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3:55 AM ET, April 18, 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 …
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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.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Google settles a score with ComScore
Discussion: CNET News.com and Traffick
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Secret Farecast buyer is Microsoft  —  It's official: Microsoft is the mystery buyer of Farecast, the Seattle online travel startup.  Responding to an inquiry from the P-I today, Microsoft issued this statement from spokeswoman Whitney Burk: … We reported earlier this week that the company …
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Hugh Crean / Farecast Blog:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast  —  We're excited to confirm that Farecast has been acquired by Microsoft!  This acquisition creates tremendous opportunities for the Farecast team and our customers.  We look forward to sharing more details in the weeks to come.  On behalf of the Farecast team, thank you.
Discussion: Tech Tracks
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast For $115M
Discussion: Webware.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Farecast is Microsoft's latest Seattle buy
Discussion: Download Squad and Profy.Com
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Lessig Lectures the FCC on the Need for Neutrality  —  Now we know why none of the major carriers showed up for Thursday's open FCC meeting at Stanford University: Who wants to take on Larry Lessig, the lion of Net Neutrality, in his own den?  —  Class was in session when Stanford law …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple orders aluminum 13-inch MacBook shells, 3G iPhone chips
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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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: SmoothSpan Blog and CNET News.com
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Rocketboom creator pulls plug on auction of Twitter account  —  It appears that for now at least, we won't get to find out the value of identity on Twitter.  —  A few days ago, Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron put his Twitter account up for sale on eBay, offering access to his 1,500-plus followers (it's now at 1,757 followers).
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
A Widget's Worth  —  Social networkers frequenting the likes of Facebook can't get enough of these small apps, but developers are still trying to determine how to make money  —  Developers of add-on software widgets for Facebook have had little trouble drawing huge audiences for their applications …
Scott Blitstein / Web Worker Daily:
RescueTime Offers Improvements to its Ridiculously Easy Time Management  —  RescueTime, the ridiculously easy time management and analysis application, recently added some great features to its already impressive Web-based service to make it just that much more useful and indispensable in my work routine.
Discussion: Tony Wright dot com
Waxy.org Links:
Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  —  From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the “Infocom Drive” — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989.  This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tools For Your Video Career  —  Very few would argue with the statement that video is hot right now.  From the cultural phenomenon of YouTube, through to the rise of live streaming services, money is pouring into startups from content creators through to service providers.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Forget LoJack, Twitter Can Bring Your Phone Back Home  —  Scot Hacker didn't even know he'd lost his phone until he saw a note on Twitter.  From his own phone.  —  The mystery tweet read: … An hour later, Hacker had retraced his steps and reclaimed his phone from the good Samaritan who discovered it, Silje Rygland.
 
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Alisha Karabinus / DS Fanboy:
Show and Tell: Trading Pokemon for smokes
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Spider-Pig and Homer Simpson Made of Folders Are Good Excuse …
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Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Multi-grope: Interacting with Microsoft Surface at the AT&T Store
Discussion: pocketnow.com, Gadgetell, Crave and Digg
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo runs away with March console sales
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Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers
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Adrian Bridgwater / CNET News.com:
Microsoft woos hobbyist developers
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
First impressions: Classmate 2  —  I'm writing this post …
Discussion: Liliputing and ReadWriteWeb
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Grooveshark's stunning music service goes on a software diet
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