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8:20 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
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
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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
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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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.
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 …
Tim Mullaney / Dealflow:
Boo Hoo Hoo for VCs and IPOs?  —  From the naked self-interest category comes a release from the National Venture Capital Association today, arguing that the paucity of venture-backed IPOs threatens to hurt the economy.  It's true: Only 10 venture-backed companies went public in the first quarter.
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.
Ross / Zimbra - Blog:
A Pint of ALE - Ajax Linking and Embedding  —  Recently I had to write a document which required the inclusion of some images, a chart, and a few drawings in the text - something that modern word processors allow you to simply and readily do.  In fact, the ability to embed and edit rich content directly …
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
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
VON Canada - Day 1  —  It's been a full day at VON Canada here in Toronto, with the highlights for me being Alec Saunders's presentation (filling in admirably where Niklas Zennstrom was scheduled to speak), the Skype developer's panel, and the blogger panel at the end of the day.
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 …
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 …
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.
Rob Enderle / technewsworld.com:
What if Microsoft Bought Apple?  —  While neither Apple nor Microsoft is in critical shape, it does appear that both firms need each other right now — with an urgency that is unprecedented.  It may be time to explore the notion that a little cooperation could reduce, or solve, both firms' "impossible" problems.
 
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Pipex unveils plans for UK wireless broadband service
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Papers, Web sites in scrape on stories
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
But I Don't Have An E-mail  —  Back when the Apple iMac launched …
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Verizon pays for spam blockade
Discussion: Techdirt
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