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7:55 AM ET, April 17, 2008

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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 …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Something's Fishy About This Yahoo-Google Deal  —  Oh, please.  An initial test of outsourcing Yahoo's search to Google showed positive results, according to an account in the Journal.  Hold it; didn't that test just start this week?  Wasn't it supposed to go two weeks?
Discussion: eWeek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Puts All The Chips On The Table.  Time For Somebody To Fold.  —  The WSJ, Yahoo's unofficial partner for information leaks over the last couple of months, is reporting that “people familiar with the matter” (i.e. Yahoo) say that Yahoo and Google have completed a preliminary test …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Yahoo and Google Play House  —  As someone who has been a longtime critic of Microsoft's historically thuggish tendencies, BoomTown finds it a little hard to believe that Yahoo and Google think that they can get away with any kind of significant ad search outsourcing deal that would move …
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
How Social Networking Could Kill Web Search as We Know It  —  Google owns search for now, but as PM's senior tech editor explains in his biweekly column, the evolving nature of how we use the Internet has left an uncertain future for search—and it's all the fault of you and your friends.
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PopularMechanics.com:
20 (Rare) Questions for Google Search Guru Udi Manber
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
stackoverflow.com  —  What is stackoverflow.com?  —  Nothing, yet.  —  But here's the concept:  —  Programmers seem to have stopped reading books.  The market for books on programming topics is miniscule compared to the number of working programmers.  —  Instead, they happily program away, using trial-and-error.
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:   Introducing Stackoverflow.com  —  A little over a month ago …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new reason to hate Comcast  —  As long as I've been a customer of Comcast I've been writing how much I wish they'd sell their Internet business to a company that doesn't hate its customers so much.  But sometimes you forget, when the service is good, you just cruise along, happy and productive.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Alexa Overhauls Ranking System  —  Everyone's favorite web statistics whipping boy Alexa has announced a major overhaul of how it compiles traffic figures.  —  The biggest change is Alexa's decision to drop exclusive reliance on the Alexa toolbar for traffic data, with Alexa now aggregating data from …
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft 1, blogosphere 0  —  Guys, the joke's on us.  Big time.  —  Bloggers have been chortling all day over a goofy video made for Microsoft's sales team that made its way onto YouTube.  —  The video, “Rocking Our Sales,” by “Bruce ServicePack and the Vista Street Band,” is painfully lame.
Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:
Keeping your Mac locked down: a Mac OS X security primer  —  Mac users need to think about security, too  —  Apple's approach to security can be a little bewildering at times.  It's a well-trumpeted aspect of the OS, marketed in detail on the website.  Mac OS X has integrated smartcard support …
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Mac OS X on a UMPC: first ink, some thoughts and challenges
Red Hat:
What's Going On With Red Hat Desktop Systems?  An Update  —  Red Hat is well known as a supplier of server systems, so the latest developments with our desktop products and technologies sometimes find themselves in the shade.  It's time for an update on the current state of the desktop at Red Hat.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A New Chief, but eBay's Struggles Continue  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As John Donahoe takes over as chief executive of eBay, the company is still struggling to improve its business.  —  The company, which has been refocusing its business, reported that net income in its first quarter rose 22 percent …
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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service  —  In their ever continuing battle to free the Internet, The Pirate Bay has now launched an uncensored blogging service, called Baywords.  The service is intended to be a safe haven for bloggers who want to be able to write whatever they want …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Extra Cost to Buy Yahoo: Retention Pay  —  Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo, if successful, will leave it with more than one bill due.  —  The shareholders, to be sure, will collect their payment, but Microsoft will most likely need to put together a package of financial incentives …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Decline and Fall of Tech on Digg  —  If you're a fan of digg, you've probably been noticing that tech stories are becoming less and less a feature of the social news site.  The reason?  Digg is attempting to attract a large mainstream user base.  Just how low has tech sunk in digg?
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues
David Berlind / InformationWeek Weblog:
IMAP And Ajax UI Temporarily Go AWOL On Gmail
Richard Menta / MP3 Newswire:
Top P2P Applications: 1.6 Million PCs Rank Them
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Riya to Change Name, Looking to Sell Its Tech
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Lonelygirl15 and KateModern Creators Raise $5 million, Form EQAL
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Surface Launches Tomorrow at Five AT&T Stores
Discussion: Crave and IntoMobile
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm—is the sky really falling?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Warning on Storage of Health Records
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Portfolio.com:
Comcast Sends Its Regrets
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Real People Don't Have Time for Social Media
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Pays Users $1 Million
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google ‘Gamed’ Airwave Sale, Republican Lawmakers Say
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SixApart's BlogIt Could Be the Start of Something Big
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista update ‘kills’ USB devices
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valleywag Fires Writer Who Criticized Valleywag
 

 
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