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7:35 PM 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.
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Yapbrowser: serves up Zango and...child porn?  —  Looks like another bad day for 180 Solutions.  —  After Mike Burgess highlighted a new install doing the rounds, some of us in the security community have been playing with it and the results are pretty shocking, in an "oh no not again" kind of way.
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ReveNews - Wayne Porter:
180 Solutions Re-Revisited Metallica Style- The YapBrowser
Discussion: Spyware Confidential
Mike / Techdirt:   Shouldn't A Child Porn Provider Be Considered A Rogue Distributor?
Sunbelt BLOG:   Stay far away from YapBrowser
Official Google Blog:
Can you crack the code?  —  Posted by Wei-Hwa Huang, Software engineer and 4-time World Puzzle Championship Individual Winner  —  Back in college, I had this idea of an Internet-based puzzle extravaganza.  It would have one thousand puzzles of various types, more than anyone could ever expect to solve in the time limit provided.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE, SONY AND DA SPONSORSHIP CODE  —  When news of this broke a week or so ago, I thought "Well, it was about time Google started to play ball with the movie folks, the way Yahoo has for years."  Sure, it's interesting that Google is finally jumping into the cross promotion pool …
Discussion: SearchViews and paidContent.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
My Decade Of Writing About Search Engines  —  Ten years ago today, I first starting writing publicly about search engines.  If we had blogs back then, I suppose I would have been a search blogger.  But we didn't.  We hand-coded our HTML, walked through the snow for eight miles to FTP files to our web servers, and we liked it :)
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Rootkit numbers rocketing up, McAfee says  —  Rootkits, used by hackers to hide malicious software, are on the rise and becoming more complex, according to security company McAfee.  —  In the first quarter, the number of rootkits seen by McAfee's Avert Labs grew by 700 percent …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
XP and Vista to get new media player  —  Microsoft plans to jazz up its music player in Windows Vista, the company's next operating system.  But at least some of the new features will debut much sooner.  —  The software, which will be built into Vista, is designed to offer better synching …
fathomonline.com:
Fathom Online Reports First Quarter Search Marketing Keyword Prices Ease  —  Average Bid is $1.39 for Keywords  —  San Francisco, April 17, 2006 - In the first quarter of 2006, the average price that advertisers bid for keywords on search engines dropped three percent to $1.39 from $1.43 at the end of 2005 …
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.
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Reuters:
Oracle says may launch own Linux version
Discussion: TechSpot
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Cable industry confab soft-pedals problems  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Last week in Atlanta at the National Show, the cable industry's annual pep rally, a fragile but carefully cultivated suspension of reality permeated the air.  This beleaguered business spins itself so thoroughly …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
CNET to Distribute Video-on-Demand on TV  —  It's "back to the future for CNET Networks" said CNET EVP Joe Gillespie, who will today announce video-on-demand distribution and a Web destination for the company's technology-related video programming.  The publisher previously produced shows …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Click.tv Moves Video Ideas Forward  —  As I've mentioned, the online video space is evolving extremely fast, with new companies launching just about every week.  Click.tv will soon be joining the crowd with a compelling offering.  —  Macromedia, by the way, is a major source of the creativity.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
At LucasArts, No Playing Around in Quest to Be No. 1  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In September 2004, Jim Ward met with the director George Lucas at his office at Skywalker Ranch near here.  At the time, LucasArts, the video game company created by Mr. Lucas in 1982 and run by Mr. Ward, was in disarray.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bandwidth Glut Almost Over?  —  Improbable as it may seem, but the bandwidth glut created by the telecom bubble of the late nineties might be coming to an end.  Or there is at-least light at the end of the tunnel.  Many of the major long haul service providers are in fact are in the process …
Discussion: Techdirt
asahi.com:
Memories, privacy concerns push down recycling rate of mobile phones  —  Concerns about personal information as well as sentimental attachments have led to such a steep decline in the recycling rate of mobile phones that even mining companies are voicing their opinions.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and textually.org
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and Smart Mobs
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Where's The Skepticism About High Priced Domain Names?
torrentfreak.com:
How To Encrypt BitTorrent Traffic
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Stowe Boyd / Message:
Calling All Web 2.0 Apps: Clothe Stowe For 2006
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Sharp makes first true VGA mobile
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Gizmodo
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Your Money … - TECHNOLOGY - SCIENCE - HEALTH - SPORTS …
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Study: 15% of Brand Searches Stray from Company's Site
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Harris Interactive study has plenty of VoIP marketing lessons
Matt Marshall / Mercury News:
Buddy systems  —  There are some things Google and other search engines …
Clinical Cases / Clinical Cases and Images:
Google Calendar for Doctors: Help Patients See Your Practice Schedule …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Shopify Was Worth the Wait