companies can be deceived by online criminals.  —  Thousands of high-ranking executives across the country …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Tungle launches meeting time broker  —  Tungle, launching today, may be the meeting coordination utility to beat.  Like TimeBridge, Jiffle, and other products in this new category, it lets you block off a bunch of times for a meeting you want to have with a person or group of people …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Tungle Brings Own Approach to Scheduling Meetings
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
It's Unofficial: Google's a Monopoly (Googolopoly)  —  We've had our fair share of fun with Google, so we thought you should too.  —  The best original linkbait we've seen in a while can be found on the Box.net blog.  Box.net is a web-based service that lets you store files online, share them, and collaborate on projects.
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Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Mac vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test for New Desktops & Laptops  —  This computer rivalry has been elevated to a cultural divide on par with Pepsi versus Coke.  Taking it beyond personal taste, PM crunches the numbers—with some surprising results (and detailed benchmark scores).  —  Photographs by Lendon Flanagan
Discussion: Macenstein and Digg
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music-Video Pros Challenge YouTube  —  PluggedIn Media Bets Its Content Will Top User-Generated Fare  —  In a bet on the future of professionally produced online video content, technology start-up PluggedIn Media Inc. is set Wednesday to begin letting users view for free near-DVD-quality …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
PluggedIn Wants to be Hulu For Music Videos
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Six Apart wrestles the social-media dragon  —  A look at Six Apart's Blog It, a tool that lets you manage both blogging accounts and messaging services from a single page.  —  (Credit: Six Apart)  —  The Web might have just gotten one step closer to a universal “social dashboard” …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Marshall University fails to block RIAA's P2P subpoenas  —  The music industry's legal campaign against campus P2P activity marked its one-year anniversary in late February, and the RIAA is still at it.  The group has sent off another 569 prelitigation settlement letters to students at 26 schools …
Discussion: p2pnet
Macworld:
Movie rentals still shy of 1,000  —  There's nothing like an Apple TV software update that compels me to wonder just how that whole iTunes Store rental thing is going.  As you may recall, Apple missed its 1,000-rentals-by-the-end-of- February estimate and did so by a fairly significant margin.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Songbird media player: the love child of Mozilla and WinAmp
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Russian government enacts Byzantine WiFi regulations
Discussion: Engadget and The Other Russia
Bobby White / Business Technology:
Media Companies Need to Pick Up the Pace
Discussion: Beet.TV
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook simplifies News Feed interface
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Williams / The Register:
Ofcom taps water network for next generation broadband
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple signs new iPhone parts supplier, updated
Discussion: DigiTimes and Electronista
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Microsoft Plays Both Sides Of The Ad Game
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog
Molly Aplet / Inside AdSense:
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 Earlier Items: 
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
Comcast Wants to Be the Net's Judge, Jury and Executioner
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to sport front-facing video camera?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay: Did listings change make a difference?
Infosecurity Europe:
Women 4 times more likely than men to give passwords for chocolate
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple plants two more Mac OS X 10.5.3 seeds
Peter Dille / PlayStation.Blog:
Inside PLAYSTATION Network
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Consumer groups urge “do not track” registry
Discussion: WebProNews
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