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11:40 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.  —  The WSJ, Yahoo's unofficial partner for information leaks over the last couple of months, is reporting that “people familiar with the matter” (i.e. Yahoo) say that Yahoo and Google have completed a preliminary test …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google-Yahoo search test an alleged hit; Squeezes Microsoft
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   MicroHoo: Yahoo and Google Play House
Red Hat:
What's Going On With Red Hat Desktop Systems?  An Update  —  Red Hat is well known as a supplier of server systems, so the latest developments with our desktop products and technologies sometimes find themselves in the shade.  It's time for an update on the current state of the desktop at Red Hat.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Red Hat bails on consumer Linux desktop
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Red Hat delivers its state of desktop Linux address: There's …
PopularMechanics.com:
20 (Rare) Questions for Google Search Guru Udi Manber  —  as Web search, Udi Manber has been working on Web search.  Previously a computer science professor at the University of Arizona, then a senior vice president at Amazon and Yahoo's chief scientist, Manber is now vice president in charge …
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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.
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.
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Lonelygirl15 and KateModern Creators Raise $5 million, Form EQAL  —  In June 2006, former medical student Miles Beckett and disgruntled lawyer Greg Goodfried teamed up with filmmaker Ramesh Flinders to launch Lonelygirl15, a fictional video journal series on YouTube that captured audiences …
Ríona MacNamara / Official Google Webmaster …:
Best practices when moving your site  —  Planning on moving your site to a new domain?  Lots of webmasters find this a scary process.  How do you do it without hurting your site's performance in Google search results?  —  Your aim is to make the transition invisible and seamless to the user …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
PC sales advance despite US recession, says Gartner  —  Gartner has just released preliminary numbers for this year's first quarter PC market, and it reckons that worldwide PC shipments grew by 12.3% to 71.1 million units compared to 07Q1.  The main news is that Dell — now back under Michael Dell's control — is staging a recovery.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
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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.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Socialtext enterprise wiki getting social network features  —  If you love a good theory — of psychology, physics, economics, you name it — go work at SocialText.  These guys live in their heads.  That became apparent when I talked to founder Ross Mayfield and newish CEO Eugene Lee this week …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
MySQL reserves features for paying customers; open-source community up in arms  —  Blog posts by some users claim that database vendor is turning its back on open source  —  Computerworld) Open-source darling MySQL is facing a new uprising within its customer base over plans disclosed …
Paul Buchheit:
Facebook knows who you are, and that's worth more than you think  —  It's very fashionable to declare that Facebook is an over-hyped fad and will never make any real money, certainly not enough to justify it's insane $15 billion dollar valuation.  At first glance, it's easy to understand …
content.nejm.org:
Tectonic Shifts in the Health Information Economy  —  Kenneth D. Mandl, M.D., M.P.H., and Isaac S. Kohane, M.D., Ph.D.  —  In a recent shift in the health information landscape, large corporations are seeking an integral and transformative role in the management of health care information.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:   Warning on Storage of Health Records
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Orange eyes up TeliaSonera
Discussion: Financial Times
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent use soars as MPAA fights on against P2P sites
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove: Paid Video Not Worth Our Time
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John Oates / The Register:
Hitachi to go it alone on discs after all
Discussion: Computerworld
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Shares Tumble On Subdued Handset Outlook
Google:
Google's Website Optimizer gains independence and blog, offering …
Google News Blog:
Words matter  —  Be it poetry or public speech, words matter.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Riya to Change Name, Looking to Sell Its Tech
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Surface Launches Tomorrow at Five AT&T Stores
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Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:
Keeping your Mac locked down: a Mac OS X security primer
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