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3:30 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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Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Google App Engine alluring, will be hard to escape  —  Last night at a Campfire One event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, a new service was announced called Google App Engine.  Aimed almost squarely at the loosely-coupled Amazon Web Services, Google is betting that developers …
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Google App Engine page already owned by hackers  —  Google's boast page for tools built on App Engine was struck by script kiddies with a relatively simple javascript-based XSS exploit.  Yes, not exactly a high-level attack, but another black eye for a project that like most of Google …
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft issues five critical security patches  —  Microsoft on Tuesday issued five “critical” security patches designed to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer.  —  The five critical patches were included among eight bulletins that Microsoft released as part of its Patch Tuesday.
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Microsoft:   Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-024 - Critical
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
11th Circuit Freaks Out About Metatags—North American Medical v. Axiom  —  North American Medical Corp. v. Axiom Worldwide, Inc., 2008 WL 918411 (11th Cir. April 7, 2008)  —  Oh man, what a bizarre and frustrating ruling from the 11th Circuit on metatags.  The parties compete in the “spinal decompression” device market.
 
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