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1:50 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
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
MySpace Digg clone a squandered opportunity
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 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
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.
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.
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:   Media mine Web searches for readers
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Microsoft Sells 20 Million Copies Of Vista WorldWide, 244 in China  —  Windows Vista, the much touted and hyped operating system from Microsoft that was long over due, is now out in the market for more than 2 months.  Microsoft announced a month back that Vista sales-licenses sold to PC manufacturers …
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
Staci D. Kramer /
Earnings: NYTCO 1Q: Profit, Revenue Down; Internet Revenue Up 21.6 Percent, '07 Forecast Lowered  —  Lots of online info in today's 1Q07 earnings report from the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYTCO) and not all of it is good.  The company's guidance for 2007 includes a warning not to expect 30 percent …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The Blog is the New Resume  —  Bokardoan Adam Darowski suggests that the blog is the new resume.  I think he's absolutely right...whenever anyone wants to know anything about me I send them here.  —  This immediately brings several things to bear:  — Your blog represents you.  —  Represent!
Discussion: point being
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
Operation Ore flawed by fraud  —  The high-profile crackdown on internet child porn has claimed lives and destroyed reputations.  But fresh evidence says the police got it wrong, says Duncan Campbell  —  Operation Ore has become embedded in public consciousness as the landmark police operation …
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Candace Lombardi / CNET
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
What if Redstone 'Googled' Murdoch?
Discussion: Epicenter
Mike / Techdirt:
Trent Reznor: CD Outdated... But If We Have To Sell It, Why Not Make It Cool?
Joe / Techdirt:
Are Supporters Of Net Neutrality Really Just Supporters Of Music Piracy?
TalkBMC - opensville:
Welcome to Opensville, Population Zero
Discussion: Open Source and digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hitachi aims high with forthcoming 85-inch plasma HDTV
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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