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11:05 AM ET, April 18, 2008

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louisgray.com:
Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue  —  It's routinely shocking to me that so many bloggers think they should try and make a profit from their Web site.  —  Urged on by the success of mega blog networks like TechCrunch and spurred forward by stories from ProBlogger …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Capitol Valley
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies ‘Albany’ subscription trial for consumers  —  Microsoft is set to start testing privately a consumer Software + Service bundle code-named “Albany,” an all-in-one bundle of Office Home and Student, Windows Live OneCare, Office Live Workspace and various Windows Live services.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Takes the Toll Road to Albany  —  This morning, Microsoft announced the managed beta for Albany, which is codename for a bundle that includes Office 2007 Home and Student, Windows Live OneCare and supporting online services, such as mail and messaging.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beyond Binary
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Beta of New All-in-One Service for Consumers
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
After Criticism, Apple Software Updater Gets UI Makeover  —  Apple has made a small but significant tweak to its Automatic Software Update utility to make a clear distinction between security patches and new products being pushed out to Windows users.  —  The UI redesign, which adds …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
After complaints, Apple tweaks Software Update for Safari
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Apple tweaks Software Updater following criticism
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Minimum Bids No Longer Fixed at $.10  —  How to manage your new Sponsored Search minimum bids  —  Starting today, minimum bids for some Sponsored Search keywords will no longer be fixed at $.10.  Throughout the next week, you may start noticing new minimum bids on some of your keywords.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:   Yahoo Jacks Up Advertisers Minimum By 2-4X Overnight
Jena McGregor / Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies  —  Smart ideas for tough times: The 50 companies that make up our annual ranking nurture cultures that value creative people in good times and bad  —  Suddenly, innovation has a bull's-eye on its back.  As the recession debate shifts from “what if” …
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
The noise in Web 2.0 is mainly a Tech Elite's problem  —  Erick Schonfeld has a funny article today on TechCrunch in which he predicts/hopes that web 3.0 is about removing the noise.  We all recognize the problem he describes.  He is in so many different networks with so many followers …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0 Will Be About Reducing the Noise—And Twhirl Isn't Helping
Fred / A VC:
The Difference Between Wordpress and Facebook  —  Is about $14.8bn according to the publicly available information about the most recent financings of the two companies ($15bn for Facebook and $200mm for Automattic).  —  But consider this comscore chart of unique visitors over the past year.
Discussion: The Social Times
BBC:
Paypal to block ‘unsafe browsers’  —  Web payment firm Paypal has said it will block “unsafe browsers” from using its service as part of wider anti-phishing efforts.  —  Customers will first be warned that a browser is unsafe but could then be blocked if they continue using it.
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Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Google Video Redesign  —  Google Video redesigned its homepage and now only includes a list of “hot” videos.  “The Google Video home page allows you to browse and play hot videos directly from the home page, making it easier for you to discover popular, interesting videos from across the web.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Another Google Video Redesign
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up  —  Blog search engine Technorati was days away from merging with blog network b5media when the whole deal blew up earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.  —  Technorati has been searching …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and ben barren
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Defies the Economy and Shows Profit Surge  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The American economy may be weakening, but Google said once again that the slowdown has not affected its business.  —  Easing concerns that its growth would stall, the Internet search giant on Thursday reported better …
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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2008 RESULTS
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Watch Restricted YouTube Videos  —  I've noticed that an increasing number of YouTube videos are restricted to a limited number of countries, probably because the company that uploaded them doesn't have global distribution rights or because it wants to use different marketing strategies in other countries.
Discussion: Lifehacker and WatchingTV Online
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone sellers braced for hit on cheap handsets  —  Mobile operators with exclusive contracts to sell Apple's iPhone are bracing themselves for significant losses on unsold stock as they clear the shelves to make way for a new, faster version expected this summer.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Carleen Hawn / FoundRead:
Why You Must Embrace Rejection to Succeed  —  I have spent the last fifteen years starting and running two startups.  Currently, I am “on a break” to finish my book, “Survival Guide for Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs” and to experiment with an online community for open source and commercial network tools.
Discussion: ben barren
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Google stock soars in after-market trading  —  San Francisco - Shares of popular search engine Google soared in after market trading and could portend a close above $500 for the first time in months.  —  The company's stock ended after-market trading at $525.96 on Thursday, up 17 percent …
Discussion: Mashable! and InfoWorld
 
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Windows Mobile 7 Could Be Too Little Too Late, But Might Come On Microsoft Hardware
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