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5:15 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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doxdesk.com:   Here's some random stuffs that I thought I should leave somewhere …
ReveNews - Wayne Porter:   180 Solutions Re-Revisited Metallica Style- The YapBrowser
Mike / Techdirt:   Shouldn't A Child Porn Provider Be Considered A Rogue Distributor?
Sunbelt BLOG:
Stay far away from YapBrowser
Discussion: Spyware Confidential
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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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.
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
Discussion: SearchViews and paidContent.org
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
EXCLUSIVE: Google appears to be building travel portal- maybe with Orbitz?  —  This news may sound far afield of this blog, but not really.  Hear me out.  —  The screen cap you see at the top of this entry is from a post on the Job Listings site of mediabistro.com.
Mike / Techdirt:
Where's The Skepticism About High Priced Domain Names?  —  from the wonder-where-that-article-came- from... dept  —  Over the weekend, some tech blogs were buzzing about a USA Today article from late Friday evening, discussing the return of high prices for domain names.
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
OhGizmo Review - Phlash  —  In terms of image size and quality cameraphones are slowly catching up to their point & shoot brothers.  One of their obvious benefits is that most people always have their phone in easy reach which makes grabbing a quick photo a cinch.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Stowe Boyd / Message:
Calling All Web 2.0 Apps: Clothe Stowe For 2006
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Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
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Half-Life vs Half-Life 2: No comparison?
John Carney / New York Times:
People Who Watch People: Lost in an Online Hall of Mirrors
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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