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9:45 AM 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.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WinBeta
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
Harry Huai Wang / Facebook Blog:
A new way to share with friends  —  Chances are, you use parts of the Internet that aren't Facebook.  You might post photo albums using Flickr or Picasa, for example, instead of on Facebook.  There are a lot of good sites out there, unfortunately, that can sometimes mean a lot of switching around …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Battle Of The Commodity Web Applications: It's All About People
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook is kinda competing with FriendFeed, like it kinda competes with Twitter
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 …
Discussion: IT News Digest
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” …
Google Earth Blog:
Google Earth 4.3 First Impressions and Screenshots  —  [UPDATE 2145 ET: I've created a quick video demo of 4.3 and put it on YouTube .... And, here is a YouTube demo by Google of 4.3].  —  People are starting to get the ability to download Google Earth 4.3 from the download page.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
What will the music industry tax next?  —  I haven't read the Music Business Group's ‘Response to UK IPO consultation on copyright exceptions’ in full but one particular quote has caught my attention.  The MBG, who represent “the collective view of the UK music industry” …
Discussion: Virtual Economics
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your iPod Touch into an iPhone  —  The iPhone and iPod touch are almost indistinguishable devices except for one major difference—you can make calls from your iPhone, and you can't from your iPod touch.  For the privilege of making phone calls with your iPhone, you have to pay $100 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
PluggedIn Wants to be Hulu For Music Videos  —  At first glance, music might seem to be a saturated market on the web.  Sites like Last.fm have music suggestions, artists profile, and communities covered, the iTunes and Amazon music stores make purchasing a breeze, and music videos …
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:   Former Zillow manager takes on MySpace, MTV and more with video startup
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
So exactly who or what is Psystar?  We dig a little..  —  You'll have noticed the claims of Psystar that it will be selling an “OpenComputer” (smart, avoiding the use of the Apple trademark in the “OpenMac” name it previously used) that will, in effect, be an Apple clone.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, David Risley and Gizmodo
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Brokep / Copy me happy:
Maybe a grant?  —  As many are aware, The Pirate Bay is blocked by the Danish ISP Tele2 after Ifpi convinced a court that Tele2 where helping with copyright infringement by letting people access a site which could link to copyrighted material.  And Yes - you can still use Youtube, Google, Yahoo, MSN, Flickr and so on, strangely enough.
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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.
Infosecurity Europe:
Women 4 times more likely than men to give passwords for chocolate  —  A survey by Infosecurity Europe (www.infosec.co.uk) of 576 office workers have found that women far more likely to give away their passwords to total strangers than their male counterparts, with 45% of women versus 10% …
Oracle:
Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - April 2008  —  A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities.  It also includes non-security fixes that are required (because of interdependencies) by those security patches.
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Zero Day
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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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple plants two more Mac OS X 10.5.3 seeds
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Fring: First iPhone VoIP Client?
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Super Mario Galaxy Wii Mod Makes the Stars Mushroom With Delight
Peter Dille / PlayStation.Blog:
Inside PLAYSTATION Network
Discussion: Kotaku, Engadget, I4U News and DailyTech
Canada NewsWire Group:
Canada hits one million dot-ca (.ca) internet addresses
Discussion: CircleID
Diane Bartz / eWeek:
FTC Urged to Limit Behavioral Advertising
Discussion: WebProNews
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Stream of Wikileaks and other leak websites slippery for banks …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Jared Kopf's AdRoll Rolls Out of Private Beta - Plus An SVW AdRoll Experiment
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Gone in 60 seconds: Spambot cracks Live Hotmail CAPTCHA
Alex / Box.net Blog:
Play Googolopoly, the internet board game from Box.net
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Gawker Media Sales Signals the Market Has Topped Out
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
PC World:
Is the Taxman Eyeing ITunes?
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google In The Hot Seat
Discussion: Between the Lines
Roddy Lindsay / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Lexicon  —  At Facebook we love tools that allow …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus Eee PC 900 specs, pricing get official