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10:15 AM ET, April 27, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL One Step Behind Again: New Home Page Identical To Yahoo  —  AOL has started beta testing a new home page (the main portal).  AOL Senior Product Manager (and occasional TechCrunch contributor) Frank Gruber introduced it on his personal blog earlier today, although he is not the product manager for the product.
Discussion: parislemon and digg
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
AOL LAUNCHES INDIA, US & CANADA PORTALS  —  As hinted at last week, AOL has launched AOL India.  The portal, a localized version of the United States version, is housed at  The portal looks very clean and light and could be considered an expression of AOL's now open and free business model.
Microsoft Reports Record Profits  —  Robust demand for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system drives 72% growth in earnings per share  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $14.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 …
Business Wire:
Barbie® Revolutionizes the Way Girls Play  —  Groundbreaking Barbie Girls™ Platform Provides Hybrid Play Experience With Fashion, Music and Online Virtual World  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Today, Mattel unveiled the next generation of fashion doll play with Barbie Girls&trade …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog
Anything But iPod:   Barbie Girl: 512MB MP3 Player for Tweens
BLOGGING: Expanding no more  —  It's the web media equivalent of the central cosmological constant: does the universe of personal sites expand ad infinitum, or else collapse under its own weight?  And we may finally have an answer.  The number of active blogs tracked by Technorati has stalled at about 15 million.
Wall Street Journal:
PlayStation Creator Resigns As Chief of Sony Unit  —  TOKYO — Ken Kutaragi, who created Sony Corp.'s PlayStation videogame business, resigned yesterday, giving up his leadership role at the company at a time when his biggest technological gamble to date — the PlayStation 3 — is lagging behind rivals.
Analysts Weigh In on Kutaragi's Departure
Discussion: GigaOM and Kotaku
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
'$100 laptop' to cost $175  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The founder of the ambitious "$100 laptop" project, which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, revealed Thursday that the machine for now costs $175, and it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface.
Discussion: Engadget and GigaOM
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Ex-Finance Chief Settles With SEC  —  Apple Inc.'s former chief financial officer Fred Anderson has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission on his alleged participation in the backdating of stock options at the computer maker and the agency is expected to pursue a civil lawsuit …
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shares hit new all-time high
Discussion: Macsimum News and Apple Gazette
The Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N75 now available on AT&T  —  Well, would ya just look at that?  The long-awaited Nokia handset, the N75, is now up on AT&T's website.  They're charging $199.99 for a 2 year service agreement, and $399 for the retail price.  Not bad for North America's first 3G Nokia handset!
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer and Engadget
Joris Evers / CNET
Office 2003 to get security upgrade  —  Microsoft plans to make some of the security improvements and features it built into Office 2007 available for Office 2003, a company representative said Thursday.  —  Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 will be focused on security, said Joshua Edwards …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Cellphones are dangerous/not dangerous, bee-friendly edition  —  As the saga continues, we've got yet another flip-flopped story rolling through in regard to the toxicity (or not) of cellphones to our environment.  Just under a fortnight ago, a report based on an (admittedly lacking) …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Are mobile phones and Wi-Fi to blame for the world's ills?
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Google Personalization Gurus Sep Kamvar and Marissa Mayer  —  Last week I had the chance to talk to Marissa Mayer, Google VP, Search Products & User Experience, and Sep Kamvar, engineering lead for personalization at Google, about the inclusion of Web History into personalized search.
Discussion: WebProNews
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sold on eBay, Shipped by  —  Your next eBay purchase could arrive at your door in a brown box.  —, the online retailer, is expanding a program designed to allow independent sellers to use its network of distribution centers to store and ship their products …
Already have a TiVo box?  —  You can choose from a variety of service plans and we'll throw in a wireless adapter as our gift to you ($59.99 value!).  —  Prepay  —  Monthly  —  1 year for $179  —  = $14.92 per month  —  $16.95 per month  —  with 1-year commitment  —  2 years for $299
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Akamai Releases FoxTorrent 1.0 - Firefox BitTorrent Add-on  —  Red Swoosh (acquired by Akamai for $15 million earlier this month) released v1.0 of FoxTorrent today.  This is a fully functional BitTorrent client for Firefox that works cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
My Policy on Embargoes and Exclusive Stories  —  I'm getting a lot of feedback from people complaining that we aren't writing about them because we don't get an exclusive on the story.  I just want to make my policy on embargoes and exclusives clear.  —  Embargoes: This is news that's delivered …
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Windows Vista = Windows Me II?
George Ou:
MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.2 shootout
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YouTube Lining Up Summer Ads
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