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4:50 AM ET, April 18, 2006

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Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Comparing the Mapping Services  —  Online mapping has come a long way in the last year.  Google Maps entered the field and added satellite imagery to spring itself into the spotlight - challenging the colorful cartoon-like map images of longtime mapping frontrunner Mapquest.
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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Making Money From Online Maps  —  Even the most dedicated Internet surfers have to get away from their PCs at some point.  But before they log off, they need to know how to get where they're going next.  —  Perhaps that's why the audience heading to online map sites has increased by nearly 20% …
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
180solutions sponsors Yapbrowser and... child porn?  —  My head is swimming and I feel ill. I just read the blogs about 180solutions' latest — Yapbrowser, installed from 180's servers no less, that directs all search requests to child porn sites.  And this from a company that has made countless claims of cleaning up their act.
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ReveNews - Wayne Porter:
180 Solutions Re-Revisited Metallica Style- The YapBrowser
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:   Yapbrowser: serves up Zango and...child porn?
Mike / Techdirt:   Shouldn't A Child Porn Provider Be Considered A Rogue Distributor?
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
XP and Vista to get new media player  —  Microsoft plans to jazz up its music player in Windows Vista, the company's next operating system.  But at least some of the new features will debut much sooner.  —  The software, which will be built into Vista, is designed to offer better synching …
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Dan Gillmor / sf.backfence.com:
Welcome to Backfence  —  By now you may have heard about the new direction that Bayosphere is about to take.  The folks at Backfence, a community information network based in the Washington, D.C., area, are expanding and have offered to continue our operations here under their wing.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Rootkit numbers rocketing up, McAfee says  —  Rootkits, used by hackers to hide malicious software, are on the rise and becoming more complex, according to security company McAfee.  —  In the first quarter, the number of rootkits seen by McAfee's Avert Labs grew by 700 percent …
sanjose.dbusinessnews.com:
Kaboodle Raises $3.55 M from Leaders in Online Search and Commerce  —  San Jose -  —  SANTA CLARA — Kaboodle, a free online service that simplifies collecting, organizing and sharing information on the web, announced today that it has raised $3.55 million in Series A funding from pioneers …
Official Google Blog:
Can you crack the code?  —  Posted by Wei-Hwa Huang, Software engineer and 4-time World Puzzle Championship Individual Winner  —  Back in college, I had this idea of an Internet-based puzzle extravaganza.  It would have one thousand puzzles of various types, more than anyone could ever expect to solve in the time limit provided.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE, SONY AND DA SPONSORSHIP CODE
Discussion: SearchViews and paidContent.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
My Decade Of Writing About Search Engines  —  Ten years ago today, I first starting writing publicly about search engines.  If we had blogs back then, I suppose I would have been a search blogger.  But we didn't.  We hand-coded our HTML, walked through the snow for eight miles to FTP files to our web servers, and we liked it :)
Boston Globe:
Blogs 'essential' to a good career  —  Blogging is good for your career.  A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.  —  Ben Day blogged his way into a career as a high-earning software consultant while maintaining the freedom to schedule frequent jam sessions and performances as a keyboard player.
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog and ongoing
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Burst.com sues Apple for patent infringement  —  Burst.com has filed a countersuit against Apple Computer claiming that the iTunes software, the iPod and the Quicktime streaming software all infringe on patents held by Burst.com, Burst announced Monday.  —  After being approached by Burst.com …
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
Ubisoft's Curious Splinter Cell Ad  —  Game called 'one of the best on PSP.'  —  40 of 43 users recommend this story.  —  Blog Red Assed Baboon pointed out a picture from EGM 203 (the Too Human issue) from an advertisement for Splinter Cell: Essentials (see image).
Discussion: Kotaku and PSP Fanboy
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web 2.0 has a local address  —  South Park, the neighborhood that fostered the dot-com boom, is back  —  The unofficial meal of the Internet comeback is a bowl of Kellogg's Crispix and some fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice - served with pleasure at the Monday morning "cereal bar" hosted by the six-person Internet startup Rubyred Labs.
Discussion: Valleywag and peterme.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mobile phone users love their pornography  —  Porn has gone mobile.  That's one conclusion of a study done by Maryam Kamvar and Shumeet Baluja, computer science professors who are also affiliated with Google.  The pair analyzed a random sampling of one million page view requests from mobile phones …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
CNET to Distribute Video-on-Demand on TV  —  It's "back to the future for CNET Networks" said CNET EVP Joe Gillespie, who will today announce video-on-demand distribution and a Web destination for the company's technology-related video programming.  The publisher previously produced shows …
Reuters:
AOL in new tie-up with China firm  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - AOL, the online unit of media giant Time Warner Inc., said on Monday it has formed a tie-up with China's number two media company, one of its first such pairings since it withdrew from the Chinese market in 2003.
Discussion: paidContent.org
fathomonline.com:
Fathom Online Reports First Quarter Search Marketing Keyword Prices Ease  —  Average Bid is $1.39 for Keywords  —  San Francisco, April 17, 2006 - In the first quarter of 2006, the average price that advertisers bid for keywords on search engines dropped three percent to $1.39 from $1.43 at the end of 2005 …
 
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
More Venues Spur Higher Ad Costs
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anythingbutipod.com:
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Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Howard Mintz / siliconvalley.com:
S.J. court to weigh blogger's rights
Kim Peterson / Seattle Times:
Steve Wozniak Q & A  —  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer …
Mark Evans:
Blogging Still Thriving
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Two Webs  —  I'm still continuing my exploration …
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OhGizmo Review - Phlash
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asahi.com:
Memories, privacy concerns push down recycling rate of mobile phones
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Cyworld Stop MySpace Juggernaut?
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