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5:10 PM ET, April 18, 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.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and Mashable!
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.
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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 …
Reuters:
RIM's BlackBerry system down  —  update Research In Motion said on Wednesday its Blackberry mobile e-mail network had an interruption, and gave no time frame for restoring service.  —  The infrastructure failed on Tuesday night, and e-mails were not being delivered to the handheld devices.
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:   BlackBerry Blackout
Yahoo! Tech Advisors:
BlackBerry Goes Down, BlackBerry Goes Up
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Russell Shaw / The BlackBerry Beat:
BlackBerry service still down- but you wouldn't know it from RIM site
Discussion: TechBlog and Gadgetell
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.
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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.
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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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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Adds Charts  —  Google Spreadsheets finally added charts.  This feature has been developed for many months and was one of the biggest lacks from Google's spreadsheet application.  —  You can create more types of charts: columns, bars, lines, pie, scatter, add labels and a legend.
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 …
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Searching without a query
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Nick / Rough Type:
Intuit's cloudburst frustrates customers  —  Here's further evidence of why, as more computing moves onto the web, a broad, shared computing grid is both necessary and inevitable.  The servers that TurboTax-maker Intuit uses to process electronically filed tax returns were swamped yesterday …
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Electronic Filing Delays and Status
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Exclusive: Facebook May Launch Local Classifieds  —  Facebook is considering the launch of a local classifieds service, a source told Mashable.  Under the proposed system, it would be free to list items in your own network, and cost a few dollars to post to each additional network.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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: All About Symbian and Techscape
Jon Udell:
Talking to everyone: the framing of science and technology … Very true.  What's more, I believe this tribe is, over time, growing farther away from the rest of the world.  That's happening for an interesting and important reason, which is that the tools we are building and using …
SecurityFocus:
Notes On Vista Forensics, Part One  —  Introduction  —  While the fundamental principles of computer forensics remain largely unchallenged, the landscape upon which investigators operate is constantly changing.  A combination of new technologies and changing habits of use means …
Newlaunches.com:
Only 244 copies of Genuine Windows Vista sold in China  —  Microsoft spent millions of dollars advertising its next generation OS 'Windows Vista' in China, in fact the IT juggernaut threw up the biggest Vista Ad on the 421 meter high Jin Mao tower in Shanghai China.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Bungee Labs - Next Generation Web Development Platform  —  Yesterday in the Web 2.0 Expo booths, I checked out Bungee Labs - an ambitious new on-demand, web-based development environment that enables developers to build and deploy web apps that utilize the large variety of APIs and web services out on the Internet.
 
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Oracle, SAP, Others Sued Over Disc-To-Web Hyperlink Technology
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Verizon suspends push for Mass. TV franchises
BBC:
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Google announces new AJAX Feed API
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