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10:30 AM ET, April 16, 2008


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Bill Brand / Mercury News:
U.C. Berkeley student's Twitter messages alerted world to his arrest in Egypt  —  BERKELEY _ When Egyptian police scooped up UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck, who was photographing a noisy demonstration, and dumped him in a jail cell last week, they didn't count on Twitter.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Saves Man From Egyptian Justice
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: March Paid-Click Growth Awful (Again)  —  Google's (GOOG) US paid-click growth in March was as bad as in February—up only 2.7%—rounding out a violent deceleration in Q1, says Comscore (per Mark Mahaney at Citi).  In all of Q1, Google's US paid clicks rose only 2% year-over-year versus 25% in Q4 and 48% in Q3.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's paid clicks anemic in March; Will it matter?  —  Google's paid click rate for March grew 2.7 percent in March, a tally that was deemed “anemic” by analysts.  —  Google's paid clicks have been the most overanalyzed metric of the first quarter, but we're about to find out whether …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   eBay: Did listings change make a difference?
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google In The Hot Seat
Discussion: Between the Lines
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
How To Put Google Street View To Practical Use  —  Google Street View can scope out real estate, travel destinations, and even save you from your next parking ticket — all from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone browser.  —  Google Street View is the closest thing to teleportation that you can find outside the starship Enterprise.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Harrison Hoffman / CNET
Microsoft hits back at Google with Live Search News  —  As a part of its Rome release, Microsoft's Live Search team has launched Live Search News, a direct competitor to Google News.  —  At this time, Live Search News looks like a simplified version of Google News.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WinBeta
John Markoff / New York Times:
Larger Prey Are Targets of Phishing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An e-mail scam aimed squarely at the nation's top executives is raising new alarms about the ease with which people and companies can be deceived by online criminals.  —  Thousands of high-ranking executives across the country …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your iPod Touch into an iPhone  —  The iPhone and iPod touch are almost indistinguishable devices except for one major difference—you can make calls from your iPhone, and you can't from your iPod touch.  For the privilege of making phone calls with your iPhone, you have to pay $100 …
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
What will the music industry tax next?  —  I haven't read the Music Business Group's ‘Response to UK IPO consultation on copyright exceptions’ in full but one particular quote has caught my attention.  The MBG, who represent “the collective view of the UK music industry” …
Discussion: Virtual Economics
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Six Apart wrestles the social-media dragon  —  A look at Six Apart's Blog It, a tool that lets you manage both blogging accounts and messaging services from a single page.  —  (Credit: Six Apart)  —  The Web might have just gotten one step closer to a universal “social dashboard” …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Battle Of The Commodity Web Applications: It's All About People  —  Facebook has had an update feature similar to Twitter for a while.  Now Facebook has a feature that lets users add feeds from other web services like Flickr and — just like FriendFeed.
Harry Huai Wang / Facebook Blog:
A new way to share with friends  —  Chances are, you use parts …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook is kinda competing with FriendFeed, like it kinda competes with Twitter
Google Earth Blog:
Google Earth 4.3 First Impressions and Screenshots  —  [UPDATE 2145 ET: I've created a quick video demo of 4.3 and put it on YouTube .... And, here is a YouTube demo by Google of 4.3].  —  People are starting to get the ability to download Google Earth 4.3 from the download page.
TrustedReviews Notebooks Feed:
Asus Eee PC 900  —  Few could argue that Asus created something special when it launched the Eee PC last year.  The idea of making a truly mobile, yet very affordable mobile computer was welcomed by the Press and consumers in equal measure.  Although the Eee PC 4G 701 that Andy reviewed …
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
So exactly who or what is Psystar?  We dig a little..  —  You'll have noticed the claims of Psystar that it will be selling an “OpenComputer” (smart, avoiding the use of the Apple trademark in the “OpenMac” name it previously used) that will, in effect, be an Apple clone.
Infosecurity Europe:
Women 4 times more likely than men to give passwords for chocolate  —  A survey by Infosecurity Europe ( of 576 office workers have found that women far more likely to give away their passwords to total strangers than their male counterparts, with 45% of women versus 10% …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple plants two more Mac OS X 10.5.3 seeds  —  Apple over the past few days has provided its developer community with two more builds of its upcoming maintenance and security update for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.  —  Builds 9D19 and 9D20 of Mac OS X 10.5.3 arrived on Friday and Tuesday …
Brokep / Copy me happy:
Maybe a grant?  —  As many are aware, The Pirate Bay is blocked by the Danish ISP Tele2 after Ifpi convinced a court that Tele2 where helping with copyright infringement by letting people access a site which could link to copyrighted material.  And Yes - you can still use Youtube, Google, Yahoo, MSN, Flickr and so on, strangely enough.
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Mac vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test for New Desktops & Laptops  —  This computer rivalry has been elevated to a cultural divide on par with Pepsi versus Coke.  Taking it beyond personal taste, PM crunches the numbers—with some surprising results (and detailed benchmark scores).  —  Photographs by Lendon Flanagan
Discussion: Macenstein and Digg
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Fring: First iPhone VoIP Client?
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Peter Dille / PlayStation.Blog:
Inside PLAYSTATION Network
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Diane Bartz / eWeek:
FTC Urged to Limit Behavioral Advertising
Discussion: WebProNews
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Stream of Wikileaks and other leak websites slippery for banks …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
PluggedIn Wants to be Hulu For Music Videos
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Gawker Media Sales Signals the Market Has Topped Out
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
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Is the Taxman Eyeing ITunes?
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Vatican Court rejects journalist's bid to drop charges in case over leaked documents

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