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10:35 AM ET, April 19, 2006

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Wall Street Journal:
Can Bloggers Make Money?  —  Blogs have a lot of buzz, but there's still considerable debate about whether that can translate into profits.  —  While many blogs remain little more than amateur diaries, several bloggers have tried to parlay their online ramblings into branded businesses.
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   Alan Meckler vs. Jason Calacanis, Can Blogs Make Money?
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:   ABUSIVE EDITORS AND MEAGRE PAYCHECKS
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Good Blogging = Good Publishing = Good Business
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Scoop: Google Enterprise Mashups to Suck in Data From Cognos, Oracle, and Salesforce.com  —  You don't tend to hear much about Google Enterprise, which consists mostly of Google's search appliance that companies can install in their own data centers and use to index their corporate data.
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Ignore bloggers at your peril, say researchers  —  Bloggers and internet pundits are exerting a "disproportionately large influence" on society, according to a report by a technology research company.  Its study suggests that although "active" web users make up only a small proportion …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Click fraud rate lower than expected, says report  —  The rate of click fraud—fraudulent clicks on pay-per-click-based online ads—is less than 14 percent rather than 20 to 30 percent or higher, as some companies have said, according to a new report from a service that monitors click fraud for advertisers.
Alison Maitland / Financial Times:
Skype says texts are censored by China  —  Skype, the fast-growing internet communications company that belongs to Ebay, has admitted that its partner in China has filtered text messages, defending this compliance with censorship laws as the only way to do business in the country.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Jenn Shreve / Wired News:
MySpace Faces a Perp Problem  —  According to his MySpace page, the 41-year-old San Bruno, California, resident is single, a Sagittarius, a nonsmoker and nondrinker, and counts an online stripper among his six friends.  But California's online database of registered sex offenders offers …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Facebook raises $25 million; says never intended to sell  —  Facebook, the popular Palo Alto social networking site, has raised $25 million in venture capital from some Silicon Valley investors, putting to rest for now speculation that it was considering acquisition offers.
Barry Fox / newscientist.com:
Invention: The TV-advert enforcer  —  For over 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is exclusively online.  Scroll down for a roundup of previous Invention articles.
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Panasonic 103 inch Plasma goes on sale this Christmas  —  This Christmas Panasonic will be releasing the much anticipated 103 inch Plasma screen.  It will deliver more than two million pixels (1,920 x 1,080) of performance.  The 103-inch 1080p plasma panel, equivalent to four 50-inch panels in size …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
John Palfrey:
Benkler mini-lecture at HLS  —  Prof. Yochai Benkler is making the argument(s) of his new book, The Wealth of Networks, (500+ pages; buy it or write about it), in 30 minutes here in Hauser 102 at HLS.  Whew — a lot of big ideas, and big words, in a short space.  He is considering two large problems.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Two Times Netflix, Promotes Blockbuster  —  Rumor has it the TiVo sales call center is going 24/7, so I did a little poking around the TiVo store last night and uncovered a new partnership with Blockbuster.  Netflix has stated there "is no work going on" in relation to TiVo, so why not play the field?
Jeffrey Kaplan / Business Week:
Software-as-a-Service Myths  —  A consultant explains why this new breed of Web-based software has staying power  —  For years, organizations of all sizes have suffered the hassles and unexpected costs that accompany deploying and maintaining a variety of traditional software applications that …
The Internet Stock Blog:
Yahoo! Inc. Q1 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (YHOO)  —  Executives  —  Sue Decker - CFO and EVP, Finance and Administration  —  Jerry Yang - Co-founder and Chief Yahoo!  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Yahoo! …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Court rules for Microsoft in antitrust case  —  An appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that Microsoft can't be sued for antitrust violations under federal law by consumers and businesses who did not buy their software directly from the company.  —  Microsoft has already agreed to pay …
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Anatomy of an outage  —  The last 12 hours will not go down in the books as NewsGator's happiest hours...as posted here, there was an outage and NewsGator Online was down for several hours.  On a normal day, I'd be thrilled that "NewsGator" was the #1 search on Technorati; but not today. :-(
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
akimbo.com:
AT&T Homezone TV Service to Feature On-Demand Video Content From Akimbo  —  AT&T Homezone TV Service to Feature On-Demand Video Content from Akimbo  —  Agreement Will Deliver Thousands of Movies and Videos to the TV  —  SAN ANTONIO, SAN MATEO, Calif., April 18, 2006 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE …
 
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Nintendo DS Lite Shipping Update: All Colors including Crystal …
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Damian / japanchronicles.com:
A look at Sony's Portable TV service for PSP
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines Shape Up for Digital Future
Associated Press:
Companies Warn About EU Broadcasting Rules
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox, Foundation Invest $13.5 million in Simply Hired
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Patches Causing Breakages, Lockups
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Marketers told to keep steadfast watch on blogs
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Da Vinci Code Promo Breaks New Marketing Ground for Google
Mark Jones / Filtered:
Exploiting citizen journalists
John Dvorak / ABCNEWS:
Apple Needs to Make OS X Open-Source
Mike Davidson:
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