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11:55 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 …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
VeriSign to raise domain fees  —  VeriSign on Thursday said it that it will increase the fees it charges for Internet domains ending in .com or .net.  —  Starting October 15, VeriSign will charge $6.42 for .com domains and $3.85 for .net domains, it said in a statement.
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gnso.icann.org:
[registrars] VERISIGN CHANGES FEES
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Inquirer:
Intel to unveil new UMPC platform  —  Gates says jump, Otellini designs platform  —  INTEL WILL BE releasing a new ultra mobile PC platform at IDF Beijing, on April 18, according to slides published by HKEPC.  —  Whilst most have suggested the UMPC is a product which serves no readily discernible need …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Intel poised to unveil new UMPC platform?
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
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.
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.
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.
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, Gadget Lab and digg
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 …
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
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Utah Ban On Trademarked Keywords Rankles Groups  —  Consumer groups and search engines sometimes differ on prohibiting using a competitor's trademark when there's no likelihood of consumer confusion.  —  Utah last month enacted Utah SB 236, the "Trademark Protection Act," …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
AFP & Google Settle Over Google News Copyright Case  —  The most significant copyright case against Google News, that filed by Agence France-Presse back in March 2005, has now ended.  Google has signed a licensing agreement with AFP that settles the suit.  News from the AFP here.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
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
 
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Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
The Unintended Consequences of Rogers' Packet Shaping
Discussion: Techdirt and Harold Jarche
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Tilt sensitive tiltBoard module going big for Xbox 360
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 …
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's board objects to anticensorship proposal
Consumerist:
LEAKED: 6 More Geek Squad Manuals
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DSL trounces cables, fiber, and satellite connections
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Stokes a Digital Music Standards War
Discussion: Macsimum News and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
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
Patrick Klepek / 1UP.com:
WARHAWK WILL BE ON BLU-RAY AND PS NETWORK
Discussion: Kotaku and Forever Geek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web 2.0: End of Innocence
Valleywag:
STARTUPS: Google's victims
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
New York Times:
Spinning Into Oblivion  —  DESPITE the major record labels …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GOOGLE TALK WIDGET GETS BETTER
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Comcast Cuts Off Bandwidth Hogs