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11:10 AM ET, April 5, 2007

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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Launches MyMaps  —  Tonight Google launched MyMaps.  It adds the ability to create and share maps directly from Google's site (you can see a map that I created above).  These maps will be added to Google geoindex and will be available to search in Google Earth and in Local Search.
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Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Map-making: So easy a caveman could do it  —  Posted by Jess Lee, Product Manager, Google Maps  —  Humans have been making maps since the Stone Age.  In fact, map-making predates written language by several millenia.  Nowadays, people make maps online using tools like the Google Maps API …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google MyMaps Smashes Mash-ups
Discussion: Mashable! and franticindustries
Inside AdSense:
A fresh, new look for AdSense ads  —  You may have noticed that some of your ad units have started to look a little different lately — we're happy to announce that, just in time for spring, we've given our standard ad units a fresh makeover.  After extensive testing and research …
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
The State of the Live Web, April 2007  —  Hey, it's that time again, time to slow down, take a deep breath, and dig into the data!  —  About this Report, and the Obligatory Plug for Technorati  —  Technorati is known widely for its quarterly State of the Blogosphere reports, analyzing the trends around blogs and blogging.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   As Daily Postings Slide, Blogging Peaks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trash TechCrunch And Win A Free Pass To The Web 2.0 Expo  —  We've gotten our hands on three free passes to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on April 15-18, valued at $1,500 each.  We traded these passes for excess advertising inventory on our sites, and our plan is to give them away to readers.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick:   Mike Arrington: Bobblehead or (3)Bubble Head?
Mike / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Slowly, Quietly, Backing Away From Misleading Claims Of Unlimited Service  —  from the shhhh...-don't-tell-anyone dept  —  For years, Verizon Wireless has been pushing its EVDO wireless internet service as "unlimited" — but then cutting off users if they passed some unknown, unstated "cap."
Discussion: MoCoNews
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Knowledge@Wharton:
The Man Who Would Change Microsoft: Ray Ozzie's Vision for Connected Software  —  Ray Ozzie has a long and storied history of technological innovation, with accomplishments that include creating Lotus Notes and founding Groove Networks.  But Ozzie may now be facing the most daunting challenge of his career …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Guardian:
Can the internet be truly neutral?  —  Net Neutrality is dividing opinion.  For some it is a cause worth fighting for, but others claim it's a red herring that's impeding progress.  Andrew Orlowski investigates  —  In a much celebrated remark, a senior Bush administration aide told journalist Ron Suskind …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Rewriting ethics rules for the new media  —  Some members of the so-called old media establishment may no longer be able to wag a finger at what they say is questionable ethics among bloggers.  —  Two weeks ago, ABCNews.com video blogger Amanda Congdon's appearance in online infomercials …
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
HP has gaming handheld in the works  —  Hewlett-Packard is working on a gaming handheld that could let players use their surroundings as a backdrop for an immersive game.  —  The company unveiled a commercial for "Mscape," its gaming prototype, that featured a number of young hipster gamers …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
John Leyden / The Register:
WEP key wireless cracking made easy  —  Code breakers have discovered a technique for extracting a 104-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) key in under a minute.  —  Cryptographic weaknesses with the first generation wireless encryption standard have been known for years …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   New attack cracks WEP in record time
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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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Well, Now We Have GodTube  —  We wrote about the YouTube clones …
Reuters:
Germany's Software AG to buy webMethods for $546 mln
David Haskin / Computerworld:
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Complete, free Mac backup
Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
Homepage Stories counts
USA Today:
The 2008 candidates are running 'e-lection' campaigns
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Nick Fone / FWi - All News:
Lely unveils new Voyager robotic fencer for automated grazing control
Discussion: Engadget and The Raw Feed
Business Wire:
Monster Worldwide Comments on Expected First Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results
Discussion: BARRONS.com
 Earlier Items: 
Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
Thailand blocks YouTube for clip mocking king
Katie Allen / Guardian:
EMI releases its first album without copy protection
Discussion: ContentBlogger
Gamasutra:
Llamas In Space: Catching Up with Llamasoft's Jeff Minter
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Thunderbird 2.0 To Launch This Week - Interview with Scott MacGregor, Lead Engineer
Discussion: TechSpot News
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter API news
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Quick, Possibly Incomplete Guide to What Gets Installed …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Windows cursor patch causing trouble
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Intel:
Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go