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8:10 PM ET, April 19, 2007


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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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
What Role Did Blogging Play in the Hitwise Acquisition?
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Google's Profit Rises 69% as Advertising Sales Gain (Update2)  —  April 19 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most-used Internet search engine, said first-quarter profit rose 69 percent as it increased advertising sales worldwide and took more market share from Yahoo! Inc.
Google gets its groove back  —  World's top search engine reports strong increase in sales and profits that beat expectations, stock soars  —  NEW YORK ( — Google said profits soared nearly 70 percent in the first quarter on the back of solid sales growth …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Google Q1 '07 Earnings: Live Coverage
Discussion: BloggingStocks and WebProNews
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: Compiler and Slashdot
Josh Lowensohn /
HANDS-ON WITH MYSPACE NEWS: FAR FROM A DIGG KILLER  —  The much-anticipated Digg-like news service from MySpace launched early this morning.  The front page combines popular stories from the service's 24 categories, with a user democratized voting system for promotion and demotion.
Discussion: Compiler
Ina Fried / CNET
Dell brings back XP on home systems  —  update Dell is bringing XP back.  —  Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.  —  Like most computer makers …
Bob Bernick Jr / Deseret News:
Lawmakers seek ways to block Net porn  —  Utah lawmakers have tried various methods of controlling questionable Internet content, especially the availability of pornography to children.  —  Little has been successful.  —  But a legislative committee studying the issue this spring …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Slashdot
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").
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Why Can't Google Brand?  —  The renaming of Google's Froogle …
Discussion: Valleywag and Traffick
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Vonage: Do You Know What 3Com Has?  —  Ken Rutkowski, with whom I co-host the World Technology RoundUp forwarded me on this email, which after receiving the author's permission, I have agreed to post as a community service for all the Vonage customers and shareholders.
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Amazon sues Statsaholic...Web as Platform is Bullsh*t  —  Update: see filing embedded in this post.  —  Amazon just dug its own grave, I think.  At least in the world of web services, it's going to be hard to save its reputation.  —  You see, while Amazon used the Web 2. Expo as a platform …
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!
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
AOL founder launches health care Web site  —  AOL founder Steve Case unveiled on Thursday, in a move that may ultimately challenge industry stalwart for a slice of the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical advertising market.  — …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Starnum's User-Generated Widget Ads  —  Starnum is a recently launched service that brings new light to an affiliate ad program, giving users more control.  —  As a Starnum user, you can choose from over 4 million products they have in their online catalog and either buy it for yourself, or recommend it for someone else.
Discussion: alarm:clock and
Colour barcode system to hit DVDs  —  A colour barcode system holding more data than current codes will find its way onto DVDs later this year.  —  The four and eight-colour geometric patterns can hold up to two-pages of data, double the amount of traditional black and white, striped barcodes
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Outlook 2007: downgrade no longer  —  Search used to be horrible in Outlook.  It was so bad that for all intents and purposes, you couldn't search your old email.  Instead, you were encouraged to carefully sort it out into a hierarchy of folders (shudder).  —  A bunch of third party fixes appeared.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Is the pen still mighty in the computer age?  —  Your grandchildren may use a stylus on a tablet PC instead of a Bic on tablet paper, but they will continue to write.  —  That's because even in an era when elementary school students are adept at mousing and teenagers are fiends at text-messaging …
AT&T Launches Mobile Remote Access for AT&T U-verse TV U-verse Customers Can Now Program Their DVR With Wireless Phones From AT&T  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that AT&T U-verse customers can now schedule and manage their U-verse TV recordings from AT&T wireless phones and devices.
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Operation Ore flawed by fraud
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