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4:05 PM ET, April 7, 2007

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Paul Graham:
Microsoft is Dead  —  A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead.  I was talking to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.  I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of Microsoft.  That was why they'd positioned themselves as a …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Microsoft "Dead"?  Please.  —  Paul Graham, VC, and one of the many men behind Y Combinator, has pronounced that Microsoft is Dead.  Well, if this isn't one heckuva piece of linkbait.  And on a quiet April weekend, its probably going to reverb until Monday, thanks to getting Techmeme'd.
Washington Post:
Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride  —  It's time for newspapers to stop giving away their stories to popular search engines such as Google, according to Samuel Zell, the real estate magnate whose bid for Tribune Co. was accepted this week.  —  In conversations before and after a speech Zell …
Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Goodbye Twitter.  Hello Jaiku.  —  When I talk about Twitter people think I'm crazy.  Who would want to be bugged by hundreds of messages a day from your friends telling you what they're up to.  Well, as it turns out, lots of us would.  Twitter is positively addictive and everyone …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AOL TO LAUNCH WHITE LABEL AOL-ONLY ADWORDS MONDAY  —  This was embargo'd till Monday, but AOL just told me the embargo was broken so I can post it now.  AOL has worked with Google to execute a white label version of AdWords that allows AOL advertisers to target only AOL audience members.
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Reuters:
AOL launches search ad service with Google
Discussion: Mashable!, Search Engine Land and 901am
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
YouTube Launches CitizenTube - Official Political Vlog  —  YouTube has formally announced a new, official channel of political videos called CitizenTube.  Edited by Steve Grove, YouTube's Citizentube/YouTube News & Politics Editor, the channel appears intended to aggregate select political …
Terje Langeland / Bloomberg:
The maximum mileage  —  Some hybrid car owners go to great measures to figure out ways of getting as much as possible out of a tank of gas  —  Toyota Motor Corp. says its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid car gets about 55 miles to the gallon, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Engadget
Editor and Publisher:
NYTimes.com Most Popular Newspaper Site — Here Is Top 30  —  NEW YORK NYTimes.com kept its strong lead in February as the top newspaper Web site, besting competitors across the country in unique audience, page views, and time spent per person on the site, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows XP still starring in HP ad  —  I was somewhat surprised to pop open yesterday's USA Today and see a nearly full page ad for an HP computer running Windows XP.  The PC, a Compaq desktop, is aimed at businesses and is touted for having dual hard drives allowing for redundant backup.
Philliptorrone / MAKE Magazine:
DIY old timey Skype phone  —  Technick29 writes - … instructables : DIY Old Timey Skype Phone - Link.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Business 2.0 bloggers get first checks  —  Writers at entrepreneur-oriented biz magazine Business 2.0 who started blogging earlier this year recently received their first checks based on how many hits their blogs received in the first three months of the year, said editor Josh Quittner.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Vator TV - Bambi Quits MarketWatch, Perfects Marketing 2.0  —  Unintentionally, perhaps, but Bambi Francisco just perfected Web 2.0 marketing.  The journalist from the Dow Jones-owned financial news site MarketWatch was the subject of articles this week in the WSJ and ZDNet, both of which picked up on a possible conflict of interest.
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Valleywag:
BREAKING: Bambi orphaned
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Business Week:
Web Attack  —  Nastiness online can erupt and go global overnight, and "no comment" doesn't cut it anymore.  Here's how to cope  —  Martin S. Sorrell, CEO of advertising agency WPP Group, sues two blogging ex-colleagues for a Web hate campaign in which, he says, they smeared him and his former lover.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inspectors: IRS lost 490 laptops, many with unencrypted data  —  Every large organization loses laptops, but when those laptops contain the personal tax information of millions of Americans, it's a big deal.  Big enough that the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration looked …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Greasemonkey user scripts  —  Sometimes web sites don't work or look the way you want them to - but if you're using the Firefox web browser with the Greasemonkey extension, you can do something about it.  —  What the heck is Greasemonkey and why are we always on about it?
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and digg
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Verizon cans the word 'Unlimited'  —  Humbling purge plan leaked to the INQUIRER  —  THIS MORNING, we revealed how Verizon admitted it was capping its "unlimited" downloads at 5GB.  Now it seems the firm is giving up using the word completely in its promotional material.
 
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Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
A helmet that's safe, stylish and sync'd to your iPod
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Tony Long / Wired News:
April 7, 1969: Birth of That Thing We Call the Internet
MacMinute:
Fastmac announces laptop Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade
John Borland / Wired News:
The TV Is Dead. Long Live the TV
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
New technology lets you read your voice mail
Discussion: Mobility Site
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
Are Blog URLs important?
Erica Ogg / Webware.com:
ATTEN.TV: LETTING OTHERS SPY ON YOUR CLICKSTREAM
Read/WriteWeb:
The Sidebar Syndrome  —  Written by Bilal Hameed from the Startup Meme blog
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Free 411 Service