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John Quinn / Digg the Blog:
(Yet) Another DiggBar Update  —  Since we launched the DiggBar, we've received valuable feedback from the Digg community, publishers, SEO industry experts and Google.  We believe that the DiggBar provides a more seamless way to discover and share content on Digg.
WMPoweruser.com:
New ZuneHD pictures, details  —  Some more ZuneHD information has trickled into our inbox, and while we do not, in general, cover PMP's, Zune seems inextricably linked with the future of Windows Mobile, so its probably a valid topic of conversation here.  —  From our limited information …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Piper Jaffray sales count: 22 iPhones, 28 Macs a day  —  One of the things that distinguishes Gene Munster's coverage of Apple (AAPL) from the other analysts who follow the company is that he actually leaves his office, goes into Apple stores, and counts sales.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security  —  Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator.  The attacks involve both unencrypted PINs …
Discussion: Securosis Blog, Gizmodo and digg.com
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search Prepares for Switching to Ajax  —  In February, many people noticed that Google tested a new interface for search results.  The test didn't include any new feature and Google even loaded the standard search results page to display the results.
Thanks:atul
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Sebastian Tonkin / Google Analytics Blog:
An upcoming change to Google.com search referrals; Google Analytics unaffected
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Stop Me if You've Heard This One: Yahoo Management and Staff Set on Shuffle Again  —  Yes, more layoffs are indeed coming to Yahoo, sources confirmed to BoomTown, but perhaps even more than have been reported.  —  But that's not all, as even more top-level managers are either leaving …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan  —  Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads.  —  Phorm builds a profile of users by scanning for keywords on websites visited and then assigns relevant ads.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Google Profiles, namespace lock-in & social search  —  I'd originally intended to respond to Joshua Schacter's post about URL shorteners and how they're merely the tip of the data iceberg, but since I missed that debate, Google has fortuitously plied me with an even better example by releasing custom profile URLs today.
Discussion: Regular Geek
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tired of the events mess on Facebook?  Try Socializr  —  Socializr, a service that lets you organize your events online, has just released a cool new set of features that let you more easily see what events your friends are going to, and then track and manage the photos of these events.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Exchange 2010 With Public Beta  —  First in the next wave of Office-related products, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 will help lower communications costs, improve user productivity and transform e-mail archiving.  —  Microsoft Corp. today released a public beta …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Prepares Earnings as Microsoft and Yahoo Lurk  —  Google will release its first quarter earnings on Thursday against a backdrop of renewed negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft about some sort of deal to create some sort of meaningful competition for the search industry giant.
Discussion: BusinessWeek and MacDailyNews
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Time Warner Cable tells FCC to shut up about net neutrality  —  “Now is not the time... to engage in a debate about the need for net neutrality obligations,” Time Warner Cable tells the FCC.  But why not, other than the fact that TWC is taking a beating over bandwidth caps?
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Leaf Trombone World Stage goes live for iPhone  —  Forget iPhone apps promoting bands, or streaming music apps, or anything serious.  The best iPhone music app ever (possibly) just debuted on the App Store.  It's called Leaf Trombone World Stage, and is the work of Smule, the developer behind Ocarina.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple near ready with release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Juno  —  Apple as early as this week could announce the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, a seventh maintenance and security update to its Leopard operating system scheduled to deliver over a 100 minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Discussion: CNET News, World of Apple and MacRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of The Frames: VideoEgg Introduces The Twig Ad Bar  —  Frames are definitely back.  More and more Web apps like the Diggbar are using frames to overlay a thin toolbar on top of other Websites, and the practice is causing some controversy because frames are generally frowned upon as messy Web design.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dinosaur at the Gate  —  Eric Schmidt looks innocent enough, with his watercolor blue eyes and his tiny office full of toys and his Google campus stocked with volleyball courts and unlocked bikes and wheat-grass shots and cereal dispensers and Haribo Gummi Bears and heated toilet seats …
Discussion: Beyond Search and Whiskey Fire
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Is Steve Jobs Moving to Memphis?  —  I spoke with a well-connected business person in Memphis this morning who says that there is a house in a swank neighborhood there that has been bought for a princely sum and is undergoing minor renovations in preparation for its new resident.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Embarrassed Warner Music Regrets MySpace Music Deal  —  One thing is for certain - the six month old MySpace Music project is throwing off a lot of cash to the labels.  That's because MySpace's 75 million or so U.S. users are streaming literally billions of songs a month.
Discussion: Music Ally, Thanks:bobcaswell
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
Breaking News (and Making News): Twitter Surges 131% in March to 9.3 Million U.S. Visitors!  —  Last week, Sarah Radwanick posted to the comScore blog about Twitter's exponential growth curve during the past twelve months, and that the growth appeared to be driven by older Internet users.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Pirate Bay confident of trial win  —  One of the founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has said he anticipates victory in the court battle over alleged copyright theft.  —  Peter Sunde said: “We are quite confident we are going to win.”  —  Mr Sunde said the site would continue operating …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Internet Ads Growing Faster Than Any Medium In History  —  The growth of Internet advertising through the medium's first 14 years obliterates the growth of advertising for cable and broadcast television over their first 14 years.  Here's a revenue comparison in current inflation-adjusted dollars.
Discussion: Podcasting News and digg.com
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Deflating The Cloud  —  A new report argues that cloud computing could cost more than twice as much as a traditional IT setup.  —  “The cloud” has come to represent the bright future of computing, a world where processing and storage become as ubiquitous, cheap and accessible as electricity.
Discussion: Bits
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Firefox: No Tabs, Built-In Ubiquity  —  Thanks to its extensibility, Firefox quickly became the favorite browser for most power users.  But while extensions are a great way to make Firefox more functional, Mozilla's designers are also currently thinking about a complete redesign …
David Martin / CNET News:
iPhone Wi-Fi failures caused by battery heat?  —  iPhone Atlas has already covered a number of complaints from iPhone users about iPhone OS 2.2.1.  —  Frequently, faulty Wi-Fi connections were the source of these complaints.  Recently, that problem has resurfaced, and one user is linking …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Lead-Gen Provider Pontiflex Raises $6.25 Million Second Round  —  Lead-gen tech company Pontiflex has raised a $6.25 million second round funding.  The round was led by RRE Ventures, with returning investors New Atlantic Ventures and Greenhill SAVP also participating.
Freddie Laker / Take me to your Leader!:
Facebook Connect + YouTube - An Interesting Mix  —  Coca-Cola Europe launched an interesting project for Sprite earlier this month that I think is worth noting.  “Green Eyed World” is a video series revolving around a 23-year old singer from London as she looks to fulfill her dream of becoming a star.
Chase Norlin / MediaPost:
The Next Big Thing In Online Video: Syndication  —  The Museum of Broadcast Communications defines syndication as “the practice of selling rights to the presentation of TV programs, especially to more than one customer such as a TV station, a cable channel, or a programming service such as a national broadcasting system.”
Fortune Small Business:
The venture game: What investors want  —  Matt Douglas had just embarked on a down-to-the-studs renovation of his home in Natick, Mass. when he and a colleague, Sean Conta, quit their jobs to launch MyPunchbowl.com, an event-planning Web site.  “My wife and I were living in one 12-by-8-foot room …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Scareware pops-up at FoxNews  —  There have been numerous reports from affected users that a scareware variant of PersonalAntivirus and ExtraAntivirus has been poping-up at FoxNews.com during the last couple of days, through a malvertising campaign.  —  This most recent case of malvertising …
 
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Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Chambers Indicates Cisco Unlikely to Bid For Sun Micro, Seeks Acquisition
Discussion: The Register
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Miserable Three Months For the Magazine Business: Sales …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla ponders dropping Firefox support for Win2k, early XP
Discussion: The Register, TechSpot and Slashdot
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Could iRex Be the Company Making News Corp.'s Kindle? Mmmmmaybe.
Discussion: TeleRead and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News:
Livio Radio puts Pandora in a box
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Armani Exchange Launches Mobile Campaign
Discussion: AppScout
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
ComScore: Facebook is conquering Europe
Discussion: All Facebook
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
A faster, sleeker way to do MySQL?
Discussion: eWeek
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Now One-Third Of All U.S. E-Commerce
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechFlash, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Google Latitude Stalking Isn't Such A Bad Thing
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digital Inspiration
 

 
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