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6:50 PM ET, April 17, 2008


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Google Investor Relations:
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 …
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.
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?
Discussion: Traffick
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Liveblogging Google Q1 Earnings Report—Fears Were Overblown
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
On pins, needles over Google's earnings report today
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.
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
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Blockbuster sued over role in Facebook's Beacon ad program
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0 Will Be About Reducing the Noise—And Twhirl Isn't Helping  —  It's my own damn fault.  I should have never listened to Mike.  This morning I installed Twhirl on my desktop in a failed attempt to keep up better with Twitter and Friendfeed.  I was hoping it would help me manage …
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Battle of the AIR Apps: Twhirl vs. Alert Thingy
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 …
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 …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
A Small Loss, and a Warning, by A.M.D.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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.
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
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Inbox 3.0 Brings Better RSS to Outlook  —  NewsGator is a company that develops RSS aggregators for individuals and businesses and are the makers of the popular FeedDemon RSS Reader for Windows and NetNewsWire for Mac.  Today, NewsGator has just announced a new version of their RSS Reader …
Anne Broache / CNET
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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MySpace India Launched: 500,000 Users In India; Tie-Up With Saregama; Events Planned
Adrian Bridgwater / CNET
Microsoft woos hobbyist developers
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS |
First impressions: Classmate 2  —  I'm writing this post …
Discussion: Liliputing and ReadWriteWeb
Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
PCI Compliance gets clarified and neutered (further)
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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
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Tiny robotic hand has the gentlest touch
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Paul Bonanos / VC Ratings:
UMG confirms Buzznet investment
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 and iLounge
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CBS Interactive Reorganizes Under Pressure To Show Results
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