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8:10 PM ET, April 27, 2006

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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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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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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 …
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.
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
SlingPlayer Mobile Released, For Real
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 …
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 …
seagate.com:
SEAGATE EXPANDS DESKTOP HARD DRIVE LEAD WITH 750GB MONSTER BUILT ON PERPENDICULAR RECORDING TECHNOLOGY  —  With the introduction of Barracuda 7200.10 family, Seagate now leverages perpendicular recording technology across its desktop, notebook, enterprise, consumer electronics and retail hard drives
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Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: Seagate's New Giant Hard Drive Screams to the Top
Discussion: Engadget
Warren St. John / New York Times:
Rituals of Grief Go Online  —  Like many other 23-year-olds, Deborah Lee Walker loved the beach, discovering bands, making new friends and keeping up with old ones, often through the social networking site MySpace.com, where she listed her heroes as "my family, and anyone serving in the military — thank you!"
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Smart Mobs
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?)
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
Niall McKay / Wired News:
Art Flicks Sparkle on Cell Phones  —  Art-house flicks for cell phones and iPods might teach Hollywood a thing or two about mobile entertainment if the movie bigwigs would just pay attention to the tiny screen, experts say.  —  This week at the San Francisco International Film Festival …
Discussion: MocoNews.net and IP Democracy
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 …
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Reports Third-Quarter Results  —  Strong momentum of new products drives 13% revenue growth  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 27, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced third-quarter revenue of $10.90 billion for the period ended March 31 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
QuadsZilla / SEO Black Hat:
SEO No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament  —  On Saturday, May 27th at 12:15 Eastern, SEO Black Hat will be running a private No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at Party Poker for the SEO and Blogosphere Community.  The entrance will be $110 and prizes will be paid out based on the number of entrants.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Varying Number Of Ads Displayed & Revisiting Search Engine Ad Breaks  —  Wow — Google may be about to do what was so annoying and eventually abandoned by Ask, dump more ads into its search results.  (Note: see postscript below, overall number of ads won't change, Google says).
Discussion: SearchViews and Inside AdWords
 
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Loren / Incremental Blogger:
Inking in Firefox  —  TabletPCBlogs has a cool feature …
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Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
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Reuters:
Vonage to start Wi-Fi service in Britain
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Nokia To Open Store and Bring High-End Phones to US
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Bill Palmer / iprong.com:
iPod Garage evolves into iProng on May 8th!
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gizmodo
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Samsung grabs iPod design win
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
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Cph / Netcraft:
Apache Now the Leader in SSL Servers
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