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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, they were (and I mean "were") considering doing an article on TechCrunch and the upcoming TechCrunch20 conference.  Fred Vogelstein (a very well respected journalist - this is the guy Microsoft was keeping a file on) was pinging people to get their perspective.
Discussion: Startup Dunia
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").
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  —  The irony of the video RSS in Plain English is that it is simultaneously one of the clearest and most engaging explanations of RSS I have ever seen and also a vivid demonstration of why RSS has not gone mainstream — how can something that takes 3.5 minutes to explain be a killer app?
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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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
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales Surpass $3 Billion, up 32% Year over Year — Operating Profit Grows 38% — Raises Financial Guidance  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2007.
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.
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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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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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 …
Bloggers Blog:
Print Magazine for Bloggers and Podcasters Launches  —  There is a new print magazine called Blogger & Podcaster Magazine.  This is the first print trade magazine for the industry.  The magazine's website is located at bloggerandpodcaster.com.  The magazine also has a blog located here.
Reuters:
Vonage injunction stayed in patent case  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Internet phone company Vonage Holdings said Tuesday a federal appeals court permanently stayed a lower court order that barred it from signing up new customers.  —  A federal district court on April 6 said Vonage could not add …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
Dell:
No Spin Zone: Dell Ushers In Better Mobile Storage Reliability With Solid State Drives on Select Notebooks  —  Commits to Offer New Technology Across Next-Generation Latitude Product Line  —  Dell today announced that it is offering a 1.8-inch 32GB* solid state drive (SSD) …
 
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