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12:25 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.
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
Discussion: vnunet
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sun Responds to AJAX, Silverlight with JavaFX
Discussion: Epicenter
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Sun goes after Adobe Apollo, Ajax, Silverlight
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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.
Discussion: All About Symbian and Slashdot
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Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Dell's Linux Problem
Discussion: Open Source and Reuters
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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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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Epicenter
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is the Web half full or half empty?  —  Lots of chat out there about the latest Pew study into how people use the Interweb.  These studies are useful in part because the Pew Internet & American Life Project does such a thorough job with them — you know they weren't cooked up by marketing types to sell more banner ads.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Survey defines split in technology use
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
ongoing:
OpenID at Work  —  On both the Internet and behind the firewall, the identity problem gets uglier every year.  How many passwords do you have?  If you're in IT, how much pain do you go through getting your all your apps to share a notion of who someone is?
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Sun Supports OpenID: Steps Towards Enterprise?
Discussion: Kveton
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 …
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
Luke Jerod Kummer / New York Times:
A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write  —  While most newspapers are trying to stake bigger claims online, one new publication is pulling material off the Internet to be printed in ink.  —  John Wilpers, editor in chief of BostonNow, a free weekday daily introduced last month …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top 15 Web 2.0 Startups in Europe?  —  Here is the list of the top 15 European Web 2.0 projects, which will be presented next Thursday in Madrid.  The information below was provided to me by the organizers:  —  Panoramio.com (http://www.panoramio.com): Photo-sharing of geolocated photos.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
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 …
Discussion: Library Stuff and digg
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Me.com Launches A Ning Competitor  —  me.com is a service that lets you essentially build your own MySpace.  They're launching their SNAPP program today, which will power their online communities.  —  me.com has been around for a couple of years now, but they've only just launched a free service for the creation of your own networks.
 
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TED / uncov:
ThinkFree?  I ThinkNot.  —  ThinkFree is the latest and greatest in Writely ripoffs.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
Christopher Swope / Governing Magazine Online:
Working Without Wires
Valleywag:
The Coming Battle: Linked In v. Facebook
Li Evans / Search Marketing Gurus:
Paid Links Debate - The Experts Weigh In
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BBC Trustees agree to let BBC infect Britain with DRM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Verizon says phone record disclosure is protected free speech
Discussion: madisonian.net and digg
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Converting movies for Apple TV using Roxio Crunch (an in-depth review)
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and digg
Computerworld:
IRS wants data on users from Internet firms
Discussion: RSS and digg
 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
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Fox Interactive Nears Deal to Buy Photobucket
DigiTimes:
Production cost of PS3 could be cut by US$100
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New bill to give bloggers same shield law protection as journalists
Discussion: Social Media and digg
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Rock the Cash Box?