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10:50 PM ET, April 11, 2006


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Guy Kawasaki / Bona tempora volvantur:
The First 100 Days: Observations of a Nouveau Blogger  —  I've been a blogger for a whopping 100 days, and it's been a delightful and educational experience.  Some readers (Omer Trajman, in particular) asked me share my observations about my blogging experience, so here goes:
Momus / Wired News:
Hell Is Other People's Music  —  "Hell," said Jean-Paul Sartre, "is other people."  I'd qualify that slightly.  People are fine; it's their music that's hell.  —  When I moved to New York my first year was sheer bliss; I spent my second in the inferno.  Just one thing changed …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer: to be homepage of Vista, IE7  —  Microsoft's new hire, Niall Kennedy (formally of Technorati), wrote in his blog today that will be the default homepage for Vista and IE7: … This is something I've been predicting for a while, but until now Microsoft hadn't confirmed it.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Nominees Picked for New Emmy for PC and Hand-Held Shows  —  LOS ANGELES, April 10 — Two years ago, few entertainment executives would have guessed that the performances of a sexy female detective, a 40-something single guy ordering a steak sandwich and Madonna as a college professor would be worthy of an Emmy.
Feeding On Itself:
Microserfs, Revisted  —  Nearly a dozen years ago, Douglas Coupland published his third novel, Microserfs, at a moment where everyone knew the future was about to happen, but no one knew quite what it would look like.  —  After moving to Seattle a month ago to work on the campus depicted in the novel …
Hacking Google Analytics  —  Most of you will have at least one friend who is obsessed with the web stats program.  That may very well be me.  If you want to have some fun with said friend, read on.  If you like the article, digg it.  —  I was looking at the "Content by Titles" …
Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily:
Internet, Media Outfits Could Bid For Spectrum  —  Analysts are speculating that Internet and media companies could team up to bid for radio spectrum in order to launch wireless broadband services, as a way around the phone companies.  —  Rumors that nontelecom companies could bid …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Tracy Staedter /
Tiny Flyer Navigates Like Fly  —  April 11, 2006— An ultralight autonomous aircraft that mimics the navigational abilities of a fly could one day become a real fly on the wall.  —  The 10-gram microflyer, being developed by a team of researchers lead by Dario Floreano at the Swiss Federal Institute …
Discussion: THE RAW FEED and Engadget
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
EXCLUSIVE SCREENSHOTS OF GOOGLE CALENDAR / CL2  —  A reader passed along these screenshots of Google Calendar (code-named CL2).  I'm not going to speak towards their authenticity, just pass 'em along to you guys.  —  Lets say these are the real thing.  If so, we're seeing …
Discussion: Googling Google and SearchViews
Evan Blass / Engadget:
"ROBO-ONE in the Space" promises low-orbit robot battles  —  Besides the promised army of nanobots that will fulfill our every want and need, there hasn't been too much about the "future" to get really jazzed up about — until, that is, we found out about a little event happening on October 10 …
Discussion: Pink Tentacle and THE RAW FEED
Globe and Mail:
China's got RedBerry  —  Cheaper rival hits the market on eve of RIM's long-delayed debut  —  BEIJING and TORONTO — On the eve of its long-delayed China launch, BlackBerry is facing a sudden challenge from a cheaper Chinese rival called, unapologetically, RedBerry.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and OpsanBlog
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive: Google Fire and Google Wheel Launched  —  It seems we just can't get enough of Google these days.  Yesterday's news that Google had hired a new employee - and acquired some early stage technology as a result - generated a crazy amount of buzz.  It seemed lost on most people …
Copy and paste between computers  —  Web site lets you copy and paste text between any number of computers. … You can easily create your own cl1p by typing whatever you feel like after cl1p (for example,  After you paste your text into cl1p …
Fred / A VC:
Umair, Jarvis, Disney, and Me  —  I think and write a lot about the future of media.  It's a big part of our investment thesis.  We don't invest directly in media, at least media the way its been constructed traditionally.  But we invest a lot in businesses that are transforming the way media is delivered, consumed, and monetized.
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
The MySpace Economy  —  Tens of millions of people show up regularly at MySpace, News Corp.'s suddenly popular virtual hangout.  That's good news for News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch, who raised eyebrows by shelling out $580 million for the Web site last summer.
Discussion: Techdirt
Tom Krazit / CNET
Best Buy to stock shelves with ThinkPads  —  Lenovo has agreed to sell its ThinkPad notebooks and new Lenovo 3000 series PCs at Best Buy, in the company's largest move into the U.S. retail market since it acquired IBM's PC business, CNET has learned.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
Associated Press:
Bloggers Join the Mainstream  —  A syndication service that delivers commentary from 600 bloggers for use by newspaper publishers is set to launch on Tuesday, further blurring the lines that divide blogs and mainstream media.  —  BlogBurst, as the service from blog technology company Pluck Corp. is known …
Discussion: News Blog
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Build your own DVR  —  Ever since TiVo came around, I was eager to jump on the time shifting bandwagon.  After all, nothing makes a productivity junkie happier than turning an hour-long show into forty minutes.  But for all its loyal fan base, TiVo never seemed like the right fit for me.
Claire Atkinson / AdAge:
ABC Readies Non-Skippable Online Video Commercials  —  Blue-Chip Advertisers Buy Into Network's New Web Programming  —  NEW YORK ( — ABC fleshed out details of its new online service of free programming today, outlining exactly how advertising will be embedded in broadcast video versions of its TV programming.
Discussion: InterMedia, raving lunacy and AdJab
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