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5:55 PM ET, April 12, 2006

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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
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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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Tangled up in spying controversy  —  NARUS SAYS IT WAS UNAWARE ITS TRACKING SOFTWARE AIDED THE NSA  —  The engineers at Narus weren't intending to create Big Brother's dream machine when they began writing software a decade ago to help phone companies send out more detailed bills.
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
AT&T asks judge to order documents alleging wiretaps returned  —  Attorneys for AT&T have asked a federal judge to order a San Francisco civil liberties group to return ``highly confidential'' documents that allegedly show that the telecommunications giant provided detailed records of millions …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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.
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.
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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.
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, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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.
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.
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 …
Heather Green / Business Week:
A Bloggy Boost for Old Media  —  Tech startup Pluck is rolling out syndicated blog offerings for traditional publications.  But is this a service anyone needs?  —  As recently as a year ago, it was inconceivable that much of Old Media would embrace blogs.
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Blizzard reassures Mac gamers following Boot Camp
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Dave White / mobilemag.com:
Unlicensed Mobile Access for VoIP Cellphones
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Audio calls for talent
USA Today:
Ad money lures established media into uncharted waters
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