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Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Calacanis Won't Do Phone Interview — Cowardly  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis is complaining about a Wired reporter who wants to do an interview with him, but refuses to do it via email.  He says it's "ironic" that a magazine covering the digital age refuses to use email for its interviews.  —  Ironic?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Transcription errors  —  Jason Calacanis was contacted by the same reporter who contacted me.  I'm mentioned in Jason's post, but somewhere along the line there was a transcription error.  I did not offer to do the interview via email, I made a different offer.  —  Here's what I said: "Not generally doing interviews these days.
Business Wire:
Attorney for Fred Anderson Issues Statement Regarding Settlement of Claims with the SEC  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The following statement is attributed to Mr. Fred Anderson's attorney Jerome Roth, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Ex-Apple CFO: I cannot tell a lie — Steve did it  —  As anticipated, the SEC dropped the hammer today on two former Apple execs in connection with its investigation into stock-option backdating (see "And that's why Mr. Jobs' office has the Teflon wall covering and the extra insulation").
Stephanie Pettinati / corp.casttv.com:
CastTV Closes Series A Led by DFJ  —  Video Search Pioneer CastTV Secures $3.1 Million Series A Funding Led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson  —  DFJ Managing Director Warren Packard Joins Board  —  San Francisco, CA - April 24, 2007, CastTV Inc. (www.CastTV.com), dedicated to building …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   CastTV raises $3.1M to launch better video search
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   CastTV Takes $3.1M for Video Search
Leelefever / Common Craft:
Video: RSS in Plain English  —  We made this video for our friends (and yours) that haven't yet felt the power of our friend the RSS reader.  We want to convert people... if you know someone who would love RSS and hasn't yet tried it, point them here for 3.5 minutes of RSS in Plain English.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
RSS Has No Value Without A Filter
Discussion: rexblog.com and Startup Meme
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PhotoBucket Back on MySpace (I Want To Know The Backstory)  —  A simple blog post on Photobucket tells us that the war is over - PhotoBucket videos are now allowed on MySpace again after a two week ban.  —  But the interesting part of this story is what I don't know yet - who blinked first and why.
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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Big Bang For The MySpace Ad Buck  —  When a MySpace user talks, her friends listen.  And when a MySpace user talks about your brand, your advertising dollars go far.  —  Those nuggets of wisdom are from a 65-page study commissioned by MySpace parent News Corp. (nyse: NWS - news - people ) …
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Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse  —  You don't need a hardware switch to share one keyboard and mouse amongst several different computers.  All you need is the free, cross-platform application, Synergy.  —  Synergy connects one keyboard and mouse …
Discussion: DailyTechRag
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FilePlanet:
An Open Letter to Apple from a Lifelong Gamer
Discussion: Macsimum News and digg
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Where Are All the Open Source Billionaires?  —  Hugh MacLeod asks, if open source is so great, where are all the open source billionaires? … I can immediately think of one reason there aren't any open-source billionaires:  —  Most competition for open source software comes from other open source software.
Discussion: Open Sources and WebProNews
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over vague user interface patent  —  The patent holding company IP Innovation, LLC, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc., that alleges the Cupertino-based company has engaged in "willful and deliberate" violations of US Patent #5,072,412.  The patent describes …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft, Trying to Avoid a European Fine, Defends Demand for Royalties  —  Microsoft, seeking to avoid another multimillion-dollar fine in its antitrust battle with the European Commission, filed documents with competition officials yesterday defending its demand to be paid royalties for releasing some software code to competitors.
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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft Responds as EU Considers Break-Up
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Morgan McDowell / Market Wire:
User-Generated Content Delivers More Bang for Your Online Marketing Buck According to Study From BlueLithium Labs  —  On average, user-generated content (UGC) sites provide a lower cost per conversion than non-UGC sites.  That's the surprising finding from a new study published today by BlueLithium Labs …
BBC:
Wi-fi?  Why worry?  —  Scare stories about the dangers of wireless networks lack credibility, argues Bill Thompson  —  Students at Canada's Lakehead University have to be careful how they connect to the internet because wi-fi is banned on large parts of the campus.
Business Wire:
FogSHIELD Security Fogger Now Available; Stops a Burglary Before It Happens  —  An Enhancement to Existing Alarm Systems, FogSHIELD Rapidly Ejects Safe and Intense Fog in Under 3 Seconds; Eliminates a Burglar's Line of Sight and Helps Put an End to Costly Theft and Damage
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
 
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Papers' Web Hopes Dim a Bit
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Telegraph Cluelessly Attacks Google News Indexing
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A List Apart:
The Web Design Survey, 2007
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DigiTimes:
Intel cuts server and desktop CPU prices
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New 3-D layers from AIA on Google Earth
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Yapta Will Be Awesome For Heavy Travelers
Associated Press:
High fidelity takes backseat to portability
Discussion: Christopher Null
Michael Genaro / TMCnet:
Skype's Paul Amery to Keynote 4th Annual Communications Developer Conference
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Citizendium One Month Later
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AT&T to aim the iPhone at enterprises
Andrew Lipsman / comScore:
comScore Responds to IAB Open Letter