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7:15 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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Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo Could Regret Not Paying Up For Facebook, Needham Says  —  One of the dark stains on Yahoo's (YHOO) track record is its decision not to buy Google (GOOG) when it had the chance.  Needham's Mark May today wonders if the company has made a comparable error with its refusal to pay up for Facebook.
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 …
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Mozilla Transforming Into a Social Network  —  Mozilla labs has released some details about project Coop, an attempt to transform the browser into a social network.  The product will allow Firefox users to "subscribe" to friends in the browser along with avatar representation …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Co-existing with platform vendors
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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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees DRM-free music in Zune's future  —  Microsoft plans to follow Apple in selling unprotected songs from EMI, though the company won't say just when such tracks will appear on the Zune Marketplace store.  —  When CEO Steve Jobs issued his open letter calling for an end to DRM …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Macsimum News
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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...
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel plans Centrino Pro for business notebooks  —  Brands are colliding over at Intel, with the company's decision to call its notebook management technology Centrino Pro.  —  Intel revealed plans to import the vPro desktop PC management technologies into notebooks last month, and plans to announce the official moniker on Wednesday.
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Intel:
Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go  —  Intel® Centrino® Pro Gives IT Managers Wireless Management and Security Capabilities  —  Under a new brand called Intel® Centrino® Pro processor technology, Intel Corporation today announced it will extend its innovative and popular features designed …
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: Engadget, ChipLand and The Raw Feed
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Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Intel launches a pair of new quad-core chips
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Verizon Admits that their Unlimited Data Plan is Limited to 5GB Per Month  —  Back in August of 2006 I wrote about a guy who had his unlimited Verizon EVDO Wireless Data Service canceled because buried deep into the Terms of Service (TOS) they mentioned some things that were unacceptable.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:   Verizon Bans P2P, Streaming Services and Online Gaming.
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 …
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
Gizmodo:
Addonics CompactFlash Adapters Replace Notebook Hard Drives  —  Now here's a great idea from Addonics: replace a laptop's 2.5" hard disk with flash memory, using a $30 adapter that lets you boot from CompactFlash cards.  Suddenly you've converted that lappy into a solid-state notebook without spending an arm and a leg.
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
 
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Economist:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Website Optimizer Now Available, But Is It Cloaking?
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Garrett Camp, Founder & Chief Architect, StumbleUpon
Thomas Fuller / International Herald Tribune:
Web crackdown blocks YouTube in Thailand
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Don't Believe the Hype: The 21 Biggest Technology Flops
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hostway.com:
Hostway Acquires Affinity Internet
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Colin Barker / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sued over Vista branding
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Business Wire:
Best Buy's Fiscal 2007 Fourth-Quarter Diluted EPS Rises 20% …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Amid questionable benchmarking choices, AMD 'claims' speed title …
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
ZILLOW CONTINUES BUILD-OUT OF REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google's Revolution May Not Be Televised
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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BBC:
Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking
Discussion: Slashdot
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
Muni Wi-Fi Powers Hope at San Francisco Housing Project
 

 
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