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6:05 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Internal Microsoft Vista Video is as Painful as Videos Get  —  You've gotta wonder how, in a company the size of Microsoft, there's not a single person who has the balls to step up and say “Hey, you know what?  This Vista music video we're making for the sales department …
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Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
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.
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
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Skrentablog:   Microsoft “hits back” at Google with re-launch of 4-year old Newsbot
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Delivered Second Consecutive $2-Billion Plus Quarter  —  Completed Approximately $1 Billion in Stock Repurchases  —  Acquired Fraud Sciences Ltd.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Earnings: eBay Q1 Revenue Up 24 Percent; Net Income Up 22 Percent
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
eBay sales up 24%  —  Online auctioneer eBay reported …
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 http://earth.google.com.  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.
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
How To Put Google Street View To Practical Use
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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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valleywag Fires Writer Who Criticized Valleywag  —  Apparently everything and everyone is fair game at Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag.  Or, almost everything.  Write a post criticizing Valleywag itself, and two weeks later you're out of a job.  —  Writer Jordan Golson is the person …
Discussion: Valleywag and Portfolio.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When Everyone Talks About Weakness At Google, Wall Street Buys the Stock  —  Tomorrow when Google announces its first quarter earnings after the markets close, we are finally going to find out whether all the sturm und drang about Google's seemingly-flat growth of clicks on search ads is a bad as everyone thinks.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Easily Tops Forecasts for Quarter
Rory Reid / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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?
Steven Swartz / Market Wire:
“Free Open Source Software Is Costing Vendors $60 Billion,” New Standish Group International Study Finds  —  “Open Source software is raising havoc throughout the software market.  It is the ultimate in disruptive technology, and while to it is only 6% of estimated trillion dollars IT budgeted annually …
YouTube :: Blog:
YouTube Partner Program travels to Japan, Australia, Ireland  —  What do Japan, Australia, and Ireland all have in common?  —  They are the newest countries from which users can now apply to become partners in the YouTube Partner Program.  Now open in six countries, the YouTube Partner Program …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   YouTube Pays Users $1 Million
Google Analytics Blog:
Graduation Day for Website Optimizer and Urchin Software!  —  Today at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco, we very happily announced two launches.  If we could have shouted them from the rooftops, we would have.  Enjoy!  —  Website Optimizer now available as a standalone product!
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.
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.
Discussion: SheGeeks
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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.
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
PC shipment growth in U.S. slows, healthy everywhere else  —  The U.S. PC market is beginning to have less influence on the global market, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.  —  Though it had previously projected 7 percent growth for the U.S. market, shipments inched up 3.5 percent, half what IDC was anticipating.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Gaming Network Buys Facebook Market Share
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Segway Social: Another niche, another social network
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Woz on Psystar OpenPro: “I like the price, so I may get one”
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