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5:05 PM ET, May 8, 2007

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Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Sun goes after Adobe Apollo, Ajax, Silverlight  —  The dust has hardly settled after Microsoft's unveiling of its Silverlight beta, or Sun Microsystems is making a plunge into the rich internet application market.  —  The server vendor on Tuesday will unveil its Java FX technology …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look - Google Analytics Launches New Interface and Reporting  —  Since Google acquired Urchin's popular web analytics technology in 2005, re-branding as Google Analytics, the service has become a popular choice among marketers looking to understand their web site's traffic.
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics' New Interface
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
You're a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles Well  —  Abigail L. Garvey Wilson  —  Emerges From Obscurity;  —  Millions of John Smiths  —  Before Abigail Garvey got married in 2000, anyone could easily Google her.  Then she swapped her maiden name for her husband's last name, Wilson, and dropped out of sight.
Etan Vlessing / Reuters:
Warner Bros. bans Canada previews in piracy move  —  TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - In a pre-emptive strike against movie piracy originating from Canada, Warner Bros.  Pictures said Monday it will cancel preview screenings of its movies north of the border.
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Warner Bros. Television Group Joins Joost
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Studios sing chorus of "Blame Canada"
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kottke.org:
Growth of Twitter vs. Blogger  —  Further update: The Twitter data is bad, bad, bad, rendering Andy's post and most of this here post useless.  Both jumps in Twitter activity in Nov 2006 and March 2007 are artificial in nature.  See here for an update.  —  Update: A commenter noted …
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
ABC, Cox Bar Ad Skipping in Video on Demand  —  Walt Disney Co.'s two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, have struck a deal with cable operator Cox Communications Inc. to offer hit shows and football games on demand — but with the unusual condition that Cox disables the fast-forward feature that allows viewers to skip ads.
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Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Contrarian viewpoint on the future of newspapers  —  Walter E. Hussman Jr., the Publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (the major paper in Little Rock), wrote a fascinating opinion column in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required) entitled "How to Sink a Newspaper".
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BBC:
Linux evolves for mobile phones  —  A version of the increasingly popular Linux operating system Ubuntu will be developed for use on net-enabled phones and devices.  —  The Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project aims to create the open source platform for initial release in October 2007.
John Andrews / johnon.com:
The New York Times flexes it's SEO Muscle  —  We knew it was coming, and we knew the New York Times was "getting" SEO.  And it didn't take long.  The King of Content is now dominating the Google SERPs across a wide swath of the keyword space, via the re-published, re-purposed, New York Times Archives.
Business Wire:
HP Lifts Guidance for Second Quarter Earnings, Revenue  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it has raised its financial guidance for the fiscal second quarter ended April 30.  —  Based on preliminary data, HP expects to announce on May 16 …
Nick / Rough Type:
Google preparing to police web  —  Increasingly worried by the use of conventional web sites to distribute the viruses that turn innocent PCs into botnet "zombies," Google appears to be readying a plan to police the web.  If the plan goes forward, Google will use new software …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google launches Google Reader for the Wii  —  Google quietly launched Google Reader specifically designed for the Wii last night — the new interface even makes use of the buttons found on your Wiimote.  On my initial digging, I cannot find a similar interface designed specifically for the PS3 browser.
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Apple: Caris Ups Target, Estimates On Strong iPod Sales; Sees Huge iPhone Demand  —  Shebly Seyrafi, an analyst with Caris & Co., this morning raised his price target for Apple (AAPL) to $115 from $110, asserting that iPod sales in the June quarter should be up from the March quarter.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Macsimum News
Valleywag:
Exclusive: Natalie Portman's lifecast  —  Natalie Portman, the actress who played Queen Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars saga, is touring around Silicon Valley in search of funding for a new project.  The winsome movie star, who came to public notice as a 12-year-old in the charge …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
James Thomas / CenterNetworks:
My life without Google  —  How much did I use Google?  Apparently a lot more often than even I could speculate.  For the last two weeks, I've had google.com blocked at both work and home.  The amount of data they're gathering on me is frightening.  Not because of Google …
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac share of surfers doubles in 8 months
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Jason Brooks / eWEEK.com:
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Ars Technica:
Who are you?  New music composition site gives you your own theme song
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Wired but not Web 2.0? That's normal, study says
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Why Microsoft Can't Buy Yahoo and "Just Be GE"
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Level up for features instead of freemium?
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Why Wall St. Journal Editors Held News of Murdoch Bid
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The Coming Battle: Linked In v. Facebook
Li Evans / Search Marketing Gurus:
Paid Links Debate - The Experts Weigh In
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace/Photobucket: User Overlap Is Nearly 100%
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Some updates from Google Finance
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A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write
 

 
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