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11:50 AM ET, April 28, 2006

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft misses earning estimates  —  Turns out that selling tons of Xbox 360's for a loss, and hiring lots of new Windows Live (er, MSN) employees, while doing something else that'll increase costs in the future (our execs just gave guidance, but didn't explain why they think expenses are going up) …
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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.
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: Kotaku and Slashdot
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Stephen Totilo / MTV:
The Revolution Has A Name: Nintendo Wii  —  Console's new name, pronounced 'we,' causes a firestorm of online bashing.  —  The Revolution is over.  Make way for the Wii.  And pronounce it "we."  —  That's the official name Nintendo announced Thursday (April 27) for its next home console, formerly code-named Revolution.
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.
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 …
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
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: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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.
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: MobileWhack.com and Gizmodo
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: Boing Boing
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.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Dungeons & Dragons Laptop  —  Archi-Tourist Architecture Wiki  —  Second SOCOM Coming to PSP  —  ADVERTISEMENT  —  Dungeons & Dragons Laptop  —  READ MORE: ATARI, D&D, GAMING, LAPTOPS, NERDS  —  We're not quite sure what the point of having a Dungeons & Dragons laptop is …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
PDA Only Devices Dying A Slow Death  —  READ MORE:  —  According to market intelligence firm IDC, sales of PDA devices without phone capabilities are down 9 straight quarters in a row.  Obviously, with smartphones having more and more PDA functionality due to faster chips and better software …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Gregory M. Lamb / Christian Science Monitor:
'Dream applications' start to come true on the Web  —  Technology is catching up to the grand ideas of the pre-dotcom bust.  Result: a new 'gold rush'  —  Ever since it sprang up a decade ago, the Web has held out the promise of creating new ways for people to work and play together.
Emiko Terazono and / Financial Times:
Murdoch group attacks BBC web relaunch  —  Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate on Wednesday accused the British Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster, of using taxpayers' money to build a "digital empire" that would compete with commercial rivals.  —  The BBC, which receives …
Discussion: David Card and Read/WriteWeb
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another test of "is Microsoft listening?"  —  Rod Boothby, a manager with Ernst & Young, has an awesome post about what he wants from a Web Office, among other things.  He wants us to make a decent internal enterprise blogging platform.  Why?  When it's already done.  It's called Blogtronix.
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
'Second Life' Avatar Population Hits 200k  —  The virtual world of Second Life reached a population of 200,000 residents today, doubling its size since the last milestone of 100,000 residents was reached just over four months ago.  At this rate, it's possible Second Life will reach 1M residents …
 
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