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1:45 PM ET, April 16, 2008


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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Launches Live Search News
Discussion: WebProNews
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  —  Twitter.  Don't leave home without it.  —  I don't know if this is as good for Twitter as the Charlie Rose incident was for Apple, but it's close.  UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck was arrested on April 10 without any charges …
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
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Earth 4.3  —  The Google Earth team is proud to announce the latest version of Google Earth is available today at  The release of Google Earth 4.3 (beta) greatly advances our vision of offering a realistic, 3D model of the world by giving users a higher quality, more immersive experience.
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:   Google Earth 4.3 Released
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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 …
Rory Reid / CNET
Asus Eee PC 900 Review  —  The Asus Eee PC 701 has earned a permanent place in history.  It almost single-handedly defined the sub-notebook — a genre of PC that made slow, inexpensive laptops the hottest properties in the computing world.  Many have tried to emulate its success …
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
Caroline McCarthy /
Microsoft planning a Zune-centric entertainment store?  —  Microsoft may be putting together an “entertainment marketplace” tentatively named Zune VideoX, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported Wednesday.  In other words, it's yet another digital content store trying to take a bite out of Apple's iTunes.
Don Reisinger / CNET   The other Microsoft-Apple battle  —  Everyone likes to talk …
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Identity Theft Smash & Grab, CEO Style
Discussion: InformationWeek
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Security is No Match for Chocolate and Good Looking Women  —  People are too trusting, especially when there's chocolate on the line.  —  A survey out today by the organizers of the tech-security conference Infosecurity Europe found that 21% of 576 London office workers stopped on the street …
Discussion: Defense in Depth
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: SmoothSpan Blog and Techland
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai Sees “Read Adoption” of HD Video in the United States and Most Broadcasters Want It, Study  —  Here in Las Vegas, there is great deal of interest in creating and delivering HD video content to the home.  The world's biggest content delivery network (CDN) which delivers video files around the world is Cambridge-based Akamai.
Bobby White / Business Technology:   Media Companies Need to Pick Up the Pace
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: Netbook shipments about to ramp  —  Intel is putting a lot of faith in the so-called netbook market and reckons that mobile Internet devices are about to take off too.  —  What was telling about Intel's earnings conference call was how confident the company was about the netbook market …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Procrastinate much?  Americans watched over 10 billion online videos in February  —  All that time you waste at the office watching stupid cat videos on YouTube adds up: numbers released by ComScore on Wednesday indicate that U.S. Web users watched more than 10 billion online videos during the month of February.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, WebProNews and AppScout
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Website Optimizer Steps Out Of The AdWords Box: Open To All Users & Urchin 6.0 Comes Out Of Beta  —  Google has announced that AdWords is no longer a requirement for Website Optimizer.  In fact, you can now go to and register, for free, to use Website Optimizer …
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Publishers Sue Georgia State on Digital Reading Matter
Discussion: Ars Technica
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AdRoll Emerges From Private Beta With Co-Op Economics For Blog Advertising
Controversial ad system keeps its eye on the money
Discussion: PDA and paidContent
Zoho Wiki:
Zoho CRM What is New  —  We are very happy to announce our new release.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Drive-by surfers peril news sites
Verizon Files Application and Plan to Offer TV Throughout Five …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Songbird media player: the love child of Mozilla and WinAmp
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
It's Unofficial: Google's a Monopoly (Googolopoly)
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Russian government enacts Byzantine WiFi regulations
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music-Video Pros Challenge YouTube
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
UK music industry demands an iPod tax (and the law is still an ass)
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple signs new iPhone parts supplier, updated
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay: Did listings change make a difference?
Movie rentals still shy of 1,000
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Six Apart wrestles the social-media dragon