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9:50 AM ET, April 28, 2007

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Virtual Earth:
Virtual Earth API V5 is released  —  Just in time for your weekend coding pleasure, version 5 of the Virtual Earth Software Development Kit is live today.  There's a boatload of new features and enhancements, among my favorites are mouse events for polygons and polylines and great layering support.
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Justin.tv to get boot from S.F. landlords  —  (04-27) 18:50 PDT — One San Francisco landlord has decided that the company producing Justin.tv is a crowd.  —  Complaining of raucous parties and other disruptive behavior, the landlord of the San Francisco high-rise that has become …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Epicenter and digg
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
WSJ censoring Vonage's Ads?  —  When we looked at the back page of Friday's Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal, it looked like the delivery person had perhaps taken offense with the Vonage ad campaign about its patent case with Verizon, with what looked like some black-pen editing …
Discussion: WSJ.com
David / Ironic Sans:
Idea: Uncensor the Internet with Greasemonkey  —  There's an article on-line from Money Magazine called "50 Bulls**t Jobs."  That's right.  Bulls**t.  With those two asterisks in there.  Come on.  We know what word they mean.  So why not just say it?  If they think we're adult enough …
Discussion: Lifehacker and AppScout
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
At Mix, Microsoft's Windows Live platform group loosens up  —  Microsoft next week at its Mix07 conference plans to detail more generous business terms for partners to use its Live online services and to open up new application programming interfaces for Windows Live Spaces.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Wakoopa: Last.fm For Desktop Applications  —  Last.fm does for music what Dutch startup Wakoopa wants to do for your desktop applications.  Like Last.fm, Wakoopa uses a downloaded tracker, except if follows how often you use applications instead of listen to music.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE - NBC: VERY DUMB IDEA  —  Some buzz from Wall St: Analysts are saying that there is no "synergy" between NBC, a GE Unit, and the conglomerates' other units.  So the analysts suggest selling it.  That is nothing new, this kind of stuff is tossed around all the time on Wall St …
Discussion: The Media Age
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Bloomberg:
GE Shares Rally on Citigroup's Push for Unit Spinoffs (Update7)
Discussion: Digital Markets
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
The Perfect DB Storage Array  —  I've long known that YouTube had a secret weapon in their datacenter by the codename 'Colin', but yesterday at the MySQL Conference, I met three more secret weapons - codename 'Paul' and his team (sorry, guys, I've forgotten your names!).  —  Paul and his team are incredible.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
FIREFOX GETS TIGHT WITH DIGG  —  Digg launched an API recently, a way for developers to write new ways to submit stories to Digg and to extract data from the service.  One intriguing new app that uses the API is the Smart Digg Button for Firefox.  There have been toolbar icons that make it easier …
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
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Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Six Basic Truths of Free APIs  —  Amazon and Google have recently shattered a common misconception: that free APIs are a commons of goodies to be built on top of for fun and profit, like open source software.  If you think that, then here are six things you need to know about free APIs:
Discussion: Vincent Maher and digg
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Friday Rant: Let's Make Companies Publish Their Guidance; Conference Call Aren't Enough  —  While most people on the Street still think of this as earnings season, another way to think of it would be outlook season: the time when corporate managements (at companies other than Google) …
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Zunch Communications' Bankruptcy a Sign of Things to Come?  —  Zunch Communications has declared bankruptcy, but Zunch Worldwide lives on.  The new entity bought the assets and took on some of the debts of SEM firm Zunch Communications in October 2006, and that company finally filed for bankruptcy last week.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Lawmakers propose reversal of Net radio fee increases  —  A bill introduced in Congress Thursday aims to overturn a controversial royalty fee increase that Internet radio advocates say threatens to cripple their services.  —  The "Internet Radio Equality Act," introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Secretive Silicon Valley company, OptiSolar, builds largest solar farm  —  A secretive Hayward, Calif. company has just announced it will build the largest solar power "farm" in North America, using solar cells manufactured in Silicon Valley.  —  The site, near Sarnia in Ontario, Canada …
Discussion: Red Herring and alarm:clock
Sdl / The Security Development Lifecycle:
Lessons learned from the Animated Cursor Security Bug  —  Michael Howard here.  —  A core tenet of the SDL is to take and incorporate lessons learned when we issue a security update, and there is a great deal to learn from the recent animated cursor bug, MS07-017, so I want to spend …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft mulling major changes to ward off .ANI-type flaws
Discussion: Slashdot
mobile-review.com:
S60 Summit, Madrid 2007  —  S60 Summit 2007.  Expo>>>  —  Events like S60 Summit are oriented more to the partners rather than press, and all the more exiting it is to attend them.  The opening speech by Matti Vanska was very optimistic and there are all the prerequisites for that, actually.
Discussion: Ring Nokia
CNNMoney.com:
AT&T chief's retirement package: $158.5M  —  Telecommunications company says Edward Whitacre, a 43-year veteran of AT&T, has helped the firm outperform its peers, newspaper reports.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Edward Whitacre will be given one of the highest …
Kotaku:
Blizzard Working on "Next-Gen MMO"  —  360 Launches in the Middle East  —  While we were busy yesterday following the Kutaragi news, over in the United Arab Emirates they were celebrating the launch of a brand new video game console for the region, the Microsoft Xbox 360.
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizz Confirms New Product Next Month
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Moving fuels shift from wireline service  —  New research is showing that almost half of all households that move shift their new telecom service to a non-traditional service provider such as a wireless operator, a cable company or a VoIP provider.  —  Telephia's Total Communications Survey …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Telcos' Biggest Marketing Strategy: Inertia
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
 
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