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1:30 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
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and Adweek
Nick / Rough Type:   You ain't going nowhere
Associated Press:   MySpace Blocks Some Photobucket Content
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's acquisition strategy should think small (and mobile)  —  When it comes to Google's acquisition strategy the search giant may be better off playing small ball.  —  Sure Google's purchase of dMarc and YouTube are significant deals that get a lot of attention-lately as potential busts in the making.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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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.
Ogle Earth:
Google Maps repurposes Google Earth's 3D content  —  Convergence between Google Earth and Maps continues: Highest zoom levels in Google Maps for 38 US cities now sport 2.5D buildings, repurposed from Google Earth's default 3D layer, like so:  —  It's not Microsoft's Bird's Eye view …
Discussion: The Map Room
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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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 …
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Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Vonage Speaks - Want to be Their CEO?
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CBS To Announce Deals With AOL, MSN, Joost; In Talks With NBC U-News Corp: Report  —  CBS could announce as early as today deals to distribute its TV shows and other video programming via MSN, AOL and Joost, WSJ reports.  CBS would be the first major network to have such an arrangement with Joost.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Joost scores first deal with major broadcaster, CBS
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Close To Acquiring Rivals.com; Price Could Reach Nine Figures  —  You're reading it here first: Yahoo is close to making its biggest sports acquisition after, well, the Broadcast.com deal: the college sports network Rivals.com, paidContent.org has learned.
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
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.
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
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 …
 
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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
Stace / Unwired View:
TRUE APPLE MEDIA CENTER IN THE WORKS
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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: BloggingStocks, Techdirt and GigaOM
Gizmodo:
Sony Demos 9mm-thick High-Def OLED Displays
Discussion: Crave, Gadget Lab and OhGizmo!
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Apple partners with MGM
Chris Ulbrich / Google:
Google to Hold Worldwide Developer Event — Google Developer Day
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Tells Vloggers: "Fix Your Videos"