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6:05 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
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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Scobleizer
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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 …
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The New York Times to Enhance Online and Offline Reading Experience …
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)
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
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
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Seobook / Threadwatch.org:
Alexa Powered by Microsoft
Discussion: Search Engine Lowdown
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?
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.
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 Frommer / Forbes:
Your Tube, Whose Dime?  —  NEW YORK -  —  The Web lets users watch whatever they want, whenever they want to watch it.  So what do they want to see?  A home-made video of two boys lip-synching along to the Pokémon television theme song.  Internet video site YouTube has streamed …
Daniel Bernstein / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Guest Column: Who shouldn't blog in the PR industry?  —  Richard Edelman totally spoiled 'Fun with Dick and Jane' for me.  —  Edelman, well-respected president and CEO of Edelman PR Worldwide, wrote a blog post this last Monday recommending a few ways our industry can work towards improving how we're portrayed in film and television.
 
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