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4:24 AM ET, April 28, 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
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Lawmakers propose reversal of Net radio fee increases  —  A bill introduced in Congress Thursday aims to overturn a controversial royalty fee increase that Internet radio advocates say threatens to cripple their services.  —  The "Internet Radio Equality Act," introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee …
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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
David Wallace / SearchRank Blog:
10 Signs That You May Be a Blog Addict  —  Blogs exist on just about every variety of subject one can imagine.  And more and more blogs come online each and every day.  But what does it take to really have an active blog that people will subscribe to and come back again and again to read?
Discussion: Small Business SEM and digg
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
WSJ censoring Vonage's Ads?  —  When we looked at the back page of Friday's Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal, it looked like the delivery person had perhaps taken offense with the Vonage ad campaign about its patent case with Verizon, with what looked like some black-pen editing …
Discussion: WSJ.com
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
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
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.
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizz Confirms New Product Next Month
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.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Wakoopa: Last.fm For Desktop Applications  —  Last.fm does for music what Dutch startup Wakoopa wants to do for your desktop applications.  Like Last.fm, Wakoopa uses a downloaded tracker, except if follows how often you use applications instead of listen to music.
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.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft mulling major changes to ward off .ANI-type flaws  —  How did the super-critical animated cursor (.ani) vulnerability get past all the strict code review, fuzz testing and other defense-in-depth mitigations built into Windows Vista?  —  Michael Howard (left) has the answer …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Sdl / The Security Development Lifecycle:
Lessons learned from the Animated Cursor Security Bug
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
How Google, Yahoo & Ask.com Treat the No Follow Link Attribute  —  There seems to be a common misconception in the webmaster and search engine marketing field that inbound links which use the 'no follow' attribute have no value to the site which they point towards.
Discussion: Small Business SEM and digg
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
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Moving fuels shift from wireline service  —  New research is showing that almost half of all households that move shift their new telecom service to a non-traditional service provider such as a wireless operator, a cable company or a VoIP provider.  —  Telephia's Total Communications Survey …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Telcos' Biggest Marketing Strategy: Inertia
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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
CNNMoney.com:
AT&T chief's retirement package: $158.5M  —  Telecommunications company says Edward Whitacre, a 43-year veteran of AT&T, has helped the firm outperform its peers, newspaper reports.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Edward Whitacre will be given one of the highest …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Secretive Silicon Valley company, OptiSolar, builds largest solar farm  —  A secretive Hayward, Calif. company has just announced it will build the largest solar power "farm" in North America, using solar cells manufactured in Silicon Valley.  —  The site, near Sarnia in Ontario, Canada …
Discussion: Red Herring and alarm:clock
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Friday Rant: Let's Make Companies Publish Their Guidance; Conference Call Aren't Enough  —  While most people on the Street still think of this as earnings season, another way to think of it would be outlook season: the time when corporate managements (at companies other than Google) …
 
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David Barboza / New York Times:
Murdoch Is Taking MySpace to China
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Improved Identification of Encrypted P2P Protocols, Identification …
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Discussion: Roam4free
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license
Discussion: Copyfight and digg
Lifehacker:
LIFEHACKER TOP 10: LH Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
A tale of two Web 2.0 conferences and mashups
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Acer to buy small PC vendor — but not Gateway, it says
Discussion: Gadget Lab and alarm:clock
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's OLPC coup and unintended consequences
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft is dead in theory