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10:35 PM ET, April 26, 2007


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New York Times:
In Comments About Apple Chief, Questions of Motive  —  When Fred D. Anderson abruptly left Apple's board last October as questions about the company's stock options practices grew, a former federal regulator said it looked as if the board "threw Fred under the bus."
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shares hit new all-time high  —  Surge follows blow-out earnings; valuation worries some  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Apple Inc. watched its shares jump to a new all-time high Thursday after the company reported an 88% surge in second-quarter earnings.
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
INTERVIEW - Jobs says Apple customers not into renting music  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs indicated on Wednesday he is unlikely to give in to calls from the music industry to add a subscription-based model to Apple's wildly popular iTunes online music store.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
In Jobs We Trust  —  Despite the parting shot from former Apple …
Ken Kutaragi Steps Down at Playstation  —  0 Views  —  The "Father of Playstation" is retiring today from his position at Playstation, but will still serve as Honorary Chairman of SCEI.  After completing the launch of PS3, Kutaragi has decided to pursue his dreams outside of the Playstation family:
Discussion: Gizmodo, and Blue's News
Analysts Weigh In on Kutaragi's Departure
Discussion: GigaOM and Kotaku
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Joost Signs Major Advertisers  —  Online video platform Joost has signed three-month contracts with a group of 31 big brand advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Nike, General Motors and Visa.  It will offer these marketers traditional units such as :30 mid-roll spots as well as unique formats …
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Joost Signs Advertising Deal With 31 Major Brands  —  Joost, the new project of Skype founders-who now want to revolutionize the way we watch TV, has signed three month contracts with a group of 31 brand advertisers including Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola, Nike, General Motors, and Visa.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Most press I ever got for not doing an interview...  This whole WIRED vs. Calacanis/Winer stand off has really developed into a very interesting debate on the future of news.  It's a discussion that, as Dave Winer said, is long over due and that we've been doing for long.
Tomio Geron / Red Herring:
YouTube Lining Up Summer Ads  —  Video-sharing site experiments with pre-roll and post-roll spots.  —  Beware YouTube watchers, ads are comingas soon as this summer.  —  The video-sharing site that was acquired by Google in November is experimenting with the precise length, form …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's 'Big Bang' Is When? … Windows Server is the nucleus of Microsoft's enterprise strategy, around which all other products—even Windows client—revolve.  Longhorn's eventual release, which Microsoft claims will be later this year, will likely set off major software upgrades, including Office 2007 and Windows Vista.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Windows Server: It's still 'Longhorn' for now
Discussion: Channel 9
Viral Marketing's Video Love Affair  —  Next to 'cool microsites' and games, viral video is hot.  —  Marketers with viral campaign experience think highly of microsites, games and video clips, according to Marketing Sherpa's "2007 Viral Marketing Survey."  —  An eMarketer subscription is like having your own
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA: We are committed to fair use, interoperability, and DRM  —  At a LexisNexis conference on DRM this week, MPAA boss Dan Glickman said the movie studios were now fully committed to interoperable DRM, and they recognize that consumers should be able to use legitimate video material on any item in the house, including home networks.
CEO / This is going to be BIG.:
Top Ten Reasons Why Web 2.0 Sucks  — The finger pointing culture of fear will always dominate a culture of openness.  Media thrives on taking people down and creating a general fear of the worst possible outcome.  Whether it's trying enact anti-MySpace laws or firing everyone …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Sun and I.B.M. to Offer New Class of High-End Servers  —  Sun Microsystems and I.B.M. plan to introduce specialized high-end server systems on Thursday that provide fresh evidence of a new era in computing.  —  The Sun machine — an ultra-fast video server designed by the company's co-founder …
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
World Intellectual Property Day  —  Today is World Intellectual Property Day which means that rather than focusing on creativity or on policies that meet the needs of creators and users, we get a private function for MPs and Senators on Parliament Hill sponsored by Senator Joseph Day …
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Microsoft 3Q '07 Earnings: Live Coverage  —  Microsoft (MSFT) has reported its third-quarter fiscal 2007 earnings today after the close.  The stock (latest quote) was up nearly 5 percent in after-hours trading, but has now dropped a bit.  I blogged the earnings call live as it happened.
Cote / People Over Process:
Flex SDK Going Open Source: Video and Analysis  —  As Ted, Ryan (see his post for another good link round-up as well), Scoble's video and others covered at length last night, Adobe announced that they're open sourcing the Flex SDK.  Here's the official press release.
Froosh /
EconSM - Main Session 1: The Social Media CEOs Speak Up  —  Five men sat on the panel, not all five compete with one another, but hearing what they were saying, you had to ask: someone's going to end up losing to the others.  —  The five men included:  — Barak Berkowitz, CEO Six Apart
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Cozmo Wants to Kill Your TV
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage weighs down all VoIP Service Cos
Discussion: Techdirt
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Interview with Chris DiBona of Google
Sony to launch video-sharing network on Friday
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Yahoo Pig and Google Sawzall
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite vs. classic: the test
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Helpful distortion at NYC & London subway maps
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Screen Captures of the New Google News Results in Action
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Web Mashups Turn Citizens Into Washington's Newest Watchdogs
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Smart Mobs
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Anti-Spam Lawsuit to Be Filed in Virginia
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Are businesses getting complacent on security?
Discussion: HighContrast
Mike / Techdirt:
Well, Look At That: Offshoring Didn't Destroy The Tech Industry
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozy Goes Mac - First Really Useful Mac Hard Drive Backup Solution
Stace / Unwired View:
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces PlayStation Eye webcam for PS3
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg