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9:45 AM ET, April 20, 2008


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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, citing an Apple patent application published on the US government site last Thursday, somewhat obscurely entitled “Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere”.  —  The patent application's stated goal is to create an online shopping experience …
Discussion: Geek News Central and Digg
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
If Twitter Breaks in the Woods and No One Can Tweet About It, Is It Really Broken?  —  I noticed a few people thinking the same thing as me today: is everyone taking a break from Twitter?  People do get burnt out from the web after all and it was a pretty nice weekend day in a lot of cities.
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 …
Discussion: Feedonomics
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
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.”
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
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.
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: Google Maps Mania
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
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 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
Heike / The Dark Visitor:
Chinese hacker group identified as “Revenge of the Flame” …
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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
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May the force be with you  —  Forget multi-touch …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
MySpace viral channels: notifications coming April 30, invitations coming late May
Discussion: Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Managers Among 4,650 Losing AT&T Jobs
Discussion: WebGuild and VoIP Watch