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8:40 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Strong Quarter at Microsoft, and an Upbeat '08 Outlook, Bring Wall St. a Sigh of Relief  —  Microsoft reported quarterly sales and profits that surpassed Wall Street's expectations yesterday, suggesting that early sales of its new Windows Vista operating system were off to a solid start.
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Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:
Firefox Extension: Smart Digg Button  —  The Smart Digg Button extension for Firefox places a button in your status bar.  It uses the newly released Digg API to determine if the web page you are currently viewing has been submitted to Digg.  —  If the page you are viewing has been submitted to Digg …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
FIREFOX GETS TIGHT WITH DIGG
Discussion: digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Negroponte suggests the OLPC can support Windows, may hit US schools  —  Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the OLPC, Negroponte, and the Sugar interface, in comes the man himself using the "W" word in an open-sourced conversation.
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Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Six Basic Truths of Free APIs  —  Amazon and Google have recently shattered a common misconception: that free APIs are a commons of goodies to be built on top of for fun and profit, like open source software.  If you think that, then here are six things you need to know about free APIs:
Discussion: Vincent Maher
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop  —  Is Linux finally ready to take on Windows as a desktop OS?  We tried out both Vista and Ubuntu on individual PCs to see which works better.  Here's who won.  —  The prevailing wisdom about Linux on the desktop runs something like this …
Discussion: Download Squad, digg and Slashdot
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sold on eBay, Shipped by Amazon.com  —  Your next eBay purchase could arrive at your door in a brown Amazon.com box.  —  Amazon.com, 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 …
Bloomberg:
GE Shares Rally on Citigroup's Push for Unit Spinoffs (Update7)  —  General Electric Co. shares staged their biggest rally in more than four months after Citigroup Inc. analysts said the company should spin off NBC Universal, GE Money and the real-estate division.
Seeking Alpha:
Microsoft F3Q07 (Qtr End 3/31/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Kirk Materne - Banc of America Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Welcome to the Microsoft 2007 fiscal year third quarter earnings conference call.
P2P Blog:
Foxtorrent: First review of Akamai's new Firefox Bittorrent extension  —  It's been only a couple of weeks since word got out about a new Firefox Bittorrent extension called Foxtorrent.  Yesterday Red Swoosh released the Fox into the wild, announcing both Mac and Linux support and version 1.0 on the same day.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
At Mix, Microsoft's Windows Live platform group loosens up  —  Microsoft next week at its Mix07 conference plans to detail more generous business terms for partners to use its Live online services and to open up new application programming interfaces for Windows Live Spaces.
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Zunch Communications' Bankruptcy a Sign of Things to Come?  —  Zunch Communications has declared bankruptcy, but Zunch Worldwide lives on.  The new entity bought the assets and took on some of the debts of SEM firm Zunch Communications in October 2006, and that company finally filed for bankruptcy last week.
Kotaku:
Blizzard Working on "Next-Gen MMO"  —  360 Launches in the Middle East  —  While we were busy yesterday following the Kutaragi news, over in the United Arab Emirates they were celebrating the launch of a brand new video game console for the region, the Microsoft Xbox 360.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
EconSM Conference: Social Media Sans Search  —  Yesterday's Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference in LA, the first event from the team at PaidContent, was an impressive debut, both in terms of attendance and the range and "quality" of speakers on the stage.
Discussion: Screenwerk and paidContent.org
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Second Life Build Tools Support More Formats  —  Without an announcement on its official blog, Linden Lab, makers of the virtual world of Second Life, seems to have introduced a new capability for its in-world building tools that will allow them to better support established formats …
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
A tale of two Web 2.0 conferences and mashups  —  I've just come off a whirlwind conference tour that started in San Francisco last week with Web 2.0 Expo and ended with the Web 2.0 Kongress yesterday in Frankfurt.  I was fortunate enough to be able to speak at both conferences and it was fascinating …
David / Ironic Sans:
Idea: Uncensor the Internet with Greasemonkey  —  There's an article on-line from Money Magazine called "50 Bulls**t Jobs."  That's right.  Bulls**t.  With those two asterisks in there.  Come on.  We know what word they mean.  So why not just say it?  If they think we're adult enough …
Discussion: Lifehacker and AppScout
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Bill May Save Net Radio  —  On Thursday a bill that could save Internet radio was submitted to Congress.  The bill, Internet Radio Equality Act, would stop a new royalty scheme that Internet broadcasters say will shut them down because it will cost them too much money.
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Secretive Silicon Valley company, OptiSolar, builds largest solar farm
Discussion: alarm:clock and JSOnline
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple issues fix for notebook battery issues
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
The Perfect DB Storage Array
David Barboza / New York Times:
Murdoch Is Taking MySpace to China
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Friday Rant: Let's Make Companies Publish Their Guidance …
PRWeb:
Improved Identification of Encrypted P2P Protocols, Identification …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
CNNMoney.com:
AT&T chief's retirement package: $158.5M
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Can MVNOs help FMC Succeed?
Discussion: Roam4free
 Earlier Items: 
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Jamglue's Growth and Scaling
Discussion: Listening Post
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license
Discussion: Copyfight
Lifehacker:
LIFEHACKER TOP 10: LH Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Acer to buy small PC vendor — but not Gateway, it says
Discussion: Gadget Lab and alarm:clock
Valleywag:
UI: AOL rips off Yahoo front page
Terence Poon / Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Make Gains in China By Giving Units Greater Autonomy
Inside AdWords:
Protecting your security online