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1:55 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Mobile Voice Search Hot?  —  If you have tried to do search on non-qwerty mobile phones, then you are all too familiar with the frustrations that go along with it.  Piper Jaffray projects the global mobile search revenues will generate $11 billion by 2008.
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
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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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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Lost Remote TV Blog
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Live.com to be homepage of Vista, IE7  —  Microsoft's new hire, Niall Kennedy (formally of Technorati), wrote in his blog today that Live.com will be the default homepage for Vista and IE7: … This is something I've been predicting for a while, but until now Microsoft hadn't confirmed it.
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Fpullen / Fred Pullen's Blog:
Windows Vista Product Guide Preview Was Available!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Merger Mania Hits VoIP  —  What a week... a wave of mergers has hit the VoIP space.  First Comverse acquired Netcentrex for $164 million in what seems to be a move to round out its triple play portfolio.  —  Then Genesys, a division of Alcatel that makes contact/call center products acquired-rival …
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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.
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 …
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
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.
USA Today:
Ad money lures established media into uncharted waters  —  So I ask Mark Cuban — a man who enjoys disrupting the establishment as much as any billionaire around — why the media industry seems to have gone insane lately.  —  Press releases about deals that would've defied belief just a couple …
Discussion: Techdirt
PR Newswire:
Xero Mobile Announces Reverse Merger With OTCB Company and Forward Stock Split  —  LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Xero Mobile, Inc. today confirmed the completion of a reverse merger with publicly traded Desi TV, Inc., and further announced that the merged entity would operate under …
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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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
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AdWords API Team / AdWords API Blog:
Revisions to the AdWords API Beta Program
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
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
'Critical' megapatch sews up 10 holes in IE
Dave White / mobilemag.com:
Unlicensed Mobile Access for VoIP Cellphones
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Heather Green / Business Week:
A Bloggy Boost for Old Media
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John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
ABC and the Future of Media
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Fujitsu TX Series with Blu-Ray Drive
Discussion: Gizmodo and PVR Wire
Claire Atkinson / AdAge:
News Corp. Has New Pitch: Generation Fox
Matt Mower / Curiouser and Curiouser!:
Combining OPML and RSS to create an export format for a blog
Discussion: Raw
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Links & Comment:
Tie me Webaroo down, sport
Guy Kawasaki / Bona tempora volvantur:
The First 100 Days: Observations of a Nouveau Blogger