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5:50 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?
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
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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   More about Microsoft's $3 software plan
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:   Microsoft beats Google in worldwide mission, big time
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Microsoft Unlimited Potential program - Windows and Office for $3
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: MySpace News Launches Thursday
Josh Lowensohn /
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
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.
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Arrives
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and The Tech Report
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 …
Discussion: TechBlog, Macsimum News and Slashdot
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.
Virginia Tech and social media: some questions for newsrooms
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 …
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 …
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
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
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!
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 …
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Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Google's Profit Rises 69% as Advertising Sales Gain (Update2)
Discussion: Valleywag
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Earnings: Google's Q1 Revenus Up 63 Percent; Net Income Flat Sequentially
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Starnum's User-Generated Widget Ads
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Click fraud rate inching up, report says
Discussion: TechSpot News
Charles / Channel 9:
Conversation with Soma: Orcas Beta 1 and Beyond
Discussion: Somasegar's WebLog
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Vonage: Do You Know What 3Com Has?  —  Ken Rutkowski …
Yoshiko Hara / EE Times:
Hitachi bets on 85-inch PDP TV
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
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Verizon Details FiOS Local Programming Plans
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AT&T Launches Mobile Remote Access for AT&T U-verse TV U-verse …
Robert Young / GigaOM:
What if Redstone 'Googled' Murdoch?
Discussion: Epicenter
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony admits, fixes problem with DVD DRM
iPhone on target for end of June launch, AT&T says
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
TalkBMC - opensville:
Welcome to Opensville, Population Zero
Discussion: Open Source and digg
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
EBay Profit Climbs 52 Percent
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
Pew Internet:
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