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1:20 PM ET, April 19, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: MySpace News Launches Thursday  —  On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at  Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST.  —  The news property is built on Newroo technology, a company they acquired in early 2006 for a rumored $7 million.
Times of London:
MySpace takes on Google News and Digg  —  MySpace is going into the news business with a service that will scour the internet for news stories and let users vote on which ones receive the most exposure.  —  This approach blends elements of Google News and sites such as Digg and Netscape …
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
MySpace visitors to vote on what's news  —  Leave it to the folks behind "American Idol" to ask tens of millions of MySpace visitors to vote for their favorite news story.  —  News Corp., which owns the world's top social-networking website as well as the Fox television network …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MySpace to test news service to boost ad revenue
Discussion: Gizmodo
Acquisition of Hitwise  —  Experian, the global information solutions company, announces that it has acquired Hitwise, a leading Internet marketing intelligence company, which helps clients monitor the performance of their websites and target their online advertising spend more effectively.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Tinfinger
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Hitwise Acquired by Experian for $240 Million  —  All of those great charts that Hitwise so freely provide us, have paid off big time for the web intelligence company.  Information services provider Experian has announced their cash purchase of Hitwise for $240 million.
Microsoft Announces Commitment to Promote Sustained Social and Economic Opportunity for the Next 5 Billion People  —  Company unveils affordable education suite for young people in developing nations and announces plans for 90 new Innovation Centers to promote local software ecosystems.
Microsoft aims to double PC base  —  Microsoft software will sell for just $3 (£1.50) in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users.  —  The firm wants to bring computing to a further one billion people by 2015.  —  Governments in developing countries …
Discussion: Slashdot
Ubuntu Releases:
Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)  —  Select an image  —  Ubuntu is distributed on three types of images described below.  —  Desktop CD  —  The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later.  This type of CD is what most people will want to use.
Discussion: Lifehacker, Boing Boing and digg
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Arrives
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Back to basics  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP, Search & User Experience, and Jeff Bartelma, Product Manager, Google Product Search (the product formerly known as Froogle :) )  —  Today, we're making some changes to how we help users find things to buy.  You may be familiar with our product Froogle (a pun on "frugal").
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Cho-TV, day 2  —  When it came out yesterday that Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, had sent 23 QuickTime videos to NBC in NY, that changed forever how I thought about blogging, video, podcasting, etc.  When I first put up the post, Steve Garfield sent an email saying he didn't think it was vlogging, but I'm not so sure.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Security Companies Sucker Us With Lemons  —  More than a year ago, I wrote about the increasing risks of data loss because more and more data fits in smaller and smaller packages.  Today I use a 4-GB USB memory stick for backup while I am traveling.  I like the convenience, but if I lose the tiny thing I risk all my data.
Discussion: Slashdot
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Found Footage: Apple TV Plugin Loader  —  AwkwardTV has just posted this video demonstrating a new Apple TV 'meta plug-in' that retrieves and installs other plug-ins from around the net.  Developer Alan_Quartermain built this brilliant tool that displays a list of third party items …
Discussion: Apple Gazette and UNEASYsilence
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
EBay Profit Climbs 52 Percent  —  EBay posted better-than-expected profit in the first quarter as several of its newer businesses compensated for disappointing results in its mainstay auction service.  —  The faster-growing units include, a price comparison site …
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
eBay beats profit estimates, raises outlook
iPhone on target for end of June launch, AT&T says  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - The iPhone, Apple Inc.'s first mobile handset, is on schedule to hit the U.S. market at the end of June, a senior executive with AT&T Inc. said on Wednesday.  —  AT&T's wireless unit has an exclusive U.S. deal to sell the highly anticipated new handset.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Mr Blog:
Fring is technically impressive, but I'm still wondering about its utility  —  I have mentioned Fring a few times before.  The most recent post left it that I had not been able to complete the setup because I never received the SMS from Fring on my phone.  —  I sat down with Boaz Zilberman …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vista, IE7 help Microsoft boost search market share  —  In a rare bit of good news for Microsoft on the search front, web metrics firm comScore reported that for the month of March, Microsoft's search engines saw their first market share increase in nearly a year.
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony admits, fixes problem with DVD DRM
Mike / Techdirt:
Trent Reznor: CD Outdated... But If We Have To Sell It, Why Not Make It Cool?
Joe / Techdirt:
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TalkBMC - opensville:
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Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The Blog is the New Resume  —  Bokardoan Adam Darowski suggests …
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Interview: Will Friedwald, Owner Of The Worlds Largest iTunes Collection
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Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog: