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5:25 PM ET, April 4, 2007

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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! Alpha - Google Custom Search Engine Gets a Competitor  —  Yahoo!7 is about to release version 1.0 of Yahoo! Alpha beta - a new service that allows users to create personalized search engine homepage using an intuitive drag-n-drop interface.  —  Unlike Google Custom Search engine …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Launches Response to Google Co-op  —  The Digital Inspiration blog reports that Yahoo is launching Yahoo! Alpha.  Ironically, it's called Alpha (beta).  You can try it here on their AU domain.  It's unclear if this is only going to be an Australian product or if Yahoo will roll it out more broadly.
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
How Yahoo Blew It … Terry Semel was pissed.  The Yahoo CEO had offered to buy Google for roughly $3 billion, but the young Internet search firm wasn't interested.  Once upon a time, Google's founders had come to Yahoo for an infusion of cash; now they were turning up their noses …
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo Could Regret Not Paying Up For Facebook, Needham Says
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla To Build Social Networking Into Firefox: Bad News For Flock  —  Mozilla has released details on The Coop, a new product that will incorporate social networking features directly into the Firefox browser.  This is not good news for the privately-backed social browser Flock …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Don't build solely on another's technology... re: Flock
Discussion: Between the Lines
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:   Mozilla Transforming Into a Social Network
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Mozilla Labs Introduces the Coop: Turning the Browser into a Social Network
Discussion: Webware.com
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is Flock f***ed again?
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Search your Mac with Google Desktop  —  It seems like just yesterday that I was announcing the Google Mac blog.  Since then, we've been working hard to deliver great products for Google users on Mac, including MacFUSE and Google Earth.  Today, I'm really excited to let you know that Google Desktop is now available on the Mac!
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Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Google Desktop for Mac  —  People have been asking me since I started at Google what I've been working on, and until today, I've been unable to say.  Now is the time to change all that and introduce the newest product from the Google MacEng team: Google Desktop for Mac (beta).
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the new Google Desktop for Mac
Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
Intel Wheels and Deals Embedded Xeon Chips  —  Intel is marking its 30th anniversary in the embedded systems market with some new chips and a stylish new motorcycle from Orange County Choppers that employs embedded technologies.  —  The quarreling Teutul family, which achieved national fame …
Discussion: ChipLand, Engadget and The Raw Feed
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Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Intel launches a pair of new quad-core chips
Discussion: Neowin.net
Thomas Fuller / International Herald Tribune:
Web crackdown blocks YouTube in Thailand  —  BANGKOK: The military-appointed government of Thailand has blocked access to YouTube and several other Internet sites in a crackdown on material seen as denigrating the country's monarch, officials said Wednesday.
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:
Popouts, Buttons and Slideshows  —  As an engineer, one of my favorite aspects of delivering Google Talk through the web is that we can enhance it quickly.  In fact, we updated the Google Talk Gadget today with a few new features:  —  (1) To make it easier to use Google Talk anywhere …
Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Zune for free with a phone-like plan?  —  According to Zune marketing director, Jason Reindorp, Microsoft is looking at using the Zune Pass subscription just like mobile phone providers use their plans.  This means a future flash version of Zune, could be released for a low price or even for free with a Zune Pass subscription plan...
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
ZILLOW CONTINUES BUILD-OUT OF REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY  —  Zillow is launching a few important community features on Wednesday.  The sexy new addition is Home Q&A: Zillow will now let users ask questions about any property on the map.  Anyone can answer them.
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches Silent and Speedy SpinPoint S166 Hard Disk Drive Series  —  Seoul, Korea - April 4, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its new SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Gearlog and Engadget
Nick / Rough Type:
Amazon patents cybernetic mind-meld  —  As noted by Slashdot, Amazon.com was on March 27 granted a broad patent for computer systems that incorporate human beings into automated data processing - the type of cybernetic arrangement that underpins the company's Mechanical Turk service.
Discussion: Slashdot and Between the Lines
New York Times:
DoubleClick to Set Up an Exchange for Buying and Selling Digital Ads  —  DOUBLECLICK, which delivers marketing messages to Web sites and monitors how many clicks they get, plans to announce today that it is setting up a Nasdaq-like exchange for the buying and selling of digital advertisements.
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
Muni Wi-Fi Powers Hope at San Francisco Housing Project  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Westside Courts is a bleak concrete housing project in the city's Western Addition where violence is closer than a high-speed net connection, and one resident's first steps online include plans to create a memorial for the people who've died here.
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Don't Believe the Hype: The 21 Biggest Technology Flops  —  We fondly recall 21 overpromoted products and technologies that utterly failed to live up to their hype — and we give you a chance to choose the biggest flop of all.  —  Hype is the coin of the realm in the technology business.
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Business Wire:
Best Buy's Fiscal 2007 Fourth-Quarter Diluted EPS Rises 20% …
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Amid questionable benchmarking choices, AMD 'claims' speed title …
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Challenges the U.S. Monopoly on Satellite Navigation
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