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5:00 AM ET, May 1, 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 ""
Discussion: Scobleizer and Clickety Clack
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Yahoo Introduces a Site on Consumer Technology  —  In one of its first major efforts to build a Web site with original material, Yahoo will introduce today a site devoted to consumer technology.  —  The site, called Yahoo Tech (, will feature blogs on technology and a weekly video program.
Discussion: GigaOM and
Rafat /
Yahoo Tech Vertical Finally Launches; Consumer — And Ad — Focused [by Rafat]
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.
Ina Fried / CNET
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 …
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
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Amazon Drops Google From A9 And Alexa
Discussion: Rough Type and Stuntdubl
Seobook /   Alexa Powered by Microsoft
without an e:
a bigger pond  —  I'm thinking seriously about ditching python in favor of C# as my main programming language.  —  That's a hard thing to say, because it means walking away from the codebase I've been tinkering with for the past six years.  But maybe that's a good thing.
Sam Ruby:
POND ENVY  —  Michal Wallace: The other main advantage is the huge number of developers.  Thanks to Microsoft's reach, .NET is a much bigger pond than python.  I can hire .NET developers anywhere, or if i want, I can get a job as a .NET developer.  (The Java pond is bigger still, but Java always felt clunky to me.)
Discussion: Burningbird and without an e
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)
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 …
WEB 2.0 AND SOA: CONTRIVED OR CONVERGING?  —  It's been quite a week of discussion on Web 2.0 and its applicability to the enterprise.  John Hagel did quite a write-up at the beginning of the week that was subsequently picked up by quite a number of folks (Nick Carr, Joe McKendrick, Dave Orchard, and Jason Kolb) including myself.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New Microsoft Browser Raises Google's Hackles  —  With a $10 billion advertising market at stake, Google, the fast-rising Internet star, is raising objections to the way that it says Microsoft, the incumbent powerhouse of computing, is wielding control over Internet searching in its new Web browser.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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Media Bloggers Association member
Discussion: paradox1x and The Blog Herald
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Keith Reed / Boston Globe:
Dial-up provider loses Net access amid fee dispute
Windows Live ID:
New sign-in UI.. it's alive!
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Q to be launched May 22nd?  —  Alright Q fans, we've got some good news for you.
Discussion: and Gadgetell
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
What I Said at Columbia University … I'm honored to have been invited.
Dan Frommer / Forbes:
Your Tube, Whose Dime?
Discussion: TechCrunch

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