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2:30 PM ET, April 12, 2006

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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Coming soon: Google Voice Search  —  The master of text-based search is looking to lend a lend a voice to Internet users everywhere, or so it appears based on Google's latest patent.  Patent #7,027,987 issued today by the US Patent and Trademark Office covers a "Voice interface for a search engine," which is described as:
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Windows Live Academic Search  —  New research tool delivers enhanced search capabilities to the academic community.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the beta release of its Windows Live™ Academic Search service in seven countries.
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft creates academic search site to rival Google's
Yahoo! Search blog:
Mo' Beta Maps  —  Today we added global satellite imagery to Yahoo! Maps beta.  The new satellite imagery will help people visualize maps, driving directions, and local search, and is available across Yahoo! and to developers through our APIs.  —  Here are the highlights:
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Yahoo! Satellite Maps: Good for Pilots  —  When Google first launched their maps with satellite imagery, I immediately began using it as a tool for examining airports and non-airport landing spots.  —  It turns out that I wasn't alone.  The aviation community at large has been all over Google Maps.
Discussion: buygoogle.com and InsideGoogle
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Yahoo maps to finally offer satellite images
oecd.org:
OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2005  —  The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase during 2005 from 136 million in June 2005 to 158 million by December 2005.  Broadband penetration growth in the OECD held steady at 15% in the second half …
Maria Newman / New York Times:
MySpace.com Hires Official to Oversee Users' Safety  —  MySpace.com, the social networking Internet site popular with young people that has alarmed some parents and law enforcement officials concerned about sexual predators, announced yesterday that it was hiring a former federal prosecutor to be its first chief security officer.
Associated Press:
Google defends cooperation with China  —  Unveil Chinese language brand name: 'Gu Ge' or 'Valley Song'  —  BEIJING - Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday defended the search engine's cooperation with Chinese censorship as he announced the creation of a Beijing research center and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.
Techworld.com:
Google spreads tentacles to Russia  —  Google has announced that it is going to open a research and development centre in Moscow this year.  —  Sergei Burkov, a former CEO of Dulance, an Internet search company, will run the centre.  According to sources, Google has acquired Dulance.
t3.co.uk:
The limitless Xbox 360 hard disk  —  XSATA links your 360's paltry drive to your computer's - so it need never fill up!  —  Great as the Xbox 360 is, the capacity of its hard drive is verging on embarrassing.  Although marked up as a 20GB, you only really get around 12GB of space to play around with - unless you add the XSATA.
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Samsung to announce Helix XM2go & NEXUS Players soon.  —  Samsung Electronics has announced the official launch of its two most anticipated digital audio products, the Helix XM2go and Nexus digital player.  Both will be launched on the 25th of April 2006 at the Time Warner Center.
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iBook successor may sport fashionable hues  —  When Apple Computer introduces its new line of Intel-based consumer notebooks this spring, the company may once again offer buyers a fashionable option it phased out of its iMac product line nearly half a decade ago: colored enclosures.
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
Richard Water / MSNBC:
ABC experiment faces infrastructure problems  —  Internet not designed for mass-market streaming video, analysts say  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The design of the Internet is unsuited to the sort of "live" online television services announced this week by Walt Disney, according to analysts and Internet executives.
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Robert Plummer / BBC:
Business bites the blogging bullet  —  For the average business trying to protect and enhance its reputation, the prospect of having its actions scrutinised by an army of online commentators can feel like a threat.  —  After all, the last thing a firm wants, after spending years burnishing …
Claire Atkinson / AdAge:
News Corp. Has New Pitch: Generation Fox  —  Reorganizes Sales Force to Sell 12- to 24-Year-Old Demo Across Platforms  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Move over MTV.  News Corp. is making an early grab for ad dollars aimed at the 12- to 24-year-old demographic and is retooling its sales operation …
MP3 Player Reviews:
BenQ Launches New Joybee Series  —  BenQ, in a press conference on 11th April, announced that the company is going to add 6 new products into their Joybee series.  These products introduced during the event are: E520, ET50, EG10, E105, N370, and P610.  According to the company …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Audio calls for talent  —  While browsing through the jobs at Google I stumbled across something new — postings targeted at future "Google Audio" employees.  Some of the positions they are looking to fill are: Customer Support Technician, Senior Sales Technical Support, Provisioning Manager …
 
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Tangled up in spying controversy
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Techdirt
Mark Evans:
15 Minutes of Fame at mesh
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
TV-B-Gone Device Shuts Public TVs Down
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
My Mac diagnostic tool belt
AdWords API Team / AdWords API Blog:
Revisions to the AdWords API Beta Program
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Merger Mania Hits VoIP
Mark Pincus Blog:
Today marks the peak of social networking
Discussion: Blogspotting
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Blizzard reassures Mac gamers following Boot Camp
Discussion: WOW Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
'Critical' megapatch sews up 10 holes in IE
Dave White / mobilemag.com:
Unlicensed Mobile Access for VoIP Cellphones
Discussion: PalmAddicts and VoIP Now
Heather Green / Business Week:
A Bloggy Boost for Old Media
PR Newswire:
Xero Mobile Announces Reverse Merger With OTCB Company and Forward Stock Split
USA Today:
Ad money lures established media into uncharted waters
Discussion: Techdirt
Fpullen / Fred Pullen's Blog:
Windows Vista Product Guide Preview Was Available!
Matt Mower / Curiouser and Curiouser!:
Combining OPML and RSS to create an export format for a blog
Discussion: Raw
Globe and Mail:
China's got RedBerry
 

 
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