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8:30 AM ET, May 10, 2007

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PC World:
Editor in Chief Harry McCracken Returns to PC World  —  Had resigned in dispute with CEO Colin Crawford over editorial independence.  Crawford to return to prior IDG post.  —  Ramon G. McLeod, Editor, PCWorld.com  —  In a surprise announcement, Robert Carrigan, president of IDG Communications …
Discussion: Epicenter, Gizmodo and Ryan Block
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Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
PC World Brings Editor Back, Removes CEO  —  In a surprise reversal, IDG management removed Colin Crawford as PC World's CEO and reinstated Harry McCracken as Editor in Chief, after a dispute over a canceled Apple story led McCracken to quit.  A memo just sent to PC World and Macworld staffers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joost Announces $45 million Funding From Sequoia, Index, CBS & Viacom  —  Internet TV startup Joost raised $45 million in a venture round of financing, the company will announce this evening.  Investors include Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures, CBS Corporation, Viacom and Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Internet TV company, Joost, raises $45M
Discussion: Download Squad
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Joost raises $45m
Discussion: Fred Destin
Business Wire:
Joost Closes $45 Million in Financing
Molly Graham / Google LatLong:
A new world unfolding  —  Posted by John Hanke, Director, Google Earth & Maps  —  Welcome to the Google "geo" blog.  As web mapping (dare I say "the geoweb"?) matures, we're finding that we have a lot more to communicate about new developments in Earth, Maps, Local, and our APIs.
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Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Google Earth 4.1 (beta) Released! SpaceNavigator for the Mac!
BBC:   Sounds bring Google Earth to life
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast's Brian Roberts, Broadband's Tomorrow Man  —  Brian Roberts, chief executive officer of Comcast Corp., in a move reminiscent of Microsoft's Bill Gates' futuristic announcements at CES, today showed off a new modem that uses channel bonding technology that can pump data into your homes at speeds of 150 megabits per second.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Kevin 'Digg' Rose goes for 3rd startup  —  First Digg, then the online video network, Revision 3 and now another start-up!  —  Business Week poster boy Kevin Rose is rumored to have teamed up with Daniel Burka also of Digg, and first time entrepreneur Leah Culver and has started a new company.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com, parislemon and digg
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Giving Up on Microsoft  —  Although I am generally platform agnostic, I make no secret of the fact that I am primarily a Microsoft developer.  In a way, I grew up with Microsoft— as a teenager, I cut my programming teeth on the early microcomputer implementations of Microsoft BASIC.
Discussion: Skrentablog
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
World Wide Web of Widgets  —  The web has seen an explosion in the use of widgets over the past year or so.  So let's explore what a widget is and its uses.  Note that in this post, we're discussing Web-based widgets only, rather than desktop widgets such as those provided by Yahoo Widgets or Microsoft's Vista widgets.
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Java Security Traps Getting Worse  —  Updated: At JavaOne last year, Fortify's Brian Chess discussed how to avoid Java security holes.  A year later, with even Sun's manuals containing code with cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, we're actually worse off than ever.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Odeo Acquired By SonicMountain  —  Details are just coming out, but New York based SonicMountain, a new startup, has acquired Evan Williams' Odeo.  The announcement will come sometime tomorrow.  The price is not being disclosed but is in excess of $1 million, and the deal was all cash.
Discussion: Sparkplug 9 >> bizhack and digg
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Old media turns combative against new media  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Leading media executives took a combative tone against Internet companies on Tuesday, suggesting that Big Media increasingly considers new content distributors like Google Inc. to be more foe than friend.
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Gates sees accelerated decline of traditional media's ad model  —  Microsoft thinks the advertising business model for traditional media — those venues where advertisers still channel most of their spending — will fall apart faster in the coming five years as the kind of interactive …
Emily Bell / Guardian Unlimited:
Guardian Unlimited - the next step  —  From today Guardian Unlimited's network homepage takes on a new look as we release the next part of our new design.  —  Those of you who use our travel site will be familiar with the wider pages, greater use of pictures and the flexibility of our new design.
Discussion: Andy Dickinson.net
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Fidg't: Central Control of Social Networks  —  Presenting at Innovate!  Europe 2007 today is Santa Monica based PROTOMOBL with a product called Fidg't, that aims to make social network management easier.  —  The concept is simple: a centralized control point for social networks.
Rick Merritt / InformationWeek:
Call It The jPhone: Sun Shows Java Twist On Apple's iPhone  —  At the JavaOne conference, Sun Microsystems debuts software for a high-end cell phone that looks rather similar to the iPhone.  —  EE Times  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the jPhone.  At JavaOne Tuesday (May 8) …
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Red Hat to build 'Global Desktop'  —  Low cost Linux bundle system to target emerging markets  —  UPDATE - Red Hat is preparing to release a new "Red Hat Global Desktop" that over time will grow into an online desktop that integrates online services into a client desktop platform.
 
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Ken / Digital Common Sense:
Yet another N95 battery update
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Sun aims for ultracheap cell phones
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
Nocturne: Free "night vision" app from the maker of Quicksilver
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Media  —  Google would normally be the last company you'd expect …
SecurityFocus:
Experts scramble to quash IPv6 flaw
Consumerist:
Confessions: Best Buy Employee Confesses To Scams Similar …
Discussion: Joel on Software
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Alpine's $1,000 Do-All: Now Shipping
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could Microsoft take a community lesson from Sun?
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and Microsoft
 Earlier Items: 
LC Angell / iLounge:
EA to release four new iPod games
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
About those new Zunes (yes, plural)
MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER Web Leads, Print Pubs Improve Environmental Impact
IndieGames / Xbox Team:
Spring '07 Video Playback FAQ
Intel:
Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops
Discussion: Paul Mooney
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
Mark Cuban and Landmark Trying Again to Reshape the Theatrical Experience
Scott Robbin / Just Some Dot Com:
Advanced WYSIWYG in Wordpress 2.1
Discussion: 10e20, duncanriley.com and digg
BBC:
Second Life 'child abuse' claim