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10:35 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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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
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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
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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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
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE - NBC: VERY DUMB IDEA  —  Some buzz from Wall St: Analysts are saying that there is no "synergy" between NBC, a GE Unit, and the conglomerates' other units.  So the analysts suggest selling it.  That is nothing new, this kind of stuff is tossed around all the time on Wall St …
Discussion: The Media Age
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Bloomberg:
GE Shares Rally on Citigroup's Push for Unit Spinoffs (Update7)
Discussion: Digital Markets
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New Calacanis link-baiting rules  —  I've developed some deep relationships over the past couple of years blogging and I realize that those relationships manifest themselves in the links I find when I do my 28x a daily ego search over at Technorati.  The quickest way to develop a relationship …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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
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
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 …
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
The Perfect DB Storage Array  —  I've long known that YouTube had a secret weapon in their datacenter by the codename 'Colin', but yesterday at the MySQL Conference, I met three more secret weapons - codename 'Paul' and his team (sorry, guys, I've forgotten your names!).  —  Paul and his team are incredible.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Jamglue's Growth and Scaling  —  Jamglue is a Seattle-based, YCombinator company that has grown quickly since its launch in December 2006.  They are an audio remixing site that allows for simple sharing of audio samples across its members through a searchable database and social network.
Discussion: Listening Post
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ScratchYourself: Viral Sweepstakes That Brands Could Love
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Secretive Silicon Valley company, OptiSolar, builds largest solar farm
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple issues fix for notebook battery issues
David Barboza / New York Times:
Murdoch Is Taking MySpace to China
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Friday Rant: Let's Make Companies Publish Their Guidance …
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Improved Identification of Encrypted P2P Protocols, Identification …
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AT&T chief's retirement package: $158.5M
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Can MVNOs help FMC Succeed?
Discussion: Roam4free
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft mulling major changes to ward off .ANI-type flaws
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license
Discussion: Copyfight and digg
Kotaku:
Blizzard Working on "Next-Gen MMO"
Lifehacker:
LIFEHACKER TOP 10: LH Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks
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