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2:45 AM ET, April 9, 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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs  —  Is it too late to bring civility to the Web?  —  The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place.  Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code …
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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Maybe we're writing for Google??
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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.
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Stowe Boyd / Message:
Twitter v Jaiku  —  Brian Solis has a great wrap-up of a developing (and inevitable) collision between Twitter, the reigning social presence flow app, and Jaiku, it's less well-known but worthy competititor.  Leo Laporte's now well-known defection to Jaiku from Twitter has led to a lot of folks checking Jaiku out for the first time.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Moneymen Make a Play for Airwaves  —  Some of Silicon Valley's most powerful venture capitalists and technology investors have joined an investment group that is preparing to challenge cellphone carriers, cable and satellite companies for valuable radio spectrum that will be freed …
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
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 …
Gizmodo:
Nokia N95 Superphone: 50 Screenshot Walkthrough Next Best Thing to Owning It  —  Yesterday, in the dead of the night, Nokia launched the N95 superphone in its Chicago and NY Stores.  I celebrated by giving you a tour of its hardware, as if you just plucked it from the box.
Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Why do we have a VoIP patent mess?  —  Verizon's lawsuit against Vonage is the VoIP version of showdown at Ok Corral!  —  The weary entrepreneurs have gone from fighting the regulatory morass to fighting the patent morass.  The ability of Verizon et al to play the dimensions of uncertainty associated …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Apple TV hacked for RSS and emulation, plus bounty for USB drive support  —  The Apple TV has received two new abilities in its second week of availability thanks to a couple of new hacks: one, a fully functional and integrated RSS reader, and two, video game emulation for NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis game consoles.
Discussion: Apple TV Hacks and Gadgetell
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, LiveSide and digg
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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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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Corel updates WinDVD to stop AACS hackers
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Darla Mack:
UK Carriers Stripping the N95 of Features
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Gaim Renamed — Now Pidgin IM
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