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6:25 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."
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Steve Jobs, saved by the rising stock  —  Thursday will mark a red-letter day for Apple: For the first time its stock will rise above $100 a share, a tenfold increase in a little more than three years.  Think about that: If Google had risen that much since its IPO, it would be trading at $850.
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shares hit new all-time high
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's Ken Kutaragi leaving SCE chairman and CEO spots in June  —  It wasn't hard to see something like this coming, with Kaz Hirai swiping Ken's President position over Sony Computer Entertainment late last year, but now Sony has gone and made it official: Ken Kutaragi …
Discussion: Gadgetell and Michael Gartenberg
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
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe opensources Flex (Exclusive Videos with Adobe)  —  This morning I met with several members of the Adobe Flex team.  —  Official News on Adobe's Site about Flex going Open Source.  —  I have two videos of our conversation:  —  1. Video of our conversation this morning.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Windows Server: It's still 'Longhorn' for now  —  Microsoft released the first public test version (Beta 3) of the next Windows Server last night and reiterated that it plans to release a final version of the operating system in the second half of this year.  (See this story for more.)
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft's 'Big Bang' Is When?
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 …
Discussion: Rough Type and David Schatsky
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) is up 4 percent in after-hours trading.  I'll be blogging the earnings call live today once it starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific.
Discussion: Media Biz and BloggingStocks
Stace / Unwired View:
LG KE850 PRADA WAS JUST A BEGINNING  —  LG surprised everyone when it announced, then started shipping worlds first full touchscreen LG PRADA KE850 phone.  And did it well before overhyped Apple iPhone became available.  —  Now, a few recent LG patent filings indicate that LG Prada …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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 …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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
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 …
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Anti-Spam Lawsuit to Be Filed in Virginia  —  A company representing Internet users in more than 100 countries is expected to file a lawsuit in Virginia on Thursday seeking the identity of individuals responsible for harvesting millions of e-mail addresses on behalf of spammers.
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.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, MacUser and Podcasting News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite vs. classic: the test  —  Well, we've had a few hours with our Xbox 360 Elite wherein we've done nothing but test it against the most rigorous (unscientific) means at our disposal.  But finally we are able to answer the question: is an HDMI-enabled Xbox 360 capable …
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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