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6:00 AM ET, April 19, 2006

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Wall Street Journal:
Can Bloggers Make Money?  —  Blogs have a lot of buzz, but there's still considerable debate about whether that can translate into profits.  —  While many blogs remain little more than amateur diaries, several bloggers have tried to parlay their online ramblings into branded businesses.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
HD DVD debut ups ante in high-stakes game  —  With Tuesday's launch of two HD DVD players from Toshiba, the public gets its chance to decide whether that format or its rival, Blu-ray, is the rightful heir to the DVD.  —  In the public relations battle between the warring technologies …
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Rick / Burning Questions:
Expanding Universe: Podcasting Market Update  —  Podcasting - fad or changing media landscape?  (Disclaimer: the Web 2.0 police require the use of "changing media landscape" and/or "mash-up" in all communications).  As discussion about the growth of podcasting percolates in the industry …
John Dvorak / ABCNEWS:
Apple Needs to Make OS X Open-Source  —  Clouds are looming if the company doesn't do so.  —  A cloud is rising over Mac OS X and its future unless Apple makes its boldest move ever: turning OS X into an open-source project.  That would make the battle between OS X and Linux the most interesting one on the computer scene.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Ignore bloggers at your peril, say researchers  —  Bloggers and internet pundits are exerting a "disproportionately large influence" on society, according to a report by a technology research company.  Its study suggests that although "active" web users make up only a small proportion …
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Scoop: Google Enterprise Mashups to Suck in Data From Cognos, Oracle, and Salesforce.com  —  You don't tend to hear much about Google Enterprise, which consists mostly of Google's search appliance that companies can install in their own data centers and use to index their corporate data.
Discussion: GigaOM
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OneBox for all your corporate information
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Facebook raises $25 million; says never intended to sell  —  Facebook, the popular Palo Alto social networking site, has raised $25 million in venture capital from some Silicon Valley investors, putting to rest for now speculation that it was considering acquisition offers.
Jenn Shreve / Wired News:
MySpace Faces a Perp Problem  —  According to his MySpace page, the 41-year-old San Bruno, California, resident is single, a Sagittarius, a nonsmoker and nondrinker, and counts an online stripper among his six friends.  But California's online database of registered sex offenders offers …
Barry Fox / newscientist.com:
Invention: The TV-advert enforcer  —  For over 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is exclusively online.  Scroll down for a roundup of previous Invention articles.
Discussion: Techdirt, Engadget and Things That
ipsos-na.com:
Mobile Phones Could Soon Rival the PC As World's Dominant Internet Platform  —  Mobile Phones Poised To Overtake The PC As The Dominate Internet Platform In Some Markets, According To Ipsos Insight's Latest The Face of the Web Study  —  Category Technology, Cable, Media , Consumer Trends
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Click fraud rate lower than expected, says report  —  The rate of click fraud—fraudulent clicks on pay-per-click-based online ads—is less than 14 percent rather than 20 to 30 percent or higher, as some companies have said, according to a new report from a service that monitors click fraud for advertisers.
Mike Davidson:
Hacking A More Tasteful MySpace  —  The social phenomenon that is MySpace is one I don't fully understand, and yet, one I must fully respect.  In fact, with over 50 million unique users, it is something everybody must respect.  Any website which rolls up that amount of usership is doing something very …
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Joining Search Engine Watch as a correspondent on patents  —  I remember back in 1997 when a friend of mine sent me a link to a site started by Danny Sullivan, named Search Engine Watch.  —  We were just getting our hands and minds wrapped around promoting a site on the web …
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Anatomy of an outage  —  The last 12 hours will not go down in the books as NewsGator's happiest hours...as posted here, there was an outage and NewsGator Online was down for several hours.  On a normal day, I'd be thrilled that "NewsGator" was the #1 search on Technorati; but not today. :-(
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
MySpace for the Office  —  Venture giant Kleiner Perkins is backing Visible Path in its bid to take social networking corporate  —  Make no mistake: Young people love to socialize on the Web.  Tens of millions of teens and young adults use sites like News Corp.'s (NWS) …
Jeffrey Kaplan / Business Week:
Software-as-a-Service Myths  —  A consultant explains why this new breed of Web-based software has staying power  —  For years, organizations of all sizes have suffered the hassles and unexpected costs that accompany deploying and maintaining a variety of traditional software applications that …
 
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The Internet Stock Blog:
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Discussion: Clickety Clack
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Court rules for Microsoft in antitrust case
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox, Foundation Invest $13.5 million in Simply Hired
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Patches Causing Breakages, Lockups
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Marketers told to keep steadfast watch on blogs
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Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Da Vinci Code Promo Breaks New Marketing Ground for Google
Mark Jones / Filtered:
Exploiting citizen journalists
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
TV Execs: Online Vid Numbers Insignificant
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
TV competition could save consumers big bucks
Discussion: Techdirt
Alexbarn / Alex Barnett blog:
THE UNIFYING THEORY OF WEB 2.0
USA Today:
Marketers are into YouTube  —  Yet another reason for traditional …
Discussion: SearchViews
Beverley Head / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google in need of the feminine touch
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
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