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12:40 PM ET, April 5, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
My Maps - New Google Maps Update Supports Google Earth Features  —  Google has just released a significant update to Google Maps which allows anyone to, in a sense, create their own maps "mashups" - or what they call "My Maps".  Google was kind enough to demo the new features to me on Wednesday.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google My Maps  —  Google introduced a new feature to Google Maps: My Maps.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Launches MyMaps - Platial Gets Screwed
Discussion: 901am
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.
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: Valleywag and paidContent.org
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
WSJ Covers Ask.com's "Information Revolution" Ad Campaign
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
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 …
Nokia:
Nokia makes payment to Qualcomm for right to use UMTS patents after April 9, 2007  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced today that it has paid Qualcomm USD 20 million for patent licenses covering the second quarter 2007.  Nokia and Qualcomm have had patent license agreements since 1992 …
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Online Experiment for Print Magazine  —  READERS of a weekly newsmagazine will soon be getting a bonus issue, but they will miss it if they look in mailboxes or on newsstands.  —  The magazine, The Week, will publish the extra issue online, rather than in its regular printed format.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Adrants
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thailand Bans YouTube  —  Thailand's military-appointed government blocked access to YouTube and several other Internet sites on Wednesday in a crackdown on material that denigrates the country's monarch.  —  "We have blocked YouTube because it contains a video insulting to our king," …
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Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
Thailand blocks YouTube for clip mocking king
 
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Proof-of-concept iPod virus discovered
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Peter Wayner / New York Times:
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CBC News:
Apple confirms U.S. iPhone launch set for June
David Haskin / Computerworld:
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USA Today:
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Guardian:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
WEP key wireless cracking made easy
Discussion: George Ou and CrunchGear
Mike / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Slowly, Quietly, Backing Away From Misleading Claims …
Reginald Braithwaite / Raganwald:
Don't have a COW, man? …
Katie Allen / Guardian:
EMI releases its first album without copy protection
Discussion: CrunchGear and 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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Quick, Possibly Incomplete Guide to What Gets Installed …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Windows cursor patch causing trouble