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3:05 PM ET, May 8, 2007

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Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Sun goes after Adobe Apollo, Ajax, Silverlight  —  The dust has hardly settled after Microsoft's unveiling of its Silverlight beta, or Sun Microsystems is making a plunge into the rich internet application market.  —  The server vendor on Tuesday will unveil its Java FX technology …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Sun tries again with consumer-flavored Java  —  Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will introduce a friendlier way to write Java applications for consumer devices, an attempt to fulfill Java's potential and stake a greater claim in the next generation of Web applications.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun's JavaFX to take on AJAX, Silverlight  —  JavaFX, which covers Java development in desktops and mobile devices as well as online, is Sun's latest push into the rich Internet apps world  —  Sun will detail a plan Tuesday that could make Java a formidable player in the scripting language space.
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The Question Isn't Where, It's When...  The CTO of a big media company presented me with a challenge recently, which gave new meaning to the word "convergence."  I thought I'd use his story to put into context what Sun announced today at JavaOne (what's become the world's largest open source developer conference).
kottke.org:
Growth of Twitter vs. Blogger  —  Further update: The Twitter data is bad, bad, bad, rendering Andy's post and most of this here post useless.  Both jumps in Twitter activity in Nov 2006 and March 2007 are artificial in nature.  See here for an update.  —  Update: A commenter noted …
BBC:
Linux evolves for mobile phones  —  A version of the increasingly popular Linux operating system Ubuntu will be developed for use on net-enabled phones and devices.  —  The Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project aims to create the open source platform for initial release in October 2007.
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Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Dell's Linux Problem
Discussion: Open Source and Reuters
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
You're a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles Well  —  Abigail L. Garvey Wilson  —  Emerges From Obscurity;  —  Millions of John Smiths  —  Before Abigail Garvey got married in 2000, anyone could easily Google her.  Then she swapped her maiden name for her husband's last name, Wilson, and dropped out of sight.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics' New Interface  —  It's been just over two years since Google acquired Urchin and they've now finally updated the somewhat complicated user interface!  —  In true Google style, this is being rolled out over the next few weeks so not everyone is fortunate enough to try it out yet.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   First Look - Google Analytics Launches New Interface and Reporting
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
ABC, Cox Bar Ad Skipping in Video on Demand  —  Walt Disney Co.'s two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, have struck a deal with cable operator Cox Communications Inc. to offer hit shows and football games on demand — but with the unusual condition that Cox disables the fast-forward feature that allows viewers to skip ads.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ad-Supported VOD From ABC/ESPN Launching on Cox; Ad Skipping Disabled
Business Wire:
HP Lifts Guidance for Second Quarter Earnings, Revenue  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it has raised its financial guidance for the fiscal second quarter ended April 30.  —  Based on preliminary data, HP expects to announce on May 16 …
WebWire:
Warner Bros.  Television Group Joins Joost  —  Joost™ (www.joost.com), the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service, today announced that Warner Bros.  Television Group (WBTVG) will bring program offerings, including WBTV: SCI-FI FIX and WBTV: Before They Were Mega Stars, to Joost on an exclusive basis.
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Etan Vlessing / Reuters:
Warner Bros. bans Canada previews in piracy move
Newspaper Association of America:
NEWSPAPER WEB SITE AUDIENCE GROWING AT NEARLY TWICE THE RATE OF OVERALL ONLINE AUDIENCE  —  Study finds newspaper Web Site visitors have higher incomes and are more likely to shop online than other Internet users  —  New York - The audience for newspaper Web sites is growing at nearly twice …
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Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Contrarian viewpoint on the future of newspapers
Nick / Rough Type:
Google preparing to police web  —  Increasingly worried by the use of conventional web sites to distribute the viruses that turn innocent PCs into botnet "zombies," Google appears to be readying a plan to police the web.  If the plan goes forward, Google will use new software …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
James Thomas / CenterNetworks:
My life without Google  —  How much did I use Google?  Apparently a lot more often than even I could speculate.  For the last two weeks, I've had google.com blocked at both work and home.  The amount of data they're gathering on me is frightening.  Not because of Google …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace/Photobucket: User Overlap Is Nearly 100%  —  NewsCorp plans to pay half as much for Photobucket as they did for MySpace.  Photobucket is going for $300 million with the earnout (a steal compared to Google/YouTube), and MySpace was acquired for $580 million, back in 2005.
Valleywag:
Exclusive: Natalie Portman's lifecast  —  Natalie Portman, the actress who played Queen Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars saga, is touring around Silicon Valley in search of funding for a new project.  The winsome movie star, who came to public notice as a 12-year-old in the charge …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
New York Times:
Why Wall St. Journal Editors Held News of Murdoch Bid  —  One of the trickiest things for a news organization to do is cover itself.  —  That was the situation some editors at The Wall Street Journal found themselves in last month when they learned that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation …
John Andrews / johnon.com:
The New York Times flexes it's SEO Muscle  —  We knew it was coming, and we knew the New York Times was "getting" SEO.  And it didn't take long.  The King of Content is now dominating the Google SERPs across a wide swath of the keyword space, via the re-published, re-purposed, New York Times Archives.
 
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Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
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Ars Technica:
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Level up for features instead of freemium?
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Me.com Launches A Ning Competitor
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Some updates from Google Finance
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hot or Not Tears Itself Apart, Reinvents
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and AppScout
Luke Jerod Kummer / New York Times:
A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write