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5:15 PM ET, April 29, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Vudu Casts Its Spell on Hollywood  —  FOR the last two years, the employees of Vudu Inc. have quietly toiled in a nondescript office in Santa Clara, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The only hint of the company's plans are black-and-white Rat Pack photos that adorn its walls …
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Vudu: Another set-top box offering movies on-demand  —  Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before: there's yet another startup venture offering a box that you connect to your TV so you can watch movies on-demand.  Vudu scored a breathless write-up in the New York Times today …
Discussion: Joe Duck and Zatz Not Funny!
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype silences Alpha-blogger  —  Wow.  Talk about a chilling effect.  —  Skype lawyer Seema Sharma emailed blogger Jan Geirnaert Friday afternoon.  She told him his popular skype-watch.com and skype-gadgets.com blogs put him in legal jeopardy.  —  Jan, an independent IT consultant, took the implied threats seriously.
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Tom Kuntz / New York Times:
Oh, for a Chance to Whitewash a Fence  —  Tom Sawyer, metaphor of the digital age?  Or cliché?  Whichever, Mark Twain's 19th-century sprite is being name-checked a lot lately as a handy way to describe the Internet vogue du jour: exploiting free labor and content online.
Discussion: TeleRead and larry borsato
Arn / MacRumors:
First Photos from Apple iPhone?  —  An unusual story has popped up on MobileGuerilla claiming to have found the first photos from an Apple iPhone on the web.  —  The search method seemed rather primitive... they simply searched for "taken with an Apple iPhone" on Google and found a set of Flickr images …
Discussion: Engadget, Apple Gazette and digg
Martin / mpwebwizard:
Hints at upcoming Gmail features  —  I've been listed as a translator for the XX-Hacker (known as l33t to the rest of the world) language on Google for quite some time.  The great thing about being a translator for Google is that you get to see some of the upcoming features of Google services.
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Multi-User Chat?
Discussion: gSpy and Googling Google
Jimmie Geddes / Gadgets on the Go:
Official T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade leaked  —  T-Mobile is expected to offer the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade to current Dash owners next week for download.  It has been leaked on the usual sites known for obtaining these upgrades (I'm not going to list the sites).
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Climbing the social Web ladder  —  Forrester analysts Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff have published a report, "Social Technographics," ($279) that identifies six levels of participation in the realm of social media or the social Web in the U.S. based on a recent survey.
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
JavaScript and HTML: Forgiveness by Default  —  I've been troubleshooting a bit of JavaScript lately, so I've enabled script debugging in IE7.  Whenever the browser encounters a JavaScript error on a web page, instead of the default, unobtrusive little status bar notification..
Discussion: paradox1x
Dpblogs / ADO.NET team blog:
ADO.NET Entity Framework Update  —  Microsoft is deepening its investment in the ADO.NET Entity Framework as a critical piece of Microsoft's Data Platform vision.  Based on the need to align with requirements from key internal partners that are building on the Entity Framework …
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems and Channel 9
Mark Evans:
Communications 101: How to Communicate Better  —  This post, which is about how and why we use different tools to communicate, has been gnawing at me for a few months.  In thinking of a title, I toyed with "Why E-Mail Sucks", "The Return of Voice" and "The Devil is the Digital" but, in the end …
Discussion: Skype Journal
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Paying by mobile, that'll do nicely  —  Mobile phones are replacing cash and cards as a method of paying for goods, writes Emma Smith  —  You know the scenario.  Fumbling through your pockets at the supermarket checkout, you realise you've left your wallet at home and all you have by way of payment …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia: Special Treatment for Wikia and other Wikis  —  Wikipedia: Special Treatment for Wikia and some other Wikis  —  There was a lot of controversy recently when Wikipedia announced that all outbound links from the online encyclopedia would include the nofollow tag.
Discussion: duncanriley.com, MediaVidea and digg
Richard Bloor / SymbianOne:
The S60 Summit - What Was It All About?  —  With twenty four members of the press and an undisclosed number of bloggers attending, the S60 Summit should have been well covered in online media.  So what was this event all about?  —  Phil Schwarzmann on the See into S60 Blog informed the world …
Discussion: Ring Nokia
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
ABCNews.com Relaunches with Citizen Journalism
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Lost Remote
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
The Pangs of Two Becoming One  —  GOOGLE'S $3.1 billion deal …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Fun with the Dinosaurs  —  I had a chance to visit the zoo today and feed some animals.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
PIKSPOT LAUNCHES, JOINS MEDIA MASHUP FRAY
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Slaughter: Horror at Sony's depraved promotion stunt with decapitated goat
Tris Hussey / One By One Media:
The blogosphere has stalled at 15.5 million blogs-So what
Ryan Stewart:
The Week MTV Dropped Flash
Discussion: JD on EP and kuwamoto.org
BBC:
Mouse brain simulated on computer