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8:45 AM ET, April 20, 2006


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Red Herring:
Facebook Gets Another $25M  —  Greylock Partners leads new investment round in social network site as its valuation soars.  —  Privately held Facebook received $25 million in its second round of venture financing Wednesday to help the social network web site expand features for sharing information as its market value soars.
Business Week:
Social Networking's Gold Rush  —  The movement continues to defy doubters and draw big investments.  The latest includes $25 million for a piece of Facebook  —  Just a few months ago, many experts and investors were inclined to dismiss social networking sites as a mere fad.
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1  —  Broad customer momentum and feedback advances vision of Your Data, Any Place, Any Time.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 19, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Service Pack 1 …
Discussion: Full of I.T.
Danielfe / Dan Fernandez's Blog:
Visual Studio 2005 Express Announcements!
Macgyver / Forever Geek:
Digg Corrupted: Editor's Playground, not User-Driven Website  —  As a follow up to an earlier post (Digg Army: Right in Line), there have been some vibrations that I think not only our readers would find interesting, but also all Digg users.  —  To quickly summarize the earlier post …
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
ShopWiki tries to push into shopping search space  —  The shopping comparison site space seemed crowded a couple of years ago.  But Shopzilla honed its way in, eventually selling to E. W. Scripps for $525 million last summer.  Is there room for yet another player?  ShopWiki, a start-up out of New York, hopes so.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
INTERESTING NEW GOOGLE RESULTS TEST  —  Check this out.  Thanks, reader Doug.  —  "Search this site" is integrated into the results, allowing a searcher to drill down into a particular site, right there in the SERPs.  Interesting.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:   Screenshots Of Google's New Search Results Screen
Braden Cox / The Technology Liberation Front:
A Pro-DRM FCC Commissioner  —  Last night a FCC commissioner came out in favor of...DRM?  Yes, at a reception sponsored by the DC Bar Association in her honor, Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, the newest addition to the FCC, spoke eloquently on a number of issues but perhaps most remarkable …
Discussion: JD on EP and Geek News Central …
Mike / Techdirt:   FCC Commissioner Wants To Push For DRM Just 'Cause She Likes It
Associated Press:
Rights group says Yahoo gave China information used to jail a third Chinese user  —  BEIJING (AP) — Yahoo (YHOO) turned over a draft e-mail from one of its users to Chinese authorities, who used the information to jail the man on subversion charges, according to the verdict from his 2003 trial released Wednesday by a rights group.
Radeon X1600 in MacBook Pro is massively underclocked!  - Lionel - 13:55:45  —  In our forums (in French), SpacetitoX has reported that while playing with his MBPro and its GPU while running WinXP, he has noticed an interesting point: … Having a MBPro, I have repeated the operation.
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
Swapping job security for a startup  —  Why did Toni Schneider leave a good job at Yahoo to dive back into the fray with blog-software maker Automattic?  Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.  —  John Battelle, Business 2.0 Magazine  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Study: Use of Mobile Devices Is Growing  —  LOS ANGELES - Although most people still access the Internet on a computer, the use of mobile devices to check e-mail or browse the Web is growing, outpacing even laptops in some markets, according to a new study.  —  That's particularly the case …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Mary Jo Foley /
Microsoft Readies Storage Service to Rival Google's 'Gdrive'  —  Microsoft's "Live Drive" will provide users with a virtual hard drive, according to Redmond officials.  —  The MSN team is working on a new Windows Live service, code-named Live Drive, that will provide users with a virtual hard drive for storing hosted personal data.
Paul Thurrott /
Windows Vista February 2006 CTP (Build 5308/5342) Review, Part 5: Where Vista Fails  —  I still remember the day very clearly.  It was Monday, October 27, 2003.  Several thousand developers—and, let's face it, quite a few garden variety Windows enthusiasts—charged into Hall …
Jingle Networks Secures $26 Million of New Financing After Explosive Growth of 1-800-FREE411 Service  —  Additional Financing Includes Comcast Interactive Capital, Liberty Associated Partners and IDG Ventures; New Directory Service Receiving Seven Million Calls Per Month and Growing
Discussion: Screenwerk, Mark Evans and TechCrunch
Feedburner's new email subscription service impressive - but it's not game over yet  —  After my post that reviewed promising new email subscription services Zookoda and Yutter, I got an email from Feedburner telling me they had a new email service in the works.
Discussion: A VC and TechCrunch
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
What is click fraud ?  —  I was perusing my Icerocket RSS feed on my name.  (Got to see who is saying what about me right :).  Lo and behold, there was an article on click fraud saying that it was lower than some, namely me and Henry Blodgett had predicted, from former Alta Vista-ite and current Microsoftie Don Dodge.
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
A Paranoid Parent Ponders GPS Tracking His Kids  —  Well it didn't take long for a young, rebellious punk to turn into a paranoid, condescending parent.  I'm already talking to my kids in ways that used to make me resent my own parents.  And I'm already beginning to think about how to watch …
Discussion: Telepocalypse and Washington Post
The Beat / MILE HIGH COMICS presents …:
Chris Ware moves ACME to FSG  —  As picked up on by various bloggers who got hold of Drawn & Quarterly's fall catalog, Chri Ware's much-lauded and now self published ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY is switching distributors from Norton to FSG.  Fantagraphics, the former ANL publishers …
Eleanor Mayne /
MP3 Inventor Could've Been a Contender  —  "The iPod is the world's fastest selling electrical equipment ever," said early MP3 inventor Kane Kramer, "and I suppose, in a way, I am the world's biggest failure."  Although he lost his patents in the '80s, Kramer is consulting lawyers to see whether …
Discussion: Techdirt
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
FT: Zennström confirms Skype filters text; questions he would not answer  —  The Financial Times' Alison Maitland scored an interview with Niklas Zennström that ran yesterday.  In it Zennström confirms the TOM-Skype joint venture censors text messages on behalf of the Chinese government.
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