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4:15 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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Seema Sharma / webtown.com.my:
Start of Quote "  —  Lester Madden has passed to me a copy of your email below so that I may respond to it.  I am an IP lawyer at Skype.  —  In the first instance, I should like to stress that we work very hard at Skype to prevent third parties from illegally registering and using domains …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Lawyers at Skype bring negative PR to Skype
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
The Pangs of Two Becoming One  —  GOOGLE'S $3.1 billion deal for the online advertising firm DoubleClick could put the company at odds with itself.  —  Internal conflicts often happen in finance, when investment banks find themselves advising both sides in a merger.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Daily Mail:
Slaughter: Horror at Sony's depraved promotion stunt with decapitated goat  —  Electronics giant Sony has sparked a major row over animal cruelty and the ethics of the computer industry by using a freshly slaughtered goat to promote a violent video game.  —  The corpse of the decapitated animal …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
ABCNews.com Relaunches with Citizen Journalism  —  ABCNews.com is marking its tenth anniversary with a bold new redesign that features increased use of video.  Beyond the new skin there's not a lot that's new with one key exception - ABC is opening up to contributions from citizen journalists.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Lost Remote
 
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John Milan / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon, VCs Woo Seattle-area Developers
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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
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Dylan Donnelly / Sky News:
A Russian court sentences Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to six and a half years in prison for spreading “false info” about Russian army

 
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