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8:20 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 …
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: Mashable! and Startup Meme
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?
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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk and SearchViews
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
No Penalty for Tax Filers Hit by Glitch  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Taxpayers who couldn't electronically file 11th-hour returns using Intuit Inc.'s TurboTax, ProSeries and other software won't be penalized for delays caused by the company's overtaxed servers, the IRS said Wednesday.
Nick / Rough Type:
Intuit's cloudburst frustrates customers
Jessica Dickler /
Late filers swamp TurboTax
Discussion: Techdirt and Consumerist
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.
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:   BlackBerry Blackout
Yahoo! Tech Advisors:
BlackBerry Goes Down, BlackBerry Goes Up
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Adds Charts
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Sling, Apple discuss streaming music to iPhone  —  LAS VEGAS—Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Apple about his company's ambition to stream iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone.  It's unclear, however, what Apple thinks of the plan.
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.
Toshiba commercializes Industry's Highest Capacity Embedded NAND Flash Memory for Mobile Consumer Products  —  Achieves 16G capacity and also integrates controller function  —  TOKYO—Toshiba today announced that the company has commercialized a new series of embedded NAND Flash memory devices …
Elinor Mills / CNET
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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A Hack for Europe!
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Grouping Search Results By Category
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
The VoIP wars: air supply is an optional feature
Web counting tools 'need change'
Discussion: Liberate Media
The Doc Searls Weblog:
No stay of execution for Internet radio
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Google announces new AJAX Feed API
BlackBerry Woes Getting Better
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Virginia Tech: How Media Are Evolving
David Filo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Don't even leave a footprint  —  Jerry Yang and I just announced …
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Yahoo's Earnings Are Down 11 Percent

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