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9:05 PM ET, April 5, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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 …
David Galbraith:
The Day Web 2.0 Died.  —  Google release a completely obvious …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google makes mashups easy, even for me
Discussion: Webware.com
Google Blogoscoped:
Google My Maps  —  Google introduced a new feature to Google Maps: My Maps.
Discussion: Download Squad
Osunick / del.icio.us:
making Firefox more del.icio.us  —  For the past few months, we've been working on a new del.icio.us Bookmarks extension for Firefox.  We quietly released it to the addons.mozilla.org community to see what would happen, and we've been constantly working on it to make it great for our core community of users.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   If You Don't Use Del.icio.us, You Will Now  —  Social bookmarking …
Stephen Bagg / Compete Blog:
Craigslist's Dirty Little Secret  —  It's no wonder that Craigslist is champion of the online classifieds revolution; Compete reports just under 17 million people visiting per month.  The site boasts quick accessibility, a straight-forward interface, and a posting registry ranging from video games …
Discussion: Between the Lines and HipMojo.com
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.
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 …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition  —  An online petition posted by Microsoft to fast-track the standardization of its Office Open XML document format masks the company's concern over the procedure, according to a leading open-source advocate.  —  The petition is an attempt …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Comcast Cuts Off Bandwidth Hogs  —  Man your PCs.  The bandwidth hogs are revolting and Comcast is the recipient of their virtual torches and pitchforks.  —  Customers across the country have been contacted by the telecom giant with a warning to curb excessive bandwidth consumption or risk a one-year service termination.
Discussion: Furdlog, broadbandreports.com and digg
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 …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Review: Apple TV brings iTunes videos to your HDTV, but quality disappoints  —  NEW YORK - Apple Inc. has graced the public with another smooth, white, exquisitely designed gadget, this time aiming at making it easier to play iTunes movies and songs on the living-room TV set.
Neil Long / Computer gaming industry news from MCV:
Secret Atari project revealed  —  Ambitious new PS3 Home-beating community portal in the works, says Atari online boss.  —  MCV can reveal that Atari is to roll out a major new online initiative in the summer which will allows users to create their own gaming experiences.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Opposable Thumbs
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.
New York Times:
Cable TV Networks Boycott eBay Ad Exchange  —  Auctions on eBay may be adored by millions of consumers around the world, but the large cable television networks have decided they want nothing to do with them.  —  Cable networks like Turner Networks, Discovery, Lifetime and ESPN have decided …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
EMI Releases First Album With DRM-Free Option; Artists Selling Direct from Site
Discussion: emigroup.com
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GOOGLE TALK WIDGET GETS BETTER
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's not fighting back against Apple TV hacks
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and digg
Inside AdWords:
Two changes to how top ads are displayed
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google to build $600M datacenter in South Carolina
Discussion: Neowin.net
Jan Schaffer / J-Lab:
New Voices: 10 New Citizen Media Ideas Are Funded
Discussion: The Local Onliner
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I finally get "semantic" Web
Lisa Hoover / Download Squad:
Talk to your Skype contacts from any phone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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Stephan / JAJAH:
PSP (PlayStation Portable) gamers around the globe: Call with JAJAH!
Gizmodo:
Verizon Wireless Gets its Mitts on BlackBerry 8830 World Phone
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Mini Web Sites Target Users of Mobile Phones
Discussion: MoCoNews
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Chief Gets $1 in Pay; His Security Costs $532,755
BBC:
Cursor hackers target WoW players
Discussion: WOW Insider
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Beaming Up 3-D Objects on a Budget
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thailand Bans YouTube
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trash TechCrunch And Win A Free Pass To The Web 2.0 Expo