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2:30 AM ET, April 23, 2007

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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Move over MySpace, Gaia Online is here  —  By the middle of last year, it was attracting half a million unique visitors monthly; fast forward to last month, and that number is two million.  It's not a traditional MMO like World of Warcraft; it's not a social game like There …
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Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Kids and teens have pushed at least 6 immersive online worlds to over 2m UU/mth in the US  —  Wagner James Au has a great post on GigaOm about Gaia.  Gaia is a casual immersive MMORPG that describes itself as: … In an interview with Gaia's CEO, Craig Sherman, he quotes that Gaia has gone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon/Statsaholic Dispute Just Got A Lot More Complicated  —  The Amazon/Statsaholic dispute went from a simple UDRP domain name dispute to a full blown lawsuit last week (pdf of lawsuit is here).  —  Statsaholic, formerly called Alexaholic, offered Alexa traffic data graphs to users …
Discussion: Startup Meme, 901am and Zoli's Blog
Chris Pirillo:
Google Calendar Security Notice  —  Uh, guys... y'all gotta tell your friends not to store usernames and passwords in public documents - at least, not without protecting them with passwords themselves.  More importantly, the last thing you want to do is set a reminder for yourself …
Discussion: Startup Meme
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
More information surfaces from Dell on Tablet PC rumors  —  Quite a few people have been hoping that PC maker Dell would come out with a Tablet PC.  Not only would a Dell Tablet PC help validate the platform it would also make it easier for companies who use Dell computers exclusively …
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:   Dell Tablet PC coming this Fall?
Miles Evans / MacApper:
Exclusive: Coda from Panic Software Reviewed  —  Nothing brightens up a Saturday morning hangover like toys I'm not supposed to have in my inbox.  An anonymous tipster (thanks Anonymous!) dished me a copy of Panic Software's new developer workflow application Coda today.
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and digg
louisgray.com:
Google's Earth Day Logo Makes a Splash  —  Though Google's home page remains spartan, the company often makes edits to their logo around holidays, notable birthdays, or to commemorate anniversaries of significant events.  —  Today being Earth Day, Google debuted a logo that shows …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Ripoff Commercials = Stupid TV Stations and Networks  —  Its hard to turn on the TV today and not see commercials for some of the biggest ripoff schemes in existence.  From Get Rich Quick schemes around the internet, around trading stocks, around real estate and anything else scam artists can think of …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Former Media Executives Give New Life to 'Blank Check' Corporations  —  Time was that former media executives were offered consulting contracts, partnerships at private equity firms or book deals.  Now, they are being offered a blank check.  —  Over the past several months …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: CNN.com Had Record-Breaking 11 Million Video Views on Day of Virginia Tech Schootings  —  CNN online video clips of news surrounding the Virginia Tech shootings totaled 11.4 million views on Monday, far more than the daily average of 2.1 million streams and exceeding the previous …
Discussion: Random Mumblings
Peter / The Local Onliner:
IBM: Thru 2010, Traditional Media Dominates  —  It is not especially surprising, but media shift is being accelerated by new devices, expanding media channels, user generated content and aggregation.  IBM Global Business Services tries to make sense of all of it in a new report: "Navigating the Media Divide."
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
PC Games, Once Down, Show Signs of Rebound  —  Navigating the aisles of a GameStop video game store in Midtown Manhattan, Bennett Kirschner passed by the latest titles for consoles like Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 2 and 3, and Nintendo's runaway hit, the Wii — all lit and displayed like best-selling novels.
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
Telegraph:
Googlephobia  —  At the GooglePlex, the central London headquarters of the world's largest search engine, the atmosphere is one of studied wackiness.  Lego - from which co-founder Larry Page once built an inkjet printer - is scattered over work surfaces.  —  Garden gnomes, monkeys and shoes hang from the ceiling.
Leisa Reichelt / disambiguity:
Yes, you should be using personas  —  Personas seem to go in and out of fashion.  Not long ago, people were advocating hyper-researched personas done in painstaking detail, these days designers seem more inclined to leave them out of the process.  —  So, are personas actually useful or should we stop wasting time and ditch them?
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WashingtonWatch Now A Wiki. This Should Be Good.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
FOLLOWING THE FROGS IN THE POT
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
It Don't Mean a Thing if You Ain't Got That Ping
Mark Slee / Facebook Blog:
What's everyone up to? … About a year ago we introduced …
Alex Galonsky / MacApper:
How To: Create Custom Icons for your Mac
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Geoffrey Lean / The Independent:
Wi-Fi: Children at risk from 'electronic smog'
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Doubleclick turned down Microsoft money?
BBC:
BA cuts Branson from Bond movie
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Safeguards For RIAA Hard Drive Inspection