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8:10 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."
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's Ken Kutaragi leaving SCE chairman and CEO spots in June
Discussion: Gadgetell and Michael Gartenberg
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.
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: Google Blogoscoped and digg
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.
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
The Fark Licensing Controversy  —  Story Updated (See Below) - Digg Users: Digg Here  —  Ryan McGinnis of Backing Winds posted an article detailing copyright policy of news aggregator Fark, which just underwent a major redesign.  —  According to McGinnis, when the site was redesigned …
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 …
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.
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 …
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) was up nearly 5 percent in after-hours trading, but has now dropped a bit.  I blogged the earnings call live as it happened.
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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Gadget Lab
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.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Web Mashups Turn Citizens Into Washington's Newest Watchdogs  —'s research manager Sean Tanner (right) and executive director Dan Newman in the nonprofit's Berkeley, California, office.  —  Tread carefully, politicians — concerned citizens are watching your every move on the web.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Smart Mobs
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The obsolete interview  —  The interview is outmoded and needs to be rethought.  —  There's no better demonstration of this than the recriprocal snipes we've been seeing from and around Wired magazine from its attempt to interview people about Michael Arrington.  (If you know the tale, skip to the next paragraph.)
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces PlayStation Eye webcam for PS3
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