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5:00 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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Google Calendar Beta
Discussion: The Test Bed
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 …
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Business Week:
Learning To Love The Dreaded TiVo
Discussion: Engadget
Mike / Techdirt:   TiVo Says Choose Your Own Damn Commercials
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.
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 …
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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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Phony kids, virtual sex  —  In the increasingly popular, adults-only virtual world called "Second Life," a player can pretend to be a bear, an elf or just about anything else he or she imagines.  —  But even in the open-minded "Second Life" community, what people consider to be acceptable may have its limits.
Discussion: Clickable Culture and VTOR
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).
The Age:
Nokia municipal council to ditch landlines  —  The Finnish town of Nokia, left in the shadow of its more famous namesake company, is going mobile.  —  Nokia's municipal workers will be given mobile handsets to replace their landline phones in a move aimed at improving communication, officials said.
Discussion: textually.org
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
mobiletechnews.com:
Citywide WiFi comes to Portland  —  Portland — MetroFi, the leader in designing, building and operating free citywide Wi-Fi networks, announced today it has been selected by the City of Portland, the 28th largest city in the United States, to deliver and operate a citywide Wi-Fi network …
Barry J. Doyle / tabletpcreviewspot.com:
Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC w/ Core Duo - Our Full Review (pics, specs)  —  Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC - Speedy to the Core/s  —  There is some great news for Tablet PC users.  Strap on your rocket boots because the new Toshiba Portege M400 with Intel Core Duo technology is sure to take you for a flight.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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.
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 …
 
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Amanda Cantrell / biz.yahoo.com:
Retail PC sales grow briskly in Q1, new data show
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Toshiba fish shaped MP3 player
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Gizmodo
Nick / Rough Type:
Is Web 2.0 enterprise-ready?  —  Over the years, big companies …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Da Vinci Code Quest
Discussion: SearchViews
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Samsung Q1 gets $2,000 price tag in Korea
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google patent points to voice search
Modculture / Tech Digest:
TDK working on 200GB Blu-ray disc
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Skinny on April's Batch of Microsoft Patches
Andrew / Web Publishing Blog:
Interview with Brendon Sinclair; Web Video Quadruples conversion rates
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Blogosphere suffers spam explosion
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Tangled up in spying controversy
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Techdirt
Techworld.com:
Google spreads tentacles to Russia
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iBook successor may sport fashionable hues
t3.co.uk:
The limitless Xbox 360 hard disk
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Windows Live Academic Search