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9:40 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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 …
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...
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).
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Gadgetell
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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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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Bans P2P, Streaming Services and Online Gaming.  —  Verizon customers on the EVDO Wireless Data Service are in for a surprise if they read the Terms of Service (TOS)  —  The Unlimited Data Plan is - yes, thats right limited to 5gigs of transfers each month but don't worry …
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Zillow gets interactive  —  That's the essence of the Home Q&A feature the company is unveiling today.  I alluded to the upcoming changes in Monday's column on Zillow's attitude toward the softening real estate market.  —  Chief Executive Rich Barton described the feature as the tip …
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Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
For PSP, a New Focus On Teen Market  —  Sony is shifting its marketing focus for the PSP platform to the 13-17 year old demographic, with a new marketing campaign titled "Dude, Get Your Own."  —  I spoke with PSP senior product manager John Koller this afternoon about the PSP's recent price cut …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and PSP Fanboy
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 …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Windows cursor patch causing trouble  —  Installing Microsoft's Tuesday patch for a "critical" Windows vulnerability is causing trouble for some users.  —  Microsoft broke with its monthly patch cycle Tuesday to repair a bug in the way Windows handles animated cursors.
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.
BBC:
Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking  —  Chinese computer maker Lenovo has topped a ranking of the world's most eco-friendly electronics firms.  —  Compiled by Greenpeace, the quarterly report ranks firms by how green their production processes are and what they do to recycle hardware they sell.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
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
Economist:
Flying wind farms  —  Power generation: If people object to wind farms cluttering up the countryside, one answer might be to put them in the air  —  IF IT ever seems windy where you live, be thankful you do not live 10km up in the air.  At that height, the jet-stream winds blow stronger …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Raw Feed and Slashdot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Website Optimizer Now Available, But Is It Cloaking?  —  Google Website Optimizer, a tool that allows you to easily test different page layouts, is now available to anyone with an AdWords account.  Previously, it had been out in limited beta since last October.
 
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