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4:15 AM ET, April 9, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Video Launches - A Unique Experience  —  Flickr users can now add video clips alongside their photos, a much requested and much anticipated feature that has been promised for over a year.  —  The puppet version of Shel Israel graciously kicked things off for us by announcing the new feature in the Flickr Video below.
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Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
Video on Flickr!  —  Also available in: Deutsch, , Español, Português  —  Video!  Video!  Video!  The rumours are true and “soon” is now.  We're thrilled to introduce video on Flickr.  If you're a pro member, you can now share videos up to 90 glorious seconds in your photostream.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Flickr Video: Well done but short on time  —  After a few years of waiting, Flickr videos have finally arrived.  As a long time Flickr user, I have been wondering what took so long to add videos (more on Techmeme) to the service.  In the meantime, YouTube managed to sprint way ahead …
Discussion: ParisLemon
Dembot:   Understanding Flickr Video
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Rips Down HuddleChat  —  Google showcased HuddleChat, a real-time chat application, as one of many test applications (directory here) to show off their new Google App Engine platform last night.  —  Some bloggers noted that the application was a rip off of Campfire, a 37Signals product.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Takes Down HuddleChat After Complaints About 37Signals Ripoff  —  Earlier today our Josh Catone interviewed 37Signal founder Jason Fried about the striking similarities between one of Google's App Engine demos, HuddleChat (a real-time chat application) and the Campfire app from 37Signals.
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
Stuff you may not have noticed - April 9, 2008  —  There a lots of blogs that point to other sites and create lists, some daily, some weekly, and others just ‘every so often’.  Just stuff you may not have noticed on the web.  Most call it other things like ‘in and around the web’ or ‘links for April 8’, etc.
Discussion: GigaOM and I'm Not Actually a Geek
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Red Dog: Ray Ozzie's answer to the Google App Engine?  —  (Note: while we've been serving up a number of potential new Windows Live logos recently, this isn't one of them.  I just happen to like Clifford the Big Red Dog)  —  Much has been made recently about last night's announcement …
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog and TechWinter
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mossberg: I Have No Idea When 3G iPhone Is Coming, And I Don't Care  —  That Walt Mossberg prediction about a 3G iPhone in June?  Hold off on that, says Walt Mossberg.  The Wall Street Journal's personal tech guru tells us he has no idea when Apple (AAPL) is releasing its next phone.
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Video: The Truth According To Wikipedia  —  Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial internet entrepreneur  —  On Friday April 4, in the afternoon the audience of The Next Web Conference watched the world premiere of the documentary The truth according to Wikipedia from IJsbrand van Veelen.
CupBoy / nihilogic:
Super Mario in 14kb Javascript  —  Here's an experiment in keepings things small and confined to one Javascript file.  There are no external image files or anything, everything is rendered with Javascript using either canvas elements or old fashioned div-making tactics (for IE).
Discussion: GoNintendo, sarahintampa and Digg
Longofest / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds New iPhone OS 2.0 Beta (5A240d), SDK Update (Beta 3)  —  Apple has seeded a new version of the iPhone 2.0 Beta OS for developers enrolled in the beta iPhone Developer Program.  Also available today to all ADC members is an updated version of the iPhone SDK (Beta 3).
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Now playing: Adobe Media Player 1.0  —  Adobe Media Player (AMP) is like an RSS reader for video.  Some videos can only be seen after advertising.  —  Adobe Systems on Wednesday plans to release Adobe Media Player (AMP), a free download for playing Flash-based Web videos on Macs or PCs.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Why We Need Web Apps on the Desktop  —  Yesterday on this blog Sarah Perez wondered how important is offline access for web apps?  Her conclusion was that offline access is important now, but not as important as it once was.  And that with the increasing ubiquity of Internet access, it is growing less important every day.
Discussion: Fresh Thinking and WinExtra
New York Times:
A Silicon Valley Slowdown  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Housing prices in Silicon Valley remain defiantly high.  New BMWs and Saabs cruise Highway 101.  But for the first time there are signs that the current economic downturn is taking its toll on the country's cradle of technology and innovation.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Puppet Parody Show Gets Sponsorship; Original FastCompany Show Doesn't  —  Loren Feldman's puppet video show, which parodies a video interview show run by Shel Israel called Global Neighborhoods, has landed an official sponsor, Feldman says.  Meanwhile, Global Neighborhoods itself remains sponsorless.
 
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