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3:05 AM ET, April 13, 2006

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google unveils Web-based calendar app  —  Google on Thursday plans to unveil a much-anticipated, free Web-based calendar application that is expected to heat up the race with Yahoo and Microsoft.  —  The free Web-based Google Calendar, allows users to build online calendars …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Calendar is Live  —  Google Calendar has officially gone live at calendar.google.com.  A tour of Calendar is available here.  —  Dave Winer may have been the first to write about it on Scripting.com.  CNET also has a story.  —  My first impression - It's fast, slick and stable.
Discussion: TechBlog and Scripting News
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Calendar peeks around the corner
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Yahoo! Search blog:
Travel Searching Made Easier  —  It seems pretty obvious that, especially at this time of year, when the weather is changing and you've got summer vacation on the brain, travel is a big part of what people search for on the web.  You want to figure out where to go and what to do - and there's so much out there.
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo improves travel planning via search and maps
Matt / Photo Matt:
A Little Funding  —  The best thing that can ever happen to a web service is to have passionate users.  Users that notice and email you the second there's a database problem, users that really push the limits of what you can provide, and users that are phenomally successful and bring thousands of others to your doors.
Jlewin / Podcasting News:
Podcasting, MP3 Players Stealing Radio's Audience  —  Podcasting and MP3 players are stealing radio's audience, according to the latest figures from Bridge Ratings.  According to Dave Van Dyke, President of Bridge Ratings, "By 2010, today's 94% penetration for terrestrial radio will have sunk to 85%."
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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Mike / Techdirt:
Sketchy New Mobile Firm Does Sketchy Reverse Merger  —  from the not-building-up-much-confidence-here- are-we?  dept  —  Last month, the details started coming out on the latest in an incredibly overcrowded MVNO market, Xero, and they didn't look pretty.  The company appeared …
Business Week:
Learning To Love The Dreaded TiVo  —  How agencies are using it to make ads that viewers actually want to watch  —  If TV ads are the media equivalent of mosquitoes, then the digital video recorder (DVR) is a bug zapper on steroids.  Rather than merely wringing their hands, however …
Discussion: Engadget
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Mike / Techdirt:   TiVo Says Choose Your Own Damn Commercials
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
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Tangled up in spying controversy
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Techdirt
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Local Coupons at Zixxo  —  Silicon Valley based Zixxo has launched a great service that I asked for last year (#4 on this list) - local coupons via RSS.  This is a very big market.  Last year, 323 billion coupons were distributed in the U.S., and of those 4.5 billion were actually used (Zixxo has more coupon stats here).
PR Newswire:
TiVo and DIRECTV Agree to Extend Relationship for Three Years  —  Agreement Guarantees Quality Service for Existing DIRECTV TiVo Subscribers; Also Addresses Intellectual Property  —  ALVISO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO - News), the creator of and a leader …
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Google Local to Be Lead by Classified Ventures Exec  —  Sam Sebastian, a longtime veteran of Classified Ventures' Homescape real estate vertical, is the new head of Google Local.  In the new position, Sebastian might build bridges to newspapers.  But he also poses something of a threat …
Discussion: paidContent.org and chew shop
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The problem with unlimited on demand video  —  There is one certainty in the TV industry.  That programmers are going to be wrong 95 pct of the time.  Lost, Desperate Housewives, American Idol had all been passed on by networks.  Other shows have been cancelled on one network, prospered on another.
Discussion: 1000 Flowers Bloom
Gabriel Stricker / Business Week:
Google Organizes the Globe  —  A handful of examples of how Google's genetic composition is poised to transform — in most cases, the transformation has already begun  —  Over the past eight years, Google has quietly and steadily assembled an impressive suite of products and services (yes …
The Consumerist:
My Mom On Buying A Cell Phone In The States  —  John Brownlee here.  I just want to tell you all that I love my Mom.  A four foot eleven firecracker who followed her recent stroke up with a healthy regime of climbing up twenty foot ladders to chainsaw branches down from the roof, she's a hell of a girl.
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
Google, eBay And Amazon To AT&T: We'll Build Our Own Network  —  AT&T and the telcos are threatening to charge Google and other Web sites extortion-type fees unless Google and others pay for adequate bandwidth.  But Google and others may soon have this answer for them: No, thanks.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google patent points to voice search  —  A recently published patent provides further evidence that Google is developing a voice-activated search engine.  —  Patent No. 7027987, of which Google is the assignee, concerns "a voice interface for search engines.
Nick / Rough Type:
Is Web 2.0 enterprise-ready?  —  Over the years, big companies have dumped a lot of money into computer systems that promise to automate "knowledge management."  Most of that money has been wasted.  No matter how technologically elegant their design, knowledge management "platforms" and …
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Samsung Q1 gets $2,000 price tag in Korea  —  We've seen the official price for the TabletKiosk eo ($900).  Now another UMPC has gotten its first official price, and it's an even further cry from the original "about $500" price point once expected for these devices.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Skinny on April's Batch of Microsoft Patches  —  Microsoft on Tuesday released five updates to remedy security flaws in its software products, including a huge — and potentially disruptive — patch bundle that fixes eight "critical" flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser.
 
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