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9:55 AM ET, April 18, 2006

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Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Comparing the Mapping Services  —  Online mapping has come a long way in the last year.  Google Maps entered the field and added satellite imagery to spring itself into the spotlight - challenging the colorful cartoon-like map images of longtime mapping frontrunner Mapquest.
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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Making Money From Online Maps  —  Even the most dedicated Internet surfers have to get away from their PCs at some point.  But before they log off, they need to know how to get where they're going next.  —  Perhaps that's why the audience heading to online map sites has increased by nearly 20% …
Boston Globe:
Blogs 'essential' to a good career  —  Blogging is good for your career.  A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.  —  Ben Day blogged his way into a career as a high-earning software consultant while maintaining the freedom to schedule frequent jam sessions and performances as a keyboard player.
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sanjose.dbusinessnews.com:
Kaboodle Raises $3.55 M from Leaders in Online Search and Commerce  —  San Jose -  —  SANTA CLARA — Kaboodle, a free online service that simplifies collecting, organizing and sharing information on the web, announced today that it has raised $3.55 million in Series A funding from pioneers …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Burst.com sues Apple for patent infringement  —  Burst.com has filed a countersuit against Apple Computer claiming that the iTunes software, the iPod and the Quicktime streaming software all infringe on patents held by Burst.com, Burst announced Monday.  —  After being approached by Burst.com …
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
180solutions sponsors Yapbrowser and... child porn?  —  My head is swimming and I feel ill. I just read the blogs about 180solutions' latest — Yapbrowser, installed from 180's servers no less, that directs all search requests to child porn sites.  And this from a company that has made countless claims of cleaning up their act.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Blogs double every 6 months, now 35M blogs  —  Dave Sifry, CEO of Technorati, published a report today State of the Blogosphere, April 2006.  The number of blogs has been consistently doubling every 6 months for the past 3 1/2 years.  Today there are 35M blogs compared to 16M just 6 months ago.
Tony Smith / The Register:
iRiver preps WiMAX UMPC  —  South Korea's iRiver is preparing to enter the ultra-mobile PC arena, the company has revealed.  This week it demo'd its first UMPC, the W10, at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.  The prototype device shown at the event sports Wi-Fi, WiMax and WiBro connectivity.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
PR Machine / MEDIA 2.0:
2006 INTERACTIVE FACTS PACK  —  Ad Age's 2006 Interactive Fact Pack is available.  With blogs and RSS feeds coming in as official media categories for the first time (e.g. Blogger.com has a 528% increase in traffic vs. the previous year), alternative media takes a position front-and-center …
Discussion: TechBlog
Dan Gillmor / sf.backfence.com:
Welcome to Backfence  —  By now you may have heard about the new direction that Bayosphere is about to take.  The folks at Backfence, a community information network based in the Washington, D.C., area, are expanding and have offered to continue our operations here under their wing.
Nick Paumgarten / New Yorker:
GETTING THERE  —  The science of driving directions.  —  It is a testament both to the early allure of the automobile and to the difficulty of travelling very far in one that, in 1907, Andrew McNally II, the grandson of the co-founder of Rand McNally & Company, chose to spend his honeymoon in Milwaukee.
Discussion: The Map Room
Reuters:
AOL in new tie-up with China firm  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - AOL, the online unit of media giant Time Warner Inc., said on Monday it has formed a tie-up with China's number two media company, one of its first such pairings since it withdrew from the Chinese market in 2003.
Discussion: paidContent.org and IP Democracy
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Please Hold: Wireless 411  —  An ambitious plan to build a national cell-phone directory looks increasingly like a wrong number.  —  While no one has officially killed the 2-year-old project to create a "wireless 411" service, the effort, originally expected to roll out last year, is not moving forward.
Robin Good / Independent Publishing News …:
Online Video Publishing Gets Into The Conversation: Click.TV  —  Online video publishing it's truly unstoppable.  As if the very recent announcements of video remixing and editing sites were not enough, a new highly innovative video service has just announced its ability to add …
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
Ubisoft's Curious Splinter Cell Ad  —  Game called 'one of the best on PSP.'  —  40 of 43 users recommend this story.  —  Blog Red Assed Baboon pointed out a picture from EGM 203 (the Too Human issue) from an advertisement for Splinter Cell: Essentials (see image).
Discussion: Kotaku and PSP Fanboy
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web 2.0 has a local address  —  South Park, the neighborhood that fostered the dot-com boom, is back  —  The unofficial meal of the Internet comeback is a bowl of Kellogg's Crispix and some fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice - served with pleasure at the Monday morning "cereal bar" hosted by the six-person Internet startup Rubyred Labs.
Discussion: peterme.com and Valleywag
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mobile phone users love their pornography  —  Porn has gone mobile.  That's one conclusion of a study done by Maryam Kamvar and Shumeet Baluja, computer science professors who are also affiliated with Google.  The pair analyzed a random sampling of one million page view requests from mobile phones …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Rootkit numbers rocketing up, McAfee says  —  Rootkits, used by hackers to hide malicious software, are on the rise and becoming more complex, according to security company McAfee.  —  In the first quarter, the number of rootkits seen by McAfee's Avert Labs grew by 700 percent …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Discussion: achievable ends
dvd.themanroom.com:
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Discussion: HDBlog.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Veoh Raises $12.5 million
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
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NaviGadget:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
More Venues Spur Higher Ad Costs
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent.org
 Earlier Items: 
anythingbutipod.com:
2007 Infiniti G35 with In-dash Hard Drive and Compact Flash
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Howard Mintz / siliconvalley.com:
S.J. court to weigh blogger's rights
Kim Peterson / Seattle Times:
Steve Wozniak Q & A  —  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Two Webs  —  I'm still continuing my exploration …
Discussion: ongoing
Sahas / Skatter Tech:
Stream iTunes Library To PSP
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
CNET to Distribute Video-on-Demand on TV
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F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
My Decade Of Writing About Search Engines