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3:30 PM ET, May 2, 2008


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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Sues Over State Law on Collection of Sales Tax  — has filed a lawsuit challenging New York State's new law forcing online retailers to collect sales tax on shipments to state residents.  —  On Friday, Amazon filed a complaint in State Supreme Court in Manhattan objecting to the law …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New York's “Amazon Tax” called “unconstitutional” by retailer
Discussion: Computerworld
Nathan / FlowingData:
Chart of the Day: A Breakdown of Facebook Applications  —  Of the 23,160 Facebook applications, I use about 5, but I probably wouldn't notice if someone randomly removed all of them from my profile in the middle of the night.  Kids these days.  I used to play BlockStar …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: Facebook Apps Are Useless
Discussion: CNET
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Apps Are Still For Toddlers: The Visual Proof!
Discussion: All Facebook
Nick / Rough Type:
Is Office the new Netscape?  —  As Microsoft and Yahoo continue with their interminable modern-dress staging of Hamlet - it's longer than Branagh's version! - the transformation of the software business goes on.  We have new players with new strategies, or at least interesting new takes on old strategies.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
The IBM-Google connection  —  LOS ANGELES—Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt gave a speech and chatted with IBM's CEO Sam Palmisano onstage Thursday at IBM's Business Partner Leadership Conference here.  The two talked up their relationship, which primarily involves a joint research project.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit  —  More office workers infatuated with iPods and iPhones are demanding Macs.  Is business ready?  Is Apple?  —  Istvan Banyai  —  Soon after Michele Goins became chief information officer at Juniper Networks (JNPR) in February, she decided to respond …
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Tech's Top-Paid CEOs  —  Jerry Yang should take note: The best-paid chief executives among technology companies last year was not Google's Eric Schmidt.  —  Oracle's (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ) Larry Ellison tops our ranking of the best-compensated chief executives at technology companies in 2007.
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Larry Page on how to change the world  —  Breakthrough ideas are around the corner, says the Google co-founder.  But most of us are failing to take a chance on them.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — As president of Google, Larry Page has pushed his people to take risks that have led to hot new applications like Gmail and Google Maps.
Discussion: Valleywag and Digg
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry KickStart: T-Mobile launch and a whole bunch of specs!  —  You didn't think we'd actually leave you hangin', did you?  To follow up on on yesterday's post of the BlackBerry KickStart photos, we've got here a couple more images of the phone with T-Mobile branding and some interesting details on the physical design attributes.
Marc Andreessen /
Examining Microsoft's and Yahoo's unspoken concerns  —  In this post, I discuss what I believe are some unspoken concerns that weigh on the decisions both Microsoft and Yahoo are making during this very exciting takeover battle.  —  Quick status update, largely derived from the excellent Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: Go West and Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Sybil Has Nothing on Steve Ballmer
Discussion: DailyTech, Fortune, Salon and Electronista
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Blu-ray console shipping by September?  —  For all of Microsoft's denial, the Xbox 360 Blu-ray console rumors just will not die.  In fact, they are getting more and more specific.  The Chinese language Economic Daily News is reporting that Pegatron, an OEM subsidiary of ASUS …
Google News Blog:
Google News now available on your iPhone and iPod Touch  —  As we sat in our offices in Trondheim staring off at the fjord — we're Norwegians, that's what we do — a thought occurred to us: wouldn't it be nice to make Google News accessible to readers on their iPod Touch or iPhone?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google News Comes To iPhone, Plus Goes Global With Interface
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple on MacBook Air, Jobs' plane, leases, R&D, NAND flash, more...  Apple in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday discussed in detail some of the catalysts behind its industry-leading PC growth, expenditures for Steve Jobs' private aircraft …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Coming to America: Getting visas to do business in Silicon Valley  —  One of the parlor tricks I like to perform when starting off any Silicon Valley talk or presentation is to ask the audience to raise their hand if they currently live in the area.  Most people raise their hand.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Iron Man  —  There was a game we used to play in the office, years ago, casting a movie of our own lives.  What well-known actor or actress would play you?  Who would play your friends?  The game eventually faded, as games always do, but at the time it was great fun.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Associated Press:
Court supports FCC deadline for Sprint to vacate channels  —  WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday said regulators were reasonable in sticking to a June deadline that requires Sprint Nextel Corp. to vacate some wireless channels that will be used by public safety agencies.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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Discussion: Between the Lines
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Addict-o-matic  —  My pal Dave Pell's new Web hack is up: Addict-o-matic.
Karl / DSLreports:
Broadband Over Powerline (BPL) Stumbles …
Discussion: GigaOM and Dallas Morning News
Joelle Fornengo / Official Google Docs Blog:
Want your docs to be stylin'?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's PopFly makes it easy to create your own arcade games
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft (MSFT) Not “Deciding” Anything …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Nouncer Founder Discusses Failure and The Lessons He Learned
Florin Ratiu / Facebook Blog:
People You May Know  —  Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed …
Discussion: AppScout
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
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4G Backhaul: A Problem for All?
Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter: mulls adding ads
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Cheng leaves for Google job
Discussion: PDA, and Mashable!
Adobe opens up Flash on mobiles
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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