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6:30 AM ET, April 4, 2006

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Google Maps API Official Blog:
Google Maps API Version 2  —  Maps API Version 2 is officially launching!  We're starting the beta-test of the new version that many of you have already been playing with these past few weeks.  —  Version 2 Features  —  Version 2 cleans up much of the API and improves performance …
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NaviGadget:
Easy photo mapping with Google Maps
Discussion: Gizmodo and Fosfor Gadgets
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
GM slow to react to nasty ads  —  update General Motors did little in the way of damage control on Monday after a do-it-yourself ad campaign for a GM SUV was hijacked by critics of the company and thousands of negative ads flooded the Web.  —  As part of a partnership with the TV show …
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Chevy Tahoe's First Mistake  —  ...was underestimating the power of the medium.  —  So, maybe they thought launching a contest to create a new ad was being hip and edgy.  Perhaps they thought of this contest as being a way to be 'viral' online (they certainly have achieved that goal!).
Google Blogoscoped:
Marissa Mayer Interviewed  —  German Spiegel reprints an interview with Google's Marissa Mayer by Galore.  Some key points:  — There are many factors why Google is the most successful search engine in the world, but results relevance is the key.  "Is the most relevant result for my search query really on top?"
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Julia Chang / salesandmarketing.com:
The World According to Google  —  The little-start-up-that-could has transformed itself into the 800-pound gorilla of the Web, though it has had to deal with recent growing pains.  But the Google sales and marketing team isn't ready to give up the top spot or its plans for making the globe a more Googley place to be
Associated Press:
Hollywood to sell movies online  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "King Kong" on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been available online to own.  —  The films can't be burned onto a disc for viewing on a DVD player.
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microsoft.com:
Q&A: Bringing the Benefits of Virtualization Technology to the Mainstream  —  Microsoft delivers Linux support and makes Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 available to customers at no charge as part of its ongoing effort to radically simplify IT management.  —  REDMOND, Wash., April 3 …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to 'host' Linux virtually
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
Doc Searls: Business as Morality  —  In the middle of an email conversation with Doc Searls, I mentioned that I was having trouble with the whole "Web 2.0" concept.  A laundry list of features or concepts doesn't encapsulate the real change for me: the real key to success is treating the person …
Richard / ctrl-ault-del:
New Job @ Metroblogging!  —  After an amazing two years of working on Technorati, I've decided to move on.  Technorati has shone a bright light on just how powerful social media has become in the greater context of the web and our every day lives.  And for my contribution I am extremely proud.
Tuan Nguyen / dailytech.com:
Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Issues … Users feel the pain of being early adopters, thankfully Apple gives hope  —  Apple has been doing quite well lately, especially when it comes to drumming up support for new products.  It's MacBook Pro is no exception to the rule — but rightly so.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Newspapers see growing online audiences  —  CHICAGO — Newspapers' online audiences are growing rapidly, according to a new industry study, highlighting a key growth area that newspapers are seeking to exploit as print circulation continues to be challenged.
Discussion: Techdirt
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:
ROI, Scoble and HR- the proof?  —  Several years ago I presented the results of an HR metrics survey to the Institute of Human Resource Directors in London.  The results and my analysis was received with pin-drop silence.  I was followed by an HR professor who quietly and laser like ripped …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Inside the Cubicle
RBuzz / ResearchBuzz:
Google's Got a New Related Links Feature  —  Thanks to Google Blogoscoped for this pointer to a new feature from Google: the ability to pull a related links list from Google into your pages along with pointers to relevant news, etc.  Check it out: http://www.google.com/relatedlinks/ index.html.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
AOL Enhances Mobile Search, Announces Study Results  —  AOL has added several new features to its mobile search service, and has also released the findings of a recent mobile lifestyle survey.  —  AOL launched mobile search services in July 2005, offering web, local and shopping search services …
Martin Geddes / Telepocalypse:
OPINION://F2C: NETWORK NEUTRALITY SPEECH  —  I know I've written ad nauseam about Network Neutrality, and the fight against bogeymen that aren't even there.  But a couple of people at the Freedom to Connect conference here wanted me to post my speech up online.
Discussion: GigaOM, B2Day and Nyquist Capital
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
NYTimes Describes Next Steps in its Redesign  —  The NYTimes launched a redesign today that's very sharp and very bloglike, as Anil Dash writes.  I spoke with the folks at the Times and they explained that they plan to launch more features later, most notably the My Times feature.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Memeorandum Does Baseball  —  Tracking Major League Baseball coverage this year will be a little bit easier than before - Gabe Rivera is launching a Memeorandum site called BallBug today.  BallBug offers a news summary, updated every five minutes, spotlighting the most buzzed about baseball stories and blog posts on the web.
Shimon Sandler:
Web Directories - Interview with Greg Hartnett  —  I recently got to know Greg Hartnett from the web directory: Best of the Web... or BOTW for short.  BOTW is the internet's oldest web directory.  Greg has been in the search industry since the beginning.  As a matter of fact …
 
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Tim Mullaney / Dealflow:
Boo Hoo Hoo for VCs and IPOs?
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A Pint of ALE - Ajax Linking and Embedding
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Wikio and Europe vs 2.0  —  Wikio about to launch …
Rob Enderle / technewsworld.com:
What if Microsoft Bought Apple?
useit.com:
Hyped Web Stories Are Irrelevant
Gregory Galant / Venture Voice:
VV Show #30 - Scott Johnson of Ookles
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Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
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ZOT / macZOT!:
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Feld Thoughts:
Dear MS. An MBA is BS.
Tim Richardson / The Register:
Pipex unveils plans for UK wireless broadband service
Robert Manor / Chicago Tribune:
Papers, Web sites in scrape on stories
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
But I Don't Have An E-mail  —  Back when the Apple iMac launched …
Discussion: GigaOM and PC World's Techlog
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AND THE SEARCH GOES ON...A YEAR OF COVERAGE IN ONE POST