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6:30 AM ET, April 17, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo-Google Deal Advances  —  Yahoo Inc. moved closer to outsourcing its search advertising to Google Inc. after an initial test of the system yielded what the two firms deemed positive results, people familiar with the matter said.  —  A partnership could give Yahoo some needed leverage …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Something's Fishy About This Yahoo-Google Deal  —  Oh, please.  An initial test of outsourcing Yahoo's search to Google showed positive results, according to an account in the Journal.  Hold it; didn't that test just start this week?  Wasn't it supposed to go two weeks?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Puts All The Chips On The Table. Time For Somebody To Fold.
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
How Social Networking Could Kill Web Search as We Know It  —  Google owns search for now, but as PM's senior tech editor explains in his biweekly column, the evolving nature of how we use the Internet has left an uncertain future for search—and it's all the fault of you and your friends.
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PopularMechanics.com:
20 (Rare) Questions for Google Search Guru Udi Manber
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
stackoverflow.com  —  What is stackoverflow.com?  —  Nothing, yet.  —  But here's the concept:  —  Programmers seem to have stopped reading books.  The market for books on programming topics is miniscule compared to the number of working programmers.  —  Instead, they happily program away, using trial-and-error.
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Introducing Stackoverflow.com  —  A little over a month ago, I announced that I was quitting my job.  But there was also something else I didn't fully announce. … The “building stuff”, as you helped us determine, is stackoverflow.com.  It's a small company Joel Spolsky and I are founding together.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Alexa Overhauls Ranking System  —  Everyone's favorite web statistics whipping boy Alexa has announced a major overhaul of how it compiles traffic figures.  —  The biggest change is Alexa's decision to drop exclusive reliance on the Alexa toolbar for traffic data, with Alexa now aggregating data from …
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Alexa Updates Its Web Rankings - Still Not Good Enough
Discussion: I4U News and The Last Podcast
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft 1, blogosphere 0  —  Guys, the joke's on us.  Big time.  —  Bloggers have been chortling all day over a goofy video made for Microsoft's sales team that made its way onto YouTube.  —  The video, “Rocking Our Sales,” by “Bruce ServicePack and the Vista Street Band,” is painfully lame.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  As further evidence of the growing interest in Macs among enterprise customers, IBM's Research Information Services launched an internal pilot program designed to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform.
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Mac OS X on a UMPC: first ink, some thoughts and challenges
Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:   Keeping your Mac locked down: a Mac OS X security primer
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new reason to hate Comcast  —  As long as I've been a customer of Comcast I've been writing how much I wish they'd sell their Internet business to a company that doesn't hate its customers so much.  But sometimes you forget, when the service is good, you just cruise along, happy and productive.
Discussion: Epeus' epigone and Download Squad
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A New Chief, but eBay's Struggles Continue  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As John Donahoe takes over as chief executive of eBay, the company is still struggling to improve its business.  —  The company, which has been refocusing its business, reported that net income in its first quarter rose 22 percent …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
NBC to Apple: Build antipiracy into iTunes  —  SAN FRANCISCO—NBC Universal would like to have its TV shows distributed once again through Apple's iTunes service, a top executive said Wednesday, but he called for antipiracy measures to help protect his business' revenue.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Pays Users $1 Million  —  YouTube said today it has paid out more than $1 million to its user partners through its partner program.  The figure came as part of an announcement that YouTube is expanding the program to users in Japan, Australia and Ireland (it was previously only available …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SixApart's BlogIt Could Be the Start of Something Big  —  SixApart launched BlogIt by TypePad last night, a Facebook app that lets you post to SixApart blogs and other blogging software like WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr, to your Facebook Newsfeed and to Twitter all from one place.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service  —  In their ever continuing battle to free the Internet, The Pirate Bay has now launched an uncensored blogging service, called Baywords.  The service is intended to be a safe haven for bloggers who want to be able to write whatever they want …
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google ‘Gamed’ Airwave Sale, Republican Lawmakers Say  —  Google Inc. manipulated a U.S. government spectrum auction by bidding just enough to trigger rules that will open a nationwide set of airwaves to any device and then walking away, Republican lawmakers said.
Portfolio.com:
Comcast Sends Its Regrets  —  Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, has opted to sit out tomorrow's Federal Communications Commission hearing on broadband network management practices at Stanford, Portfolio.com has learned.  —  As a result, the company will not face one of its most prominent critics …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Extra Cost to Buy Yahoo: Retention Pay  —  Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo, if successful, will leave it with more than one bill due.  —  The shareholders, to be sure, will collect their payment, but Microsoft will most likely need to put together a package of financial incentives …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Decline and Fall of Tech on Digg  —  If you're a fan of digg, you've probably been noticing that tech stories are becoming less and less a feature of the social news site.  The reason?  Digg is attempting to attract a large mainstream user base.  Just how low has tech sunk in digg?
Discussion: The Last Podcast
 
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm—is the sky really falling?
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Facebook expands Mini-Feed to include Digg
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Swoop from space to the streets in Google Earth 4.3
Jeremy Cole / jcole's weblog:
Just announced: MySQL to launch new features only in MySQL Enterprise
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mac shipments outpace market in Q1
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Real People Don't Have Time for Social Media
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Intuit getting into the hosted app business
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Psystar Exposed: Looks Like a Hoax
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Windows Vista update ‘kills’ USB devices
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