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5:55 AM ET, April 16, 2008


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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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook is kinda competing with FriendFeed, like it kinda competes with Twitter  —  Update with a response from FriendFeed's Paul Buchheit, below the article  —  Facebook has just launched a new feature that lets you add actions from other sites to the mini-feed of actions on your profile …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Battle Of The Commodity Web Applications: It's All About People
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Lifestream: Nothing to See Here
Discussion: SheGeeks and loose wire blog
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” …
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: David Risley and Gizmodo
Roddy Lindsay / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Lexicon  —  At Facebook we love tools that allow you to see what people around the globe are searching for or discussing on blogs, such as Google Trends or Technorati.  We thought it would be cool to show trends on the public and semi-public forums across Facebook (also known as Walls).
Caroline McCarthy /
Lexicon: Meet Facebook's answer to Google Zeitgeist
Discussion: All Facebook, Mashable! and ben barren
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Lexicon shows trends among its 70 million users
Discussion: Running With Foxes
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot, Network World and
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: eWeek and Zero Day
Paul Graham:
Why There Aren't More Googles  —  Umair Haque wrote recently that the reason there aren't more Googles is that most startups get bought before they can change the world. … This has a nice sound to it, but it isn't true.  Google's founders were willing to sell early on.
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.
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Former Zillow manager takes on MySpace, MTV and more with video startup  —  PluggedIn, a new social network built around music videos launching Wednesday, is based in Santa Monica, Calif. but it has a few Seattle connections.  —  Like its chief executive, a former Zillow and manager who still lives in Mount Baker.
PC World:
Is the Taxman Eyeing ITunes?  —  Dan Moren,  —  The US$0.99 that the iTunes Store charges for individual songs has taken on an almost iconic role in the field of music downloads, becoming what many consider the standard for fair pricing.  While the record labels have long lobbied …
Anne Broache / CNET
Tax-free Internet shopping days could be numbered
Discussion: Slashdot and Bits
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Alex / Blog:
Play Googolopoly, the internet board game from  —  At Box, we obviously spend a lot of time talking about what's going on on the internet.  With such a high quantity of real and rumored products and acquisitions announcements, Google obviously gets a lot of attention in our animated discussions.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and TechCrunch
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Gone in 60 seconds: Spambot cracks Live Hotmail CAPTCHA  —  Internet users are quite familiar with the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA), a quick method that verifies whether or not the user trying to sign up is a person or a bot.
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.
Discussion: MacUser, PC World, InformationWeek and BBC
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Sequoia re-ups in Imeem
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Lawmakers complain that Google ‘gamed’ auction
Josh Quittner / Fortune:
The charmed life of Amazon's Bezos
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast to spearhead creation of P2P Bill of Rights