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1:05 PM ET, May 8, 2007

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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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: vnunet and All about Microsoft
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).
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:   Sun enters the Rich Internet Application world with JavaFX
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sun Responds to AJAX, Silverlight with JavaFX
Discussion: Epicenter
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
kottke.org:
Growth of Twitter vs. Blogger  —  In mid-March, Andy Baio noted that Twitter uses publicly available sequential message IDs and employed Twitter co-founder Evan Williams' messages to graph the growth of the service over the first year of its existence.  Williams co-founded Blogger back in 1999 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ad-Supported VOD From ABC/ESPN Launching on Cox; Ad Skipping Disabled  —  Also to be announced at the Cable Show on Tuesday: Disney's two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, are launching free, ad-supported VOD of hit shows and football games on cable operator Cox Communications' service …
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Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
ABC, Cox Bar Ad Skipping in Video on Demand
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.
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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 …
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
Discussion: Venture Voice
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hot or Not Tears Itself Apart, Reinvents  —  When James Hong and Jim Young founded HotorNot in October, 2000, they had no real plans for the service to be anything other than a fun site for a few friends.  They turned a free low end computer they received for setting up an etrade account into a web server …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and AppScout
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 …
 
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Iyaz Akhtar / The Apple Blog:
The "Get A Mac" ads you won't find on your television
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
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Discussion: Valleywag and TechCrunch
Christopher Swope / Governing Magazine Online:
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Li Evans / Search Marketing Gurus:
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BBC Trustees agree to let BBC infect Britain with DRM
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Converting movies for Apple TV using Roxio Crunch (an in-depth review)
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Me.com Launches A Ning Competitor
 Earlier Items: 
WebWire:
Warner Bros. Television Group Joins Joost
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Some updates from Google Finance
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ShareOffice Launches - Open Standards Based Web Office Suite
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
DigiTimes:
Production cost of PS3 could be cut by US$100
Luke Jerod Kummer / New York Times:
A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top 15 Web 2.0 Startups in Europe?
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Rock the Cash Box?