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1:30 AM ET, April 27, 2007


 Top Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Ex-Finance Chief Settles With SEC  —  Apple Inc.'s former chief financial officer Fred Anderson has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission on his alleged participation in the backdating of stock options at the computer maker and the agency is expected to pursue a civil lawsuit …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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."
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
In Jobs We Trust  —  Despite the parting shot from former Apple …
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.
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Why I Prefer Doing Interviews by Phone or in Person
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL One Step Behind Again: New Home Page Identical To Yahoo  —  AOL has started beta testing a new home page (the main portal).  AOL Senior Product Manager (and occasional TechCrunch contributor) Frank Gruber introduced it on his personal blog earlier today.
Discussion: digg
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
Discussion: Startup Dunia and
Already have a TiVo box?  —  You can choose from a variety of service plans and we'll throw in a wireless adapter as our gift to you ($59.99 value!).  —  Prepay  —  Monthly  —  1 year for $179  —  = $14.92 per month  —  $16.95 per month  —  with 1-year commitment  —  2 years for $299
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 …
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.
Analysts Weigh In on Kutaragi's Departure  —  Perhaps Ken Kutaragi's departure shouldn't be surprising.  SCE said it was in the works for a while, but was he squeezed out thanks to the PS3's limping out of the gate?  Or was it simply time for him to move on?
Discussion: GigaOM and Kotaku
Ken Kutaragi Steps Down at Playstation
Discussion: Gizmodo, and Blue's News
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 …
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.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Cozmo Wants to Kill Your TV  —  TiVo came along and is helping kill the idea of a TV time slot.  The growth of on demand online video has been helping finish the job.  Cozmo.Tv wants to create a TV 2.0 by changing the way you consume online video from a random walk to personalized content.
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Interview with Chris DiBona of Google  —  A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear Chris DiBona, the Open Source Program Manager at Google, speak at a TiE Pittsburgh event.  At the event, Chris provided an extremely insightful presentation on the state of the open source market.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage weighs down all VoIP Service Cos
Discussion: Techdirt
Brian White / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint's Samsung UpStage drops to $100
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gizmodo
Cote / People Over Process:
Flex SDK Going Open Source: Video and Analysis
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
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Helpful distortion at NYC & London subway maps
 Earlier Items: 
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Screen Captures of the New Google News Results in Action
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Web Mashups Turn Citizens Into Washington's Newest Watchdogs
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Exec: Music labels "about to cave in the next six months" on DRM
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
John Markoff / New York Times:
Sun and I.B.M. to Offer New Class of High-End Servers
Stace / Unwired View:
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
INTERVIEW - Jobs says Apple customers not into renting music