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7:40 PM ET, April 27, 2008


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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumors: Apple working on iTunes controller for iPhone  —  An anonymous tipster tells TUAW that according to code found in the latest firmware release, Apple is working on a new iPhone application called iControl.  Like Apple TV and other remote controllers, it would allow the iPhone …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
What CPM is your app making?  Data from Facebook Developers  —  As Facebook application developers experiment with different ad networks for the Facebook Platform (like Social Media, Lookery, Buddy Media, Cubics, fbExchange, RockYou, Offerpal Media, Google AdSense, Zohark, AdChap, AdBlade …
Discussion: Mashable! and ChasNote
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Pondering the alternatives to Yahoo  —  Microsoft's Saturday “negotiate or else” deadline for Yahoo has passed with an eerie silence.  Yahoo's board is reportedly meeting Sunday-you'd think the company would have met before the deadline, but I guess we're all prone to procrastination.
Discussion: WebGuild
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo mum as Microsoft merger deadline passes  —  (04-26) 17:54 PDT SUNNYVALE — Yahoo Inc. let a Saturday deadline set by Microsoft Corp. to accept a merger pass in silence, setting the stage for the next chapter in the three-month standoff of technology titans.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Senior Yahoos To Jerry: Please, Please, Please Get This Over With
Discussion: BoomTown
Andrea Rodriguez / Associated Press:
Bloggers offer glimpse of uncensored Cuba  —  HAVANA - Only a month has passed since ordinary Cubans won the right to own computers, and the government still keeps a rigid grip on Internet access.  —  But that hasn't stopped thousands from finding their way into cyberspace.
Discussion: Mashable!
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Twitter gets another round of funding  —  Tweet and ye shall have.  —  A source familiar with the negotiations tells me that Twitter signed a term sheet for “either $15 million or $20 million” last week.  We're still trying to find out who is in, but the word is that it's largely an inside round …
Discussion: and Mashable!
Clay Shirky / Here Comes Everybody:
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus  —  (This is a lightly edited transcription of a speech I gave at the Web 2.0 conference, April 23, 2008.)  —  I was recently reminded of some reading I did in college, way back in the last century, by a British historian arguing that the critical technology …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Filesharing Report Shows Explosive Growth for uTorrent  —  The data presented here are based on a sample of over a million PCs (Windows only), and were gathered by PC Pitstop.  —  A few months we already reported that uTorrent overtook Azureus' position as the most installed BitTorrent application, and this trend continues.
Discussion: DSLreports, Mashable!, Beet.TV and Digg
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Twitter Twerp Scan - block Twitter spammers  —  Twitter users are increasingly starting to question whether the frequent number of Twitter accounts that are following them are actually people, or simply a form of Twitter spamming.  The rule of thumb with that sort of question is usually …
Interview with Donald Knuth  —  Andrew Binstock and Donald Knuth converse on the success of open source, the problem with multicore architecture, the disappointing lack of interest in literate programming, the menace of reusable code, and that urban legend about winning a programming contest with a single compilation.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pivotal Canadian BitTorrent Showdown Looming  —  In October 2007, a small BitTorrent tracker called QuebecTorrent was pushed into the headlines, having been targeted by the Canadian music industry.  It took threats from the CRIA to force Demonoid overseas, so QuebecTorrent might be forgiven …
Discussion: Mashable!
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
GAPINGVOID: A NEW DIRECTION?  —  [Tablet PC sketch of what I have in mind.  Click on image to enlarge etc.]  —  One of the things I like about Twitter is that it allows you to have instant feedback from lots of people while you're thinking out-loud.  —  Case in point: If you have been following …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Dell to Sell XP after June 30, Microsoft to Pretend They're Selling …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Digg
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Metallica Now Embraces File-Sharing?
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