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9:25 AM ET, April 17, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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
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.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:  —  What is  —  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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:   Introducing  —  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.
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Mac OS X on a UMPC: first ink, some thoughts and challenges
Paul Buchheit:
Facebook knows who you are, and that's worth more than you think  —  It's very fashionable to declare that Facebook is an over-hyped fad and will never make any real money, certainly not enough to justify it's insane $15 billion dollar valuation.  At first glance, it's easy to understand …
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.
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Lonelygirl15 and KateModern Creators Raise $5 million, Form EQAL  —  In June 2006, former medical student Miles Beckett and disgruntled lawyer Greg Goodfried teamed up with filmmaker Ramesh Flinders to launch Lonelygirl15, a fictional video journal series on YouTube that captured audiences …
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.
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories:
How to make a Sawed-off USB Key  —  Holy crap— somebody just went and TORE MY FREAKING USB CABLE IN HALF while it was still attached to my laptop!!!  —  No— wait— sorry.  That's just my USB drive.  My bad.  Never mind.  —  (And after the jump, how to make your own.)
Ríona MacNamara / Official Google Webmaster …:
Best practices when moving your site  —  Planning on moving your site to a new domain?  Lots of webmasters find this a scary process.  How do you do it without hurting your site's performance in Google search results?  —  Your aim is to make the transition invisible and seamless to the user …
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
XP Coming to HP Mini-Note in Mid-May
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and Engadget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetSuite rolls out OneWorld suite; Eyes ERP in the cloud
Discussion: PR Newswire and InfoWorld
Nokia Q1 2008 net sales of EUR 12.7 billion, reported EPS of EUR 0.32 …
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
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Surface Launches Tomorrow at Five AT&T Stores
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 Earlier Items: 
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm—is the sky really falling?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Extra Cost to Buy Yahoo: Retention Pay
Discussion: CNET
Comcast Sends Its Regrets
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Decline and Fall of Tech on Digg
Stephen Shankland / CNET
NBC to Apple: Build antipiracy into iTunes
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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