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3:10 AM ET, April 29, 2006

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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Blogger who criticized Maine tourism office faces lawsuit  —  Case reflects growing influence of weblogs  —  A coastal Maine blogger who criticized the state's tourism office has been hit with a lawsuit seeking potentially more than $1 million in damages for allegedly making false statements …
Discussion: John Palfrey and Cameron's Brain
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J. Scott Johnson / FuzzyBlog:
A Conversation with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino  —  I just got off the phone with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino regarding the Maine Web Report lawsuit and, well, it doesn't feel like its being presented (that's why I pulled down the contact information).  Tom McCartin:
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
How do you define "Bad PR"?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Will Maine lawsuit hurt Pop! Tech?
Paul Boutin / Slate:
A Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace  —  Point-and-click sites that don't tell you what to do.  —  I was skeptical when I heard how huge video-sharing hub YouTube and social-networking hotspot MySpace have become.  YouTube claims 40 million plays a day, up from 35 million just a week ago.
Valleywag:
Scoop: DOJ jails Spam King!  Alan Ralsky might rat out a massive hacker / spammer network  —  Local hacker "Memehacker" IMed in with a scoop on Alan Ralsky, the famed "Spam King" covered by the Observer and the Detroit News.  Here's the breaking story:  —  Valleywag: Tell me the scoop in three sentences.
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Delivering flowers, delivering babies  —  Driving to work, I always notice the florist near highway 237, where a man stands outside waving an arrow-shaped "Flowers" sign.  When I think of local businesses trying to attract new customers, I picture this florist.
joblo.com:
Movielink Test Run  —  The Movielink announcement last month about releasing VOD movies for purchase left me with a lot of unanswered questions.  First, who the hell would pay for this?  Why would you spend $20 for KING KONG on your computer when you could go to Wal-Mart and buy the DVD …
Discussion: Techdirt
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #5: craigslist  —  Eric Scheide of craigslist offered me a stream of consciousness summary of the craigslist database setup.  At a conference last year, Craig showed a slide (which helped inspire my postings about asymmetric competition [1, 2, 3]) that listed the number of employees at the top ten web sites.
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #3: Flickr
Discussion: tecosystems
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is Jesus the next killer app?  —  LAS VEGAS—Tech companies are getting religion.  —  Companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Avid and Hitachi are helping churches spread the gospel as part of an effort to cash in on an exploding market known as "house of worship technology."
Discussion: Ramesh Jain's Blog
Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ Internet Marketing Solutions …:
The San Francisco Feed Feed  —  What a good idea.  —  Last night, Pheedo hosted an informal dinner in a San Francisco restaurant to feed on Cajun food — and to talk feeds.  No speeches, no real agenda, just good old fashioned brainstorming from about 40 people involved in RSS from every conceivable angle.
Discussion: The 360
Robert X. Cringely / pbs.org:
Killer Apps:  —  For Apple's Windows Strategy to Work, It Must Replace Microsoft Office and Buy Adobe Systems  —  Over the past three weeks, we've laid out in this column a sequence of clues and events that suggest Apple is planning to next year take on not only Microsoft's hardware OEMs …
Business Wire:
Skype Achieves 100 Million Users  —  People Worldwide Demonstrate Rapid-Growing Desire to Communicate on the Internet  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 28, 2006—Skype, the global Internet communications company, today reached a major milestone when it passed 100 million registered users.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
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Jouni / MRKTNGman:
Nokia Podcasting Application for S60 3rd Edition  —  The biggest S60 news of the week has been announcement of 3 new S60 NSeries multimedia computers by Nokia.  In the Open Studio event Nokia demonstrated interesting beta version of forthcoming application.  It's a Nokia Podcasting Application!
Judy Breck / Golden Swamp:
A stroll down this week's carnival midway:  —  First a note about mobilists getting together.  I have not been asked to mention anything this week on the subject but there may be a mini mobilist meet-up soon anyway.  When I sent an email to Justin at MOpocket about his Carnival entry …
Discussion: Wap Review and m-trends.org
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
Is Blogging Cooler Than A Firetruck?  —  By all accounts, Take Your Child To Work Day was a blast.  We had several attendees in Atlanta, and Staff Engineer Josh Kleinpeter sent the following report about the blog-centric activity he led with the kids in Pasadena.
Paul / Firefox Flicks Backstage:
Firefox Flicks Video Contest Winners Announced  —  SAN FRANCISCO - April 27, 2006 - Mozilla today announced the winners of its Firefox Flicks video contest at the San Francisco International Film Festival.  The winning videos were selected from nearly 300 submissions created by Firefox enthusiasts …
David Kushner / Business 2.0:
Video blogs, ready for prime time  —  Video blogs, a.k.a. vlogs, are booming, and Internet users and advertisers are taking note.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Amanda Congdon, 24, is running through the wintry streets of Manhattan in a purple cape and leotard.
Discussion: B2Day and elearnspace
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
TDK: Ok, we're done with the 200GB recordable Blu-Ray
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Shopping Launches - But No Firefox
Evan Blass / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola patenting Feng Shui-enabled cellphone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techdirt
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Business is fine, thanks for asking...
Dave Winer / BloggerCon:
BloggerCon IV: June 23-24 in SF
Discussion: down the avenue
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Margin Surplus - Or Why the US Ain't Broke
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart:
Bloggingstocks, Why Blogging and Stocks Might Not Be a Good Fit
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
Onward  —  With the defeat of the Markey net neutrality amendment …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jon's Radio:
A conversation with Kingsley Idehen
Discussion: Raw
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 meets the enterprise
Kelly Goto / gotomobile:
say hello to helio  —  "Future revenue growth comes …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MocoNews.net
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Origami It's UMPC
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Rafat / paidContent.org:
PBS.org Starts Accepting Contextual Ads From Google; More Coming
Lee Hartsfeld / Music You (Possibly) …:
HAL's father??  —  Scene: a junk shop on the east side of town.
Discussion: SuperGeek and Boing Boing
Rocky Mountain News:
Wii has fans asking Why
John Markoff / New York Times:
Is Microsoft Preparing Big Attack?