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6:15 PM ET, April 14, 2008

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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Company claims to sell Mac clone for $399  —  Source: Psytar (at least until Apple Legal has their morning coffee)  —  Personal technology enthusiasts yearning for the Mac Experience without the Apple Tax—that huge markup that Mac users pay for off-the-shelf PC hardware with OS X—your days of gnashing teeth may be over.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘OpenMac’ Promises $399 Headless Mac... But Not From Apple  —  A company called Psystar has started advertising a $399 computer called “OpenMac” which claims to be a Leopard compatible Mac built from standard PC-parts.  For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:  — 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What's wrong with a $399 Mac?
b2i.us:
Blockbuster Proposes Combination With Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) today announced that it has offered to acquire Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) for at least $6.00 per share in cash, subject to due diligence.  The offer was made in a letter sent to Circuit City Chairman …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nick Denton “Pruning” Gawker Media, Ditching Three Sites  —  Gawker Media boss Nick Denton is “rationalizing” his blog business by spinning off three underperforming sites: Wonkette, Gridskipper and Idolator.  The sites will find new homes/owners as follows:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Gawker Media slims its blog network
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nick “The Slasher” Denton cuts loose three blogs: Gridskipper …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google mapping spec now an industry standard  —  Members of an industry group called the Open Geospatial Consortium have approved Google's KML technology as an open standard for describing some geographic data.  —  KML is used to manage the display of geospatial information in Google Earth …
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Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
KML: A new standard for sharing maps
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Content Is Becoming a Commodity  —  Over the weekend, it seemed that everyone in the tech blogosphere contributed to the discussion around fractured blog comments; Robert Scoble even went so far as to say that the “era of blogger's control” is over.  What all these discussions hinged …
Waxy.org:
Exclusive: Google App Engine ported to Amazon's EC2  —  One of the biggest criticisms of Google's App Engine have been cries of lock-in, that the applications developed for the platform won't be portable to any other service.  This weekend, Chris Anderson, the Portland-based cofounder …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   Is Google App Engine a Lock-in Play?
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Slurp 3.0  —  Over the past few weeks, we've been preparing for the latest version of the Yahoo! Search crawler with some infrastructure updates, which recently caused a variance in our crawl behavior.  —  With everything now in place, the rollout has officially begun.
Official Google Blog:
Salesforce for Google Apps  —  A little less than a year ago, we partnered with Salesforce.com to create Salesforce Group Edition featuring Google AdWords.  It combines Salesforce.com's CRM applications with AdWords to make it easier for businesses to generate leads, track, and close them.
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Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Willcom D4 WSO16SH Hands-on!  —  Rate this News:  —  Finally we're back, and GOOD Lord this new Atom powered device is impressive!  Stunning design, stunning size (84x188x25.9mm), stunning weight (470g), stunning screen (5" with a 1024x600 resolution and LED backlight), but average performance.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Latest iPhone Firmware Saves Pictures from Safari  —  At last!  The latest beta version of Apple's iPhone 1.2.0 firmware gives you the possibility of saving pictures straight from Safari and into the Photo Album.  We tried and it works: just hold your finger against an image for a longer …
CSR:
CSR gives world's first public demonstration of ULP Bluetooth  —  CSR leading the development of Ultra Low Power products and applications  —  CSR (LSE: CSR) today gave the first public demonstration of its Ultra Low Power (ULP) Bluetooth silicon, proof of CSR's leadership in developing ULP Bluetooth products.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Engadget
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network Hi5's developer platform is more successful (and spammier?) than MySpace's [updated]  —  It's a tale of two social network developer platforms.  Hi5, a site popular in some Spanish-speaking Latin American countries and other regions around the world, launched its platform …
Discussion: The Social Times
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Google XSS  —  Now, normally when I find an XSS vulnerability on a popular domain I just report it to the appropriate security team and move on, but this one is interesting...  By taking advantage of the content-type returned by spreadsheets.google.com (and a caching flaw on the part of Google) …
Discussion: Netcraft and Security Watch
The Boy Genius Report:
Sony KDL-XBR6, KDL-XBR7, and KDL-XBR8 specs, and release dates!  —  What could possibly be better than your 52 inch Sony XBR5 TV?  The XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8, of course!  If there was any doubt about Sony's seriousness with the XBR line, we can safely put that to rest right now.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The press becomes the press-sphere  —  One problem I've had with much discussion about the future of news lately is that it's too press-centric.  It focuses on the press as if it were at the center of the world, as if it owned news, as if news depended on it, as if solving the press' problems solves news.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: YouTube Dominates Video More than Google Dominates Search
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
IBM: Faster, not hotter, 32-nanometer chips coming
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Taking The Books-On-Demand Business Quite Literally
Discussion: Got Ads?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Hits New High; Microsoft & Yahoo New Lows
missingkids.com:
GOOGLE BUILDS SOFTWARE TOOLS TO HELP FIND CHILD VICTIMS
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Hakia Adds Credibility to Health Search
Matt Kapko / RCR Wireless News:
Changing the channel in less than a second
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Analysts: Yahoo and Microsoft likely to synch up this week
 Earlier Items: 
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Stan Flack, a pioneer of online Mac journalism, has died
Discussion: MacUser and The Iconfactory
Matt / Photo Matt:
SecurityFocus SQL Injection Bogus
InfoWorld:
Microsoft reveals new content partners, DRM for Silverlight
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acknowledges graphics glitch with latest notebooks
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
GE confirms that wind turbine supply is getting worse
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That's Rich: FM Publishing Gets Big Valuation
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