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4:55 PM ET, March 16, 2008

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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Flickr Video beta due in April  —  In early February, in the midst of Microsoft's surprise bid to acquire Yahoo, I wrote about Yahoo's Flickr Video coming soon.  It's been a long time coming.  I first asked Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake about a Flickr video service in December 2005.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Video Coming To Flickr Soon.  Really.  —  In mid 2005 I profiled YouTube for the first time.  As Steve Rubel noted, the best way to describe it was “like Flickr, but for videos.”  At the time few people saw the massive upside for YouTube, which was built completely on freely available Flash technology from Adobe.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
One question on Flickr Video: Why?  —  So Mike Arrington says in a post over at TechCrunch that Flickr is going to be adding video soon — really.  This rumour has been around for awhile, as Mike himself acknowledges, and in fact Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield has been talking about adding video for at least a year.
Discussion: Cost Per News
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
We'll miss Russell Shaw  —  One of our tech journalism colleagues, Russell Shaw, passed away on Friday, March 14.  He was on a reporting trip in San Jose, traveling from his home base of Portland, Ore. I knew Russell first as a blogger at ZDNet, where he covered broadband, VoIP, smartphones, and other topics.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye old friend! Russell Shaw, R.I.P.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Google Code Source Code Browser Released  —  Jason Robbins and Jenan Wise have released a new Ajax source code browser for Google Code project hosting: … The new system certainly feels fast, and uses jQuery to flip around in short order, jumping through the revisions of your system, expanding into new directories, etc.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Google Open Source Blog:   “Look! Actual Code!”
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Swiss Apple Store page tips the 802.11n Airport Express  —  It's easy to envy the Swiss, what with the fine chocolate and the neutrality and such.  Now, another reason to long for the refined air of the Alps: the Swiss version of the Apple Store website is indicating availability …
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Arn / MacRumors:
New Airport Express with 802.11n Next Week?
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
Jeff Hecht / New Scientist:
Long-range Wi-Fi threat to satellite communications  —  WiMAX, a long-range version of Wi-Fi, has been billed as one of the best ways to bring broadband internet connections to rural areas.  But the system may have a critical flaw.  According to tests by a trade body representing the satellite industry …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Tracker Moves to the Ukraine  —  Demonoid, once one of the most popular BitTorrent trackers, has reappeared again, this time hosted in the Ukraine.  The website is still down but the trackers are now fully operational again, perhaps a sign that Demonoid is crawling back up to speed?
Discussion: Digg
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Online Business Networking: 2 Horse Globalization Race  —  Increasingly people accept that Facebook serves a different function than LinkedIn.  In simple terms: deals on LinkedIn, dates on Facebook.  This simple reality was obscured for a while, because the Silicon Valley crowd use Facebook …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
China now #1 in executions, population... and web surfing!  —  The United States is no longer #1 when it comes to warm bodies surfing the Internet.  According to BDA China, a Beijing-based consulting and research firm, China has some 228 million surfers.  The China Internet Network Information Center puts that figure at 225 million.
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Iceland's Largest BitTorrent Tracker Faces Permanent Shutdown  —  Torrent.is went to court this week and the site now faces a permanent shutdown and the possibility that they will have to compensate copyright owners.  Since nearly 10% of Iceland's population were members …
Discussion: Mashable!
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
A Marine apparently throws a puppy off a cliff, and a virtual lynch mob forms  —  VIDEO: The Marine holds the puppy before apparently throwing the animal off a cliff  —  Forget due process.  Online hordes act like judge and jury.  —  THROWING a puppy off a cliff?  It would be hard to invent a better metaphor for cruelty.
Steve Gillmor / NewsGang:
As I was saying  —  On The Gang this Friday, Dan Farber asked me what I was doing in this new gig - a column or a blog?  No difference, I replied.  Just like there's no difference between mainstream and bloggospherian journalism and commentary.  This is my opinion, and in the self-contained universe …
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Robotics start-up Willow Garage believes open source OS will soon …
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