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2:25 AM ET, April 18, 2006

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Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
180solutions sponsors Yapbrowser and... child porn?  —  My head is swimming and I feel ill. I just read the blogs about 180solutions' latest — Yapbrowser, installed from 180's servers no less, that directs all search requests to child porn sites.  And this from a company that has made countless claims of cleaning up their act.
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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.
ReveNews - Wayne Porter:
180 Solutions Re-Revisited Metallica Style- The YapBrowser  —  Garage Days Re-Revisited...  While Direct Revenue wrestle with their own problems explaining to Mr. Spitzer about Aurora and nail.exe it appears 180 Solutions has some explaining to do as we see yet another nail driven into the proverbial coffin.
Mike / Techdirt:   Shouldn't A Child Porn Provider Be Considered A Rogue Distributor?
Sunbelt BLOG:   Stay far away from YapBrowser
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Comparing the Mapping Services  —  Online mapping has come a long way in the last year.  Google Maps entered the field and added satellite imagery to spring itself into the spotlight - challenging the colorful cartoon-like map images of longtime mapping frontrunner Mapquest.
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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Making Money From Online Maps  —  Even the most dedicated Internet surfers have to get away from their PCs at some point.  But before they log off, they need to know how to get where they're going next.  —  Perhaps that's why the audience heading to online map sites has increased by nearly 20% …
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 …
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 …
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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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
sanjose.dbusinessnews.com:
Kaboodle Raises $3.55 M from Leaders in Online Search and Commerce  —  San Jose -  —  SANTA CLARA — Kaboodle, a free online service that simplifies collecting, organizing and sharing information on the web, announced today that it has raised $3.55 million in Series A funding from pioneers …
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
Men Are From VoIP, Women From PSTN  —  A recent HarrisInteractive survey about VoIP awareness in the U.S. and Britain found this intriguing fact: Men are more aware of VoIP than women by about a two-to-one margin.  And, one would assume, from those numbers, they're much more likely to use VoIP as well.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Burst.com sues Apple for patent infringement  —  Burst.com has filed a countersuit against Apple Computer claiming that the iTunes software, the iPod and the Quicktime streaming software all infringe on patents held by Burst.com, Burst announced Monday.  —  After being approached by Burst.com …
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 …
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 …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Pictures of Sony Ericsson SE123 Leaked?  —  The boys and girls over at Pconline.com.cn have posted what appear to be the first pictures of the as of yet unannounced Sony Ericsson SE123.  Now, these photos could just be concepts not fit for public consumption or outright fakes …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Ubergizmo
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 …
Mark Evans:
Blogging Still Thriving  —  The latest installment of Dave Sifry's State of the Blogosphere has appeared with few surprises - the blogosphere continues to double every six months (35.3 million and counting), and splogs/spam continue to be a big problem (something WordPress's Matt Mullenweg sees as the blogosphere's biggest threat).
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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.
 
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Two Webs  —  I'm still continuing my exploration …
Discussion: ongoing
Dan Gillmor / sf.backfence.com:
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Sahas / Skatter Tech:
Stream iTunes Library To PSP
useit.com:
F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content
torrentfreak.com:
How To Encrypt BitTorrent Traffic
Discussion: broadband and Lifehacker
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
OhGizmo Review - Phlash
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
asahi.com:
Memories, privacy concerns push down recycling rate of mobile phones
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Cyworld Stop MySpace Juggernaut?
Discussion: B2Day, Marc's Voice and Screenwerk
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Click.tv Moves Video Ideas Forward
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Cable industry confab soft-pedals problems
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Calling All Web 2.0 Apps: Clothe Stowe For 2006
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Sharp makes first true VGA mobile
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Gizmodo
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
VR Games Pit Pets Against Owners
Discussion: Engadget and Smart Mobs
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Study: 15% of Brand Searches Stray from Company's Site