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10:05 PM ET, March 20, 2007

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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google's Launches Pay-Per-Action; a Threat to Affiliate Networks?  —  If you're reading this post, then you can expect a flurry of news covering Google's beta launch of its Pay-Per-Action (PPA) product for AdWords.  Yep, after years of hinting, Google is finally ready to let us test their platform on a CPA (cost per action) model.
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Inside AdWords:
Pay-per-action beta test  —  Is there a specific action on your site that you want visitors to complete?  Do you know how much that action is worth to your business?  If so, you may be interested in our pay-per-action beta test.  Here's Rob K., Product Manager for Pay-Per-Action, to tell us more:
Inside AdSense:
Now accepting applications for new referrals beta  —  Many of you already use referrals to direct users to your favorite Google products.  Now, with our new referrals beta, you can select products and services from our base of AdWords advertisers.  This is good news for those of you who have wanted …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:   Google CPA will crunch lead gen arbitrageurs margins further
Unstrung:
Palm Deal in the Final Stretch  —  A Palm Inc. buyout could be finalized by Thursday this week, demanding $20 or more per share, according to sources close to the situation.  Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK - message board) is seen as the leading vendor bidder; while Palm's management is said to prefer a private equity buyer.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite: new, black limited edition Xbox with HDMI and 120GB drive  —  We've confirmed with trusted sources that the black Xbox 360 is indeed coming (the image above is of the original 360 dev kit, FYI), and will be dubbed the Xbox 360 Elite.  Here's what you need to know about it:
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Mashing with Mike  —  Today we had that Mashup event at the Sun campus with Mike Arrington.  There were somewhere between 100 and 200 people there; I had fun and learned things.  —  Mr. Schwartz showed up to say hello and take a couple of questions; that's an advantage of doing events right here on our own campus.
Discussion: CrunchNotes
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Sun working on its listening gene
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace Restrictions Upset Some Users  —  Some users of MySpace feel as if their space is being invaded.  —  MySpace, the Web's largest social network, has gradually been imposing limits on the software tools that users can embed in their pages, like music and video players that also deliver advertising or enable transactions.
Financial Times:
Google searches for European lobbyists  —  By Andy Bounds in Brussels and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Google is seeking to hire a network of lobbyists in capitals across Europe as it tries to shape debate over pressing internet policy issues, from copyright to online privacy.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reinvents Search for the Mobile Web  —  Yahoo! oneSearch(TM) Accessible Today Through More Than One Hundred Million Mobile Phones  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) has today expanded the reach of the popular new Yahoo! oneSearch service to the Mobile Web in the United States.
CNET News.com:
Who exactly wrote the first blog  —  Someone, somewhere created the very first Web log.  It's just not quite clear who.  —  It may not be one of the Internet's grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate …
CNNMoney.com:
PlayStation 3 price cut may be ahead  —  Sony game console's hefty price tag has drawn criticism; Goldman Sachs analyst expects worldwide price reduction of $100 later this year.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Japanese electronics giant Sony may cut the price of its PlayStation 3 by $100 worldwide …
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
5 Reasons Why Apple TV Rules, 5 Reasons Why it Sucks  —  Apple TV is finally on sale and on the boat.  So, why bother?  Here's why Apple TV will change the world, slightly.  —  1. It's currently the only easy way to get stuff locked away in iTunes streaming to a TV set.  Bam.  Simple as that.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Twittering your Home  —  I had no sooner got finished writing "don't discount twitter.  I'll lay odds that it gets hacked into a really useful service before long" in the comments on Nat's twittervision post, in response to the various people saying that twitter was drivel, and who cares …
Valleywag:
ADOBE: Scoble's favorites  —  Robert Scoble, the geek commentator whose fame still mystifies me, once tried to answer a question — Who is the Adobe blogger? — about the web communications strategy of one of the key web software firms.  The answer was staring him in the face.  Scoble himself is the Adobe blogger.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Apple of Our Eye: Macs Save Money  —  There's been a distinct sea change in the way people think about Apple in the last few weeks.  —  Recently, people have been saying the strangest things about Apple and the Mac.  Everything is topsy-turvy.  Pundits aren't trotting out the old conventional wisdoms any more.
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
VMware Fusion Beta 2 now available  —  VMware, the top banana in the virtualization market though relative new comer to the Mac, has just released Fusion Beta 2, their Mac virtualization client.  Fusion, much like Parallels, allows you to run Windows (and many other operating systems) …
 
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