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12:00 AM ET, April 30, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey Vudu, CableCos slow, not stupid  —  Vudu, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based start-up is getting a lot of buzz this morning, thanks to a rather extensive article in the New York Times.  Their set-top box is supposed to make downloading and watching movies a pleasurable experience …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Vudu (aka Marquee, aka Vivond) Has Coming Out Party  —  Vudu Inc. has commenced a PR road show with good results for its forthcoming Net-connected video player.  We have covered the Santa Clara-based Vudu when it was known as Marquee and before that it was known as Vvond.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Slashdot
TiVo Lovers:   Yet another box - VUDU
Michael Gartenberg:   One More Think to Hook Up to My TV  —  NY Times reports on Vudu …
Michael Clemente / ABCNEWS:
A Guide to the New and Improved ABCNEWS.com  —  "They tell us all the time that the future is out there on the Internet, right?"  — Peter Jennings  —  "World News Tonight", 1997  —  Welcome to the new ABCNEWS.com.  —  Our Web site turns 10 years old in May.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
ABCNews.com Relaunches with Citizen Journalism
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Startup Meme
Paul Colligan / Paul Colligan's Profitable Podcasting:
Podshow And Sirius Part - Satellite Radio Becomes Even Less Important  —  I'm surprised this hasn't made Techmeme yet.  —  Podshow and Sirius have parted ways.  Here are some thoughts on the divorce from P Dub and Chris.  Let's not forget American Cliche or Tartan Stories.
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).
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Buy Ad Company in Bid to Compete With Google  —  Yahoo plans to acquire Right Media, a privately held company that runs an advertising marketplace, in part to bolster its position as a seller and broker of ads outside its own sprawling network of Web sites, the companies' chief executives said yesterday.
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: TechFold and Skype Journal
Alex Krupp / Sensemaking:
Double your userbase with two lines of code and a box of Modanifil  —  First impressions count.  —  Users judge a site just within a fraction of a second.  Many hit the back button before reading the first line of text.  And of the few that decide to stick around for a minute and give you a chance …
Nisan Gabbay / Startup Review:
Reddit Case Study: How personality impacts product success  —  Why profiled on Startup Review  —  Reddit is a social news site that was launched in June 2005.  As of April 2007, Reddit is generating ~170,000 unique visitors and 1.9M page views per day.  The company was acquired …
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
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
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 …
Fred / A VC:
Why 15 Million Is A Big Number  —  I've been reading the chatter about the blog world capping out at 15 million active blogs.  It seems that the growth of blogging has stalled.  Well I am not sure that's true if you count twittering, facebooking, flickring, yelping, and the like as blogging.  I do.
Discussion: gapingvoid and Howard Lindzon
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Skype Steals PR Ordeal from Amazon … Skype Journal is reporting that Skype's lawyer Seema Sharma has emailed Jan Geirnaert on Friday, telling him that his blogs skype-watch and skype-gadgets put him in legal jeopardy.  The email prompted a quick compliant response from Jan who took both of his blogs offline.
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Zonk / Slashdot:
Kaleidescape Triumphant in Court Case, DVD Ripping Ruled Legal
Discussion: d2r
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell's Founder Is Rethinking Direct Sales
Discussion: Slashdot and Chip Griffin
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
The Pangs of Two Becoming One  —  GOOGLE'S $3.1 billion deal …
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
First Photos from Apple iPhone?
Discussion: Engadget, Apple Gazette and digg
Dpblogs / ADO.NET team blog:
ADO.NET Entity Framework Update
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems and Channel 9