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3:30 AM ET, April 17, 2008

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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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Since there has been such a thing
Discussion: Matt Cutts
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.
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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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
eBay Snoring, Skype Roaring  —  Ebay reported its first quarter earnings today, and there was nothing impressive about the results, especially their core auction-related business.  On the other hand, Skype seems to be doing pretty well. … Those are impressive numbers.
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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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Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:   Keeping your Mac locked down: a Mac OS X security primer
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.
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Psystar Exposed: Looks Like a Hoax  —  After the Guardian did their own investigation into the Mac clone maker Psystar yesterday, we decided to take it a step further and see if they actually exist, in the physical sense.  How could a company so brazenly challenge Apple and have little to no record of actually being a company?
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 …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Comcast proposes P2P ‘bill of rights’
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.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm—is the sky really falling?  —  At the Global IPv6 Summit in Beijing this week, executives from the Internet industry have come together to share bleak predictions about the future of the Internet.  According to Tony Hain from router vendor Cisco, within three years …
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Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Sound the Alarm, IPv6 Execs Say
Discussion: CIO.com
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: Download Squad
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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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 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista update ‘kills’ USB devices  —  Defeat 99.7% of all Spam!  —  Microsoft has admitted it is investigating reports that a recent Windows Vista security update causes havoc with some USB devices, but the software giant is yet to provide a fix for the cock-up.
Jeremy Cole / jcole's weblog:
Just announced: MySQL to launch new features only in MySQL Enterprise  —  Just announced at the MySQL Partner meeting as part of the MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, CA:  —  MySQL will start offering some features (specifically ones related to online backups) only in MySQL Enterprise.
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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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Extra Cost to Buy Yahoo: Retention Pay
Discussion: CNET News.com
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Warning on Storage of Health Records
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Facebook expands Mini-Feed to include Digg
Gokul Varadhan / Google LatLong:
Swoop from space to the streets in Google Earth 4.3
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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2008-20
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mac shipments outpace market in Q1
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Another Failed Harvard Social Network Takes ‘Legal Action’ Against Facebook
Discussion: Valleywag and VentureBeat
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
GNTV: A Talk with the Twitter Guys
Discussion: FaceReviews and Pat Phelan
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
IMAP Support Disappears From Gmail [Updated]
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valleywag Fires Writer Who Criticized Valleywag
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When Everyone Talks About Weakness At Google, Wall Street Buys the Stock
Discussion: New York Times
Steven Swartz / Market Wire:
“Free Open Source Software Is Costing Vendors $60 Billion,” …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Security is No Match for Chocolate and Good Looking Women
 

 
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