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7:05 AM ET, April 15, 2008

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Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
The end of Mowser  —  It's been a year since I launched Mowser at April 2007's Mobile Monday, so it's time for a progress report.  Sadly, the news isn't good.  —  Mowser is at the end of its life in its current form.  We haven't been able to raise funding, and as a site …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the Mobile Web Dead?  Some Mobile Entrepreneurs Say Yes  —  Former Yahoo! Mobile evangelist turned startup entrepreneur Russell Beattie announced today that he's calling it quits for his company Mowser because the market for mobile browsing is taking a fast turn for the worse.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Buys Sphere's Blog Content Engine  —  Tomorrow AOL will announce the acquisition of San Francisco-based Sphere, a blog content engine that launched in 2006.  The price is not being disclosed, but sources are suggesting it's in the $25 million range, or possibly a little more.  More details from Om Malik
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Tony Conrad / Sphere Blog:
Our New Address @ AOL.COM  —  Unlike the rumor that Sphere has reserved the Wrigley Field bleachers for Game 7 of the 2008 World Series, the conjecture about Sphere being acquired by a larger platform is officially true.  AOL has acquired sphere.  More information is here, here and here again for the curious detail seeker.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Personal Note: Conrad Got Mailed.  —  My buddy Tony Conrad, co-founder & CEO of Sphere just called to let me know that he had sold his company to AOL for an undisclosed amount of money.  The details of this announcement are on TechCrunch and also on the Sphere blog.
Discussion: WebProNews and Photo Matt
Susan Timcheck / AOL Press Releases:
AOL Acquires Sphere
Discussion: Quintura blog
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Testing Advertising In Twitter Streams  —  Twitter was down tonight, nothing really unusual for the San Francisco based startup (to be fair though downtime has improved since they dumped Joyent), but what was different is some reports of users spotting ads in their Twitter stream during the service difficulties.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Rocker Peter Gabriel offers Filter to cut through online clutter  —  Internet users are awash in information every time they search for new music videos or books online, says rocker Peter Gabriel.  —  One of the founders of the rock group Genesis and the creator of the iconic solo album So …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Devin Leonard / Fortune:   Peter Gabriel's Filter
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 morning, Chris Anderson, the Portland-based cofounder …
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Is Google App Engine a Lock-in Play?
comScore:
AOL's Platform-A Ranks as Top Ad Network in March, Reaching More Than 9 Out of 10 U.S. Internet Users  —  Niche Ad Networks Emerge to Help Advertisers Target Specific Audiences  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released March 2008 data on online ad networks …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Not A Misprint: AOL's Platform A Is The Top Advertising Network By Reach
Discussion: Tech Beat
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Farecast sold in $75 million deal  —  Farecast has been sold in a deal that values the online travel search startup at more than $75 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.  —  The buyer was not known, and Farecast Chief Executive Hugh Crean declined to comment late Sunday.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Hits New High; Microsoft & Yahoo New Lows  —  Last week, Hitwise released the latest statistics for search engine share in the United States for March 2008, showing Google at an all-time high while Microsoft and Yahoo hit all-time lows.  —  The four major search engines stack up as follows:
benheck.com:
Apple IIgs Original Hardware Laptop  —  As many of you know I grew up during the 80's and spent a lot of time with the fun 8-bit computers of those days.  One of my favorites was the Apple IIgs, and when someone requested I build a portable version of it I jumped at the chance.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fring iPhone Chat/Voip App Launching Today  —  Fring, an Israeli startup that has a great VOIP/Chat service for mobile phones (see our February coverage), is launching an iPhone version of the service sometime in the next 24 hours, we've heard.  —  This is not a browser-based chat app like FlickIM or Mundu.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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 …
 
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: We're Going to Crush Baidu in China. We Think.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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New York State Girds for War With Amazon
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network Hi5's developer platform is more successful …