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9:15 PM ET, April 18, 2006

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
HD DVD debut ups ante in high-stakes game  —  With Tuesday's launch of two HD DVD players from Toshiba, the public gets its chance to decide whether that format or its rival, Blu-ray, is the rightful heir to the DVD.  —  In the public relations battle between the warring technologies …
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veoh.com:
Time Warner, Michael Eisner And Spark Capital Join Shelter Capital To Complete $12.5 Million Strategic Series B Investment In Veoh Networks  —  Veoh's Global Independent Broadcasting System Poised to Lead Television Broadcasting Revolution  —  Michael Eisner Joins Board of Directors
Discussion: Blogspotting and SiliconBeat
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Eisner Makes Hairpin Turn in His Career
Discussion: Mark Evans, B2Day, GigaOM and IP Democracy
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
TabletKiosk eo Video Review  —  My kids like calling it "the Origami" and "the Oreo", my son says it feels just like a PSP or Gameboy, others refer to it as a UMPC or Ultra Mobile PC - whatever it is we name it, it is obvious that Microsoft and Intel have isolated a real "personal" niche.
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Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
UMPC for something other than surfing
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
MySpace for the Office  —  Venture giant Kleiner Perkins is backing Visible Path in its bid to take social networking corporate  —  Make no mistake: Young people love to socialize on the Web.  Tens of millions of teens and young adults use sites like News Corp.'s (NWS) …
John Dvorak / ABCNEWS:
Apple Needs to Make OS X Open-Source  —  Clouds are looming if the company doesn't do so.  —  A cloud is rising over Mac OS X and its future unless Apple makes its boldest move ever: turning OS X into an open-source project.  That would make the battle between OS X and Linux the most interesting one on the computer scene.
Andreas / chosaq:
Circumvent PDF DRM... with Gmail!  —  Apparently, Gmail's built-in "View as HTML" functionality, which allows you to view the content of PDF files (and other types of documents) as if they were classic webpages, works regardless of the files' usage restrictions (= DRM).
Alexbarn / Alex Barnett blog:
THE UNIFYING THEORY OF WEB 2.0  —  You know that feeling when something has been staring at you in the face and you don't realize it.  And then all of a sudden - bam!  There it is!  —  I've just had one of those moments.  —  Quick background.  Earlier this year at MSN Search Champs .4 …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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Ajit / Open Gardens:
A web 2.0 FAQ  —  Based on some initial feedback …
Discussion: Message
burst.com:
Burst.com Files Patent Infringement Suit against Apple Computer  —  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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Burst.com Follows The Expected Path: Sues Apple For Patent Infringement
ipsos-na.com:
Mobile Phones Could Soon Rival the PC As World's Dominant Internet Platform  —  Mobile Phones Poised To Overtake The PC As The Dominate Internet Platform In Some Markets, According To Ipsos Insight's Latest The Face of the Web Study  —  Category Technology, Cable, Media , Consumer Trends
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Joining Search Engine Watch as a correspondent on patents  —  I remember back in 1997 when a friend of mine sent me a link to a site started by Danny Sullivan, named Search Engine Watch.  —  We were just getting our hands and minds wrapped around promoting a site on the web …
Mike Davidson:
Hacking A More Tasteful MySpace  —  The social phenomenon that is MySpace is one I don't fully understand, and yet, one I must fully respect.  In fact, with over 50 million unique users, it is something everybody must respect.  Any website which rolls up that amount of usership is doing something very …
Beverley Head / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google in need of the feminine touch  —  "Don't be evil."  —  Those were the famous words Google included in its 2004 stock exchange listing filing with US regulators - and a search on this term lists Google's corporate philosophy page.  —  But that New Age corporate philosophy is under threat …
Barry Fox / newscientist.com:
Invention: The TV-advert enforcer  —  For over 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is exclusively online.  Scroll down for a roundup of previous Invention articles.
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
TV competition could save consumers big bucks  —  Competition in the cable TV market from phone companies could save consumers big bucks, according to a new study released Monday by an economist at the University of California at Berkeley.  —  Yale Braunstein, professor in the School …
Discussion: Techdirt
Jeremy / POP! PR Jots:
The blogosphere is growing, but is it just yardstick measurement?  —  Today the Technorati "state of the blogosphere" was released with great fanfare on the blogosphere.  For most of the day, it sat on top of Memeorandum - and rightfully so, as it is a big story for bloggers.  —  From the post ....
USA Today:
Marketers are into YouTube  —  Yet another reason for traditional TV outlets to worry about their relevance: YouTube.com, the hot new outlet for people to post and share homemade videos, has caught the attention of big-name marketers.  —  Nike, Warner Bros., MTV2 and Dimension Films are among …
Discussion: SearchViews
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
TV Execs: Online Vid Numbers Insignificant  —  This morning I attended a panel hosted by AdAge called The Upfront Conversation.  The event was moderated by Jonah Bloom.  It included a mix of execs from the TV networks, large advertisers and advertising agencies.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Testing New Home Page Layout  —  Yahoo is testing a new home page design with some of its users, and Steven Cohen grabbed screen shots.  —  There are a few differences but as far as I can tell this is a purely cosmetic makeover.  The new site is cleaner and groups key resources on the left …
Discussion: Vecosys
 
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Woodi's Sleek New Flash MP3 Player!
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