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4:50 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: Teknision and WeBreakStuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Apollo Launched, So Go Build Something  —  Adobe just announced that it's much anticipated Apollo platform is now available for developers.  The software developers kit can be downloaded at adobe.com/go/apollo.  —  Although this is the official release of the SDK …
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
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
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Kiko Guys Back As Reality TV Stars  —  Two years ago Y Combinator invested in Justin Kan and Emmett Shear's calendaring company, Kiko, which eventually folded when Google Calendar launched in 2006.  —  The Kiko guys have returned to the startup scene since their eBay acquisition …
The Age:
AOL introduces location plug-in for instant messaging so users can see where buddies are  —  AOL is offering users of its AIM instant messaging service new capabilities to see where people on their buddy lists are physically located.  —  The first phase of this push is with an unusual software plug …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Smart fabrics to take the pulse  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website  —  US special forces could soon be wearing smart fabrics that monitor how they cope during combat situations.  —  The fabric gathers information on heart beat, skin temperature, posture, activity and breathing rate when against the skin.
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Kevin Anderson / Strange Attractor:
How much 'lived experience' does your news site cover?  —  One of the most common mistakes that news organisations make when it comes to community is trying to build participation strategies around an extremely narrow, overly-professionalised definition of news.
Discussion: Invisible Inkling
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?
Discussion: Digital Markets
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.
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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Video Awards  —  YouTube will announce on Monday the launch of "YouTube Video Awards" - a late attempt to honor the best-user generated videos of 2006.  The seven categories are Most Inspirational, Most Creative, Best Series, Best Comedy, Musician of the Year, Best Commentary and "Most Adorable Video Ever."
Discussion: Scobleizer
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
 
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