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5:50 PM ET, April 17, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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?
Arn / MacRumors:
Aluminum MultiTouch MacBook, New MacBook Pro, and More?  [Updated]  —  A MacRumors reader ran across a very unusual .Mac web page yesterday and was kind enough to forward it on.  The page contained promotional images for Apple products, including a couple that are not yet shipping products.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple orders aluminum 13-inch MacBook shells, 3G iPhone chips  —  Separate reports have revealed that Apple's next wave of products for 2008 is soon to enter various stages of production, with orders placed for aluminum shells for the company's next-generation 13-inch MacBooks and a manufacturer chosen for the iPhone's 3G chipset.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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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Business Wire:
AMD Reports First Quarter Results  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AMD (NYSE:AMD - News) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million.  These results include an impact of $50 million …
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:   A Small Loss, and a Warning, by A.M.D.
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
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues  —  A lot of people are addicted to Twitter (microblogging), and a lot of people are addicted to FriendFeed (friends' activity streams).  —  While both are web services, each offers an API that lets third parties build on top of them, including desktop applications.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0 Will Be About Reducing the Noise—And Twhirl Isn't Helping
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Predicts Traffic Conditions  —  Google Maps can now predict traffic information for any day of the week and time of the day, based on past conditions.  By default, if you click on the Traffic button in a supported area from the US, Google Maps shows real-time traffic information.
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
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google, AOL execs: Opting out of targeted ads OK by us  —  WASHINGTON—As advocacy groups bristle at online advertisers' increasingly sophisticated targeting techniques, top privacy lawyers at Google and AOL on Thursday backed “opt-out” technology as a way to give Internet surfers more say in the process …
 
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
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Tiny robotic hand has the gentlest touch
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Exec: Apple must address piracy before NBC returns to iTunes
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon MP3 beats iTunes on album sales, kinda?
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Will Social Networking Kill Search?
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CBS Interactive Reorganizes Under Pressure To Show Results
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Bizarre Take-Two meeting could determine EA's fate
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Apps are live in India
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Socialtext enterprise wiki getting social network features
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