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7:15 PM ET, April 20, 2008


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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Who Are The Top Tech Bloggers?  —  We've been analyzing historical TechMeme data to dig a little deeper than the leaderboard information on the site that shows top blogs over the trailing 30 days.  We're slicing the data in a number of ways and will publish in shortly on CrunchBase.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Top Tech Bloggers: #34 + #38 = #8 (Bitchmeme Watch)  —  TechCrunch has taken the Techmeme Leaderboard and extracted the top authors since the beginning of this year.  Not surprisingly, Mike Arrington of TechCrunch is #1 with Erick and Duncan of TechCrunch coming in at #2 and #4 respectively.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Signs Letter Of Intent To Acquire Xobni  —  Two independent sources tell us that the Microsoft/Xobni deal is moving along and that the two companies signed an acquisition LOI in the last week (Update: yet another source says the LOI hasn't been signed by Xobni yet).
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Join The Web Content Conservation Movement  —  The other day Erick Schonfeld wrote a post about how he's feeling even more overwhelmed by new web content steams like Twitter and FriendFeed, and how he's desperately in need of a better filter.  I certainly agree with Erick's clarion call …
Discussion: and Mashable!
Jonathan Skillings / CNET
Twitter hiccups through a semi-outage  —  The Twitter community may not be paying much heed to your posts this weekend, but it's not your fault.  —  The company behind the messaging service and Web 2.0 darling acknowledged late Saturday that some back-end changes had been failing to show tweets from a number of people.
Discussion: Get Satisfaction and Mashable!
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Social Networking Advertising - It Will Be Even Harder than we Think  —  I've had a few experiences in the past few weeks that continue to bolster my belief that monetizing social networks and communities will continue to be a lot harder than people think.  —  1. I posted a question on Twitter …
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Whipping up a batch of effective communications  —  Randall Stross in the NYTimes writes about how prominent bloggers get overwhelmed by email and how its nothing new.  Of course, journalists empathize with this condition, so its perhaps over emphasized at large.
Richard Swinburne /
Inside the Eee PC 900  —  I know, we've probably been all Eee'd out for a few months; well, at least until Atom gets here.  But there was this niggling itch to break stuff, and it was sitting there, and this is bit-tech after all...  Where can we find that extra 16GB of SSD storage?
The Social Map Is All About Me  —  Written by Mark Sigal, a digital media and Internet platform entrepreneur who has done eight startups, four of them as a co-founder.  —  Call me a cynic, but there has to be more to the Web 2.0 story than accessorizing my Facebook page with one-dimensional pseudo applications.
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Holographic storage ships next month!  —  Even since astronaut Frank Bowman disconnected the HAL 9000's holographic memory in 2001: A Space Odyssey techies have been wondering when we could buy real holographic storage.  Now we know: May, 2008.  —  Promising super-high density …
Discussion: and Digg
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Dead, Dead, Dead: Cities Accept Muni-Fi's Absence  —  Local paper taunts Tempe's failed muni-Fi effort: Symbolically, a display celebrating the kickoff the city-wide Wi-Fi network built by NeoReach-cum-Kite-cum-Gobility is falling apart in front of the mayor's office, the reporter notes.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-Microsoft: Playing the Yahoo Earnings Chess Game  —  Next week is crucial for the Yahoo-Microsoft takeover battle.  Yahoo's earnings report will likely shift the balance of negotiating power one way or the other—forcing Yahoo (YHOO) into a fire sale or forcing Microsoft (MSFT) …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search for Mapped Web Pages in Google Maps  —  Google Maps added the map view available at Google Experimental Search.  Google extracts the most important locations from web pages and lets you see the search results on a map.  To restrict your search to web pages, you need to click on …
Discussion: Mashable! and Google Maps Mania
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
When Monetizing ISP Traffic Goes Horribly Wrong  —  In seeking to further monetize Web site traffic on their networks, a number of major Internet service providers may be inadvertently exposing their customers to a greater risk of online attack from identity thieves, according to research released today.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ISP typo pimping exposes users to fraudulent web pages
Discussion: Security to the Core
Will Apple open a store in Second Life?  —  On April 17, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere .  Apple's patent generally relates to improving the experiences that online-shoppers may have at an online Apple Store, sometime in the future.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Apple Store To Go Virtual?  That's the theory of MacNN, at least …
Discussion: Geek News Central and Digg
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