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7:30 AM ET, April 18, 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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google treads on PowerPoint turf  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google is adding a feature to its Docs & Spreadsheets Web-hosted software that will enable people to create presentations and slide shows, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Expo here.
Nick / Rough Type:   Google buys PowerPoint editor
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Web 2.0 Expo: Eric Schmidt Interview
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Releases Improved Content Removal Tools  —  Google has rolled out new tools to help people quickly get content removed from its search engine.  Those targeted at site owners allow for speedy removal of pages and cached copies of pages.  Other tools allow those to request the removal …
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Requesting removal of content from our index  —  As a site owner, you control what content of your site is indexed in search engines.  The easiest way to let search engines know what content you don't want indexed is to use a robots.txt file or robots meta tag.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
A very serious topic: Communication
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Revenues - $1,672 Million  —  Operating Income - $169 Million  —  Operating Income Before Depreciation, Amortization and Stock-Based Compensation Expense - $460 Million  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO …
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Yahoo Q1 '07 Earnings: Live Coverage
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Faster, Simplified Online Customer Checkout  —  Yahoo! PayPal Checkout Program Launches  —  Imagine a customer in a busy store, perhaps a grocery store.  They walk in to find one or two items, a store worker points them to the product they want.  As they head for the check out counter, one opens up just for them.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Shop Faster, Safer with Yahoo! Search & PayPal  —  I tend to use the same online shops over and over again for convenience.  I don't like having to enter my shipping, billing and credit card information multiple times, and using the same shops means I have fewer passwords to remember.
Wayne Rash /
FCC to Investigate Broadband Deployment  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission has begun action on two items involving broadband deployment in the United States.  The first is a Notice of Inquiry into whether broadband services are being provided to all Americans in a timely and reasonable fashion.
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft's Cloud OS actually a Cloud DB?  —  Microsoft officials have used "Cloud OS" as shorthand to refer to the Windows Live Core, or the platform that will power Microsoft's current and forthcoming datacenter-based family of services.  —  But what, exactly, is Microsoft's Cloud OS?
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:   What is Microsoft's CloudDB?
FUNNY OR DIE: Sequoia's box office numbers  —  FUNNY OR DIE  —  The Landlord, the showcase clip on Will Ferrell's new comedy site, has clocked an impressive 2 million downloads since it went up on Thursday.  It looks like the comic actor, star of movies such as the Wedding Crashers and Blades of Glory …
Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'  —  Two people have been cautioned for using people's wi-fi broadband internet connections without permission.  —  Neighbours in Redditch, Worcestershire, contacted police on Saturday after seeing a man inside a car using a laptop while parked outside a house.
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
GameFile: 'Super Paper Mario' Vs. 'Renaissance.Nerds'; 'Halo 3' And More  —  Plus: 'Pokémon' scavenger hunt; Blizzon is back.  —  If you take games a little too seriously, then the newest Nintendo-made Wii game, "Super Paper Mario," is making fun of you.
Discussion: Joystiq, 4 color rebellion and Kotaku
Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Yahoo! Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Terry Semel - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer  —  Susan Decker - Executive Vice President; Head of Advertiser and Publisher Group and Acting Chief Financial Officer  —  Analysts  —  Christa S. Quarles - Thomas Weisel Partners
Discussion: and Clickety Clack
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
TechStars Summer Camp for Entrepreneurs: Winners Selected  —  TechStars is doing something similar to what YCombinator has done - they're funding 10 teams with up to $15,000 in seed capital and providing office space, operational support, and mentors from business leaders (and potential follow-on investors) …
Discussion: uncov
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Getting the message in  —  A recent visit to the Apple campus left me with many impressions.  The strongest one was that Apple works hard on getting their message in.  —  Getting the message out to consumers is something a lot of companies spend millions on, but getting the message in to employees isn't something I see as often.
Mike / Techdirt:
More People Realizing That Giving Stuff Away Can Increase Revenue  —  from the about-time dept  —  When we discuss the importance of understanding economics when scarcity is removed, one of the key points we've tried to make (though we don't always succeed) is that when companies learn …
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Robert Hof / Business Week:
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Michael Kanellos / CNET
Intel moves closer to flash memory replacement
Discussion: and TechSpot News
Windows Media Player Plug-in for Firefox Now a Reality
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Always on isn't for me  —  Well, after playing with always …
Business Week:
The Sell-Phone Revolution  —  Stay tuned for a message …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Rural Arkansas school turns school buses into classrooms
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Facebook To Allow Embedding of Third-Party Widgets
Apple fined for air quality violation in Elk Grove
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco invests in networking start-up Avega
Discussion: alarm:clock
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Keepin' it real fake, part LIV: yet another iPhone rip
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Supercharge your Gmail
Discussion: and digg
David Goetzl / Broadcasting & Cable:
Using MySpace To Get the Message
Discussion: digg
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner to Explore Reducing Cable Stake
Discussion: Techdirt

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