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11:27 AM ET, April 18, 2007


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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
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:   Yahoo's Next Search: A New CEO?
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.
Amb / ambdon:
Testing a new look for Google?  —  Probably been seen before, but did a search in Google (in IE7 using the search box top right hand corner) and got a tasty new look.  —  Search results (top half) - click for full pic  —  Search results (bottom half) - click for full pic  —  Google "menu" - click for full pic
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Prototype With Navigation at Top Left  —  Amrit stumbled upon a new kind of Google results design prototype (as far I know it's not the first time this one has been spotted).  The navigation - web, images, video etc., plus an expandable "more" - is at the top left.
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.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo, PayPal Team Up On Checkout
Discussion: Download Squad
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Shop Faster, Safer with Yahoo! Search & PayPal
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
Multiplayer: Virginia Tech Teacher Builds Memorial Wall In Virtual World  —  'The wall is just my contribution,' 'Second Life' regular says.  —  The virtual world of "Second Life" isn't a video game, but I didn't feel much like playing games on Tuesday (April 17).
Discussion: Kotaku and
Robert Hof / Business Week:   The Coming Virtual Web
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Top Ten VC Lies  —  From a recent (highly playful) presentation of mine, here is my list of the top ten lies venture capitalists tell.  Imagine it being read in reverse order, from 10 to 1, a la Letterman:
Discussion: VC Circle and Texas Startup Blog
BlackBerry service back  —  Service problems disrupted e-mail traffic but the company says most service is restored.  —  NEW YORK ( — A system failure knocked out BlackBerry service to millions of customers late Tuesday but the company said Wednesday morning that service for "most customers" was restored.
Discussion: Engadget and Engadget Mobile
John Blau / PC Advisor:
Blackberry users helpless after outage
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Banned in Thailand  —  I have the dubious honor of announcing that has been banned in Thailand, due to our reporting of the YouTube ban, continued reports and posting of the clips that had offended the Thai government.  The comments on those posts have generated …
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.
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.
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Sprint: Say Bon Voyage to Vonage  —  Although acquiring the Web-phone services provider could hold some advantages for the telco giant, analysts say it should stay focused on core operations  —  Sprint Nextel, beset by customer losses and lackluster products, has enough on its plate without going after Vonage.
Discussion: IP Democracy
David Filo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Don't even leave a footprint  —  Jerry Yang and I just announced at our quarterly employee all-hands that Yahoo! has committed to going carbon neutral this year.  Essentially, that means we're going to invest in greenhouse gas reduction projects around the world to neutralize Yahoo!'s impact on the environment.
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: Kotaku, Joystiq and 4 color rebellion
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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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Getting the message in  —  A recent visit to the Apple campus left …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Intel moves closer to flash memory replacement
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Windows Media Player Plug-in for Firefox Now a Reality
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Always on isn't for me  —  Well, after playing with always …
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