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3:10 PM 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
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.
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Arn / MacRumors:
Aluminum MultiTouch MacBook, New MacBook Pro, and More?  —  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.
PopularMechanics.com:
20 (Rare) Questions for Google Search Guru Udi Manber  —  as Web search, Udi Manber has been working on Web search.  Previously a computer science professor at the University of Arizona, then a senior vice president at Amazon and Yahoo's chief scientist, Manber is now vice president in charge …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Google tweaked search 450 times in 2007
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SocialText Putting A Little Social Into...Enterprise Wikis
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.
Discussion: CyberNet, rexblog.com and BB Geeks
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   Google Maps Now Offers Traffic Predictions
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Makes Quotes More Discoverable  —  The Google News Blog announced that they will now display quotes within articles, when they think your query and the content warrants it.  —  For example, a search on Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, returns a quote at the top of the Google News search page.
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Google News Blog:
Words matter  —  Be it poetry or public speech, words matter.
Paul Bonanos / VC Ratings:
UMG confirms Buzznet investment  —  Universal Music Group has confirmed that it has taken a stake in social networking music site Buzznet Inc., three months after we first reported the deal.  UMG's Interscope division isn't mentioned in the companies' joint statement, although prior reports indicated …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Peter LoFrumento / PR Newswire:   Universal Music Group and Buzznet Announce Alliance
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and SmugBlog
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive Reorganizes Under Pressure To Show Results  —  Under pressure to deliver on all that promise and investment, Quincy Smith is adding layers and shuffling responsibilities in a reorganization of CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS).  At the same time the company made official what we reported …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's paid click growth rates: Reasons for the decline; Earnings on deck  —  Google's first quarter results on Thursday will be closely watched for the impact of the search giant's anemic paid click growth rates, but Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post already has a few explanations.
 
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Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Tiny robotic hand has the gentlest touch
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google, AOL execs: Opting out of targeted ads OK by us
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Exec: Apple must address piracy before NBC returns to iTunes
Discussion: Techdirt and Apple Watch
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon MP3 beats iTunes on album sales, kinda?
Discussion: Bits
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Will Social Networking Kill Search?
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Bizarre Take-Two meeting could determine EA's fate
James Brightman / GameDaily:
10 Questions: Microsoft's Shane Kim
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NAB 2008: Kilar Hints at Hulu Mobile
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
Internet retailer sues Yahoo for $1 million
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove: Paid Video Not Worth Our Time
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues
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