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11:05 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?
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 …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google-Yahoo search test an alleged hit; Squeezes Microsoft
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   MicroHoo: Yahoo and Google Play House
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.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Red Hat bails on consumer Linux desktop  —  Red Hat likes Linux on the desktop, but it also likes making money.  —  The company's desktop software unit on Wednesday released an update on its plans, saying it will focus its efforts on specific markets but not face off against Microsoft in the consumer market.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Red Hat delivers its state of desktop Linux address: There's …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Shares Tumble On Subdued Handset Outlook  —  Nokia (NOK) shares are headed sharply lower this morning - and dragging other handset makers along for the ride - after the company provided some sobering comments on the outlook for the mobile phone business for 2008.
Discussion: Electronista
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Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Samsung & Armani unveil new premium LCD Tv at Mian furniture fair  —  Rate this News:  —  Here you are the “Armani” TV from Samsung, so right after the phones (Both LG with Prada and Samsung with Armani), here you are another “Designer” signed electronic product... I really don't know what …
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Marie-Louise Gumuchian / Reuters:
Armani turns back to 1930s for home collection
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Socialtext enterprise wiki getting social network features  —  If you love a good theory — of psychology, physics, economics, you name it — go work at SocialText.  These guys live in their heads.  That became apparent when I talked to founder Ross Mayfield and newish CEO Eugene Lee this week …
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent use soars as MPAA fights on against P2P sites
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove: Paid Video Not Worth Our Time
John Oates / The Register:
Hitachi to go it alone on discs after all
Discussion: Computerworld
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Today's Psystar roundup of where they've moved to
Google:
Google's Website Optimizer gains independence and blog, offering …
Google News Blog:
Words matter  —  Be it poetry or public speech, words matter.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
MySQL reserves features for paying customers; open-source community up in arms
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetSuite rolls out OneWorld suite; Eyes ERP in the cloud
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How to make a Sawed-off USB Key
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues
David Berlind / InformationWeek Weblog:
IMAP And Ajax UI Temporarily Go AWOL On Gmail
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
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave and IntoMobile
Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:
Keeping your Mac locked down: a Mac OS X security primer
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm—is the sky really falling?