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12:25 AM ET, April 24, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
For MySpace, Making Friends Was Easy.  Big Profit Is Tougher.  —  ALMOST on a lark, Chris DeWolfe bought the Internet address MySpace.com in 2002, figuring that it might be useful someday.  At first, he used the site to peddle a motorized contraption, made in China and called an E-scooter, for $99.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What If Media 2.0 Is Less Profitable Than Media 1.0?  —  The advent of web-based e-commerce fundamentally lowered the costs of doing business, increasing the scalability (and in many cases the viability) of thousands of small businesses.  The introduction of micro-marketing through Google AdWords gave …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress readies new digital copyright bill  —  For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  —  Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite.
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Intel's Hard-to-Define Viiv Doesn't Live Up to the Hype  —  In January, Intel told the world that digital media would never be the same again.  —  During a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, chief executive Paul S. Otellini unveiled Viiv — a combination of hardware …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Crawl caching proxy  —  Several people have noticed content from other Google bots showing up in our main web index, and are wondering... why/how does that happen?  Last week I was at WebmasterWorld Boston and I talked about this issue there, but I'd like to do a blog post about Google's crawl caching proxy …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Greg Boser
Chris Barylick / Washington Post:
New Digital Books Offer Better Readability  —  Step onto a Metro train any given morning and it's easy to find people feeding their appetites for information.  Commuters regularly have their faces buried in newspapers, magazines, novels — and sometimes even Web-enabled cellphones — during the ride to and from work.
Discussion: TeleRead and MobileRead Networks
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
Maker Faire (Part 1)  —  This weekend we're visiting the Maker Faire at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, the end-all be-all event for DIY hacks, homebrew gadgets, and other oddities and phenomena.  Just think: a collection of creations including everything from knits to vegetable oil powered cars.
Associated Press:
Linux distributors unite on desktop standard  —  Move aimed at making operating system compete better with Windows  —  NEW YORK - In a move to make the freely distributed Linux operating system a stronger alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, a group of major Linux distributors announced Friday …
Discussion: Open Source and Open Sources
Brandon LeBlanc / Sidebar Geek:
Windows Vista Build 5365 - Beta 2 Preview  —  This evening, Beta Testers for Windows Vista were given a new interim build - Build 5365 - to test.  Microsoft is atleast a month away from releasing Windows Vista Beta 2 and this interim build showcases several enhancements we can expect to see coming in Beta 2.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
linuxdevices.com:
Chinese $150 Linux mini-PC races OLPC to market  —  A Chinese company is touting an inexpensive Linux-based computer as a way to close the "digital divide."  YellowSheepRiver's $150 "Municator" appears to be available now, with a three-month leadtime, suggesting it could reach market well ahead of MIT's $100 …
t3.co.uk:
The nano gets bigger  —  At least where storage capacity is concerned.  According to Apple-watchers, 8GB and 10GB versions are on the way.  —  In the wake of the touchscreen iPod delay, Apple will be launching new 8GB and 10GB iPod nanos in the summer.  At least that's what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is saying.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Unpatched Mac flaws may put users at risk  —  Apple Computer is investigating several unpatched and potentially serious security flaws in Mac OS X that have been publicly disclosed, the company said Friday.  —  Tom Ferris, a security researcher in Mission Viejo, Calif. …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:   More Mac OS X Flaws Identified
Businesspundit:
Is Concentration the New Competitive Advantage?  —  Technology has been a double edged sword for business.  On the one hand, it allows companies to do all kinds of things they could never do before.  On the flip side, it has slowly eroded many forms of competitive advantage by making many corporate tactics easy to imitate.
Reuters:
Microsoft hires CEO of Ask.com to head Web unit  —Text+SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software giant Microsoft Corp. said on Friday it hired away Steve Berkowitz, the chief executive of rival Internet company Ask.com, to head Microsoft's own Internet business.
 
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Ingrid Marson / CNET News.com:
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Mure Dickie / MSNBC:
Warner tackles Chinese piracy with cut-price DVD
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Calendar task list feature