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9:20 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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I'm nuts about Southwest  —  Funny, I just got off of a Southwest airline from San Jose to Seattle and found out that Southwest now has a blog.  There's more on Memeorandum.  —  It's a pretty cold blog so far.  It's the kind of blog I think most corporations will start out with.  Safe.
Discussion: Naked Conversations
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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.
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Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Are Google Results More Relevant?
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Seen Near Ad Move  —  Microsoft is close to reaching a deal to buy Massive Incorporated, which makes technology that inserts advertisements into video games, a member of Massive's board said yesterday.  —  The board member, Douglas P. Miscoll, a partner with the venture capital …
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.
sketchup.com:
PURCHASE  —  The person who says it can't be done shouldn't interrupt the person who is doing it.  —from the wall of the Mountain Rose Cafe in Winter Park, Colorado (Google Earth file)  —  OK, so Google bought SketchUp.  We told you all about it in the last SketchUpdate, but that's old news now.
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
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.
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Samsung grabs iPod design win  —  NAPA, Calif. — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Wednesday (April 26) claimed that the company grabbed a major MP3 chip design win at Apple Computer Inc., at the expense of PortalPlayer Inc.  —  An executive from Samsung said the company won …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
 
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Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
The mesh Sessions: Can Blogs Influence Politics?
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Why the small will overcome  —  Remember when Google's blogsearch came …
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Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
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:
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
Discussion: Kotaku
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Firefox Backers Create 'Destroy IE' Campaign
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Goes Beyond College, High School Markets
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Microsoft Q3 earnings: What to watch
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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, Engadget and Joystiq
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A Firefox versus IE7 smackdown
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and TechSpot
Gary Hamel / Wall Street Journal:
Management à la Google
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Notifying webmasters of penalties