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6:05 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 …
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?
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: eWeek and AppScout
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) …
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 …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:   Microsoft Said to Step Up Talks With Yahoo on Partnership to Fight Google
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.
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.
Don Clark / Digits:
Sun's Schwartz Tries to Reassure His Troops in Email
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.
PC Pro:
BT blocks off Pirate Bay  —  Updated at 1.10pm: BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a “self-regulation” scheme.  —  BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a “content blocked” message.
Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today a first-quarter 2009 operating loss of $61.6 million compared with operating profit of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2008.
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3.0 In Bay Area - New community launches include Palo Alto and San Mateo  —  Comcast gave us a nudge this morning to note that the nation's largest cable company is continuing their expansion of faster DOCSIS 3.0 technology into the Bay Area.
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos  —  In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.  —  AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
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 …
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
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
CNBC Is Ridiculous: Macs Come With Photoshop, PCs Need $600 Extra to ‘Perform As Well As a Mac’  —  Regular people are probably confused by the re-inflamed Mac vs. PC ad war, which now focuses on price.  Never fear, CNBC's Jim Goldman breaks down the true cost of PCs.  Wait, Macs come with Photoshop?
Discussion: Gawker, BusinessWeek, MacNN and
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mayo Clinic, Microsoft deepen health record ties  —  The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it will build a personal health record service based on Microsoft's HealthVault technology.  —  The product, Mayo Clinic Health Manager, will initially focus on general pediatric and adult health issues, immunization records, pregnancy, and asthma.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Think Big!  Could Sun/ORCL Trigger IBM/SAP Combo?  —  Ah, spring is the air.  (In Silicon Valley, where the temps this week have soared into the 90s, it actually feels more like August.)  And the natives are in the mood for love.  —  So far this week, we've seen Sun Microsystems (JAVA) …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A packs LCD trackpad for the whiz-bang crowd  —  And you thought Apple's button-less “glass trackpad” was hot stuff.  Sharp has just let loose details on its thoroughly Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A, which sadly packs an exceptionally boring list of internal components …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Spy chiefs size up net snoop gear  —  Deep packet inspection bonanza  —  Free whitepaper - Electrical efficiency modelling for data centers  —  The security minister has confirmed officials are considering installing technology that could enable on-demand wiretapping of all communications passing …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Tweets His Way Into The Race For California Governor
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
EBay: Back To Basics  —  CEO John Donahoe is expected to bring …
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U.S. Army uses Facebook page, tweets to declare war on Ashton …
Bill Ray / The Register:
€25K for an old Nokia handset?
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
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Mel Martin / TUAW:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone. What's the deal?
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We've got the goods on BlackBerry OS 5.0
Discussion: IntoMobile, SlashGear and Ubergizmo
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
How Not to Conduct an Online Poll
New Zealand Herald:
MSN website hacked
Discussion: Zero Day and AppScout
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products
Discussion: Beyond Search

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