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4:55 AM ET, April 20, 2008

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Packed House At Y Combinator Startup School  —  Today marked the fourth year of Y Combinator's startup school, and judging by the overflowing auditorium that persisted throughout the event, it was a runaway success.  A crowd of over 650 developers, writers, and entrepreneurs packed Stanford's …
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
World Domination, or At Least a Couple of Bucks  —  It was a bright and sunny day outside but the real heat was inside Stanford University's Kresge Auditorium where an SRO crowd of 700 attended Startup School '08, a day-long conference for entrepreneurial wannabes hoping to be the next Sergey and Brin.
Discussion: Gabor's Blog
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Struggling to Evade the E-Mail Tsunami  —  E-MAIL has become the bane of some people's professional lives.  Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering new Internet companies, last month stared balefully at his inbox, with 2,433 unread e-mail messages, not counting 721 messages awaiting his attention in Facebook.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Valleywag
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Exclusive: Pictures of Psystar's corporate home; Clone maker's store is open  —  As this Psystar saga turns-the alleged Mac clone maker is either an overwhelmed legitimate business, a scam or something in between-it's helpful to have some feet on the street.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Hardware 2.0, p2pnet and Forbes
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Psystar store is back up, orders on the way  —  Psystar finally managed to get its Internet store back up and running Saturday, and promised that all Mac clones ordered to date will soon be on the way.  —  if you haven't been following the saga of Psystar, check out our coverage this week.
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Yahoo! BrowserPlus: The rumour is true  —  Awhile back I heard a rumour that Yahoo! had a “Gears-like” project that was cancelled.  I thought this was a shame, as having Yahoo! pushing the browser would be a great thing, and I wished that we could all join forces and push together.
Discussion: Mashable!, Profy.Com and TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadWriteWeb Turns 5  —  On 20 April, 2003, ReadWriteWeb was born.  My first post here was appropriately entitled The Read/Write Web and it began: “The World Wide Web in 2003 is beginning to fulfil the hopes that Tim Berners-Lee had for it over 10 years ago when he created it.”
Discussion: Changing Way and The Blog Herald
MacNN:
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.
GigaOM:
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.
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
MySpace viral channels: notifications coming April 30, invitations coming late May  —  myspace viral channels  —  While developers wait on the MySpace Platform to launch many long-awaited viral channels, Max Newbould, lead developer and product owner of the MySpace Developer Platform, told developers in an IRC channel yesterday that:
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Encyclopedia Britannica Now Free For Bloggers  —  Encyclopedia Britannica often is used in case studies as a definitive example of how new technology can disrupt a business.  Everything was great for the nearly 250 year old privately held company until the Internet came around and a Category Five hurricaned on their parade.
Ryan McIntire / The Greener Grass:
Papyrus  —  With the growing popularity and widespread use of communication tools like texting, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, today's students are more connected than ever.  However, few educational solutions take advantage of these tools.  Some schools use software like Blackboard, but the interfaces are clunky and outdated.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Engadget and GottaBeMobile
CNN:
CNN Web site targeted  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — CNN was targeted Thursday by attempts to interrupt its news Web site, resulting in countermeasures that caused the service to be slow or unavailable to some users in limited areas of Asia.  —  “CNN took preventative measures to filter traffic …
Discussion: Shanghaiist and Defense in Depth
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Heike / The Dark Visitor:
Chinese hacker group identified as “Revenge of the Flame” …
Andrew / NotebookReview.com:
Asus Sets Eee PC 900 U.S. Launch for May 12th  —  Asus informed us this evening that the Eee PC 900 will hit the store shelves in the U.S. on May 12th.  The Linux and Windows XP loaded version of this 8.9" version of the Eee PC will both cost $549.  —  The Eee PC 900 has already been released …
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