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10:25 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.
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?
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Intuit's cloudburst frustrates customers
Jessica Dickler / CNNMoney.com:
Late filers swamp TurboTax
Discussion: Techdirt and Consumerist
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 …
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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Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:   BlackBerry Blackout
Yahoo! Tech Advisors:
BlackBerry Goes Down, BlackBerry Goes Up
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
VA Tech Tragedy Response Reveals Force of Web
Discussion: CostPerNews
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.
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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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Hyperlinking From CD To The Web Patented — Plenty Of Software Companies Sued  —  from the seriously?  dept  —  Remember Acacia?  It's the patent hoarder that buys up random questionable patents and then sues lots and lots of companies.  Its most famous patent is for streaming media …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Oracle, SAP, Others Sued Over Disc-To-Web Hyperlink Technology
Discussion: Download Squad and Zoli's Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Read/WriteWeb:
Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's challenge: Getting the social Web right
Discussion: Profy.Com
Reuters:
Judge won't dismiss Google trademark suit
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Gartner: Mac Sales Grew 30% in 1st Q
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
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
A Hack for Europe!
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 Earlier Items: 
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Grouping Search Results By Category
BBC:
BBC to open up archive for trial
Motorola:
Motorola Announces First-Quarter Sales and Earnings
Newlaunches.com:
Only 244 copies of Genuine Windows Vista sold in China
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Exclusive: Facebook May Launch Local Classifieds
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
The VoIP wars: air supply is an optional feature
DigiTimes:
HTC to ship Google handsets by year-end
David Filo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Don't even leave a footprint  —  Jerry Yang and I just announced …
 

 
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