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2:30 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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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  —  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.
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
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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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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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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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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