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4:50 AM ET, April 22, 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: TechCrunch and NEWS.com.au
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Now You Can Change What Google Says About You
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 Register, eWeek and The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Oracle expected to slash thousands of Sun Microsystems jobs  —  Sun Microsystems, the quintessential Silicon Valley company known more for creating ahead-of-the-curve products than its ability to sell them, is now on the chopping block.  —  Oracle, which has reshaped the business technology industry …
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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Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo to lay off 675 after profit slides 78%  —  (04-21) 19:26 PDT — Yahoo Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it will cut 675 jobs, 5 percent of its workforce, as its online advertising business continued to erode in the first quarter amid economic gloom.  —  The Sunnyvale Web portal said it would carry …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz Still Looking For Wow, Drops F-Word During First Quarter Earnings Call.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Core MySpace Executive Team “Definitely Out.”  Expect Announcement Soon.  —  An update to my post earlier today that News Corp., under new CEO of Digital Media Jonathan Miller, is looking to replace MySpace CEO and cofounder Chris DeWolfe.  We've confirmed that things are actually moving …
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
First Google Android Netbooks spotted  —  Certainly this can't be it.  The first Google Android netbook should certainly be more monumental than this $100 device from SkyTone.  Guanzhou, China-based Skytone is famous for making Skype headsets and ultra low cost children's computers.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Bartz: “No comment” on Microsoft deal (but maybe a hint)  —  updated: Yahoo's earnings announcement - the actual financial numbers, that is - seems to be more of a formality these days.  In a call with analysts today, CEO Carol Bartz made references to outsourcing or partnering pieces …
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Wall Street Journal:
New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to create a new military command to coordinate the defense of Pentagon computer networks and improve U.S. offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare, according to current and former officials familiar with the plans.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TG Daily and PolicyBeta
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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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Windows Live: Power Through Simplicity
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0.9 targets 12 security vulnerabilities  —  Mozilla released an update to Firefox 3 on Tuesday that patches 12 security vulnerabilities, four of which it rated as critical.  —  Firefox 3..9, the Web browser's third update this year, fixes two critical vulnerabilities …
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.
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Could Comcast Build an App Store?  —  By embedding Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE)'s Flash on customer set-top boxes, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) could enable third-party developers to build applications for its set-top boxes — which could even pave the way for an iPhone-like application store.
Discussion: Light Reading and ParisLemon, Thanks:hveng
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS gets official, adds speed with 802.11  —  The rumors were true, and today's the day that the Bluetooth SIG gets official with the latest, greatest version of Bluetooth.  Bluetooth 3. + HS, as it'll be called, promises to be markedly faster than prior iterations thanks …
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
I Should Have Heeded My Own Advice About Twitter  —  About a full year ago, I wrote of developers leaving the Twitter development platform due to Twitter consistently removing features, making changes without warning developers, and effectively putting developers out of business with just a single change of policy.
Discussion: Performancing.com, Thanks:atul
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.
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
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 …
Dai / Google Analytics Blog:
Attention Developers: Google Analytics API Launched!  —  A Google Analytics API has long been one of our most widely anticipated features.  Today we're pleased to announce that the Google Analytics Data Export API beta is now publicly available to all Analytics users!  —  What's so exciting about an API?
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Biden promises ‘right person’ as new U.S. copyright czar  —  Vice President Joe Biden lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would pick “the right person” as its copyright czar.
Discussion: DigitalKoans, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
Comcast Cable TV is Coming to Laptops This Year  —  Comcast's Fancast.com will host paid cable content free of charge for existing Comcast subscribers, beginning later this year, Comcast Exec says.  —  Recommends  —  Comcast will soon make its cable TV content available to its subscribers on the Internet …
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Congress to probe P2P sites over ‘inadvertent sharing’
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Post I.T.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony Pictures is on YouTube, Hulu, but not Joost anymore
Discussion: TechVi
James Rogers / TheStreet.com:
Seagate Swings to Sizable Loss
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Should Ad Networks Pay Publishers For Stolen Content? …
Discussion: Digits, paidContent.org and Content Bridges, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
LivingSocial Becomes the Largest Facebook Application Ever
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Lose your job? Tell your Facebook, Twitter friends
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
EBay: Back To Basics  —  CEO John Donahoe is expected to bring …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
U.S. Army uses Facebook page, tweets to declare war on Ashton …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3. In Bay Area …
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