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4:35 PM ET, April 26, 2006

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Nick Bradbury:
Dvorak is wrong about Internet Explorer  —  In his post The Great Microsoft Blunder, John Dvorak claims that Microsoft made a huge mistake by linking Internet Explorer to Windows.  While I agree with much of what he says (Microsoft has taken an enormous number of hits due to Internet Explorer) …
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Microsoft Tries for Safer Surfing  —  Internet Explorer Revised in Response to Security Concerns, Loss of Users  —  Internet users were given a peek yesterday at a revamped version of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, a response to criticism that the most popular tool for Web surfing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spins off Wallop Project  —  Wallop, previously a semi-forgotton Microsoft Research "sandbox" social network and photo sharing project, was spun off into a new, independent, venture backed business.  Wallop was previously at mywallop.com - the new company is at wallop.com.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft licenses new way to make friends  —  A San Francisco start-up is making friends with Microsoft to create the next great thing in social networking.  —  Wallop is a 12-person start-up that hopes to take on sites like Friendster and MySpace.com by tapping the technology developed by Microsoft's research unit.
John Markoff / New York Times:
For Sun Microsystems, a Leader With Little Taste for Convention  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 — Jonathan I. Schwartz, the new chief executive of Sun Microsystems, likes to take visitors on whiteboard tours of what at first glance appear to be highly unorthodox business ideas.
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Matt / The Blog Herald:
First Fortune 500 CEO Blogger: Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Yahoo! Offering Free Meedio DVR Software  —  GigaOM — Yahoo, Now Offering Free Meedio DVR Well you read about Yahoo! buying most of Meedio's DVR technology to integrate with their GoTV initiative here last week.  Now it looks like, according to Om, Yahoo has begun quietly offering …
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Notifying webmasters of penalties  —  If you don't want to read the full post, the executive summary is that Google's Webspam team is working with our Sitemaps team to alert some (but not all) site owners of penalties for their site.  In my world (webmasters), this is both a Big Deal and a Good Thing …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Inside Google Sitemaps:
A whole new look and a lot more
Gary Hamel / Wall Street Journal:
Management à la Google  —  Once again, Google's on a tear.  Last week its stock price rose 9%, buoyed by a 60% jump in first-quarter profits and a 79% gain in revenues.  Yet Google is still down 7% off its all-time high.  Presumably, many of the investors who drove its shares …
Spread Firefox:
Google Promo for Firefox  —  Hey folks - some good news to share.  Thanks to the marketing team at Google, Firefox is the first third party product to be featured on Google's homepage.  For now, only IE users in the US will see the promo.  —Paul  —  Submitted by mmcmonster on Wed, 04/26/2006 - 12:24.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft said to be buying Massive  —  Microsoft is said to be planning to buy in-game advertising heavyweight Massive in a deal worth $200 million to $400 million, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.  —  According to the Journal (paid subscription required), Microsoft expects to acquire …
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Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Microsoft munches Massive Inc.
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Piracy worse than child pornography  —  Society's new perspectives  —  THE NEW look Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) seems to be giving the world an unusual moral code.  —  Details of the upgraded act, which has the blessing of the music and film industry and the Bush administration, are now coming to light.
Discussion: Techdirt
Dick / Burning Questions:
Enhanced Advertising Services: 2 of N  —  On the heels of our first announcement on the topic, we follow up with the availability of a self-service interface designed to make the ad-buying process easier for advertisers.  The new self-service tools provide a quick way to bypass human contact …
ZDNet:
Vista firewall shackled due to customer demand: Microsoft  —  The firewall in Windows Vista will, by default, have half its protection turned off because that is what enterprise customers have requested, according to the software giant.  —  When Windows Vista is released early next year …
Discussion: TechSpot and Download Squad
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft scoops up asset-tracking firm  —  update Microsoft has acquired Canadian asset-tracking company AssetMetrix as part of its continued expansion of its management software.  —  Founded in March 2000, AssetMetrix helps businesses manage their fleet of PCs and software.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Rocked by New IE Zero-Day Flaw Warning  —  Barely two weeks after shipping an Internet Explorer security makeover to cover a wave of drive-by malware downloads, Microsoft is scrambling to address the public disclosure of a new zero-day vulnerability that could be used in code execution attacks.
Discussion: Office Evolution
Jennifer Blome / comvu.com:
ComVu Launches World's First Live Video Broadcast Solution From a Mobile Phone to a Mass Audience  —  Revolutionary Technology Opens Doors to Citizen Journalism Via a 3G Phone Direct to the DVB-H Network for Quality Worldwide Broadcast  —  (NAB 2006: LAS VEGAS, NV) - ComVu …
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
PQI U510 the world's thinnest Flash drive  —  From PQI Taiwan comes the world's slimmest flash drive, this baby is just 3mm thick and is no bigger than an actual credit card.  You might think a Flash drive of this size will have a capcity of 512MB or 1GB max, but no the U510 holds a whooping 16GB of data.
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Rocketboom / Dembot:
Lets P2P  —  Here are some notes on p2p to accompany this post by Dave Winer on the next steps towards pushing bittorrent adoption.  —  Perhaps p2p would work best for most kinds of group transferring on the internet, and right now, the best examples out there to help show off the value/worth …
Discussion: Geek News Central …
 
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