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2:55 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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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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Launches MyMaps - Platial Gets Screwed  —  A launch from Google that's sure to go down well: MyMaps, rolled out in the last few hours, lets you create your own personalized maps within Google Maps.  —  You can mark your favorite places, draw shapes to represent areas and lines to represent journeys …
Discussion: alarm:clock and 901am
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google 'My Maps': Mashups For The Masses  —  Google has just launched "My Maps," an impressively simple tool within Google Maps that allows users to create personal "mashups" and save or share those with friends or the world at large.  A range of formatting options enables the maps to be highly customized and include images or video.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google My Maps  —  Google introduced a new feature to Google Maps: My Maps.
Discussion: Download Squad
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google makes mashups easy, even for me
Discussion: Webware.com
Ogle Earth:
Drawing in Google Maps vs drawing in Live Local: Which is better?
Discussion: All Points Blog
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 …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Steve Ballmer and Ray Ozzie - The best of both worlds
Nick / Rough Type:   Ozzie walks the line
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
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Chief Gets $1 in Pay; His Security Costs $532,755  —  It is not common for the salary of an American chief executive to be dwarfed by the cost of keeping that executive safe.  But then, Google is an unconventional company.  —  The Internet search giant paid its top executive …
Discussion: Valleywag, Search Engine Land and digg
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
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.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Mini Web Sites Target Users of Mobile Phones  —  New Kits Give Firms  —  A Cellular Presence;  —  Boon for Concertgoers?  —  Johannes Tromp says the Web site for his South Carolina bed-and-breakfast generates good business.  But last fall, he found a way to reach even more potential customers …
Discussion: MoCoNews
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 …
 
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Gizmodo:
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CBC News:
Apple confirms U.S. iPhone launch set for June
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
HP has gaming handheld in the works
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Don't Believe the Hype: The 21 Biggest Technology Flops
Guardian:
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John Leyden / The Register:
WEP key wireless cracking made easy
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