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12:40 AM ET, April 25, 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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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
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
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.  —  Updates: Wired's Fred Vogelstein posts the entire email exchange he had with Jason on this topic.
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
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").
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.
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Music and Gracenote Present Song Lyrics from U2, Prince, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Kanye West, Radiohead and More  —  Gracenote Features Song Lyrics from All Five Major Music Publishers, Creating the Largest Free, Legal Song Lyrics Service for Consumers
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CastTV raises $3.1M to launch better video search  —  San Francisco's CastTV, a site that says it can search video better than leading players like Yahoo and Google by turning up Javascript-hidden files and other information, has raised $3.1 million from well-known venture capitalists.
Discussion: alarm:clock
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Stephanie Pettinati / corp.casttv.com:
CastTV Closes Series A Led by DFJ
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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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.
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) …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave and The Tech Report
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?
Jon Udell:
Rewriting the enriched web  —  When I interviewed Bill Gates at the September 2005 Professional Developers Conference, one of the topics we discussed was the just-announced WFP/E (Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere).  Amusingly, he remarked: … In the usual course of events …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
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.
 
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Myth of High-Tech Outsourcing
Peter Hartlaub / San Francisco Chronicle:
Another tragedy, another platform for video game fearmonger
Dion Almaer / Google Code:
Google releases patches that enhance the manageability and reliability of MySQL
Discussion: WebProNews
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: Better Gmail 0.4 (Firefox)
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP gets on the Enterprise 2.0 bandwagon
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PC World:
Blogs Now Infested With Offensive Content
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
RSS Has No Value Without A Filter
Business Wire:
FogSHIELD Security Fogger Now Available; Stops a Burglary Before It Happens
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Morgan McDowell / Market Wire:
User-Generated Content Delivers More Bang for Your Online Marketing …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over vague user interface patent
Karen / Official Google Blog:
New 3-D layers from AIA on Google Earth
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Big Bang For The MySpace Ad Buck