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5:10 PM ET, April 27, 2006

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Wired News:
Your Thoughts Are Your Password  —  What if you could one day unlock your door or access your bank account by simply "thinking" your password?  Too far out?  Perhaps not.  —  Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, are exploring the possibility of a biometric security device …
Official Google Blog:
A great day for 3D  —  Last month we told you that @Last Software had joined the Google fold.  Today we're releasing Google SketchUp, a free version of our 3D modeling software, which makes our long-time vision of making 3D accessible to everyone a reality.
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Heather Green / Blogspotting:
AOL Launches New Network of Financial Blogs  —  AOL today is kicking off bloggingstocks.com, a new blogging network that features bloggers posting about individual stocks, ranging from Google to Time Warner.  This is the first step AOL has taken to come up with new services since it bought the Weblogs Inc blogging network.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Can blogs affect politics and society?  —  As a lead-up to mesh in May, the Gang of Five — that is me, Rob Hyndman, Mark Evans, Mike McDerment and Stuart "call me Chairman Mao" MacDonald — have been talking a lot (not surprisingly) about the themes we want to look at, and crawling the blogosphere …
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Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
The mesh Sessions: Can Blogs Influence Politics?
Discussion: mesh 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.
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Randfish / SEOmoz | Daily SEO Blog:   Washington Post on the SEO Industry & Link Buying
Justin.Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook expands to corporate social networking; again with staggered rollout strategy  —  Earlier today Facebook publicly opened registration beyond the world of students for the first time (!) to people with select corporate email accounts.  —  But, like Facebook's limited initial availability …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: Seagate's New Giant Hard Drive Screams to the Top  —  The Barracuda 7200.10 750GB uses new technology to achieve 50 percent greater capacity—and top-flight performance—in our tests.  —  Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 750GB drive, the largest hard drive to date, sets new high-water marks for capacity, price, and performance.
Discussion: Engadget
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Say "Hello" to my little friend  —  I'd like to introduce you to someone - or perhaps I should say "reintroduce" you, since you've probably known him for years.  (Sure, he's had a little work done, but who among us couldn't use the help of a pixel-painting designer to freshen our look now and then?)
PR Newswire:
SideStep Enters New Market Expanding the Power of Travel Search into Local Attractions, Events & Activities  —  New Offering Allows SideStep to Better Serve Travelers and Locals Alike  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ — SideStep, Inc. (www.sidestep.com), the Web's leading travel search engine …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Aperture future in question as Apple axes bulk of team  —  April 27, 2006 - Apple recently asked the engineering team behind its Aperture photo editing and management software to leave, Think Secret has learned.  The move, which resulted in the departure of several engineers while others …
Reuters:
Vonage to start Wi-Fi service in Britain  —  Vonage subscribers in the U.K. will soon be able to make mobile phone calls over the Internet, the company said Wednesday.  —  The U.S.-based Net phone company and Wi-Fi hot spot operator The Cloud are working together to launch a service …
Discussion: Gadgetell and TechSpot
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Is the Palm OS missing the multimedia boat?  —  The Palm OS may be losing its mojo with software developers.  —  It's been two years since the release of the last major upgrade to the Palm operating system for mobile devices, not counting the upgrade that never appeared in public.
Dean Takahashi / A+E Interactive:
Exclusive: Nicole Wong Reveals Identity Of EA Spouse  —  EA Spouse shook up the video game industry in November, 2004, when she posted an anonymous letter that detailed the harsh working conditions that led to overtime lawsuits against Electronic Arts and other big video game companies.
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.
Discussion: inside analytics
Ben / Inside Firefox:
A Journey Through Feed Handling  —  One of the areas of focus for us for Firefox 2 is Feed Handling.  With this release we are seeking to make feeds more useful to more users, and along the way to that goal improve on some of the shortcomings of Firefox 1.x.  My plans are outlined in this newsgroup posting.
Nick / Rough Type:
Web 2.0's numbskull factor  —  On his blog, Harvard's Andrew McAfee mulls over some of the barriers to the successful adoption of Web 2.0 collaboration technologies by businesses.  He points out that even the most prominent examples of Web 2.0 platforms, such as Wikipedia …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five Things eBay Can Do  —  This week's PodSession is about eBay shopping for partners.  This is inspired by recent buzz about eBay looking to take on Google with new allies such as Microsoft and/or Yahoo. … Here are five things we suggest they do instead of mucking around with half-baked alliances.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Nokia To Open Store and Bring High-End Phones to US  —  Nokia plans to open a "flagship store" in Chicago on June 21, with a New York store in the "Fifth Avenue region" opening before the end of 2006, Nokia Director of Multimedia Computers David Watkins told PC Magazine today.
 
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