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4:50 AM ET, April 10, 2007

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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
How to win in the Twitter vs. Jaiku battle  —  Over the weekend, a weird thing happened on the nanoblogging service Twitter (review; how-to): Its most popular contributor, Leo Laporte, announced that he was leaving Twitter for a competing service, Jaiku (review).  And that he was taking his fans with him.
Discussion: TechLifeBlogged
PC World:
Google Admits Using Outside Source for Chinese App  —  Software updated, but Sohu.com still wants apology and compensation.  —  Faced with mounting questions over similarities with a rival's software, Google Sunday acknowledged that a dictionary of Chinese words used with one of its recently …
Discussion: Startup Meme and Slashdot
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google's IME Caught Plagiarizing
Discussion: InfoWorld and Googling Google
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iTunes streamed to your phone?  Possibly  —  The release of Apple TV a few weeks ago has opened up an intriguing new possibility: streaming music from iTunes on your home computer to your cell phone.  —  No, Apple TV does not stream over the Internet or across a cellular phone network, but the SlingBox does.
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
New WiMAX broadband technology a boon for labels  —  LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - If you've never heard the term "WiMAX" before, don't sweat it.  You're probably not alone.  —  But in the hyper-wonk, tech-speak jargon of the wireless industry, WiMAX is the latest thing making its way through …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
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Gizmodo:   WiMAX is Coming, and the Music Industry Doesn't Want to Miss Out
Joseph Laszlo:
Akimbo Throws in the TV Towel  —  The key Internet video story for the year, if you ask me, is bridging the gap between the PC and the TV, getting Internet video to the box where consumers most want to see it.  [See the outlook and mandate sections of Programming for the Three Screens, a TV and Filmed Entertainment report.]
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Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
RIP - Dell Axim  —  It's with great sadness that I bring you the news that the last of the Dell Axim X51v line has gone out the doors of Dell and puts an end of a great run of Pocket PCs from Dell.  —  In late 2002, Dell released the Dell Axim X5.  The Dell Axim X5 shook up the Pocket PC world offering …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Dell stops selling Axim handheld
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
PlagiarismToday:
Why Wordpress.com is Virtually Spam Free  —  A recent study by WebmasterWorld found that an estimated 77% of all blogs on Google's Blogspot service were spam.  Similarly, AOL Hometown, had well over 80% of its results turn out to be spam.  Even MSN Spaces, which as not mentioned in the report …
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Electronic Arts Plays Catch-Up After Shrug-Off of Wii (Update1)  —  Video-game designer Nick Earl spent eight months holed up with his development team rushing to adapt ``The Godfather'' for Nintendo Co.'s Wii.  —  The reason for the long hours: Earl's employer, Electronic Arts Inc. …
Ed Stasick / PS3 Fanboy:
Sony extranet site reveals Loco Roco release date?  —  I love unconfirmed rumors as much as the next fanboy — especially ones that have specific dates associated with them.  For example, take the alleged screenshot above... we're told that it's a screen grab from one of Sony's extranet trade sites …
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle and Game | Life
Tom / I'd Rather Be Writing:
Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog — Condensed from Dozens of Bloggers' Experiences  —  I've been doing research on what distinguishes good blogs from poor ones, especially by reading "lessons learned" posts by bloggers.  I've come up with 20 principles I think are worthwhile.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and Bokardo
Valleywag:
THE CHART: Hottest startups  —  In two threads — one on Linked In, the other on Venture Beat — commenters are nominating the hottest startups of Silicon Valley.  We totted up the mentions on both threads.  Facebook, the college social network, scores highest; with Admob, the mobile ad network, following up.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Fvogelstein / Epicenter:
My other interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt  —  Eighteen months ago, in November 2005, I interviewed Google CEO Eric Schmidt for a story I was working on for Fortune Magazine.  I left the magazine before I finished the piece, and in a classic case of old media thinking, I didn't publish the interview.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
AT&T: Free calls may cost $250 M  —  How much could the so-called Free Calling schemes cost AT&T this year?  More than $250 million, if you are to believe a letter AT&T chief lobbyist Jim Cicconi sent to FCC chairman Kevin Martin last week.  —  As the phone giant's latest move …
Discussion: Valleywag and Alec Saunders .LOG
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Last.fm Launches Subscriptions - Surviving the Online Radio Fallout  —  Update: Anatomy of a news story - despite about a half dozen sources reporting this, Last.fm chimes in to say the original source, Wired, misinterpreted their comments about an expanded subscription service that's on the way.
Discussion: GigaOM
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Birthplace of Silicon Valley in shambles  —  The birthplace of Silicon Valley has been closed.  —  Mountain View residents passing by 391 San Antonio Road - the original site of the Shockley Semiconductor Lab - will find the building is now off-limits.  The International Produce Market …
Programming Blog:
Things Computers Can Do in Movies  —  1. Word processors never display a cursor.  —  2. You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences.  —  3. Movie characters never make typing mistakes.  —  4. All monitors display inch-high letters.  —  5. High-tech computers …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube Has Pop-Ups Ads  —  The GooTube team is not inserting advertising into YouTube clips as post or pre-rolls.  That might happen, but not quite yet.  Chad Hurley has said that in-clip ads would not be appreciated by the YouTube user base.  He may be right.
 
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David Hinkle / Nintendo Wii Fanboy:
Guitar Hero 3 headed to the Wii this Fall?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trashing TechCrunch: Time To Vote For The Winners
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Circuit City: We'll have Paper Mario by 2 p.m. on launch day, or you get $20
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Long-Ass Nokia N95 Review: Why it Rocks, Why it Sucks
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Mozilla: Why Desktop E-Mail Crucifies the Browser
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Google Blogoscoped:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Snags TellMe Execs
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Google News is NOT newspaper driven: Zell vs. Schmidt
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Red Zune to Include Exclusive Sports Content
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Man on the Hot Seat at Cisco
Discussion: paidContent.org
Joe / Techdirt:
Six Months After Port Security Bill, Online Gambling Thrives
Help Net Security:
Two worm "families" make up most botnets
Discussion: Slashdot
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Alpha Geek: Useful Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets
Discussion: DailyTechRag
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Pictures of the New Text Input Device