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5:40 PM ET, June 20, 2008

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Trends Comes To Web Sites: Trends For Web Sites  —  Google has launched a major addition to Google Trends named Trends for Web Sites.  Trends for Web Sites extends Google Trends by enabling you to search for web site addresses, as opposed to just searching for trends by keyword.
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Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A new layer to Google Trends  —  Written by R.J. Pittman, Director of Product Management - Consumer Search Properties  —  Two years ago, we launched Google Trends, a tool that lets anyone see what the world is searching for, and compare the world's interest in your favorite topics.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Faces Off With Compete, Alexa, Comscore, Quantcast (And Soon Firefox)  —  Google has just introduced Google Trends For Websites, a new tool that lets users take a peek at the traffic data from sites around the web.  The new feature pits Google against a number of well-established players …
Discussion: David Risley
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Trends Shows Traffic Stats
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google Trends Just Injured Hitwise
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
The iPhone's Next Frontier: Porn  —  Apple may be golden because of the iPhone, but the soon-to-be updated device is also increasingly the source of forbidden fruit.  Steve Jobs' company is keeping a civil, if embarrassed, silence about one of the potentially most lucrative and controversial uses of its hand-held jewel: porn.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will The iPhone's Apps Store Kill The ‘Jailbreak’ Market?  Maybe Not (AAPL)  —  Conventional wisdom is that once Apple (AAPL) starts selling apps for the iPhone and iPod touch next month, people will stop “jailbreaking” their phones so they can install unofficial third-party apps.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and CrunchGear
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo The Failure: Myth Versus Reality  —  As SS Yahoo appears to be sinking, let me be the contrarian about her future.  I admit, I find it as hard to believe as anyone that Yahoo has much life left in it after all executive departures this week, plus the latest news of Delicious founder Joshua Schacter going.
Charles Miller / BBC:
The secret of Bill Gates' success  —  From schoolboy to software titan, Bill Gates on how it all started  —  As Bill Gates prepares to end his full-time work at Microsoft, he tells the BBC in an interview that it wasn't just what Microsoft did, but what his rivals didn't do that let Microsoft get ahead.
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Financial Times:
Transcript: Steve Ballmer of Microsoft  —  FINANCIAL TIMES: So, you finally got rid of that other guy.  Now we want to know what you're going to do.  —  STEVE BALLMER: Onward and upward, baby.  Onward and upward.  —  FT: What does it mean to lose Bill Gates from his full-time role?
Robert Cox / Media Bloggers Association:
Back Story AP and Drudge Retort Come to Terms  —  In what may close one chapter and signal the beginning of another, the AP and Rogers Cadenhead of Drudge Retort have come to resolution on their dispute while leaving unresolved the central source of conflict in the case …
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Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Settles Dispute with Drudge Retort  —  Late Thursday night, AP issued the following statement after a day-long discussion of the DMCA takedowns issued to the Drudge Retort that reached all the way up to the company's top management: … I'm glad that my personal legal dispute with the AP is resolved …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft rules out post-Yahoo buying spree  —  Microsoft will not try to make up for its failed move on Yahoo with a spate of other internet acquisitions, according to the top executives behind its online strategy.  —  Speculation about Microsoft's next move has been rife since Yahoo …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Microsoft Doesn't Want Your App Startup
Discussion: CNET News.com and Clickety Clack
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Seesmic raises another $6M for video comments  —  Seesmic, a startup that lets users post short video comments and snippets, has raised $6 million in a second round of funding.  The new round was led by Omidyar Network, the firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and Wellington Partners.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio Hybrid mini PC leak reveals specs, new casing  —  Remember that tidy little bamboo-encased mini PC Dell showed off in April?  Well apparently the company is at work on a variant of the diminutive system, dubbed the Studio Hybrid.  In addition to forgoing the eco-friendly wood …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citi's Mahaney: If Google Wants To Stay On Top, It Needs To Ramp Up Its Display Ad Revenues  —  A decade ago, the leading Internet companies were AOL, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo.  With the exception of Amazon, which is experiencing a renewal as it embraces digital distribution and cloud computing …
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:   Report: Google to Make Over $1B in Display Ads
Joey Celis / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 vulnerability, 8 million people affected!  —  If you were one of those 8 million people that downloaded Firefox 3 the other day be aware that Tipping Point DVLabs has announced a vulnerability in Mozilla's latest browser.  —  Details are unknown but in order for this exploit to work …
Discussion: Startup Meme
InfoWorld:
Security vendors report ‘critical’ Trojan exploit for Mac  —  SecureMac and Intego are separately reporting the existence of a new security threat for Mac, claiming the existence of multiple variants of a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5.
 
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple, HP sued over custom configuration ordering systems
Electronista:
BenQ intros first 21.5-inch, 16:9 desktop LCD
Discussion: Gadgetell, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Network Solutions Suddenly Opposed To Domain Hijacking
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
ComScore: Facebook is beating MySpace worldwide
Discussion: CNET News.com and AppScout
Official Google Mobile Blog:
Talk to us: GOOG-411 now available in Canada
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Gadgetell
Kyle McSlarrow / CableTechTalk:
There You Go Again. . .  [Ed. Note: This is in response to a post …
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
BREAKING: PdF2008 Hosts Obama-McCain Twitter Debate
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Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Story of a Peanut: The TiVo Remote's Untold Past, Present and Future
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 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Arrington Analyzes Yahoo on ABC
Discussion: WebProNews
New Scientist:
Tequila is surprise raw material for diamond films
Discussion: Gizmodo
Drew Olanoff / Download Squad:
I know what you downloaded last week
Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Workplace Text-Messaging Ruling Wows Privacy Advocates
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Gadgetell
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing Om 2.0: The Avatar
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
CNET News.com:
Broadband Speed Test
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Frank Harris / Google News Blog:
Testing... testing... is this on?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Study: Social networks may subvert ‘digital divide’
 

 
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