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3:55 PM ET, April 15, 2008

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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 …
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Don't Be Evil or don't lose value?  —  Google vice-president Marissa Mayer in Sydney last week.  —  Asher Moses  —  As Google comes under ever increasing scrutiny for the power it has over our lives, the web giant is tiptoeing back from its long-held corporate motto, Don't Be Evil.
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Facebook is Dead.  I'm Not Being Facetious  —  Either there's a glitch in Facebook, or else it's dead.  Well, not dead, exactly, but I noticed that, at nearly 10 pm, none of my friends have done anything today to merit appearing on the News Feed of stuff (see above).
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook News Feed Reports on You Behind Your Back
Discussion: All Facebook
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ads In Twitter Streams?  Nope  —  TechCrunch's Duncan Riley reports that Twitter is rolling out ads, based on “some reports of users spotting ads in their Twitter stream” recently.  —  One of those users then tells him that she was mistaken and hadn't actually seen an ad, after all.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Elusive ‘Twitter ads’ spotted in the wild...or not
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows XP SP3 now set for April 29 debut  —  Officially, Microsoft has been saying “the first half of 2008” whenever the company is asked to put a date for the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3.  However, various sources have been expecting the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Amazon's MP3s not affecting iTunes  —  Amazon.com's MP3 service is growing but not at the expense of Apple's iTunes, according to a report issued Tuesday by market researcher NPD Group.  —  About 10 percent of the people who shopped at AmazonMP3 in February were previous Apple shoppers, NPD said.
Harry Huai Wang / Facebook Blog:
A new way to share with friends  —  Chances are, you use parts of the Internet that aren't Facebook.  You might post photo albums using Flickr or Picasa, for example, instead of on Facebook.  There are a lot of good sites out there, unfortunately, that can sometimes mean a lot of switching around …
Discussion: Web Community Forum
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Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:   Facebook Launches Lifecasting Feature, Auto Imports To Mini-Feed
Omri / fring:
fring for your iPhone - it's a fringing world first!  —  OK.  So if you're one of the first lucky *#@$%&s to get your hands on an iPhone, you just got even luckier.  We've just made a special pre-release R&D version of fring for your iPhone - a mobile VoIP app publicly available for the iPhone?...yep that's a world-first!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fring's Jailbroken iPhone App Now Live
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Parenting 2.0: Mom pranks son's MySpace as punishment  —  A sassy 13 year-old Virginian laid the smack-down on a vacuum instead of doing his chores and then was caught looking at porn by his tech savvy mother, who stumbled upon some very suspicious looking cookies (not pictured above) stored on the computer's browser.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Kid Breaks Vacuum to Play Xbox Instead of Doing Chores; Mom Sells …
Discussion: Destructoid and Kotaku
Dennis R. Mortensen / VisualRevenue:
IndexTools (Yahoo!) Web Analytics goes FREE!  —  Hi there, a bit of news for you who follow the Yahoo! IndexTools integration steps.  But first, THANK YOU very much for all the positive feedback I received in blog comments, separate blog posts, emails, phone calls etc.  I truly appreciate that.
Nintendo:
NINTENDO NEWS: WII FIT TO KEEP AMERICANS MOVING AT $89.99 MSRP  —  In anticipation of the U.S. launch of Wii Fit™, the new interactive fitness game for the popular Wii™ system, Nintendo of America Inc. has announced pricing details for this groundbreaking release.
Discussion: Digital Trends, Joystiq and Engadget
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
CrunchArcade: Nintendo officially prices Wii Fit
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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Audioholics Home Theater Reviews and News:
Blue Jeans Cable Strikes Back - Response to Monster Cable  —  Not long ago we reported that Monster Cable had issued a cease and desist letter to Blue Jeans Cable about their Tartan cables.  Little did the lawyer drones over at Monster know that Kurt Denke, the president of Blue Jeans was, in a former life, a lawyer by trade.
Paul Graham:
Why There Aren't More Googles  —  Umair Haque wrote recently that the reason there aren't more Googles is that most startups get bought before they can change the world. … This has a nice sound to it, but it isn't true.  Google's founders were willing to sell early on.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
There's more than one way to mesh  —  On April 15, startup Syncplicity, was hatched.  Syncplicity's management team includes a number of former (and near-former) Softies — including Steven Hazel, a former employee of FolderShare.  —  Microsoft acquired FolderShare, a file-sync vendor …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Starbucks & iTunes Bring Complimentary Digital Music and Video …
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Google Book Search on the rise
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InfoWorld:
MySQL upgrade now slated for June, Sun says
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