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5:15 PM ET, April 17, 2007


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Karen / Official Google Blog:
We're expecting  —  Well, we tried to keep it a secret as long as we could, but to be honest, we've been dying to tell you about the bun we've got in the oven.  We'll soon be welcoming a new addition to the Google Docs & Spreadsheets family: presentations.  —  First of all, we want to welcome the team from Tonic Systems to Google.
Eric Savitz /
Web 2. Expo: Google's Eric Schmidt Announces Presentation Feature …
Discussion: Epicenter
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Web 2.0 Expo: Eric Schmidt Interview
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner to Explore Reducing Cable Stake  —  Inside Time Warner Inc., senior executives are considering what was once unthinkable: whether the world's biggest media company should substantially reduce its cable-TV holdings over time.  —  Cable has been a core part of the company …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Can the Web Replace Time Warner Cable?  —  The Wall Street Journal's Matthew Karnitschnig has this piece today that says Time Warner is thinking of lowering its investment stake in Time Warner Cable because, in part, the Internet is emerging as a "viable venue for watching TV."
Discussion: GigaOM, Internet Outsider and NewTeeVee
Joe / Techdirt:   Report: Time Warner Considers Getting Rid Of The Cable
Claire Atkinson / AdAge:
Bewkes: Future of Digital Is Cable TV
Discussion: and
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Internet Names the Wrong Killer  —  In the absence of any official information from police on the identity of the Virginia Tech killer, internet sleuths claiming to be in-the-know have been calling attention — on message boards and online aggregators like Digg — to the LiveJournal blog of a particular 23-year-old gun nut in Virginia.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Open Letter: A Lesson Learned Twittering  —  The following is an open letter to Jim Louderback, Editor-in-Chief of PC Magazine, as well as any of the several hundred employees who work for Ziff Davis Media.
Discussion: Epicenter
Amanda Chapel / Strumpette:
EXCLUSIVE: PC Magazine Considers Edelman Boycott  —  If there's one thing that characterizes the current social media explosion, it's the rush to push the limits.  It's absolutely exhilarating... well... that is, until the Gods push back.  —  This is about the Gods pushing back.
Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge  —  Move Over Big, Beige Box, Home PCs are Getting a Makeover  —  Intel Corporation today announced the winners of the USD$1 million Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, a contest designed to spur industry innovation in new …
Discussion: Paul Mooney, John Furrier and Channel 9
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel confirms programmable, multi-core chip  —  IDF Intel claims to have ended the GPGPU era before it even started with the revelation of a new multi-core processor design called Larrabee.  —  At the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel server chip chief Pat Gelsinger confirmed the long rumored Larrabee chip.
Hjanssen / Port 25:
Windows Media Player Plug-in for Firefox  —  A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called 'We're Writing Firefox Plug-ins?  Interview with Ian Gilman and Thoughts on 10 Months at Microsoft' (Who came up with that title anyway!)  —  In which I chronicled my first 10 months on the job.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Be funny or die: Will Ferrell enters the world of user-submitted video  —  Comedian Will Ferrell and partner Adam McKay quietly launched their newest contribution to the pool of ever-growing video sites last week, called, which allows users to upload their own comedy videos to the site to be voted on by other viewers.
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
The Death of Web Radio?  —  On April 16, right in the midst of the NAB2007 broadcasters conference, the Copyright Royalty Board upheld its earlier decision to impose higher royalty rates on Web radio stations.  The stations will have to cough up these royalty payments …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Idiots killed the radio stars
Discussion: Associated Press
Light Reading:
Could Vonage Sprint to an Exit?  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - message board) is in talks with Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board) about a way to resolve that carrier's patent lawsuit against the VOIP provider, Light Reading has learned.  And one source says a Sprint buyout of Vonage is on the table.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seriously considering iPhone rebate, subsidy - report  —  Several recent developments on Apple's iPhone strategy have compelled one analyst to raise his estimates and price target on shares of the company, such as word that the iPod maker is seriously considering a move to subsidize …
Tariq Krim / Blog:
Enter the Netvibes Universe  —  Today we're introducing something that will change, and improve, the way you use Netvibes: the Netvibes Universe.  —  Personal Universes  —  Soon, every single Netvibes user will be able to create a personal Netvibes Universe, that is …
Jon Hicks / hicksdesign:
Google Reader Theme  —  I've been dugg so the site is taking a right old thwacking at the moment.  Thankyou to Jez at Segpub for helping me out with the load!  —  I've been using Flickr as a bit of testbed for a new site theme I've been working on for Google Reader.
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Russell Beattie's Back With A New Project — Mowser  —  Russell Beattie's been busy since he quit blogging last year, he's just been a little more quiet about it.  However, he's announced a new project, Mowser.  It's a combination of a transcoder (so mobile users can visit full HTML sites) …
adCenter Blog:
adCenter Quality-Based Ranking  —  On the 16th April we improved how we establish the quality and relevance of ads and landing pages in relation to the search user's likely intent.  This improvement will ensure that we maintain a high quality of ads and relevance to the Live Search user …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
California county tags gang members with GPS
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Mark Kinver / BBC:
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Quanta may be developing PDA handset for Dell
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