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11:40 PM ET, April 8, 2006


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Robert X. Cringely /
A Whole New Ball Game:  —  Blame Dell for Window Vista's Latest Delay, but Blame Microsoft for Apple's Boot Camp  —  Twenty-five years ago, my Thursday nights were mainly spent playing poker with a group that included legendary sportswriter Leonard Koppett from the New York Times and The Sporting News.
Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo / DV Guru:
Ten video sharing services compared  —  The number of video-sharing sites has shot through the roof recently, as dozens of companies try to become the Flickr of the online video world.  To this end, many video services have started offering new features like editing and remixability in an attempt …
Riva Richmond / Miami Herald:
EarthLink, Google discuss bid for second muni network  —  NEW YORK - EarthLink Inc. and Google Inc., which were tapped Wednesday by San Francisco to provide hybrid free and paid Wi-Fi Internet services, plan to bid for a second U.S. city together under a proposal that would offer more limited free services …
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
Going beyond the alphabet  —  KEYBOARD PAD FREES USER FROM WESTERN MODEL  —  Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a computer keyboard pad that should make typing tasks like Web browsing easier for millions of people in India who read and write languages that don't translate well into a Western alphabet.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Marc Perton / Engadget:
HP provides deets on gesture keyboard
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Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
Meet Ivan the optimiser — but please, no paparazzi  —  We caught up with Ivan Heneghan, a Dublin-based AdSense optimisation specialist, to learn how 'optimisation' differs from 'optimization'.  —  Why did you agree to let us profile you?  —  A brilliant story!
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Let's Buy Some Music: Part 1  —  We've analyzed the services that sell digital music (iTunes and its competitors).  This Part 1 focuses on the pay-per-download services.  In Part 2 we'll compare the all-you-can-eat subscription services.  —  While compact disc sales have declined 19 percent since 2001 …
Discussion: CrunchNotes and Somewhat Frank
Barb Bowman / Barb's Connected World:
Here's How I did it - Mac MCE  —  Ingredients - MCE 2005 CD's from MSDN (or NewEgg or other source), Nero 6, DVD+R, DVD Burner  —  With thanks to Doug Knox - this was a collaborative effort!  —  1) Create a Directory on your hard drive named macmce  —  2) Copy both CD's to this directory
Mbmccall / VC Confidential:
Eric Schmidt Unplugged  —  Eric Schmidt spoke tonight to a packed crowd at the Economic Club.  He talked about how Google views the world and what they hope to do in the coming years.  Overall, it was a fairly interesting speech.  Key points included:  — We live in a world of continuous distraction and multi-tasking.
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Ships 'URL Tracer' to Hunt Down Typo-Squatters  —  Microsoft Research has released a new tool to help pinpoint large-scale typo-squatters that are known to be gaming pay-per-click domain parking services.  —  The lightweight prototype, called Strider URL Tracer …
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room  —  AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center …
Discussion: Techdirt
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to ditch iBook brand alongside notebook launch  —  It's almost official — Apple Computer will re-brand its iBook consumer notebooks under the "MacBook" moniker when it releases new models based on Intel Corp.'s Core Duo processors later this month, AppleInsider has learned.
Redbarren / ben barren:
Aussie BlogHer/Web2 DoubleHeader with Dave Winer?  —  There was an email today between myself, 2.0 Grandmaster MacManus Flash and the RSS, OPML Pimp Daddy Inventor Himself - Mr David Winer.  The OPML topic was whether Mr Winer would come out to Australia soon, which he said he would if any of us males …
Discussion: disambiguity and Scripting News
Elizabeth Thomson /
MIT researchers build tiny batteries with viruses  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— MIT scientists have harnessed the construction talents of tiny viruses to build ultra-small "nanowire" structures for use in very thin lithium-ion batteries.  —  By manipulating a few genes inside these viruses …
Discussion: Engadget and B2Day
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Google Earth to Get Discovery Video  —  Venture Is Part of Cable Programmer's Effort to Branch Out From TV  —  Discovery Communications Inc. is teaming up with Google to offer video clips of historic sites and other spots around the world through Google Earth software …
Nelson's Weblog:
Felt lucky  —  Today's my last day as an employee of Google.  I've been on leave since December, so it's not really a big change this day.  But now the decision's made.  It feels a bit strange leaving such a great and productive company.  But I'm ready to do something new with a smaller group of people.
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Video games get very, very naughty
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