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4:40 PM ET, April 11, 2007

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Blog.Photobucket.com:
Breaking news: Posting from Photobucket to MySpace  —  Breaking news: Posting from Photobucket to MySpace  —  A Message to our Customers  —  Today MySpace made the decision to prevent Photobucket users from posting their videos and remixes to their MySpace pages.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PhotoBucket Videos Blocked on MySpace  —  Sometime around 10:30 pm PST tonight, MySpace began blocking videos embedded on MySpace pages that originate from Photobucket.  This is a major blackout, affecting millions of embedded videos.  Photobucket images and slideshows are not affected.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
MySpace'ers learn harsh reality  —  When you host your stuff on a Web site that's free and that you don't control some nasty crap can happen.  Yesterday MySpace started blocking Photobucket stuff.  —  My blog is hosted on Wordpress.com and I have the same issues the MySpace folks are seeing …
Discussion: Todd Watson
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Photobucket vs MySpace, Round Two  —  Updated: FIM just sent in this statement on why they are blocking Photobucket. … For second time this year, Photobucket is saying MySpace is blocking photos and videos hosted by Photobucket.  Back in January 2007, when the first such incident happened, it ended up amounting to saber rattling.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
MySpace Reminds Everyone: Your Widgets All Belong To Us  —  Well, not quite.  —  But, as Mike Arrington reports, some big, big news brewing out of MySpace today.  Turns out they've suddenly switched off their user's profile's access to Photobucket, one of the largest (if not *the* largest) …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
MySpace & Photobucket - Free services come with strings attached
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Derick Mains / Apple:
Award-Winning MGM Films Now on the iTunes Store  —  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Apple® today announced that MGM is now offering titles from its prestigious catalog of feature films for purchase and download on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).
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Arn / MacRumors:
MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
Sitemaps Autodiscovery  —  Today, Ask.com, Google, Microsoft Live Search and Yahoo! together are announcing support of "autodiscovery" of Sitemaps.  The new open-format autodiscovery allows webmasters to specify the location of their Sitemaps within their robots.txt file …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search Engines Unite On Sitemaps Autodiscovery
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Aggregate Knowledge raises $20M, to boost sales on Web sites  —  Aggregate Knowledge, which tracks Internet user surfing patterns within a site in order to sell them more, has raised $20 million in venture capital, as expected.  —  We reported about Aggregate Knowledge's progress in February, including early details of this round.
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Dan Primack / PE HUB:
First AK, Now ChoiceStream  —  Lots of blog chatter this morning …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Code of Conduct: Lessons Learned So Far  —  Rather than responding in detail to the many comments on my Draft of a Bloggers' Code of Conduct or the earlier Call for a Blogger's Code of Conduct, as well as some of the thoughtful discussion on other blogs, I thought I'd summarize some of my chief takeaways from the discussion so far.
Business Wire:
Citi Announces Actions to Streamline Organization, Reduce Expense Growth and Drive Future Expansion  —  Projected Savings of Approximately $2.1 Billion in 2007, Growing to $4.6 Billion in 2009  —  First Quarter 2007 Pre-Tax Charge of $1.38 Billion  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
Discussion: Open Sources and Between the Lines
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Nick / Rough Type:   Citi whacks IT  —  In yet another sign of the vast amount …
Gizmodo:
Rumor: First Zune 2.0 Photo?  —  In light of yesterday's rumors about Zune 2.0, I'd remembered an anon tip that came in two weeks ago along with this puzzling photograph of a Zune with an approximate 16:9 wide screen.  (Compare that to ye old Zune 1.0's screen) I dismissed it then, but now …
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PR Newswire:
Comcast Reaches Agreement to Acquire Fandango and Announces Plan to Launch Fancast.com, New National Online Destination  —  Comcast Interactive Media Makes Strategic Addition with Fandango, One of Web's Top Movie and Entertainment Sites  —  PHILADELPHIA and LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall …
Robert Lemos / Wired Science:
Heard Around the Zero-G Water Cooler: Bill Gates Mulls Spaceflight  —  It's the rumor from space: In an interview from the International Space Station, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin relayed to earthbound reporters that space tourist Charles Simonyi, a former Microsoft employee …
Discussion: PC World: Techlog and Engadget
SearchViews:
The Next Chapter for Reprise Media  —  We are proud to announce that as of today, Reprise Media has officially joined the Interpublic group of companies.  —  Anyone familiar with Reprise Media knows that we've always been proud of our independence and our entrepreneurial spirit.
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Chilled oil bath may cool hot processors  —  Submerging computer chips in oil could make them more energy efficient, according to a UK company that hopes to start selling such systems within a year.  —  The microprocessors inside servers and desktop computers are normally cooled using fans that blow air across the components.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Google - The Ultimate Money Making Machine  —  We learned the fundamental law of Supply and Demand in Economics 101.  The textbooks explain that shifts in demand cause corresponding changes in supply.  No matter what the changes are, the point where the curves intersect sets the price of the good or a service.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Screenshots: Spock's New People Engine  —  It's not often we hear about a startup's venture financing before we see the product, but that is the case with yet-to-launch Spock, located in Silicon Valley.  Rumors about their $7 million Series A round of financing from Clearstone Venture Partners …
Ed Kohler / Technology Evangelist:
Why Google Loses Sleep Over the Digg Effect  —  If I was Google, this is something that would scare the crap out of me: Digg users don't click ads.  —  The first graph below shows the page views by day of a site I track which received two trips to the front page of Digg.com.
Discussion: Practical Blogging
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The scoop on The Coop: an early review of Mozilla's social networking tool  —  An early prototype of The Coop, Mozilla's new social networking component for Firefox, is now available for user testing.  Announced earlier this week, The Coop is designed to integrate support …
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Mac OS X kernel panic screensaver - let the pranks begin
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Perspective: The crazy boss Hall of Fame
Discussion: HipMojo.com
LC Angell / iLounge:
Mix: Apple TV, Diabetes, The Beatles, Fujitsu Drives
Fred / A VC:
Phillip Pearlman, Sam Zell, Valleywag, and me
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Five Ways to Mark Up the Web
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Spam to overtake human-issued e-mails in 2007
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
DVD Security Group Says It Fixed Flaws
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Group Questions Cellphone Fund-Raising
Discussion: MoCoNews
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Citigroup weighs in on Leopard, 3G iPhone, and new iPod nanos
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
How Adobe can overcome the issues around open sourcing the Flash Player
Discussion: Ted On Flex, JD on EP and Ajaxian
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook Guy Dead at 3: Poke in Peace
Mariko Sanchanta / Financial Times:
Sony in talks on commercial use for PS3
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Watch Your Network Play Space Invaders
Discussion: Kotaku, Compiler, Channel 9 and digg
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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