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12:35 AM ET, April 13, 2006

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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  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. is introducing an upgraded travel service on Tuesday that blends the breadth of Yahoo search with handy travel-specific features, stepping up its challenge to dedicated travel sites.
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.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
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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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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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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.
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:
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.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Techdirt
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
AT&T asks judge to order documents alleging wiretaps returned
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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).
Discussion: Screenwerk, Peer Pressure and J.D. Amer
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.
Discussion: The PC Doctor, JD on EP and Bink.nu
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Blogosphere suffers spam explosion  —  Boing Boing would allow its readers to leave comments and engage in a discussion on the wildly popular blog, if it weren't for spam.  —  The editors of the technology and pop culture blog took down the comment option about two years ago.
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.
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.
 
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