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10:35 AM ET, April 6, 2007

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Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Hackers Dissect Apple TV to Create the Cheapest Mac Ever  —  Apple TV is dead, long live the Mac Nano.  Sort of.  —  Just two weeks after Apple released its streaming media box to the public, hackers successfully installed OS X, Apple's desktop operating system, on the $300 device, making it the cheapest PC Cupertino has ever sold.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's not fighting back against Apple TV hacks  —  We had a word with Apple yesterday about the Apple TV — specifically about that supposed backdoor.  We asked whether enthusiasts really are in fact having services and hacks shut down through surreptitious software updates and backdoors into the Apple TV …
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 …
Discussion: Startup Meme and franticindustries
Inside AdWords:
Two changes to how top ads are displayed  —  Our product teams are constantly making adjustments to improve both the user and advertiser experience.  As many of you may have already noticed, we've recently made two changes to the top AdWords ads that appear above search results on Google.com.
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.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Startups...please think about your marketing messages... re …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google AdWords Contract Upheld (Again)—Feldman v. Google  —  Feldman v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 966011 (E.D. Pa. March 29, 2007)  —  Yet another click fraud lawsuit, this time involving one of the 556 plaintiffs that opted out of the Google click fraud settlement.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Francisco, MKTW and DJ Draw Attention For Reporter's Role In Start-Up  —  For months, high-profile MarketWatch journalist Bambi Francisco has been involved—quite publicly—in a start-up with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.  Vator.tv (as in elevator pitch) features video reports by Francisco and Thiel on various start-ups.
Discussion: alarm:clock and ZDNet
Jessica Hodgson / MarketWatch:
Apple probe will shake up whole music industry  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — A European antitrust probe into the pricing of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL : , , ) iTunes music downloads service could force the music industry to unravel the complex web of intellectual property agreements which allow music to be sold across the world, experts say.
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch and digg
Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
GameTap Reveals Sega Saturn License, Plans  —  Turner's GameTap subscription PC 'all you can eat' gaming service has now added Sega Saturn games to its service, with the debut of platform game Bug! as a special Easter-timed Easter Egg for its service.  —  The game is currently filed as 'Insect? …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Game | Life
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Patent Ruling Impact  —  The Internet Phone Upstart Could Lose a Technology and a Future  —  Verizon has thrown a lifeline to rival Vonage Holdings, suggesting that the Internet phone provider could continue serving its customers despite a judge's ruling ordering it to stop using …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web 2.0: End of Innocence  —  David Galbraith, a good friend of mine, is not a man of extremes.  Polite to a fault, he uses logic to make his arguments.  Today, in response to our My Maps post, he wrote a stinging piece, The Day Web 2.0 Died.  Hyperbole?  I don't think so …
Business Wire:
Hop-on Receives U.S. Design Patent on MP3 Phone  —  "Boom Box in a Cell Phone"  —  IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HOP-ON, INC. (Pink Sheets:HPNN) announced today that the Company has successfully received from The United States of America a Design Patent on a MP3 Phone with speakers on the side …
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X may gain multi-sized icon interface  —  Apple Inc. has developed an enhancement to its Mac OS X Finder user interface that will allow for different-sized icons within the same window as a means of representing their importance, a recent patent application has revealed.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's board objects to anticensorship proposal  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc.'s board of directors recommended Wednesday that the company's shareholders vote against a proposal to bar the company from any "proactive" censorship efforts.  —  The board's opinion came to light …
Discussion: BetaNews
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Think Short  —  Short Descriptions to be Required Starting in May  —  I'm sorry this letter is so long, but I did not have time to make it shorter.  —Mark Twain or Blaise Pascal  —  Scholars differ about the source of the quote above.  Some think Twain said it.  Others think Pascal said it.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Stokes a Digital Music Standards War  —  Apple's recent deal with EMI to sell DRM-free songs from the publisher's catalog on iTunes may clinch the iPod's AAC format as the industry standard  —  A few months ago I was at a big family dinner at Capsouto Frères, a fancy French bistro in Tribeca.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Slashdot
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I love my new Mac (list of cool utilities from Twitter)
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
LAST CTP BEFORE BETA 3  —  Late on Wednesday, as part …
Consumerist:
LEAKED: 6 More Geek Squad Manuals
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DSL trounces cables, fiber, and satellite connections
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Mulling Portable Data Centers?
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Mike Olson Blog:
Unbreakable Linux: The untold story.  - April 4, 2007; 3:09:11 PM
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeremy's Blog
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Demographics of Visitors to Blogs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Early Prototype Of FireFox Coop Released
Discussion: CostPerNews and Forever Geek
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Klepek / 1UP.com:
WARHAWK WILL BE ON BLU-RAY AND PS NETWORK
Discussion: Kotaku and Forever Geek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year
New York Times:
Spinning Into Oblivion  —  DESPITE the major record labels …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
EMI Releases First Album With DRM-Free Option; Artists Selling Direct from Site
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GOOGLE TALK WIDGET GETS BETTER
Neil Long / Computer gaming industry news from MCV:
Secret Atari project revealed
New York Times:
Cable TV Networks Boycott eBay Ad Exchange
Stephen Bagg / Compete Blog:
Craigslist's Dirty Little Secret