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12:30 PM ET, April 18, 2007

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WNBC:
BlackBerry Woes Getting Better  —  NEW YORK — New information on a BlackBerry system failure that NewsChannel 4 first reported Tuesday night.  —  The company that makes the handheld device said things were repaired Wednesday morning.  —  Research in Motion, the Canadian company that provides …
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CNNMoney.com:
BlackBerry service back  —  Service problems disrupted e-mail traffic but the company says most service is restored.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — 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.
WNBC:
Exclusive: Massive System Failure Affects BlackBerry Users  —  NEW YORK — NewsChannel 4 learned of a massive system failure that affected all BlackBerry users in the western hemisphere late Tuesday.  —  The RIM Company, which stands for Research In Motion, developed BlackBerry technology …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gizmodo
John Blau / PC Advisor:
Blackberry users helpless after outage
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google Phone launching end of 2007?  —  The on-again, off-again Google Phone rumors just got a healthy stir by Digitimes.  The Taiwanese tech rag says that HTC is building the phone with initial shipments set to hit by the "end of 2007" — globally in 2008.  They cite "handset component makers" as their source.
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DigiTimes:
HTC to ship Google handsets by year-end  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) is now manufacturing Google handsets with shipments officially commencing at the end of 2007, according to handset component makers.  The makers also said the shipment volume will reach as high as one million units.
Discussion: The Tech Report
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
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:   Yahoo: Q1 Should Be The Trough
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 …
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Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Yahoo's quarterly earnings fall 11%  —  Much-hailed Panama ad system may have set expectations too high.  —  Investors betting on Yahoo Inc.'s 2007 comeback might have gotten ahead of themselves.  —  The Internet company Monday reported first-quarter earnings that fell 11% …
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Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Collaboration is the Killer App  —  A bulk of what's happening on the Web right now can be characterized as retrofitting...remaking software to fit within the framework of the Web.  And the framework of the Web is a network, and what people do in networks (of all kinds) is collaborate.
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The Doc Searls Weblog:
No stay of execution for Internet radio  —  Sheila Lennon treats us to one of the most linkful and comprehensive explorations of Internet radio's scheduled May 15 execution by the Vogons at the Copyright Royalty Board, which decided on Tuesday to deny motions by Internet radio suppliers to let their industry live.
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Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Virginia Tech: How Media Are Evolving  —  (Note: This will appear tomorrow as an op-ed piece in the Washington Examiner newspaper.)  —  Once again, horror has given us a glimpse of our media future: simultaneously conversational and distributed, mass and personal.
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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
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Google Blogoscoped:   Google Prototype With Navigation at Top Left
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
The VoIP wars: air supply is an optional feature  —  Mobile carriers seek to choke new market  —  Truphone boss James Tagg says his fledgling company will ask Ofcom to intervene if mobile networks continue to cripple VoIP-capable handsets.  —  Another VoIP provider told us today that Orange …
Discussion: Techscape
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.
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Google announces new AJAX Feed API  —  The Google AJAX API team has announced a genuinely useful Feed API that gives an Ajax developer the ability to access feeds, cached in the fast Google edge cache where appropriate, from across the web using a simple JavaScript API.
Eric Case / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
How to make a pie  —  Posted by: Yoah Bar-David, Software Engineer, Google Tel-Aviv  —  I have a friend who is a great chef and owns a restaurant.  A while ago he called and asked me in his mild French accent "how to make a pie."  I can cook, and I do it quite often.
Financial Times:
Sony chief hails PS3's success in Europe … The record-breaking success of the PlayStation 3 in Europe has rescued the games console from "the perception wars" that hit sales in Japan, says Sir Howard Stringer, Sony's chief executive.  —  Sir Howard said Sony was close to selling 800,000 units in Europe.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Verizon suspends push for Mass. TV franchises  —  Firm criticizes licensing process  —  After spending an average of 15 months in each of 45 communities to win approval to offer television service, Verizon Communications Inc. has had enough for now: The company says it will stop seeking …
Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Laptop mk2  —  Behold, the Xbox 360 Laptop mk2!  It may look a bit like its first generation sibling, but don't be fooled.  This Xbox laptop is a bit thinner, significantly lighter, and has some essential upgrades if you're gonna build one yourself.  You are going to build one, aren't you?
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
 
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Web counting tools 'need change'
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Intuit's cloudburst frustrates customers
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Open source needs lobbyists
Discussion: Linux.com
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Linden Lab To Open-Source Second Life Servers
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Dyack breaks Too Human silence, talks four player co-op
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Sprint: Say Bon Voyage to Vonage
Discussion: IP Democracy
Reuters:
Vonage Says That It May Face Bankruptcy
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Mashable.com Banned in Thailand
comScore:
comScore Releases March U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
TechStars Summer Camp for Entrepreneurs: Winners Selected
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FCC to Investigate Broadband Deployment
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