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1:35 AM ET, April 15, 2006

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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Microsoft Gets Social  —  Redmond has big plans for tools and partnerships that will let users consult a circle of friends when conducting Web searches  —  Software giant Microsoft is taking its MSN Search division on a comeback tour.  The next stop: Social search, a way of making Web search …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MSN Windows Live Search Getting Answers Service; May Partner Or Acquire Eurekster  —  Via Threadwatch, Microsoft Gets Social from BusinessWeek has news that Microsoft may be buying or partnering with Eurekster to bring social search features to its MSN Window Live Search service.
USA Today:
Sellers of Internet addresses surf for — and get — some big payoffs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Internet domain names are red-hot again.  —  This year, 15 names used in Internet addresses have resold for at least six figures to companies and individuals hoping to tap into big audiences.  On.com got $635,000.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Fox, affils sync up  —  Net agrees to share non-linear revenue  —  Fox has sealed a new deal with its affiliates that will finally allow it to enter the iPod age.  —  The six-year pact — an extension of affils' previous agreement to contribute to Fox's costly NFL rights package …
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Reuters:
Fox will put TV reruns on the Internet: report
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ISP snooping gaining support  —  The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their customers' online activities for future police access is gaining ground in state capitols and in Washington, D.C.  —  Top Bush administration officials have endorsed the concept …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AKISMET FOR MT: DEATH TO SPAM  —  If that headline means anything to you, then rejoice.  It's long been known that Akismet, WordPress's remarkable anti-comment spam technology, was the best out there.  Moveable Type users (like me) salivated at the thought of having Akismet-like functionality on our sites.
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Matt Mullenweg / Akismet:   Akismet for Movable Type
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Lagging Ad Sales Contribute to Earnings Decline at Newspaper Chains  —  THE newspaper industry continues to flag financially, with three companies — The New York Times, Tribune and McClatchy — reporting sharply lower first-quarter earnings yesterday.  —  Executives of all of the newspaper companies …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Catchup Friday — Abrams to launch Socializr; Meetup, Zoom, Zixxo & more  —  Here are the latest Silicon Valley tidbits that fell between the cracks this week.  Happy Easter weekend!  —  Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams to launch Socializr?  Abrams, the early developer of the social networking concept …
Sam / Signal vs. Noise:
Microsoft Origami: "Too revolutionary"  —  Price, Interface Dampen 'Origami' PC Debut  —  'Origami' Stumps CEOs in Jobs-Style Presentation  —  Overpriced, underwhelming, cumbersome: pick three.
Discussion: GigaOM
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
How Sun's "open DRM" dooms them and all they touch  —  David Berlind has written about Sun's "Open DReaM" crippleware project, a DRM that pretends to be "open source" and an "open platform" in a cynical bid to curry favor with copyfighters and studios.  The gimmick is that Sun's technology …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Video review of Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC  —  I have created a video review of the Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC.  This is my first ever video production, so this is more of a learning experience than anything.  Also, I was using an old webcam to record to video, so the quality is pretty poor.
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jkOnTheRun:   New video review of the Toshiba M400 Tablet PC
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Newsweek implements private label RSS reader  —  I have a strong preference for Newsgator over Bloglines so I'm very happy to read about their new partnership with Newsweek.  Newsweek readers can now use a free web based RSS reader wrapped in Newsweek branding and pre-seeded with Newsweek feeds.
Gary / ResourceShelf:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Sits Down For TV Interview With Charlie Rose  —  Web Search—Google  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt Sits Down For TV Interview With Charlie Rose  —  In a taped interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, sat down with Charlie Rose for a 25 minute one-on-one interview that focused …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
TiVo Wins EchoStar Patent Suit  —  TiVo Wins EchoStar Patent Suit - Los Angeles Times In a major victory for PVR pioneer TiVo, a West Texas jury awarded the company $73.9 million from EchoStar Communications after finding that the satellite broadcaster had violated TiVo's patent of time shifting television.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Mozilla Plugs Firefox Code Execution Hole  —  Mozilla has released a new version of the Firefox Web browser with what is described as "significant security and stability improvements."  —  Details on the security vulnerabilities being patched were not available April 13 when Firefox 1.5.0.2 was shipped as a high-priority update.
Gail Schiller / newsone.ca:
Brands take buzz to bank through free TV placement  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - During the past four months, Apple iPods, Macs and other products have been featured 250 times on 38 different network primetime shows, including such hits as "CSI: NY" and "The O.C."
Martin Geddes / Telepocalypse:
IPTV IS DEAD (PART 27)  —  Techdirt reminded us last year how broadcast IPTV is a dumb idea, as the future's all in faster-than-real-time downloads.  (Usual nod of head to Odlyzko for being a decade ahead of us all here.)  —  In future you'll only want to watch stuff that's gained a strong reputation for quality.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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Mike / Techdirt:   The Telcos Could Revolutionize TV... But They Won't
 
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hCalendar + Google Calendar Reminders
Tom / Music thing:
The Monome MIDI controller is real
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Deaf, Perhaps, But Not Mute
Discussion: SearchViews
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Mullenweg: We don't want cash...well, ok, maybe we'll take some
Discussion: Dealflow
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
"Email — Should the Sender Pay?"
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Gary / ResourceShelf:
Microsoft's Camera Phone Search Project and Other Camea Phone Search Tech
frsirt.com:
Mozilla Products Memory Corruption and Information Disclosure Vulnerabilities
Wireless Data News Blog:
Carnival of Mobilists #23  —  Welcome to review of leading …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
SprintNextel, your VoIP strategy is all wrong
Discussion: VoIP Now and BBHub
Ars Technica:
New PS3 operating system details?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Aswath Weblog:
Post-Disaster Communications Petition
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
Inking in Internet Explorer
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Democrats more likely to favor iTunes taxes