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12:30 PM ET, April 12, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?  —  There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and "he said, she said" going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket's 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Photobucket CEO: Our videos don't have ads  —  The Photobucket vs. MySpace fracas took another mysterious turn Wednesday evening, after we got a chance to chat with Alex Welch, chief executive officer and founder of Photobucket.  —  "We are not selling any advertising on our videos …
Discussion: Adweek and Deep Jive Interests
Associated Press:   MySpace Blocks Some Photobucket Content
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Free Advice for Photobucket
Kate Holton / Reuters:
EMI and Beatles settle royalty dispute  —  The company representing The Beatles has settled a 30 million-pound ($59 million) royalty dispute with EMI Group (EMI.L: Quote, Profile , Research), in a deal that could finally pave the way for the Liverpool band's music to go online.
Discussion: MacUser and Gizmodo
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Paul R. La Monica / Media Biz:
Apple changes its iTune?  —  Since Apple (AAPL) launched its wildly successful iTunes music store back in 2003, CEO Steve Jobs has adamantly refused to offer a monthly subscription service.  If you want to buy music from iTunes, you do it either by the single or the album, that's it.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:   Beatles Settle With EMI, iTunes Back Catalogue Soon?
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Google Maps Feature - 2.5D Buildings  —  Google is yet again adding features to Google Maps which bring it closer to Google Earth.  In February Google added building outlines to major cities when you zoom in close.  Now Google has added 2.5D buildings to some of those cities for Google Maps.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google's acquisition strategy should think small (and mobile)
Ogle Earth:
Google Maps repurposes Google Earth's 3D content
Discussion: The Map Room
Angus Kidman / APC:
Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand  —  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.  —  By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts …
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
To the average Joe, blogs aren't cutting it  —  This month's state of the blogosphere survey by Technorati, the monitoring service, was greeted as if it were the online equivalent of the President's State of the Union address.  It undoubtedly reveals a fascinating array of statistics …
Joyce Wadler / New York Times:
The Drive-In Without the Drive  —  FOR video razzle-dazzle, it's hard to beat the $5 million mansion of the Florida concrete multimillionaire Bill Williams, in Naples.  The slickest piece of engineering in the home is most likely the 32-inch Samsung LCD screen in the master bath, which …
Discussion: CinemaTech and Gizmodo
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steps Down  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone services, today announced that Michael Snyder stepped down from his position as Chief Executive Officer …
Andrew Shebanow / Shebanation:
The Death of UI Consistency  —  Yesterday, John Gruber posted a gripe about the new CS3 panels and palettes and how horrible it is that Adobe put the close box on the right side.  To John, this seemed horribly un-Mac-like, and in trademark style he concludes his gripe with an elitist …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
How To Make Your Nokia N95 100 Percent  —  It seems some of the global mobile carriers in some parts of the world just can't let a great phone stay great.  I'm referring to the Nokia N95 that has more bells and whistles than just about any mobile phone on the planet.
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches New Mobile WiMAX Devices in Korea  —  New products are available with expansion of WiBro services in Seoul  —  Seoul, Korea, April 12th, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading provider of telecommunication network systems and handsets, today released three new Mobile WiMAX …
Discussion: MobileWhack, Engadget and Macsimum News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Tells Vloggers: "Fix Your Videos"  —  Apple is giving vloggers a few hints on how to optimize their videos for iTunes so that a single format will look ok on both an iPod as well as the new Apple TV, which is probably connected to a large screen HDTV.  —  An email went out today …
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Braille converter eases web use  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  A free service that provides automatic Braille conversion is proving popular despite still being in test phase.  —  RoboBraille was started by a Danish organisation and now has partners in five other European countries.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Gizmodo:
Sony Demos 9mm-thick High-Def OLED Displays  —  Look and yearn folks.  This here is Sony's new OLED display.  It's an obscene 9mm thick yet it packs a 1080p resolution along with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.  Just as a recap, OLED displays are thinner and brighter than their LCD counterparts and they suck up less power.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Crave and OhGizmo!
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CBS To Announce Deals With AOL, MSN, Joost; In Talks With NBC U-News Corp: Report
Discussion: Ars Technica
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Microsoft says it didn't change 'Vista Capable' description
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Neowin.net
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Confirmed: Technorati Acquires Personal Bee
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Open Source CMS Conference
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Preview of Pageflakes "Flurry" Release
Forbes:
Telefonica selects 6 bidders for Endemol - report - UPDATE
Discussion: paidContent.org
Guardian:
Can stuck torrents beat pirates?
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Box.net Releases Two-Way Storage Widget
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Stutzman / dev.aol.com:
The 12-Minute Definitive Guide to Twitter
Discussion: Tech_Space and Unit Structures
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The World Of Wikis  —  WetPaint, a popular hosted Wiki solution …
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
Track your share price, not your valuation new! …
Discussion: Nivi
BBC:
China seeks to 'limit game hours'
Discussion: Techdirt, BloggingStocks and GigaOM
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Apple partners with MGM
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Ubuntu's new Linux sports debugging tool
Chris Ulbrich / Google:
Google to Hold Worldwide Developer Event — Google Developer Day
Ryan / Skype for Mac:
Skype 2.6 Beta is here  —  Today we released Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta.