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9:50 PM ET, April 30, 2006

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Washington Post:
The Web's Million-Dollar Typos  —  Google Inc., which runs the largest ad network on the Internet, is making millions of dollars a year by filling otherwise unused Web sites with ads.  In many instances, these ad-filled pages appear when users mistype an Internet address, such as "BistBuy.com."
Discussion: Scobleizer and Clickety Clack
Garrett French / Search Engine Lowdown:
Google Dumped by Amazon's Alexa for MSN Live: Google Dump #1  —  From Aaron Wall at Thread Watch comes word that MSN Live is now powering Alexa's (update: AND A9's) search results instead of Google, the previous partner: Alexa Powered by Microsoft.  —  Alexa results were previously Google results informed …
Discussion: InterMedia
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Amazon Drops Google From A9 And Alexa  —  A9 (Amazon's search engine) and Alexa (online traffic monitoring service) have replaced Google as default search engine with Windows Live Search.  There's no official information about this change, but this is the first major success for the new Windows Live Search …
Discussion: Rough Type and Stuntdubl
Seobook / Threadwatch.org:   Alexa Powered by Microsoft
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
AOL: A Punching Bag in Need of a Big Hit  —  TIME WARNER will announce its first-quarter results on Wednesday, the first since the Icahn Insurgency against the company fizzled.  Aside from a renewed enthusiasm for cable television — one of Time Warner's myriad businesses …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The myth of "keeping up"  —  Do you have a stack of books, journals, manuals, articles, API docs, and blog printouts that you think you'll get to?  That you think you need to read?  Now, based on past experience, what are the odds you'll get to all of it?  Half of it?  Any of it? (except for maybe the Wired magazine)
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Vista feature will enhance online newspaper reading  —  Even if you're reading All the News That's Fit to Print on an ultra-mobile computer, it may soon look and feel the same way it does spread out with your morning coffee — minus the ink-stained fingers, perhaps.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft, NYT partner on newspaper software  —  Aiming to offer newspapers a new digital publishing alternative, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Friday touted a software program that tries to make publications easier to read on a computer screen.  —  As part of a speech …
David Card:
Napster Goes Free  —  Well sort of.  I think I'd interpret this as a well-executed, aggressive free trial strategy rather than Napster business model version 3.  But I could be wrong.  —  Online users who try out a paid content service in a free trial are six times more likely to convert to paying customers than those who don't.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
MSN: Another Quarter Closer To Irrelevant  —  As shown by yesterday's numbers, MSN's financial performance continues to deteriorate.  With each passing quarter, in my opinion, the chance that the division will ever mount a serious challenge to Google and Yahoo in search (or any web business) gets slimmer and slimmer.
Discussion: Message and ben barren
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
'Second Life' Grid Downed: Social Engineering At Play?  —  tagged Business Internet Networks Place Second Life Software Technology Watchdog  —  Another denial of service attack hit Second Life last night, taking the virtual world offline for roughly two hours.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
For Nintendo, The Glory Is In the Game  —  While Rivals Make Multimedia Hubs, Company Focuses on the Primary Purpose  —  It's almost a radical thought in the video game industry these days: What if a new game console were actually just about the games — and not about having a zillion other multimedia features?
ifoAppleStore:
New Flyer, T-Shirts to Hit Stores  —  Perhaps in concert with this week's TV commercial campaign, the retail stores will debut a 12-page fold-out brochure that highlights the international reach of the stores, the helpful personnel, and the variety of creative applications that Apple offers.
Keith Reed / Boston Globe:
Dial-up provider loses Net access amid fee dispute  —  Service to thousands of dial-up Internet users in Massachusetts was disrupted this week after a federal court ruled against a Quincy company in a lawsuit that could have broad impact on the cost of dial-up service.
Discussion: isen.blog
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
What I Said at Columbia University … I'm honored to have been invited.  I'm also grateful.  During the past few years I've had the privilege of working in a field that really led to this conversation we're going to have tonight.  There have been ups and downs along the way.  But it's been a great ride so far.
 
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