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9:05 AM ET, April 18, 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 …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Defies the Economy and Shows Profit Surge  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The American economy may be weakening, but Google said once again that the slowdown has not affected its business.  —  Easing concerns that its growth would stall, the Internet search giant on Thursday reported better …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google delivers; Maybe paid clicks weren't such a big deal
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 …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast For $115M
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up  —  Blog search engine Technorati was days away from merging with blog network b5media when the whole deal blew up earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.  —  Technorati has been searching …
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Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
The noise in Web 2.0 is mainly a Tech Elite's problem  —  Erick Schonfeld has a funny article today on TechCrunch in which he predicts/hopes that web 3.0 is about removing the noise.  We all recognize the problem he describes.  He is in so many different networks with so many followers …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Google Video Redesign  —  Google Video redesigned its homepage and now only includes a list of “hot” videos.  “The Google Video home page allows you to browse and play hot videos directly from the home page, making it easier for you to discover popular, interesting videos from across the web.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
After Criticism, Apple Software Updater Gets UI Makeover  —  Apple has made a small but significant tweak to its Automatic Software Update utility to make a clear distinction between security patches and new products being pushed out to Windows users.  —  The UI redesign, which adds …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Coming Soon: The Joy Division Zune  —  Microsoft is readying a Joy Division edition of its Zune MP3 player to coincide with the June 10 release of an eponymous DVD about the band.  —  The Joy Division Zune will feature an adaptation of the cover art from the band's 1979 debut, Unknown Pleasures …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 7 Could Be Too Little Too Late, But Might Come On Microsoft Hardware  —  You may not remember this because the news came out during CES, but back in January there was a gigantic leak of Windows Mobile 7 details, including an Alaskan Senator's dump truck full of images.
Discussion: Crave and PalmAddicts
Waxy.org Links:
Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  —  From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the “Infocom Drive” — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989.  This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen …
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Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Minimum Bids No Longer Fixed at $.10  —  How to manage your new Sponsored Search minimum bids  —  Starting today, minimum bids for some Sponsored Search keywords will no longer be fixed at $.10.  Throughout the next week, you may start noticing new minimum bids on some of your keywords.
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
No 10 goes digital with a spot of Twittery-pokery  —  When Tony Blair wanted to get his message across without having to rely on lobby journalists to pass it on undiluted, he went over their heads to talk to the public from the GMTV sofa or by begging to be allowed in the pages of Take A Break, the 1m-selling women's magazine.
Discussion: SMS Text News
Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Motorola reorganizes phone unit  —  Motorola Inc. has reorganized its mobile phone business, aligning hardware and software teams within product categories as it prepares to make the unit into an independent company.  —  Spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson said the new structure was announced late Wednesday in an internal memo.
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
Pageflakes enters the LiveUniverse  —  LiveUniverse has acquired Pageflakes, a personalized home page service that had been rumored to be in need of a buyer.  Pageflakes competes with the giants—Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and AOL, as well as Netvibes.  It's no wonder that the company was looking for an exit.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube's filtering issues still not ‘moot’
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Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue
Nellie Andreeva / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC nabs Rosario Dawson Web series
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This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours
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Pirate Bay Trial Star Witness Employed by Plaintiff
Los Angeles Times:
Electronic Arts' bid to acquire Take-Two gets closer scrutiny
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Tools For Your Video Career
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Forget LoJack, Twitter Can Bring Your Phone Back Home
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Zillionics
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo runs away with March console sales
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Lessig Lectures the FCC on the Need for Neutrality
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer says Vista is a ‘work in progress’
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Rocketboom creator pulls plug on auction of Twitter account
 

 
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