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8:45 PM ET, April 1, 2007

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Google:
Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service  —  "Dark porcelain" project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users' plumbing systems.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Really Takes April 1 Seriously  —  Google takes a lot of time with its April Fools jokes, and they generally center around new products.  Last year we saw the launch of Google Romance.  This year, they have two solid fake product launches: Google TiSP (free broadband service) …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google launches TiSP — Free wireless broadband
Discussion: Lost Remote and Channel 9
BBC:
Beatles and iTunes talk growing  —  EMI is to hold a media event on Monday with Apple boss Steve Jobs as special guest, prompting speculation that Beatles songs will finally go online.  —  None of the Beatles tracks are available to download on any online music service.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Real interview with Fake Steve Jobs  —  We got a precious few minutes to sit down and talk to the man himself.  That's right, we landed a real interview with Fake Steve Jobs.  In it, "El Jobso" reminisces about his drug-addled youth, what he does to the traitorous wretches that leak Apple products …
Discussion: digg
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs and EMI Press Conference - No More DRM?  —  Steve Jobs and EMI Press Conference on Monday  —  Macworld.co.uk is reporting that Apple and EMI will be hosting a joint announcement on Monday, April 2nd.  —  The press invite reads: … A special live performance from an unannounced artist will also take place.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A decade of Scripting News  —  On this day, ten years ago, a weblog named Scripting News appeared for the first time at this address.  —  Today, it is the longest continuing running weblog on the Internet.  —  This site played a big role in several important trends.  —  1. It helped bootstrap the blogging world.
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Thanking Dave Winer  —  Typically, I try to avoid the blogosphere on April Fools Day — On this day, I always believe even less of what I read than usual.  —  But today, this is a straight-up sincere post of appreciation regarding my friend, Dave Winer.  No fooling.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple, Google join forces for 'ultimate phone'  —  Exclusive Apple and Google have abandoned their individual mobile phone projects for a joint venture, The Register has learned.  —  Apple will mothball its iPhone, announced in January, in favour of a new device that serves as a platform for Google's contextual advertising business.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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New York Times:
New Bar Codes Can Talk With Your Cellphone  —  It sounds like something straight out of a futuristic film: House hunters, driving past a for-sale sign, stop and point their cellphone at the sign.  With a click, their cellphone screen displays the asking price, the number of bedrooms and baths and lots of other details about the house.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Topix Reboots As a CitJ-News Search Hybird  —  Topix, jointly majority-owned by Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy, is migrating the site form the .net domain to Topix.com, and will launch it later tonight.  The site will also get a significant change of focus from being a news search engine …
Discussion: Chip Griffin
sam harrelson:
PlanetBeta Launches  —  You heard (read?) it here first...  IncuBeta, an investment holdings company focused primarily in online marketing and media assets, has agreed to acquire the ReveNews.com brand.  —  The deal will include absorption of the ReveNews site into the overall IncuBeta umbrella …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Workspace Launches Web-based Access to FTP  —  Workspace, which puts out its sandbox release today, is offering an online space to work on web-based applications, with no plug-ins necessary.  You can gain direct access to your own ftp space or use the server space provided.
Discussion: Startup Meme
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Push Comes to Shove for Control of Web Video  —  FOR now, the biggest news in the exploding realm of online video is not much more than a news release.  Still, the recent announcement from the News Corporation and NBC Universal of a new online video venture shows a big change …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Beet.TV
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
I'm feeling patriotic  —  ...and would like to highlight some amazing Canadian startups as well as Canadian contributions to the Web world, in general.  I'm hoping that my friends at the Globe and Mail will see this and understand the importance of the media in really highlighting and helping their homegrown companies.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Billhilf / Port 25:
Microsoft Penguin Adoption 2007  —  Today, in a surprising move, Microsoft is highlighting the key role that community and economic support play in boosting the thriving worldwide penguin ecosystem.  During a keynote that is yet to be scheduled, Bill Hilf, General Manager of Platform Strategy …
 
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Valleywag:
I HATE IT HERE  —  NICK DOUGLAS — TechCrunch acquired F**kedCompany, eh?
George Ou:
Don't buy an HDTV without reading this first
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Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Security-Related April Fool's Jokes
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reddit now doubleplusgood  —  We got tired of having links appear …
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