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11:40 PM ET, April 26, 2006

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A Firefox versus IE7 smackdown  —  For the past few months I've been using Firefox 1.5 and a succession of Internet Explorer 7 betas side by side, in roughly equal percentages.  Most of the time, I barely noticed the difference.  That's an enormous improvement over IE6 …
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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 …
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) …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Office Evolution
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Democrats lose House vote on Net neutrality  —  update A hotly contested Democratic bid to enshrine extensive Net neutrality regulations in the law books failed Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  By a 34-22 vote, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee rejected …
Eirikso / eirikso.com:
Yahoo GO TV first take  —  Okay, so Yahoo has started offering their version of Meedio as a free download.  For all the features you need to be connected to the internet with an IP from the US.  Still I was able to test all the basic functionallity.  And I am not impressed.  —  First, some history:
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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.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE PROMOTES FIRST NON GOOGLE PRODUCT ON HOMEPAGE
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.
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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 …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Survey Shows the Blogosphere is Breaking Out  —  The long tail is growing appendages.  A new survey released today of over 36,000 readers of blogs shows different segments of blog readers have distinct characteristics.  Conducted by the Blogads network, the study breaks out blog audiences …
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 …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and GigaOM
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Are Google Results More Relevant?  —  TORONTO — Apparently Google isn't just the most trafficked and utilized search engine; it may also well be the most relevant as well.  —  A panel at the Search Engine Strategies Toronto conference revealed that people perceive Google provides more relevant results than other search engines.
Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
Southwest Airlines Blog  —  Southwest Airlines has launched a corporate blog called Nuts About Southwest at http://blogsouthwest.com/.  I was tipped to this by a reporter that called me to comment on the fact they have launched a blog.  —  According to the site their blog mission is:
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
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 …
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
Its time for analyst relations to step into the 21st Century: Influencer 2.0  —  When I saw the title of this blog entry, Should AR run Influencer Relations?, I assumed it would talk to the new patterns of influence emerging through blogging.  I have had quite a few conversations …
Tom Raftery / Tom Raftery's I.T. views:
China blocks Technorati  —  I received an email this morning from Ken Carroll of ChinesePod telling me that China has blocked Technorati at the great firewall - it would appear that Technorati will no longer be available to anyone to use in China.  —  Co-incidentally, when I interviewed …
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
 
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César A. Berardini / news.teamxbox.com:
New PlayStation 3 Details Emerge
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The BBC emulates MySpace.com to become a new breed of media company
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Rocked by New IE Zero-Day Flaw Warning
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Piracy worse than child pornography
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Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
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