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1:40 PM ET, April 20, 2006


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Macgyver / Forever Geek:
Digg Corrupted: Editor's Playground, not User-Driven Website  —  As a follow up to an earlier post (Digg Army: Right in Line), there have been some vibrations that I think not only our readers would find interesting, but also all Digg users.  —  To quickly summarize the earlier post …
Staska / UMPC News:
Apple Origami UMPC?  Looks likely  —  Is Apple working on it's own Origami UMPC device?  Well, judging from patent applications filed by Apple in recent months, it seems so.  —  Does this picture look familiar:  —  It looks just like variation of Microsoft Touchpack software …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Ubergizmo and TeleRead
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Apple Working on Origami UMPC?  —  With all the UMPCs being rolled out lately, Apple appears to be preparing one of its own, filing patents for a number of telltale technologies.  First, in a patent application dated today, we see a single-arc QWERTY keyboard similar to Microsoft Touchpack software …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Dave Winer: AOL to take on MySpace.  —  Dave Winer says:  —  I just heard a rumor that AOL is going to challenge MySpace, "head on," to be announced in approximately two weeks.  —  Recent Posts  —  1. I think if AOL can make THEIRspace better than myspace, I'm all for it …
Discussion: Message and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL To Launch "Myspace Killer"
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Updated: PortalPlayer dealt setback at Apple  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — High-flying PortalPlayer Inc. late Wednesday (April 19) said that it has been dealt a major setback at Apple Computer Inc., which is apparently switching media processor chip vendors in its iPod lines.
The Cost of AJAX  —  · James Governor relays a question that sounds important but I think is actively dangerous: do AJAX apps present more of a server-side load?  The question is dangerous because it's meaningless and unanswerable.  Your typical Web page will, in the process of loading …
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
Does AJAX Hammer App Servers?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Microsoft Brings Programming to the Masses With Visual Studio Express  —  Company brings the power of code to growing community of hobbyist programmers who seek to integrate technology and software into their everyday lives.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 19, 2006 — At this weekend's Maker Faire …
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1
Discussion: Full of I.T.
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Study: Use of Mobile Devices Is Growing  —  LOS ANGELES - Although most people still access the Internet on a computer, the use of mobile devices to check e-mail or browse the Web is growing, outpacing even laptops in some markets, according to a new study.  —  That's particularly the case …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's flagship MacBook Pro to arrive at NAB  —  Apple Computer at the National Association of Broadcasters conference next week will unveil its most poweful Intel notebook yet, a 17-inch MacBook Pro strung with a few bells and whistles, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Red Herring:
Facebook Gets Another $25M  —  Greylock Partners leads new investment round in social network site as its valuation soars.  —  Privately held Facebook received $25 million in its second round of venture financing Wednesday to help the social network web site expand features for sharing information as its market value soars.
Discussion: Bubblegeneration and Valleywag
Business Week:
Social Networking's Gold Rush
Discussion: Mark Evans and SearchViews
Mathew /
The mesh wiki — create a workshop  —  I've written before about the debate over conferences versus "unconferences" — which Dave Winer and Jeff Jarvis and some others (including the whole FooCamp and BarCamp gang) feel is a better way of organizing things.  As I've said before …
Discussion: and Mark Evans
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YahooNoFi  —  For past few days, a screenshot captured by a Yahoo user is leading to a lot of speculation about Yahoo coming up with its answer to Google's WiFi efforts.  There are a couple of reasons why this isn't going to happen - and none of them have to do with the fact that it was a screenshot …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
In corporate 'Spy Game,' work equals play  —  If you and your co-workers find yourselves in a high-stakes caper straight out of a James Bond movie, there's a pretty good chance you're playing "The Spy Game."  —  "The Spy Game" is the latest corporate team building exercise from the creators of …
Discussion: Clickable Culture
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Philips device could force TV viewers to watch ads  —  An invention from Royal Philips Electronics prevents TV viewers from switching the channel during commercials or fast-forwarding past commercials when watching DVR content.  —  Viewers would be released from the freeze only after paying a fee to the broadcaster.
Verizon Enabling File Transfers on RAZRs  —  This is a monumental moment for all Verizon Wireless users.  Verizon finally seems to be listening to its customers.  For the longest time Verizon would disable all non-cellular methods for transferring images and music.
Discussion: Gizmodo and broadband
Dratz /
Trying to get a refund on a video game...or, My policy differs from yours  —  I just read a post by Matt Moran that reminded me of a minor success I had over the weekend.  —  On Friday I bought a new game for my Xbox 360: Blazing Angels.  —  It's a lousy WWII flying game (that could have been easily improved dramatically).
Discussion: Tech_Space and Kotaku
Humphrey Cheung /
New GPS module is sensitive enough to be used indoors  —  GPS navigation devices can help guide you on confusing freeways and country roads, but generally do not work indoors.  But Navman, a maker of GPS navigation devices and modules, claims that its new Jupiter 30 GPS module that is sensitive enough …
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
Swapping job security for a startup  —  Why did Toni Schneider leave a good job at Yahoo to dive back into the fray with blog-software maker Automattic?  Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.  —  John Battelle, Business 2.0 Magazine  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) …
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CAPTCHA on comments, and a round of bug fixes
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A Paranoid Parent Ponders GPS Tracking His Kids
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FT: Zennström confirms Skype filters text; questions he would not answer
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