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8:55 PM ET, April 3, 2007

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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
The State of Technorati, April 2007  —  I typically issue the State of the Blogosphere report each quarter to give a glimpse into our data and what that may tell us about the global social media phenomenon.  As many of you have pointed out, it's been nearly six months since the last report.  Yow!
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Mark Evans:
Talking Up Technorati  —  If Technorati is looking for a suitor or more venture capital, the latest State of Technorati report is a dead giveaway.  CEO David Sifry talks about how Technorati has evolved into a new media company, how tags have really exploded, and how it's still …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mirror mirror on the wall, which blog search is best of them all?  —  Last Friday I visited the famous South Park area in San Francisco.  It's a small park south of Market street where a number of cool Web 2.0 startups are located (Twitter's parent, Obvious Corp, is located in a building on one end of the park).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati's Mating Dance  —  Update: Dave Sifry responds in the comments, saying "I'll be very clear about it - Technorati isn't for sale."  Which means, of course, that Technorati is for sale.  —  Blog search engine Technorati has always been more secretive about itself than most other startups.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-017  —  Vulnerabilities in GDI Could Allow Remote Code Execution (925902)  —  Version: 1.0  —  Who Should Read this Document: Customers who use Microsoft Windows  —  Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution  —  Maximum Severity Rating: Critical
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI to Drop Digital Locks in Web Sales  —  EMI Group, the British music giant, broke ranks with the music industry's biggest corporations yesterday by announcing a deal to sell songs online through Apple's music service without copy protection.  —  The move by EMI, which ranks last among …
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Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Listening to your feedback - Expression and MSDN  —  When we announced Expression Studio last December, we saw great excitement from both the design and development community - excitement that is clearly reflected in the hundreds of thousands of CTP and trial downloads we've already seen.
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Makes Expression Tools Available to MSDN Subscribers
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
WiFi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare Cabin Hotspots  —  BlackBerrying, Web Surfing  —  Expected Aloft Within a Year;  —  Cellphone Service May Follow  —  The days when airplanes offer a hiatus from being connected to the office are numbered.  —  After years of discussion and delay …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Drinks with Dell  —  When I blogged that I was headed down to Austin and the University of Texas last week, I got email out of the blue from Dell's chief blogger, Lionel Menchaca, inviting me to meet him and his colleagues over drinks or out at Dell HQ.  I said I hadn't been planning to pack …
Mike / Techdirt:
Utah Tries To Ban Keyword Advertising On Trademarked Terms  —  from the bad-ideas dept  —  For many years, companies have tried suing either Google or various competitors over keyword advertising on their trademarks.  Say Coca-Cola decided to buy an ad based on the word "Pepsi."
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Will Utah's New Trademark Bill Stop Competitive Keyword Buys?
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft sued over Windows Vista marketing  —  A lawsuit alleges that Microsoft Corp. engaged in deceptive practices by letting PC makers promote computers as "Windows Vista Capable" even if they couldn't run the new operating system's "signature" features.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Adds Xbox 360 Warranty "Enhancements"  —  Microsoft bulks up its Xbox 360 warranty  —  Microsoft has made some new changes to the Xbox 360's warranty.  The last change was made back in late December when the console warranty was boosted from 90 days to a full year.
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Greenpeace Ranks Apple Last in Greenness  —  Greenpeace Int'l Ranks Apple Last for Environmental Friendliness, While Lenovo Group Tops List  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Greenpeace International placed Apple Inc. last in its rankings of major electronics makers for their environmental friendliness …
Google:
Google Announces TV Ads Trial  —  At Google, we are constantly looking for ways to improve user experience and bring value to advertisers, publishers and partners.  Users spend a lot of time watching TV so improving the relevance of advertising information on that medium is important.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views  —  Vidmeter Incorporated has published an in-depth study of the number and type of YouTube videos that have been removed at the request of copyright holders.  Importantly, the study analyzes not only the number of videos removed …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ICANN may be looking for immunity from U.S. law  —  The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades.
 
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Blu-ray Disc Specification Change Threatens Current Players
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Gadget Lab
Read/WriteWeb:
P2P: Potential Future Applications
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Mac Age of Empires III demo available
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Mr Biffo / Mr Biffo's Blog:
Spiked!  —  I'm not sure I've ever really written about video games in this here blog.
Business Week:
A Happier Tune for Napster
CNET News.com:
FCC imposes rules designed to prevent pretexting
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
PlayStation 3 hardware sales plummet 82 per cent
Michael Cohn / Red Herring:
BitTorrent to Serve Up Ads
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Bloated 17-inch MacBook Pro battery — take 2
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Launches National TV-Ad-Sales Test on Echostar
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
The Worst Thing a VC Can Do
Discussion: Valleywag and Scripting News
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
SATELLITE STATIC  —  CARMEL GROUP THROWS WRENCH INTO SIRIUS/XM MERGER
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vonage hangs up on Verizon patent infringement with new agreement
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Compete Introduces Attention Statistics