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10:30 PM ET, April 8, 2007

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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
IT Professionals Network Tom's Hardware Guide Sold  —  Tech professionals-focused news and info network Tom's Hardware Guide (and its parent company TG Publishing) has been sold, paidContent.org has learned.  The sale was confirmed by TG CEO Omid Rahmat in an e-mail to the Inquirer.
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Adamson Rust / Inquirer:
Tom's Hardware sold  —  Update Deal closes this month  —  UPDATE We received an email from Omid Rahmat, CEO of Tom's Publishing LLC confirming a sale.  Omid said: "The rumors flying around are less than accurate.  I can only comment on one point, and I do so reluctantly, hoping to avoid more ridiculous rumors.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Tom's Hardware Sold for $15-$20 Million  —  Tom's Hardware Guide and its parent company TG Publishing have been sold to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed price.  The deal will close later this month, said Omid Rahmat, CEO of Tom's Publishing, in a letter to the Inquirer.
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earlier this last week I heard a biopic NPR report on Sam Zell, the new owner of the Tribune papers.  It was a positive piece that gave me some hope that the papers might live.  —  That hope ended this morning when I read Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride, in the Washington Post, by reporters Frank Ahrens and Karl Vick.
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Is allowing Google to index a newspaper's website "giving it away"  —  Maybe I'm just missing something, but this Washington Post article, "Zell Wants End to Web's Free Ride," doesn't make sense to me.  —  Quote: … I'm from the school that sees no logic in that statement.
David Olive / Toronto Star:
Rumours of our demise . . .  Like the Twain witticism …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
END OF THE WEB'S FREE RIDE?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
12 tips before you buy Nokia N95  —  WEEKEND REVIEW: Darla Mack says that the Nokia flagship stores in Chicago and New York are about to start selling the much-awaited Nokia N95 phones.  The phone, often described by Nokia executives as the ultimate multimedia computer …
Kotaku:
The Xbox 360 Easter Egg  —  And I mean a real Easter Egg, not the I-hid-something-in-my-game-see-if-you- can-find-it easter egg.  Since I seem to always get stuck with the holidays I always feel somewhat obligated to mention them while I'm here and then try and relate them to games somehow.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Joi Ito's Web:
Jaiku vs Twitter  —  Looks like a bunch of people are trying out Jaiku after "tasting" co-presence with Twitter.  To me, Jaiku, which existed before Twitter, is a bunch of Helsinki mobile jocks getting into the Web 2.0 of it all whereas Twitter is the Web 2.0 crowd "getting" co-presence.
Bill de hÓra:
Matchstick Men  —  Does anyone care?  —  Tim Bray: "This happens over and over.  New WS-* spec submission, check.  Insanely huge charter locking down the conclusion and ensuring a rubber-stamp outcome, check.  Loads of dependencies on WS-standards, WS-drafts, WS-submissions, and other WS-handwaving, check.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mark Shuttleworth:
Note to content owners: DRM doesn't work  —  There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again.  —  DRM is one of them.  —  I was thrilled to see recently that the processing key for *all* HD discs produced to date has been discovered and published.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Xbox 360 to get keyboard controller attachment  —  That two year old rumor that the Xbox 360 was to get a qwerty keyboard attachment has been resurrected, with the appearance of another Gamespot article (leak?) referring to a 47 key keyboard which snaps onto the Xbox 360 controller and communicates through the headset jack.
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Why Do People Hate Building Desktop Applications?  —  After reading Paul Graham's inflammatory post about how Microsoft is dead, Simeon Bateman and I got into a little back and forth over IM about the merits of what he was saying.  I tend to agree with Don Dodge, about both the title of the piece and the …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Corel updates WinDVD to stop AACS hackers  —  Corel Software, who purchased InterVideo last August, have announced that they have issued a mandatory update for all WinDVD owners who wish to continue to use the software to view Blu-ray and HD DVD discs.  —  The update is being issued to address …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Microsoft changes tune on selling DRM-free songs  —  Company's been talking with record labels for 'some time'  —  Following digital music pioneer Apple Inc.'s lead, Microsoft Corp. said it will soon sell digital music online without digital rights management (DRM) protection.
 
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