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1:20 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
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.
Discussion: Buzzworthy
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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
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