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11:50 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.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Oracle considers venturing into Linux  —  Oracle is studying whether to launch its own version of the Linux operating system and has looked at buying one of the two companies currently dominating the Linux world, according to Larry Ellison, the software company's chief executive officer.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Reuters:   Oracle says may launch own Linux version - paper
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Study: 15% of Brand Searches Stray from Company's Site  —  After searchers type in a brand-name query on a search engine, only 85 percent end up at that brand's Web site, while the rest are diverted to competitor's sites, comparison shopping engines and affiliates.
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
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.
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
VR Games Pit Pets Against Owners  —  If you've ever wanted to match wits with your pet hamster, Mice Arena could be the game for you.  —  As in a traditional video game, players navigate a virtual world in a bid to stay alive.  The twist?  Computerized movements in Mice Arena are mapped …
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 open 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
Mike Grehan / ClickZ:
Does Textbook SEO Really Work Anymore?  —  › › › Search Results  —  I'm back at my desk in Raleigh, NC, this week.  I always look forward to coming to my second home.  It gives me an opportunity to catch up with the many talented people I have the pleasure of working with at my company.
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?
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Sharp makes first true VGA mobile  —  Now available from Vodafone Japan  —  WHAT IS claimed to be the world's first true VGA (480 x 640 pixels) phone is now available from Vodafone KK in Japan.  The 904SH is made for Vodafone by Sharp.  By contrast, the best colour screen handsets have previously only boasted QVGA (Quarter VGA).
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense mediapartners bot adding to the Google search index  —  Since Google AdSense launched, there has been rumors and speculation about the possibility of the AdSense bot (officially known as the "Mediapartners-Google/2.1" and unofficially as the "mediabot") including some of its information into the regular Google search index.
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Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Kill Google, Vol. 3
Discussion: buygoogle.com
Nanko Roussev / phonearena.com:
LG CU500 - new slim global 3G clamshell for Cingular  —  The LG CU500 has been rumored for a long time, as its model number leaked in Cingular's press release together with Nokia 6282, but since then, there was no new information about it.  Just today, here are the first real images of the phone …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Calling All Web 2.0 Apps: Clothe Stowe For 2006  —  A friend commented last week, while I was traipsing around the Bay Area, that I seemed to have a penchant for white T shirts with software company logos.  And it's true that I like them.  It's almost a uniform for me: blue jeans …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
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: blog.jadedpixel.com and Mark Evans
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Your Money … - TECHNOLOGY - SCIENCE - HEALTH - SPORTS - OPINION - ARTS - STYLE - TRAVEL - JOBS - REAL ESTATE - AUTOS  —  Why Can't I Have Just the Cable Channels I Want?  —  AT the National Cable and Telecommunications Association convention in Atlanta last week, the cable guys were at it again.
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.
 
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Sources: Level 3 poised to buy ICG
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John Carney / New York Times:
People Who Watch People: Lost in an Online Hall of Mirrors
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China president at Gates house, not White House
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Aussie Web 2.0 Unconference et BlogHer with Dave Winer
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Wordpress.com Blog Network Outage
lessig.org:
Benkler's book is out  —  Yochai Benkler's book, The Weath of Networks, is out.
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent