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11:20 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 …
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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?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Traffick
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Liveblogging Google Q1 Earnings Report—Fears Were Overblown
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
On pins, needles over Google's earnings report today
Discussion: WebProNews
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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Hugh Crean / Farecast Blog:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast  —  We're excited to confirm that Farecast has been acquired by Microsoft!  This acquisition creates tremendous opportunities for the Farecast team and our customers.  We look forward to sharing more details in the weeks to come.  On behalf of the Farecast team, thank you.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast For $115M
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Farecast is Microsoft's latest Seattle buy
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple orders aluminum 13-inch MacBook shells, 3G iPhone chips
Discussion: CrunchGear and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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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 News.com
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Blockbuster sued over role in Facebook's Beacon ad program
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 …
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers  —  Table of Contents:  —  PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers  —  PayPal says allowing customers to make financial transactions on unsafe browsers “is equal to a car manufacturer allowing drivers to buy one of their vehicles without seat belts.”
Discussion: Apple Watch
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 …
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).
Discussion: Rev2.org and duncanriley.com
Scott Blitstein / Web Worker Daily:
RescueTime Offers Improvements to its Ridiculously Easy Time Management  —  RescueTime, the ridiculously easy time management and analysis application, recently added some great features to its already impressive Web-based service to make it just that much more useful and indispensable in my work routine.
Discussion: Tony Wright dot com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer says Vista is a ‘work in progress’  —  More than a year after Windows Vista's release, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this morning acknowledged some of the operating system's shortcomings — calling it a “work in progress” during a speech to the company's Most Valuable Professionals conference in Seattle.
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 …
 
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Chris Williams / The Register:
BT's secret Phorm trials open door to corporate eavesdropping
Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Web pages have ‘come alive and started breeding’
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Obopay Gets $20M to Send Money via Mobiles
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Socrato Crowdsources Test Prep Materials
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo runs away with March console sales
Discussion: VentureBeat and Geek Gestalt
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Lessig Lectures the FCC on the Need for Neutrality
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Psystar violated terms of merchant services agreement
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Grooveshark's stunning music service goes on a software diet
Discussion: TechCrunch and Download Squad
John Oates / The Register:
Nokia takes a Q1 tumble
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
ASUS M70 One Terabyte Laptop Screams “FIRST!!!”
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Inbox 3.0 Brings Better RSS to Outlook
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