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2:35 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.
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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 - 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: IP Democracy and broadband
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.
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.
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
When an Algorithm Takes the Wheel  —  LA RICHARDAIS, France — Algorithmically controlled sensors, suspension adjustment and other electronic functions are not what you are supposed to notice when you drive Jaguar's new XK convertible and coupe.  The car's highly automated driving control …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and Sunbelt BLOG
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.
 
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Official Google Blog:
Can you crack the code?  —  Posted by Wei-Hwa Huang …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Cyworld Stop MySpace Juggernaut?
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Calling All Web 2.0 Apps: Clothe Stowe For 2006
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Best Buy Unveils HD DVD (And I Don't Care)
Discussion: Engadget and HD Beat
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Your Money … - TECHNOLOGY - SCIENCE - HEALTH - SPORTS …
Nanko Roussev / phonearena.com:
LG CU500 - new slim global 3G clamshell for Cingular
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Recruiters in the late 90s
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense mediapartners bot adding to the Google search index
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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Harris Interactive study has plenty of VoIP marketing lessons
Discussion: Screenwerk and VoIP Watch
Matt Marshall / Mercury News:
Buddy systems  —  There are some things Google and other search engines …
Aaron McKenna / tgdaily.com:
Half-Life vs Half-Life 2: No comparison?
John Carney / New York Times:
People Who Watch People: Lost in an Online Hall of Mirrors
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Shopify Was Worth the Wait
Zephoria / apophenia:
on being notable in Wikipedia  —  Back in July, Justin Hall created …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Dnw / lifekludger:
Tablet PC - a Lifekludger view
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
The Next Huge Thing - What It Looks Like
Discussion: ben barren and Clickety Clack
 

 
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