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11:15 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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Brian Stoler / The Official Google Blog:
Search for “me” on Google  —  It's no secret that from time to time many of us have searched on Google for our name or someone else's.  When searching for yourself to see what others would find, results can be varied and aren't always what you want people to see — whether it's someone else with your name …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches “Profile Results”  —  Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results?  Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn't find the person you wanted?
Discussion: NEWS.com.au
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Now You Can Change What Google Says About You  —  Google me?  I'll Google you!  Google has become the de facto public record these days but most people remain in relative obscurity there and/or fear of what past indiscretions Google will expose to people who search for them.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  —  Company Exceeds Midpoint of Operating Cash Flow Outlook Range  —  Maintains Strong Balance Sheet with $3.7 Billion in Cash and Marketable Debt Securities  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Staff  —  Here come Carol Bartz's cuts: As part of its Q1 earnings report, Yahoo (YHOO) said it's cutting 5% of its staff.  Most Yahoos on the chopping block will find out within two weeks.  —  At the end of December, Yahoo had 13,600 employees.
Discussion: Dealscape, eWeek, BoomTown and AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz Still Looking For Wow, Drops F-Word During First Quarter Earnings Call.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
MySQL 5.4 gets bigger anyway, encroaching on new parent Oracle's turf  —  When Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced his acquisition of Sun Microsystems yesterday morning, he didn't mention MySQL at all — his company's principal competitor in the small systems database space.
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Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
With Oracle's acquisition of Sun, Larry Ellison's empire grows
Discussion: Dealscape
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
TWC to Customers: You Don't Want Tiers, You Don't Get Super-fast Broadband  —  Well, I hope all of you who complained about Time Warner Cable's plans for metered broadband are happy.  Shortly after the cable company pulled its metered broadband trials, it's also rethinking its deployment …
Discussion: Engadget
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Don Clark / Digits:
Sun's Schwartz Tries to Reassure His Troops in Email  —  Many current and former employees of Sun Microsystems are lamenting Oracle's deal to buy the computer maker.  But Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's chief executive, told employees Monday in an internal email that the transaction is …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live To Add More Social Network Partners (Digg, MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm And More)  —  Microsoft's social networking strategy around Windows Live gets a little more meat on the bone today.  In November they announced a new strategy that brings in activity streams, FriendFeed/Plaxo style, into a Windows Live home page.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Craigslist rival uses Twitter to expose dangers of CL's red-light district  —  Craigslist may be the leader in online classified ads but lately, the popular site has seen a run of negative publicity for its red-light district - accused of being a breeding ground for under-age prostitution, drug trading and, now, a murder.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Oprah Effect on Twitter  —  Oprah Winfrey, the icon that can turn any book or product into a best seller, posted her first Tweet on Friday on her show.  There's been much debate among loyal Twitter users about whether this spells the end for Twitter's coolness, as soccer moms sign up in droves.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
CNN Shows Its Thin Skin  —  In the latest example of a big media company complaining about a YouTube clip, CNN has demanded that the video-sharing site remove a video that incorporates some footage from the network.  —  The problem for CNN is that the clip, posted by the group Founding Bloggers …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Update on Yahoo-Microsoft Talks: “Hot and Heavy”  —  Microsoft and Yahoo have been busily ferreting away on talks about search and advertising partnership possibilities in what one person close to the situation described as “hot and heavy.”  —  But exactly how hot and how heavy depends …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Yet Another Microsoft Search Brand—This Time For Phones?  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has grabbed headlines for trademarking two possible new names for Live Search—Bing and Kumo.  But paidContent found that the company has quietly applied to trademark a third search brand name too—Sift.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft trademarks two more names: Sift and Swivel
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Living with the limits of Windows 7 Starter Edition  —  If you've read anything about Windows 7 Starter Edition, your first reaction was probably the same as mine: Is Microsoft nuts?  This ultra-cheap edition is intended for use on netbooks, but its biggest restriction sounds like a complete deal-breaker …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google joins effort for 3D Web standard with new plugin, API  —  Google has released a new open source browser plugin that provides APIs for displaying rich 3D graphics in Web content.  Google hopes that the plugin will help to advance a collaborative effort to create open standards for bringing 3D to the Web.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon Video on Demand HD on Roku Video Player hands-on  —  Roku hooked us up with an early preview of Amazon Video on Demand in HD for its Video Player, and while we didn't have much time to poke around, but what we saw was mostly impressive.  Video took a little longer to buffer in than Amazon SD …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Rise of An Underground Facebook Profile Market  —  Over the past few days there has been increasing buzz about a market for Facebook public profiles.  I've even received a few emails on the topic, one individual who was asking me about reasonable rates for purchasing public profiles.
Discussion: Rocketboom
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Should Ad Networks Pay Publishers For Stolen Content?  The Fair Syndication Consortium Thinks So.  —  As newspapers and other publishers watch their revenues diminish, one common refrain among them is that maybe they should somehow go after Google or Yahoo for aiding and abetting the destruction …
Discussion: Digits and Content Bridges, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Exploring MySpace CEO Options  —  MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe has been with the company since its August 2003 launch, seeing it through a 2005 $580 million sale to News Corp. and growing revenue to something approaching a billion dollars a year.  130 million people around …
Thanks:atul
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony Pictures is on YouTube, Hulu, but not Joost anymore  —  At the same time Sony Pictures prepared to post some of its TV shows and films onto YouTube, the studio's material quietly began disappearing from Joost.  —  Earlier this month, Joost CEO Mike Volpi, who is attempting to engineer …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
LivingSocial Becomes the Largest Facebook Application Ever  —  Just over a week ago I wrote that LivingSocial has become the top Facebook application.  The company has continued to expand their lead and as of today have become the largest Facebook application ever based on monthly active users.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Mark Penn's fuzzy pro-blogging stats  —  I did a lot of digging around in the numbers around blogging for my book, so I'm on alert when I read a piece like Mark Penn's look at pro blogging in the Wall Street Journal, which is getting lots of attention this morning.  A little skepticism is definitely in order.
CNET News:
Gates: Cyberattacks a constant threat  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the United States is “under cyberattack virtually all the time, every day” and that the Defense Department plans to more than quadruple the number of cyber experts it employs to ward off such attacks.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: pirates biggest music buyers.  Labels: yeah, right  —  Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management.  Researchers examined the music downloading habits …
Orlando Sentinel:
Lose your job?  Tell your Facebook, Twitter friends  —  Last week, Sarah Bryant was too upset to call anybody after she was fired from her call-center job of three years.  Instead, she sat down at her computer and posted “I got fired” on her Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Discussion: Etan on Tech
 
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