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2:35 AM ET, March 19, 2007

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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
SCOOP: Apollo public alpha available later tonight  —  I'm about to get on a plane for Ajax World, but I just got word that the public alpha of Apollo is going to drop on the Adobe Labs site tonight.  The current build is targeted mostly at Flex developers but has enough HTML support …
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Adobe:
Public Alpha of Apollo Debuts on Adobe Labs  —  For immediate release  —  New Technology Enables Web Developers to Extend RIAs to the Desktop  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that the first public alpha version of Apollo is now available for developers on Adobe Labs.
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Launches Apollo, Alpha Version  —  Adobe will launch the first public alpha version of its Apollo platform later tonight - Ryan Stewart got the news out first.  Apollo is the code name for the much hyped Adobe cross-operating system.  It allows developers to build RIA …
Discussion: WeBreakStuff and Teknision
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome To TechCrunch, Heather  —  I have the pleasure of confirming the rumors: Heather Harde, currently the SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media, will start her new job as the CEO of the TechCrunch Network (and my boss) by the end of the month.
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Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
TechCrunch hires Heather Harde as CEO, will it become a VC firm?  —  I'm still digesting today's somewhat surprising news that Michael Arrington has hired Heather Harde as CEO of the TechCrunch Network.  For those who don't know, Heather is currently in charge of Acquisitions and Mergers at Fox Interactive Media.
Discussion: Digital Markets
Keith Teare / Keith Teare's Weblog:
It Is True. Heather Harde Is New TechCrunch CEO
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats and Mark Evans
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Web 2.0 Address Book May Have Arrived  —  David Pogue recently sent out the following email message to all his contacts: … In a private note to me, he wrote: "I'm using, of course, GrandCentral, which was the topic of my column today.  It's pretty awesome—I'd think you might be a prime candidate, too!"
Discussion: Webware.com, VoIP Watch, ongoing and 901am
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Musicload: 75% of customer service problems caused by DRM  —  Deutsche Telekom's Musicload, one of the largest online music stores in Europe, has come out strongly against DRM on account of its effects on the marketplace and its customers, according to German-language Heise Online.
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Lawrence Lessig / New York Times:
Make Way for Copyright Chaos  —  LAST week, Viacom asked a federal court to order the video-sharing service YouTube to pay it more than $1 billion in damages for some 150,000 videos that Viacom claims it owns and YouTube users have shared.  "YouTube," the complaint alleges …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Vehicle warning system trialled  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website  —  Vehicles may soon be swapping information about road conditions to warn drivers about jams and dangers.  —  A German research project on show at hi-tech trade fair Cebit envisions a peer-to-peer network …
Paul Durman / Times of London:
'Microsoft sucks', says top blogger  —  MICROSOFT's formerly tame blogger has bitten the software company that made his name when it employed him as a "technology evangelist".  —  Robert Scoble writes the Scobleizer web log, one of the most-read sources of technology commentary on the internet.
Mark Ward / BBC:
Mobile targets the 50+ generation  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website  —  A mobile phone with a built-in emergency button has been produced for elderly and older people.  —  The Life phone is aimed at those aged 50-plus who do not want a handset crammed with every possible feature.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Keepin' it real fake, part XLX: The "Ipod style Mobile Phone iPhone"  —  Keepin' it real fake, part L: The "Ipod style Mobile Phone iPhone"  —  We've gotta hand it to them: electronics conmen are extremely confident in their belief in the ignorance of the masses.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, textually.org and digg
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
ThinkingRock - cross-platform GTD application  —  While many other task management applications have found ways to incorporate the ideas put forth by the Getting Things Done methodology that David Allen developed, it seems that very few have been built from the ground up as GTD applications.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
P2P File-Sharing Ruins Physical Piracy Business  —  Tony started his life of piracy sometime in the 1990's working markets, car-boot sales and pubs in the UK, selling counterfeit PC applications/games and console discs for a fraction of the retail price.  "The profit was amazing back then" …
 
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Ask's mistargeted "Information revolution"; or the fatuity …
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Hackers Promise Month of MySpace Bugs
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Twitter Lowers The Bar For Blogging
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch has 15,000 Spam Comments Per Day
ICANN Announcements:
ICANN today issued a formal notice of termination of RegisterFly …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Does Voice Have a Place With Portals?