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6:05 AM ET, April 19, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquiring StumbleUpon  —  High-flying startup StumbleUpon has been rumored to be in acquisition discussions since at least last November.  Recently we've heard that talks have heated up again, with Google, AOL and eBay as potential suitors.  A source with knowledge of the deal …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why eBay wants Stumbleupon  —  Updated: TechCrunch just reported that StumbleUpon is in talks to being acquired with AOL, Google and eBay as possible suitors.  Though we have not been able to chat with folks from StumbleUpon, the social bookmarking discovery service, we have heard that eBay is the likely winner of the derby.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Searching without a query  —  You already know that search is at the core of everything we do: we want to deliver useful and relevant information every time you do a search.  But what about when you don't have a query in mind, or if you just don't feel like typing in a query?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Rains On StumbleUpon Parade: Launches Direct Competitor  —  On the same day that the news breaks that eBay is acquiring StumbleUpon for $40ish million, Google announces that they are building strikingly similar functionality into their Toolbar.  Google (along with AOL) …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and digg
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google Offers "Queryless Search" & Personalized Recommendations  —  Google is rolling out two features today that subtly but meaningfully enhance the level of personalization offered to anyone with a Google account.  And while they're tied to your search behavior, they don't directly alter …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   eBay Acquires StumbleUpon: 8 Reasons Why
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google takes the pun out of shopping  —  Acknowledging that it's better to be clear than clever, Google is rebranding "Froogle" as "Google Product Search" and simplifying the interface to match the main search site, a top executive said on Wednesday.  —  Froogle was launched in late 2002 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Goodbye Froogle, Hello Google Product Search!  —  Back in December 2002, Google launched its long expected product and shopping search engine.  It was called Froogle, a combination of "frugal" and "Google."  Just over four years later, Froogle is finally losing its cutesy name for something …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
VA Tech Tragedy Response Reveals Force of Web  —  It's been impossible not to spend hours following links to all the publicly accessible sources of information about the Virginia Tech shootings over the last couple days.  Facebook and MySpace pages, LiveJournals, and Flickr give us back story and the unfiltered play-by-play.
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Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Media mine Web searches for readers  —  If you Googled "Virginia Tech shooting" or "Virginia shooting" this week, the Internet search engine served up dozens of links to news about the university massacre.  Yet some media outlets weren't taking the chance of missing readers' attention by being bumped down the list.
Read/WriteWeb:
Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers  —  If you're in the online marketing game and are not yet hip to widgets, listen up.  Two emerging Web 2.0 technology firms focused in this space have a message for you.  Those companies are Widgetbox and ClearSpring, both of which presented …
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Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:   Web 2.0 Expo: All Things Widgets
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft aims to reach next billion PC users  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is using a speech in Beijing to unveil a new low-cost bundle of Office and Windows, one of several new initiatives aimed at getting PCs into the hands of more people in emerging markets.
Discussion: Microsoft and Windows-Now.com
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces First Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q1 Net Revenues of $1.77 Billion  —  Delivers Q1 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.27 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.33  —  Raises Full Year Guidance  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News …
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BBC:
Blackberry says system restored  —  The maker of the Blackberry wireless e-mail device says it has restored the service to "most" of its North American users following a network failure.  —  Research In Motion said it was now looking at the cause of the breakdown, which first happened on Tuesday night.
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Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
BlackBerry Blackout
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Christopher Null
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: MySpace News Launches Thursday  —  On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at news.myspace.com.  Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST.  —  The news property is built on Newroo technology, a company they acquired in early 2006 for a rumored $7 million.
Discussion: parislemon and rexduffdixon.com
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Vlogging comes to mass murder  —  The Virginia Tech shooter sent a package of video and pictures to NBC.  —  In other words, vlogging comes to mass murder, in ways no one anticipated (or no one I know).  —  It makes perfect sense, in a perfectly senseless way.
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Patently at Odds  —  Drug and Tech Sectors Battle With Reform High on Agenda  —  Two of the country's leading industries, computer technology and drug manufacturing, are battling over an effort by Congress to overhaul the way inventors profit from ideas, with executives on both sides saying billions of dollars are at stake.
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
A Hack for Europe!  —  Right then.  This is going to be quite a big deal so pay attention!  A few months ago you'll remember Yahoo! put together a Hack Day on their campus in Sunnyvale and invited several hundred designers, developers and engineers to come and crash the place.
 
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Michael Singer / InformationWeek:
Intel, Web 2.0 Firms Build Collaboration Tool
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Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
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Discussion: Liberate Media and WebProNews
Rick / Burning Questions:
Rick's Ruminations: Full Feeds
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Essence of Duct Tape Marketing
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's challenge: Getting the social Web right
Mike / Techdirt:
Hyperlinking From CD To The Web Patented — Plenty Of Software Companies Sued
Reuters:
Judge won't dismiss Google trademark suit
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Gartner: Mac Sales Grew 30% in 1st Q
Discussion: Gartner
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Security Remains a Challenge for Browser Developers
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Blog:
CTP Gets the Greenlight
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google Video powering some pirate sites
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
No Penalty for Tax Filers Hit by Glitch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Sling, Apple discuss streaming music to iPhone
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Bungee Labs - Next Generation Web Development Platform
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Jon Udell:
Talking to everyone: the framing of science and technology
 

 
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