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6:35 AM ET, April 27, 2006

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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 …
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CNET News.com:
Democrats pledge fight over Net neutrality  —  WASHINGTON—Partisan wrangling over Net neutrality heated up on Tuesday, with Democrats pledging a fight over a broadband bill they say will mean extra fees and content restrictions on the Internet.  —  A committee vote is expected Wednesday …
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 …
Discussion: Windows Connected and TechSpot
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Microsoft Tries for Safer Surfing
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Firefox Backers Create 'Destroy IE' Campaign
Nick Bradbury:
Dvorak is wrong about Internet Explorer
Discussion: Mark Evans and Office Evolution
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Google Search More Relevant Or Is There A Brand Factor?  —  The battle of which search engine is the most relevant has been going on for years.  Yesterday at SES Toronto's Searcher Behavior Research Update panel we had two presenters talk about studies they have conducted to determine which search engine is the most relevant.
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Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Are Google Results More Relevant?
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Spins Out a Wallop  —  Microsoft IP Ventures program teams up with Silicon Valley entrepreneur to create a new social networking company.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 25, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the spinout of a new social networking technology …
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
How to Juice Up a Site's Rank  —  If your Web site isn't getting the attention it deserves on the Internet, it may be running low on Google juice.  —  Google juice, for the uninitiated, refers to how high a Web site ranks in Google's search results — the higher the ranking, the more juice.
Discussion: SEOmoz
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:
Rafat / paidContent.org:
@ Milken: Chernin, Iger and Miller: The Shape Of Things And Things To Come  —  The last panel of the day at the Milken Institute conference was a heavy hitter one: Peter Chernin of News Corp, Bob Iger of Disney and Jonathan Miller of AOL (who told me today that he is a big fan of us, which made me happy).
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
MediaNews Buys 4 Papers From McClatchy  —  MediaNews Buys Four Newspapers, Including the San Jose Mercury News, From McClatchy for $1B Cash  —  NEW YORK (AP) — MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of The Denver Post and other newspapers, is acquiring four newspapers from The McClatchy Co …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
GelaSkins Vinyl iPod Skins  —  Providing protective printed skins for iPods isn't exactly a new business model, and we've so far been immune to their charms as far as our own device is concerned, but we might just break down when it comes to these two particular skins from GelaSkins.
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and MobilitySite
open.bbc.co.uk:
Letting Berners-Lee do Baird a favour...  Working for the BBC has hidden benefits.  Even after working here for years, you still bump into astounding new people, ideas and content.  —  About six months ago a colleague, Julie Rowbotham, and I struck gold.  Data gold.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Season of Bad Laws, Part 3: Banning MP3 Streaming  —  The Washington Post reports that Senators Feinstein (D-Cal.) and Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced S. 2644, dubbed the PERFORM Act, that is aimed at punishing satellite radio for offering its subscribers devices capable of recording off the air.
Cph / Netcraft:
Apache Now the Leader in SSL Servers  —  Apache has overtaken Microsoft as the leading developer of secure web servers.  Apache now runs on 44.0% of secure web sites, compared to 43.8% for Microsoft.  —  As the original developers of the SSL protocol, Netscape started out with a lead in the SSL server market.
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
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 …
 
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Why the small will overcome  —  Remember when Google's blogsearch came …
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Is the pace of change really such a shock?
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Will / Weblogg-ed:
Getting It at Milken  —  Surprise #1 is that about 60 people cram …
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Windows Live ID deployment
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Matt Biddulph / hackdiary:
Last.fm isn't just for humans
Mark Ward / BBC:
Gamers lament top tournament loss
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Facebook Goes Beyond College, High School Markets
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John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
SOA Versus Web 2.0?
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Microsoft Q3 earnings: What to watch
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE PROMOTES FIRST NON GOOGLE PRODUCT ON HOMEPAGE
César A. Berardini / news.teamxbox.com:
New PlayStation 3 Details Emerge
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China blocks Technorati
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft scoops up asset-tracking firm
ZDNet:
Vista firewall shackled due to customer demand: Microsoft