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5:15 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 …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Windows Connected and Neowin.net
Nick Bradbury:
Dvorak is wrong about Internet Explorer
Discussion: Mark Evans and Office Evolution
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Firefox Backers Create 'Destroy IE' Campaign
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.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Goes Beyond College, High School Markets  —  Facebook, which is rumored to be generating about $1m per week in revenue, is now allowing new users from corporate networks to join their social network (based on email address) in addition to high school and college students.
Discussion: Minority Rapport
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Facebook enters the workplace
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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
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 …
Will / Weblogg-ed:
Getting It at Milken  —  Surprise #1 is that about 60 people cram into our small room for the Blogs, Wikis... panel yesterday, and rumor had it that there were about 20 people waiting outside the door for any early exits.  (Even bigger rumor is that former US Education Secretary Rod Paige was turned away...oh, the humanity!)
Discussion: Joho the Blog and elearnspace
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:
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 …
 
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Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Season of Bad Laws, Part 3: Banning MP3 Streaming
Matt Biddulph / hackdiary:
Last.fm isn't just for humans
Mark Ward / BBC:
Gamers lament top tournament loss
Discussion: Kotaku
John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
SOA Versus Web 2.0?
Stephen Walli / Once More unto the Breach:
Sun's Changing of the Guard and Open Source Software
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Microsoft Q3 earnings: What to watch
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Scott's "SiteExperts" Place:
What we learned building Live.com (or why are we slow)?
Discussion: LiveSide
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
Discussion: Kotaku, Gadgetell and Engadget
Rocketboom / Dembot:
Lets P2P  —  Here are some notes on p2p to accompany this post …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft scoops up asset-tracking firm
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
Its time for analyst relations to step into the 21st Century: Influencer 2.0
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Rocked by New IE Zero-Day Flaw Warning
Discussion: Office Evolution
ZDNet:
Vista firewall shackled due to customer demand: Microsoft