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11:00 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% …
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 …
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burst.com:
Announces Expansion of Legal Team  —  Santa Rosa, Calif., (April 17, 2006) - Burst.com, Inc. (OTC: BRST) today announced that it has filed counterclaims accusing Apple Computer of infringing four of Burst's U.S. patents.  In the counterclaims, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco on Monday …
ZDNet:
Zone Labs' glee at hobbled Vista firewall  —  The firewall built into Vista may be better than the one supplied with Windows XP, but by default, it will not automatically block outgoing traffic, which is great news for security software vendor Zone Labs.  —  When Microsoft updated Windows XP …
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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.
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.
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Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
The Next Great Game (and Why Google Can't Play It)  —  Sorry, but this Da Vinci code thing - I wanted to write about it last week because I was shocked - is very bad news.  —  It's not just that it is Google essentially selling out.  In fact, it's a very telling symptom of a buried disorder.
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 …
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
Howard Mintz / siliconvalley.com:
S.J. court to weigh blogger's rights  —  At PowerPage.org, a Pennsylvania blogger offers up a daily menu of passionate online dish about all things Apple Computer.  It looks like just another run-of-the-mill site in the vast and exploding blogosphere — advertisements, links and an introduction that says ``Publishing since 1995.''
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
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.
Ajit / Open Gardens:
A web 2.0 FAQ  —  Based on some initial feedback, I have republished this entry now as a FAQ for web 2.0  —  What is web 2.0?  —  Because of my work with mobile web 2.0, I am often asked the question - 'what is web 2.0'?.  This is often a genuine question - since there is a lot of confusion out there and many bandwagon seekers.
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 …
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
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
Men Are From VoIP, Women From PSTN  —  A recent HarrisInteractive survey about VoIP awareness in the U.S. and Britain found this intriguing fact: Men are more aware of VoIP than women by about a two-to-one margin.  And, one would assume, from those numbers, they're much more likely to use VoIP as well.
dvd.themanroom.com:
Hands-On First Impressions: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player  —  Thursday: 11am.  A series of planned phone calls are placed to four Best Buy stores within reasonable driving distance.  Each is asked one simple question to answer.  Each provides a different response ranging from "I don't think we carry that product.
Discussion: Engadget and HDBlog.net
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
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
 
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Kim Peterson / Seattle Times:
Steve Wozniak Q & A  —  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer …
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180solutions sponsors Yapbrowser and... child porn?
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Two Webs  —  I'm still continuing my exploration …
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