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2:20 PM ET, April 28, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Is Microsoft Preparing Big Attack?  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 27 — Microsoft reported strong third-quarter revenue growth on Thursday, but analysts said the company also telegraphed a significant increase in spending, an indication that it was preparing to take on its big online rivals, Google and Yahoo.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Microsoft misses estimates for third quarter  —  Microsoft posted third-quarter revenue of $10.9 billion and earnings of 31 cents per share, coming in below analysts' expectations on both measures.  The company missed its own projections on the earnings per share figure.
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NaviGadget:
new UMPC from France: it's Label  —  This new origami device, manufactured by It's Label was announced today in France.  The company does have a fancy flash site but this gadget isn't up there yet.  It features a 7″ screen which supports upto 1024×768 resolution, and it can play movies in DivX, mpeg2, H264,... formats.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
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Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Origami It's UMPC  —  A French company called It's Label has just unveiled a new Origami or UMPC device exclusively for the French Market.  This UMPC sure looks good and has all the right curves.  It features a highly stylized form factor and is extremely feature rich too.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Power Law of Participation  —  Social software brings groups together to discover and create value.  The problem is, users only have so much time for social software.  The vast majority of users with not have a high level of engagement with a given group, and most tend to be free riders upon community value.
Rocky Mountain News:
Wii has fans asking Why  —  It's official, the name for Nintendo's revolutionary new gaming console, praised for its design and quirky controllers, is now Wii.  —  And that has some experts and fans asking why.  —  "It's interesting how bad it is," said Steve Manning …
Discussion: Slashdot and Kotaku
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Stephen Totilo / MTV:
The Revolution Has A Name: Nintendo Wii
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Blogger who criticized Maine tourism office faces lawsuit  —  Case reflects growing influence of weblogs  —  A coastal Maine blogger who criticized the state's tourism office has been hit with a lawsuit seeking potentially more than $1 million in damages for allegedly making false statements …
Discussion: John Palfrey
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Stephen / del.icio.us:
it's made out of people  —  del.icio.us users discover interesting things on the Web every day.  We want to make it easier for you to find and connect to these people, so that you can benefit from their knowledge and they can benefit from yours.  Today the "inbox" feature lets you subscribe …
David Kushner / Business 2.0:
Video blogs, ready for prime time  —  Video blogs, a.k.a. vlogs, are booming, and Internet users and advertisers are taking note.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Amanda Congdon, 24, is running through the wintry streets of Manhattan in a purple cape and leotard.
Discussion: elearnspace
Rafat / paidContent.org:
PBS.org Starts Accepting Contextual Ads From Google; More Coming  —  [ By Rafat Ali] PBS has been testing Google AdSense as a fundraiser, a first for any big public broadcaster in U.S. Both NPR and PBS have underwriters in their offline and online material (NPR's podcasts have sponsors …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 meets the enterprise  —  Long set up like a gated community, the enterprise software industry is quickly gaining a populist streak.  —  New ideas in consumer technology are rapidly creeping into the design and marketing of software aimed at corporations.
Kelly Goto / gotomobile:
say hello to helio  —  "Future revenue growth comes from creating relevant content and services for their lifestyles rather than evolving feature led technology  —  (Mobile Youth, 2004).  Walking into Helio's (www.helio.com) LA-based headquarters last week was like stepping into a dot-gone past.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MocoNews.net
Lee Hartsfeld / Music You (Possibly) …:
HAL's father??  —  Scene: a junk shop on the east side of town.  Your blogger is waiting for the owner to name a price for a sound recording he found in the back in a box he wasn't supposed to go through (he hadn't known that, though).  The dealer is going through every possible word combination …
Discussion: SuperGeek and Boing Boing
ZDNet:
MBA students want Google  —  By Staff Writer, Consultant-News.com, Special to ZDNet … McKinsey remains the most popular place to work for MBA students in the 2006 Universum Survey MBA Edition, but the upstart web-wizard Google shot op the ranking from 129th to 2nd place this year.
Business Wire:
Skype Achieves 100 Million Users  —  People Worldwide Demonstrate Rapid-Growing Desire to Communicate on the Internet  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 28, 2006—Skype, the global Internet communications company, today reached a major milestone when it passed 100 million registered users.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patents watching TV and chatting at the same time  —  A patent filed by Microsoft has recently been approved by the United States Patent Office (USPTO).  The patent describes a "multimode interactive television chat" system, where the user can view television while simultaneously …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Download Squad
John Tokash / John Tokash's Blog:
My TabletKiosk eo  —  Last night, John Hill at Allegiance Technology Partners confirmed that the eo I preordered will arrive next week.  This is a huge relief.  I ordered the device very early, but I was worried that the shortage announced on Monday would interfere.
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
TDK develops 200GB recordable Blu-Ray disc with six layers  —  TDK Japan has developed a prototyped recordable Blu-ray disc with a stunning capacity of 200GB.  This new disc boasts eight times the capacity of a single layer Blu-ray disc.  TDK has used a signal processing scheme to increase the capacity per layer to 33GB.
Discussion: HD Beat, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
 
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
PDA Only Devices Dying A Slow Death
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Murdoch group attacks BBC web relaunch
Discussion: David Card and Read/WriteWeb
Eileen Ng / Associated Press:
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Gregory M. Lamb / Christian Science Monitor:
'Dream applications' start to come true on the Web
Mary Madden / pewinternet.org:
Internet Penetration and Impact
Discussion: unmediated