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10:05 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.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   Alan Meckler vs. Jason Calacanis, Can Blogs Make Money?
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  —  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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Barry Fox /
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.
John Dvorak / ABCNEWS:
Apple Needs to Make OS X Open-Source  —  Clouds are looming if the company doesn't do so.  —  A cloud is rising over Mac OS X and its future unless Apple makes its boldest move ever: turning OS X into an open-source project.  That would make the battle between OS X and Linux the most interesting one on the computer scene.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox, Foundation Invest $13.5 million in Simply Hired  —  Simply Hired, a vertical search engine for jobs has raised $13.5 million in new funding from News Corporation's Fox Interactive Media and Foundation Capital.  The latest round of financing brings the company's total funding to $17.7 million.
Rick / Burning Questions:
Expanding Universe: Podcasting Market Update  —  Podcasting - fad or changing media landscape?  (Disclaimer: the Web 2.0 police require the use of "changing media landscape" and/or "mash-up" in all communications).  As discussion about the growth of podcasting percolates in the industry …
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 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
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
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 …
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 …
Damian /
A look at Sony's Portable TV service for PSP  —  Chances are that you first heard rumors about Sony's Portable TV service (P-TV) for the Playstation Portable when the 2.0 firmware was first released.  With H.264 support came news of a new service starting in Japan where PSP owners would be able …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Joystiq
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Two Times Netflix, Promotes Blockbuster
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines Shape Up for Digital Future
Associated Press:
Companies Warn About EU Broadcasting Rules
Jenstar / JenSense:
Matt Cutts confirms AdSense media bot in natural search index
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Sabifoo - IM to RSS
Discussion: and Library clips
Monkey Bites:
GoDaddy Swipes A Domain Name
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Patches Causing Breakages, Lockups
 Earlier Items: 
Jo Best / CNET
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
TV Execs: Online Vid Numbers Insignificant
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
TV competition could save consumers big bucks
Discussion: Techdirt
Mike Davidson:
Hacking A More Tasteful MySpace
Greg Sandoval / CNET
HD DVD debut ups ante in high-stakes game

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
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