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1:45 PM ET, April 27, 2006

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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?  —  When we first talked about organizing mesh, one of the topics that most excited us was the role that blogs are playing in political journalism in Canada, and the broader role that blogs are beginning to assume in fostering political discussion …
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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Ken McGuire Blog
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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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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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 …
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
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?)
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
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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.
 
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Heather Green / Blogspotting:
AOL Launches New Network of Financial Blogs
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Nokia To Open Store and Bring High-End Phones to US
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
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Bill Palmer / iprong.com:
iPod Garage evolves into iProng on May 8th!
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gizmodo
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I'm nuts about Southwest  —  Funny, I just got off …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Seen Near Ad Move
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Why the small will overcome  —  Remember when Google's blogsearch came …
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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@ Milken: Chernin, Iger and Miller: The Shape Of Things And Things To Come
Discussion: mamamusings and MocoNews.net
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?
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Microsoft Q3 earnings: What to watch
Scott's "SiteExperts" Place:
What we learned building Live.com (or why are we slow)?
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Survey Shows the Blogosphere is Breaking Out