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links for 2008-04-14

• Erik Huggers tipped to replace Ashley Highfield at BBCFormer Microsoft executive Erik Huggers is tipped to be the BBC's new director of future media and technology, replacing Ashley Highfield, who is leaving to head the commercial web TV venture Project Kangaroo...
  
  

  • Erik Huggers tipped to replace Ashley Highfield at BBCFormer Microsoft executive Erik Huggers is tipped to be the BBC's new director of future media and technology, replacing Ashley Highfield, who is leaving to head the commercial web TV venture Project Kangaroo. Source: Guardian
  • Google and Salesforce join to fight MicrosoftTwo of Microsoft's most conspicuous rivals are expanding a 10-month-old collaboration in an effort to accelerate their sales of customer management and office software to businesses. Source: New York Times
  • Gawker slims down againIn an internal email Gawker chief Nick Denton announced that music blog Idolator would be sold to Buzznet , travel blog Gridskipper would go to Lockhart Steele's Curbed network and Wonkette would be taken over by editor Ken Layne. Source: paidContent
  • Facebook puts off early April redesignAmid lots and lots of feedback given to Facebook by third parties, the company opted to remain open to more comments from the development community. Source: Mashable
  • Microsoft upsets UK map users with switch to MultimapMicrosoft's Virtual Earth blog just announced some nice new features for its online mapping products - and got a load of complaints from UK users who have been summarily downgraded to the Multimap offering, Source: Guardian Technology Blog
  • YouTorrent goes legal and up for saleThe bittorrent meta search engine is on the market and has switched to legal torrents only. Source: TechCrunch
  • The value of this blogBuzzmachine.com, which has been in business, loosely speaking, since 2001, last year made $9,315 from two blog ad networks, $1,866 from ads on my RSS feeds, and $2,674 from Google ads, for a total of $13,855. Source: BuzzMachine
  • With Highfield gone, the BBC must now open upAs Ashley Highfield leaves the post of the BBC's director of future media and technology, one wonders what a startup - or even several startups - could do with the £400m budget he controlled at the BBC. Source: TechCrunch UK