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10:25 AM ET, April 15, 2008

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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   AOL tacks on Sphere; Reinvention continues
Susan Timcheck / AOL Press Releases:
AOL Acquires Sphere
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:
Google's Don't Be Evil Not “Ordained Motto” Says Marissa Mayer  —  Google's “Don't Be Evil” motto, first uttered by Googler Paul Buchheit (now founder of FriendFeed) in 2001, has long been the pillar of their self-imposed code of conduct.  It was amended somewhat in 2006 when CEO Eric Schmidt …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Psystar: Apple's terms violate U.S. monopoly laws  —  Psystar, a Miami-based OEM which is now offering OS X on generic PC hardware, claims that Apple's restrictive licensing terms violates U.S. monopoly laws.  Whoa, bold claim there.  Better have some deep pockets if the company wants to take the fight to court.
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Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
The Myths of Apple and Business Users
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Macsimum News
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 …
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Devin Leonard / Fortune:   Peter Gabriel's filter
Mark Evans:
Who's Louis Gray?  —  At a time when blogging is evolving and the high-tech landscape is being dominated by blog publishers such as TechCrunch, GigaOm and Mashable as well as blogs operated by mainstream media, it is good to see that it's still possible for one-man/woman shop to capture …
Discussion: TechCrunch and SEO and Tech Daily
Nokia:
Tap into experiences with the Nokia 6212 classic  —  NFC-enabled handset offers new and easy ways to access and share content  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today introduced the Nokia 6212 classic featuring integrated Near Field Communication (NFC).  The 3G handset allows consumers …
Google LatLong:
YouTube videos in Google Maps  —  I'm excited to report the Google Maps team launched a new feature that showcases embedded YouTube videos in Maps.  Geotagged YouTube videos have been available in Google Earth since last year, and we thought that it was only natural to extend this functionality to Google Maps.
Discussion: The Praized Blog
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Maps + YouTube Videos = Local Video White Pages
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Your Analytics Data Is Very Wrong  —  I've written about this in the past so I expect this is nothing new for you, my dear reader.  The title summarizes everything I am going to say.  —  My buddy Fred Wilson had a comScore chart about Delicious' growth (or lack of growth) in his hugely popular We Need A New Path To Liquidity post.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tesla Motors Files Suit Against Competitor Over Design Ideas  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley maker of electric sports cars, filed suit in San Mateo County Court on Monday against a competing company and two of its employees, saying they stole some of Tesla's design ideas and trade secrets.
InfoWorld:
Infosys revenues to reach $5 billion this year  —  Infosys Technologies said Tuesday that it expected its revenue to grow by 19 to 21 percent to $5 billion in its current fiscal year, ending March 31, 2008.  —  Despite concerns about a slowdown in the U.S., India's second-largest software …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 and Feld Thoughts
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicians push for new iTunes sales taxes
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
PhysX coming to GeForce 8/9 owners soon
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
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James Hall / Telegraph:
Tesco Digital to challenge Apple's iTunes
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook News Feed Reports on You Behind Your Back
Discussion: All Facebook
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fring iPhone Chat/Voip App Launching Today
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC: We'll take on spyware, spam, and unlabeled DRM
Discussion: TeleRead
David Cohn / DigiDave:
What I Hate About the Internet - Everyone is a “Social Media Consultant”
Discussion: broadstuff and WinExtra
benheck.com:
Apple IIgs Original Hardware Laptop
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another Windows veteran to leave Microsoft