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8:55 AM ET, April 17, 2006

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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, April 2006 Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth  —  Yes, another quarter has passed, and it is time to take a look at the numbers!  —  For historical perspective, you can see earlier State of the Blogosphere reports from February 2006, July 2005, from March 2005, and from October 2004.
Dnw / lifekludger:
Tablet PC - a Lifekludger view  —  "It's rude not to point"  —  Ok here I am typing on the onscreen keyboard of a Tablet PC*.  A first for me.  —  The good folks at Tegatech Australia kindly sent me a Tablet to loan and have a bit of a play and see how someone without the use of hands might go using a Tablet PC.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Harris Interactive study has plenty of VoIP marketing lessons  —  On his IT Facts blog, colleague Alex Moskalyuk posts a link to a Harris Interactive report entitled, "Awareness of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) on the Rise in Great Britain and in the United States.
Discussion: Screenwerk and VoIP Watch
Matt Marshall / Mercury News:
Buddy systems  —  There are some things Google and other search engines just aren't good at.  —  For example, have you ever spent an entire weekend planning a trip, say to Hawaii, by surfing the Web to book hotels, snorkeling outings and kite-surfing lessons?
Clinical Cases / Clinical Cases and Images:
Google Calendar for Doctors: Help Patients See Your Practice Schedule and Make Appointments  —  Google Calendar can be used to show the free slots in your practice schedule to potential patients.  See the screenshots below.  —  Figure 1.  A physician's practice schedule (the master schedule) or what you can see.
Discussion: Googling Google
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Scoble's Moderation and That Old Time Conspiracy Reward Challenge  —  Quick blog-technology-centric post for something near and dear to the Mini-Microsoft blog: comments.  —  I've said it.  Lots of other people have said it (lots... said it so much I wonder if I should just put up one word posts some time).
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent  —  GEOFF GOODFELLOW is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who came up with an idea that resulted in a $612.5 million payday.  But he will never see a penny of it.  He remains little known even in Silicon Valley and, perhaps most surprising, he doesn't really mind.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
The Next Huge Thing - What It Looks Like  —  If you were in one of the California cities of Santa Clara, Cupertino, or Sunnyvale using the free WiFi offered by MetroFi to read Fractals of Change, this is what your browser window (Internet Explorer version) would look like.
Discussion: ben barren and Clickety Clack
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Shopify Was Worth the Wait  —  Ottawa-based Shopify launched a lot later than originally promised (last fall), but it was worth the wait.  They've launched a private beta and plan to open their doors permanently in May.  —  Shopify is a hosted ecommerce solution with integrated payments.
Discussion: Mark Evans and blog.jadedpixel.com
Reuters:
China president at Gates house, not White House  —  SEATTLE—The first lavish dinner of China President Hu Jintao's historic visit to the United States next week will be in a big, secure house in Washington where the host is one of the world's most powerful men.  —  The White House?  No.
Aaron McKenna / tgdaily.com:
Half-Life vs Half-Life 2: No comparison?  —  Comparing old games to new ones is a tricky business.  On the one hand if you compare Doom to Doom III nowadays, well, there is no comparison.  Doom is fairly 2D to the modern gamer in many more ways than just the graphics.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Kill Google, Vol. 3  —  In a comment to my previous post, Anil Dharni said: … If I want to beat Google?  I would throw everything I have got at an AdSense killer.  —  AdSense is now about half of Google's revenue and their future growth.  Microsoft should strangle Google's air supply, their revenue stream.
Discussion: buygoogle.com
Jeff Smith / Rocky Mountain News:
Sources: Level 3 poised to buy ICG  —  Broomfield's Level 3 Communications tentatively has agreed to buy Douglas County-based ICG Communications, two sources close to the situation said Friday.  —  The deal could be announced as early as Monday or Tuesday.
Discussion: GigaOM
Associated Press:
Internet agency considers '.tel' domain name  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching out and touching someone used to be as simple as dialing a string of numbers.  —  But now there are home, cell and work phone numbers from which to choose, and sometimes work extensions to remember.
Discussion: LiveSide and textually.org
lessig.org:
Benkler's book is out  —  Yochai Benkler's book, The Weath of Networks, is out.  This is — by far — the most important and powerful book written in the fields that matter most to me in the last ten years.  If there is one book you read this year, it should be this.
Discussion: Copyfight and Venture Chronicles
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Wordpress.com Blog Network Outage  —  Wordpress.com Blog Network Outage  —  In what may just be an Easter fluke, it seems that the entire Wordpress.com Blog Network is down for the day, and has been dead for at least an hour.  The outage comes after complaints from some blog owners …
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog and wordpress.com
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John Carney / New York Times:
People Who Watch People: Lost in an Online Hall of Mirrors
Discussion: Screenwerk
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hdrive.org:
Interim Build To Be Released Monday!
Discussion: Bink.nu
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Does Little, and Not Very Well  —  The Nokia 770 Internet …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
A high-tech way to defrost  —  Humans have been getting rid …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo