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1:05 PM ET, April 10, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Partial Ownership Of Maxthon Browser  —  Multiple sources are confirming that the Chinese/Israeli startup behind the Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google.  The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million.  We are also hearing that this investment is part of a …
iProspect:
iProspect Social Networking User Behavior Study  —  Background and Definitions  —  In January 2007, iProspect partnered with independent research firm JupiterResearch to develop a series of survey questions focused on how the U.S. online population utilizes several of the most popular social …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Store Looks Promising?
Discussion: Social Media Club
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Salesforce.com Brings Web 2.0 To The Enterprise With ContentExchange  —  Today Salesforce.com announced a new product called Salesforce ContentExchange, a content management product for unstructured data such as email and html.  They also publicly announced the acquisition of Koral …
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BBC:
Weblogs 'need content warnings'  —  Readers should be warned when they are reading blogs that may contain "crude language", a draft blogging code of conduct has suggested.  —  The code was drawn up by web pioneer Tim O'Reilly following published threats and perceived harassment to US developer Kathy Sierra on blogs.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
i-Dog gets 'Spider-Man' makeover  —  Tiger Electronics, maker of the i-Dog, is releasing two new versions of the musical toy, both inspired by the upcoming Sony Pictures release "Spider-Man 3."  The aptly-named Spi-Dog, available now for $40, retains the music response features and built …
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
Search fatigue … A year ago March, Neil Holloway, president of Microsoft's Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations, boasted about how good Microsoft's search engine would become in six months.  —  "What we're saying is that in six months' time we'll be more relevant in the U.S. market place than Google.
Discussion: Channel 9
Alertbox:
Breadcrumb Navigation Increasingly Useful … Not all design decisions are a matter of website survival.  Of course, it's important to get the big things right, or you won't have any users.  But getting the small things right enhances usability and fosters user comfort.  A perfect example here is the breadcrumb trail.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
PG&E sees plug-in hybrids as potential profit centers  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Plug-in hybrids could one day turn motorists into energy traders, according to Pacific Gas & Electric.  —  The utility demonstrated on Monday a twist on the concept of the plug-in hybrid, which uses a higher capacity battery …
Matt Moore / Mail&Guardian:
European papers optimistic on future — with web's help  —  Are newspapers set to become yesterday's news?  Don't count on it, say editors at some of Europe's iconic publications.  —  The pressures on the industry — in Europe as in the United States — are prodigious …
Discussion: paidContent.org and The Media Age
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Disney Mobile shares subscriber stats  —  Disney Mobile will soon celebrate its first anniversary, and the mobile virtual network operator is providing some statistics to show how consumers are using the service.  —  In a press release issued over the weekend, the company said 30 percent …
Business 2.0:
Employers take widgets to work  —  Webified mini-apps have taken the blog world by storm.  Now new versions are getting ready to launch on corporate desktops, Business 2.0 Magazine reports.  —  (Business 2. Magazine) — Most technologies these days are spawned in the consumer world …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and GigaOM
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iTunes streamed to your phone?  Possibly  —  The release of Apple TV a few weeks ago has opened up an intriguing new possibility: streaming music from iTunes on your home computer to your cell phone.  —  No, Apple TV does not stream over the Internet or across a cellular phone network, but the SlingBox does.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
A Photo Trove, a Mounting Challenge  —  In some sense, the iconic photograph of Rosa Parks recreating her quiet act of rebellion on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., belongs to every American.  But as a practical matter, it belongs to Bill Gates.  —  Anyone wanting to use that image in a book …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista: Whatever happened to fast boot?  —  Anyone else remember when Microsoft used to talk about making Windows Vista (or Longhorn, as it was then known) a fast-booting operating system.  Fast, as in cold boots that were 50 percent faster than those possible with Windows XP?  —  Something obviously went awry.
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Just don't call it a Web OS  —  When Richard MacManus published an overview of the so-called Web OS market almost a year ago, he said, "a lot of people don't consider a WebOS to be a real operating system, but I think that's semantics and not something worth debating."
Discussion: ZDNet
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's next advertising deal, DirecTV
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Kotaku:
Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Dated
Thomas Purves:
Canada Worse than 3rd World Countries when it comes to Mobile Data Access
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage, say hello to Grave Dancers
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenYou: The Limits of Privacy on the Social Web
Drew Kora / 4 color rebellion:
Image of the Day - No More Heroes Shirts
Discussion: Kotaku and Nintendo Wii Fanboy
Carlo / Techdirt:
It's Not China's Poor Copyright Laws That Fuel Piracy There
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Wilfing on the web, the new British pastime
Discussion: Rough Type
 Earlier Items: 
Chitika Blog:
Get More Out of Conferences and Networking Events -By Chris Brogan
Discussion: Beth's Blog and mydigimedia
Associated Press:
Googling your date … CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — Dating used …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AACS hacked to expose Volume ID: WinDVD patch irrelevant
Discussion: Gadget Lab
MediaShift:
BALL STATE VISIT  —  Journalism Education Stuck in Same Oldthink Mode as Big Media
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Long-Ass Nokia N95 Review: Why it Rocks, Why it Sucks
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube Has Pop-Ups Ads
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
PlagiarismToday:
Why Wordpress.com is Virtually Spam Free
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
How to win in the Twitter vs. Jaiku battle