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3:00 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.
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD player gets hands-on treatment  —  As the first HD DVD players finally make their way to stores, The Man Room wasted no time in going out and buying one to test it out.  Well, actually, it looks like the reviewer wasted a little time, since he had to call no fewer …
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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 …
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
TabletKiosk eo Video Review  —  My kids like calling it "the Origami" and "the Oreo", my son says it feels just like a PSP or Gameboy, others refer to it as a UMPC or Ultra Mobile PC - whatever it is we name it, it is obvious that Microsoft and Intel have isolated a real "personal" niche.
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Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
UMPC for something other than surfing
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
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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
TV competition could save consumers big bucks  —  Competition in the cable TV market from phone companies could save consumers big bucks, according to a new study released Monday by an economist at the University of California at Berkeley.  —  Yale Braunstein, professor in the School …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Discussion: ben barren and paidContent.org
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Da Vinci Code Promo Breaks New Marketing Ground for Google  —  Google has teamed with Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia Pictures to create a puzzle-themed 24-day contest for the studio's upcoming "Da Vinci Code" film.  The program, which lets people opt-in to see contest updates …
Andreas / chosaq:
Circumvent PDF DRM... with Gmail!  —  Apparently, Gmail's built-in "View as HTML" functionality, which allows you to view the content of PDF files (and other types of documents) as if they were classic webpages, works regardless of the files' usage restrictions (= DRM).
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Are Blogs 'essential' to a good career?  No, but here's some thoughts...  You can set yourself apart using a blog —but it's not required.  —  Interesting article by The Boston Globe called Blogs 'essential' to a good career.  —  I firmly believe that my blog is becoming my resume …
Beverley Head / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google in need of the feminine touch  —  "Don't be evil."  —  Those were the famous words Google included in its 2004 stock exchange listing filing with US regulators - and a search on this term lists Google's corporate philosophy page.  —  But that New Age corporate philosophy is under threat …
 
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Patches Causing Breakages, Lockups
Official Google Blog:
OneBox for all your corporate information
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Marketers told to keep steadfast watch on blogs
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Anatomy of an outage
Mark Jones / Filtered:
Exploiting citizen journalists
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
TV Execs: Online Vid Numbers Insignificant
Alexbarn / Alex Barnett blog:
THE UNIFYING THEORY OF WEB 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Testing New Home Page Layout
Discussion: Vecosys
USA Today:
Marketers are into YouTube  —  Yet another reason for traditional …
Discussion: SearchViews
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Dell Launches XPS M1710 Gaming Laptop
Discussion: Kotaku and Tech Ticker
veoh.com:
Time Warner, Michael Eisner And Spark Capital Join Shelter Capital …
Discussion: Blogspotting and SiliconBeat
Mike / Techdirt:
Burst.com Follows The Expected Path: Sues Apple For Patent Infringement
Jeremy / POP! PR Jots:
The blogosphere is growing, but is it just yardstick measurement?
Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies
Discussion: IBM Eye
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Display Impressions Double Year-Over-Year
Discussion: SearchViews