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7:45 PM ET, April 24, 2007

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
WIRED journo won't do email interviews—ironic.  —  A WIRED journalist pinged me for some comments on Michael Arrington and his A-list blogger status.  I told the journalist to send me the questions by email and he refused.  He said Dave Winer did the same thing.
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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?
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Discussion: Threat Level
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Interviews, Email or Live  —  Wired News calls Jason Calacanis "cowardly" for refusing to do an interview except by email.  Pretty thin-skinned response to Jason's fuller explanation of why that's his policy.  —  I don't mind doing interviews by phone (or in person) but an email exchange …
Mike / CrunchNotes:   With Friends Like These  —  Despite my frequent jabs at Wired …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Interviews: phone, email — which is best?
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").
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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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
RSS Has No Value Without A Filter
Discussion: Startup Meme and rexblog.com
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
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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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Beta 2, RC1 and RC2 set to expire  —  On 31 May 2007, all Customer Preview Program (CPP) pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire.  If you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1 or RC2), you will begin to receive warning notifications about the upcoming expiration on 18 May.
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows Media Center Update Rollup 1 for Windows Vista
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Telegraph Cluelessly Attacks Google News Indexing  —  This time it is the UK-based Daily Telegraph that is complaining about a need to protect their content from search engines.  —  Which makes us wonder if they, like Copiepresse and AFP before them, are willfully clueless …
Discussion: Digital Point Forums
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Greenslade:
Telegraph versus Google: the key debate
Discussion: Techdirt and Liberate Media
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, WebProNews and digg
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 …
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 …
Andrew Lipsman / comScore:
comScore Responds to IAB Open Letter  —  RESTON, VA, April 23, 2007 - comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the following response to the recent IAB Open Letter:  —  comScore welcomes the objective outlined in the IAB Open Letter of achieving transparency …
A List Apart:
The Web Design Survey, 2007  —  Designers, developers, project managers.  Writers and editors.  Information architects and usability specialists.  People who make websites have been at it for more than a dozen years, yet almost nothing is known, statistically, about our profession.  Who are we?
 
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Dion Almaer / Google Code:
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 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast no longer #1 in broadband
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Firefox's Mac team is looking for your qualms
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Kleiner Perkins to Expand With Two Offices in China
Discussion: Valleywag
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
9 ways ColdFusion 8 will rule web development
Discussion: JD on EP and Ryan Stewart
Karen / Official Google Blog:
New 3-D layers from AIA on Google Earth
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yapta Will Be Awesome For Heavy Travelers
BBC:
Wi-fi? Why worry?
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Citizendium One Month Later
Discussion: ValueWiki Blog