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8:25 PM ET, April 17, 2008


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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2008 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  “Our ongoing innovation in search, ads, and apps helped drive healthy growth globally across our product lines, yielding another strong quarter for Google …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google delivers; Maybe paid clicks weren't such a big deal  —  Google on Thursday allayed concerns about its paid click growth rate with first quarter earnings that topped Wall Street's expectations.  —  Google reported first quarter net income of $1.31 billion, or $4.12 a share, on revenue of $5.19 billion.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Google settles a score with ComScore  —  Chief Executive Eric Schmidt got straight to the point as he opened up Google's quarterly earnings conference call.  Click growth, he said in a matter-of-fact tone, was much higher than speculated upon “by third parties.”  Hmm.  Wondering who he might have been referring to?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Liveblogging Google Q1 Earnings Report—Fears Were Overblown
Arn / MacRumors:
Aluminum MultiTouch MacBook, New MacBook Pro, and More?  [Updated]  —  A MacRumors reader ran across a very unusual .Mac web page yesterday and was kind enough to forward it on.  The page contained promotional images for Apple products, including a couple that are not yet shipping products.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple orders aluminum 13-inch MacBook shells, 3G iPhone chips  —  Separate reports have revealed that Apple's next wave of products for 2008 is soon to enter various stages of production, with orders placed for aluminum shells for the company's next-generation 13-inch MacBooks and a manufacturer chosen for the iPhone's 3G chipset.
Discussion: CrunchGear
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Secret Farecast buyer is Microsoft  —  It's official: Microsoft is the mystery buyer of Farecast, the Seattle online travel startup.  Responding to an inquiry from the P-I today, Microsoft issued this statement from spokeswoman Whitney Burk: … We reported earlier this week that the company …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Hugh Crean / Farecast Blog:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast
Discussion: TechCrunch
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Farecast is Microsoft's latest Seattle buy
Discussion: Profy.Com
Amazon Web Services Blog:
May We Help You?  —  From the very beginning, we've always wanted to make sure that developers had all of the formal and informal support needed to build and to run their applications.  —  At first the task of monitoring the AWS Forums was a rotating part-time assignment.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Blockbuster Sued For Participating In Facebook's Beacon Program  —  A Texas resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Blockbuster for participating in Facebook's Beacon program, which tells members about their friends' e-commerce activity.  —  In the lawsuit, quietly filed last week …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0 Will Be About Reducing the Noise—And Twhirl Isn't Helping  —  It's my own damn fault.  I should have never listened to Mike.  This morning I installed Twhirl on my desktop in a failed attempt to keep up better with Twitter and Friendfeed.  I was hoping it would help me manage …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Ozzie gives open-source outlook  —  People trying to get a sense for Microsoft's direction will be listening closely in the coming months to Ray Ozzie, who has assumed the role of chief software architect in advance of Bill Gates ending his full-time role.
Discussion: CNET
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo runs away with March console sales  —  Nintendo's Wii was the big winner in the U.S. video-game console market in March, according to statistics released today by the NPD Group market research firm.  The Wii benefited from high interest in “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” …
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET
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 …
Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Nine Thou-what?  Bring on the BlackBerry 9100!  —  If the delayed impact of the Canadian tidal wave hasn't been completely underwhelming of late, it appears another new BlackBerry could be hiding around the corner.  Throw down the red carpet and bring out the welcoming party …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Predicts Traffic Conditions  —  Google Maps can now predict traffic information for any day of the week and time of the day, based on past conditions.  By default, if you click on the Traffic button in a supported area from the US, Google Maps shows real-time traffic information.
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Rocketboom creator pulls plug on auction of Twitter account  —  It appears that for now at least, we won't get to find out the value of identity on Twitter.  —  A few days ago, Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron put his Twitter account up for sale on eBay, offering access to his 1,500-plus followers (it's now at 1,757 followers).
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Lessig Lectures the FCC on the Need for Neutrality
Discussion: CNET
Megan McIlroy / AdAge:
MindShare Moves Beyond Buying, Planning
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Psystar violated terms of merchant services agreement
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer says Vista is a ‘work in progress’
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Scott Blitstein / Web Worker Daily:
RescueTime Offers Improvements to its Ridiculously Easy Time Management
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers
Discussion: Apple Watch
Adrian Bridgwater / CNET
Microsoft woos hobbyist developers
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Business Wire:
AMD Reports First Quarter Results
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Grooveshark's stunning music service goes on a software diet
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia's Comes With Music ‘comes without profits’
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
ASUS M70 One Terabyte Laptop Screams “FIRST!!!”
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Inbox 3.0 Brings Better RSS to Outlook
Anne Broache / CNET
Google, AOL execs: Opting out of targeted ads OK by us
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove: Paid Video Not Worth Our Time

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Tara West / The Inquisitr News:
Gavin MacFadyen, founder and director of London's Centre for Investigative Journalism and a supporter of WikiLeaks, has died

Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Internal memo: WSJ offers buyouts to all news employees globally in order to reduce layoffs

Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Fusion employees say executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization

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