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4:55 AM ET, April 5, 2007

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees DRM-free music in Zune's future  —  Microsoft plans to follow Apple in selling unprotected songs from EMI, though the company won't say just when such tracks will appear on the Zune Marketplace store.  —  When CEO Steve Jobs issued his open letter calling for an end to DRM …
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Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Zune for free with a phone-like plan?
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo Could Regret Not Paying Up For Facebook, Needham Says  —  One of the dark stains on Yahoo's (YHOO) track record is its decision not to buy Google (GOOG) when it had the chance.  Needham's Mark May today wonders if the company has made a comparable error with its refusal to pay up for Facebook.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo ambushed by hindsight and armchair CEOs-again
24/7 Wall St.:
Yahoo! To Facebook: Still Too High A Price
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! Alpha - Google Custom Search Engine Gets a Competitor  —  Yahoo!7 is about to release version 1.0 of Yahoo! Alpha beta - a new service that allows users to create personalized search engine homepage using an intuitive drag-n-drop interface.  —  Unlike Google Custom Search engine …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Launches Response to Google Co-op  —  The Digital Inspiration blog reports that Yahoo is launching Yahoo! Alpha.  Ironically, it's called Alpha (beta).  You can try it here on their AU domain.  It's unclear if this is only going to be an Australian product or if Yahoo will roll it out more broadly.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Intel:
Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go  —  Intel® Centrino® Pro Gives IT Managers Wireless Management and Security Capabilities  —  Under a new brand called Intel® Centrino® Pro processor technology, Intel Corporation today announced it will extend its innovative and popular features designed …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel plans Centrino Pro for business notebooks
Discussion: Gadgetell
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Marketing in Second Life doesn't work... here is why!  —  Last week, the Hamburg-based research firm Komjuniti published the first extensive survey of Resident attitudes toward real world marketing in Second Life.  It's been a long time in coming: a British branding agency established …
Discussion: flashpoint and bytesized
David Pogue / New York Times:
TiVo Plays a Trump Card: Web Smarts  —  What is it with the rash of new set-top boxes lately?  One recent box brings the best of the Internet to your TV screen, like podcasts, Web videos and Internet radio.  Another one is a video recorder that you can operate from anywhere in the world …
Thomas Fuller / International Herald Tribune:
Web crackdown blocks YouTube in Thailand  —  BANGKOK: The military-appointed government of Thailand has blocked access to YouTube and several other Internet sites in a crackdown on material seen as denigrating the country's monarch, officials said Wednesday.
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Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
Thailand blocks YouTube for clip mocking king
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Quick, Possibly Incomplete Guide to What Gets Installed by the Google Desktop Installer  —  Mac software is usually distributed in a way that encourages simple drag-and-drop installation.  A disk image or zip archive that the user opens, then a single file (or bundle) …
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Windows cursor patch causing trouble  —  Installing Microsoft's Tuesday patch for a "critical" Windows vulnerability is causing trouble for some users.  —  Microsoft broke with its monthly patch cycle Tuesday to repair a bug in the way Windows handles animated cursors.
Wall Street Journal:
Ask.Com's 'Revolt' Risks Costly Clicks  —  Web Users Feel Duped  —  In U.K. Campaign  —  LONDON — Internet-search site Ask.com has adopted a risky advertising strategy in Britain: highlighting the huge popularity of rival Google Inc.  —  The goal of the campaign is to convince consumers …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Clickety Clack
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Thunderbird 2.0 To Launch This Week - Interview with Scott MacGregor, Lead Engineer  —  By the end of this week, the Thunderbird 2.0 Release Candidate will be launched.  Thunderbird is Mozilla's open source desktop email client, similar to Microsoft Outlook in features.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Gamasutra:
Llamas In Space: Catching Up with Llamasoft's Jeff Minter  —  Jeff Minter is an enduring testament to potential power of independent games.  He's been operating on his own terms for the last 25 years, and shows no sign of branching from his chosen path.  Ever an industry anomaly …
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
Business Wire:
Monster Worldwide Comments on Expected First Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNST - News) said today that based on preliminary data available at this time, revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007 is expected …
Discussion: BARRONS.com
Reginald Braithwaite / Raganwald:
Don't have a COW, man?  What Haskell teaches us about writing Enterprise-scale software  —  Berlin Brown asked: … Yes, I use what I read on programming.reddit.com in my day job.  That's one of the reasons I have this day job: it's part of what I do to sift through all of the cool stuff and find the things that are practical today.
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Slowly, Quietly, Backing Away From Misleading Claims …
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
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Gizmodo:
Addonics CompactFlash Adapters Replace Notebook Hard Drives
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Bans P2P, Streaming Services and Online Gaming.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Garrett Camp, Founder & Chief Architect, StumbleUpon
David Haskin / Computerworld:
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hostway.com:
Hostway Acquires Affinity Internet
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