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11:35 PM ET, April 3, 2007

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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
The State of Technorati, April 2007  —  I typically issue the State of the Blogosphere report each quarter to give a glimpse into our data and what that may tell us about the global social media phenomenon.  As many of you have pointed out, it's been nearly six months since the last report.  Yow!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati's Mating Dance  —  Update: Dave Sifry responds in the comments, saying "I'll be very clear about it - Technorati isn't for sale."  Which means, of course, that Technorati is for sale.  —  Blog search engine Technorati has always been more secretive about itself than most other startups.
Discussion: Random Bytes
Mark Evans:
Talking Up Technorati  —  If Technorati is looking for a suitor or more venture capital, the latest State of Technorati report is a dead giveaway.  CEO David Sifry talks about how Technorati has evolved into a new media company, how tags have really exploded, and how it's still …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mirror mirror on the wall, which blog search is best of them all?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-017  —  Vulnerabilities in GDI Could Allow Remote Code Execution (925902)  —  Version: 1.0  —  Who Should Read this Document: Customers who use Microsoft Windows  —  Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution  —  Maximum Severity Rating: Critical
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI to Drop Digital Locks in Web Sales  —  EMI Group, the British music giant, broke ranks with the music industry's biggest corporations yesterday by announcing a deal to sell songs online through Apple's music service without copy protection.  —  The move by EMI, which ranks last among …
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Jobs unlikely to push for lift of video DRM
Discussion: Epicenter, Apple 2.0 and Techdirt
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
WiFi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare Cabin Hotspots  —  BlackBerrying, Web Surfing  —  Expected Aloft Within a Year;  —  Cellphone Service May Follow  —  The days when airplanes offer a hiatus from being connected to the office are numbered.  —  After years of discussion and delay …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   WiFi (again) flies the friendly skies
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
SATELLITE STATIC  —  CARMEL GROUP THROWS WRENCH INTO SIRIUS/XM MERGER  —  The Carmel Group, the influential research firm whose analysis helped kill the 2003 merger of EchoStar and DirecTV, will release a new report today that outlines the strongest arguments yet against merging satellite …
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Mike / Techdirt:
How Can New Satellite Radio Merger Analysis Be 'Independent …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Drinks with Dell  —  When I blogged that I was headed down to Austin and the University of Texas last week, I got email out of the blue from Dell's chief blogger, Lionel Menchaca, inviting me to meet him and his colleagues over drinks or out at Dell HQ.  I said I hadn't been planning to pack …
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views  —  Vidmeter Incorporated has published an in-depth study of the number and type of YouTube videos that have been removed at the request of copyright holders.  Importantly, the study analyzes not only the number of videos removed …
Mike / Techdirt:
Utah Tries To Ban Keyword Advertising On Trademarked Terms  —  from the bad-ideas dept  —  For many years, companies have tried suing either Google or various competitors over keyword advertising on their trademarks.  Say Coca-Cola decided to buy an ad based on the word "Pepsi."
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Will Utah's New Trademark Bill Stop Competitive Keyword Buys?
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ICANN may be looking for immunity from U.S. law  —  The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades.
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Greenpeace Ranks Apple Last in Greenness  —  Greenpeace Int'l Ranks Apple Last for Environmental Friendliness, While Lenovo Group Tops List  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Greenpeace International placed Apple Inc. last in its rankings of major electronics makers for their environmental friendliness …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo's ThinkPad X60 convertible goes Core 2 Duo  —  Admittedly, it feels a bit strange to praise a machine for getting a Core 2 Duo in April of 2007, but Lenovo's highly-regarded convertible has finally remedied the one gripe that nearly everyone seemed to have about it.
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
PlayStation 3 hardware sales plummet 82 per cent  —  Sales down dramatically on second week of release  —  Sales of the PlayStation 3 have dropped dramatically on the second week of release in the UK, with official Chart Track figures revealing a fall of 82 per cent.
Google:
Google Announces TV Ads Trial  —  At Google, we are constantly looking for ways to improve user experience and bring value to advertisers, publishers and partners.  Users spend a lot of time watching TV so improving the relevance of advertising information on that medium is important.
Business Week:
A Happier Tune for Napster  —  Investors bid the shares higher Tuesday after the online music service's quarterly revenue forecast beat Wall Street expectations  —  Napster (NAPS) continues battling for survival against tough rivals like Apple (AAPL), which dominates the online music market …
Discussion: PR Newswire and paidContent.org
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Listening to your feedback - Expression and MSDN  —  When we announced Expression Studio last December, we saw great excitement from both the design and development community - excitement that is clearly reflected in the hundreds of thousands of CTP and trial downloads we've already seen.
 
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Mike Beltzner / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Keep track of your friends with The Coop
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Live Maps:
New Version of Live Maps Launches!
Erin Teeling / The Bivings Report:
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Yi-Wyn Yen / Business 2.0 Beta:
Justin.tv Is Just the Beginning
Discussion: PR 2.0 and bub.blicio.us
Read/WriteWeb:
P2P: Potential Future Applications
Mr Biffo / Mr Biffo's Blog:
Spiked!  —  I'm not sure I've ever really written about video games in this here blog.
CNET News.com:
FCC imposes rules designed to prevent pretexting
Michael Cohn / Red Herring:
BitTorrent to Serve Up Ads
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
In VoIP, Cisco thinks small to go big
Discussion: Cisco
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
ClickTale Heatmaps Launching Now
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Bloated 17-inch MacBook Pro battery — take 2
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Launches National TV-Ad-Sales Test on Echostar
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
The Worst Thing a VC Can Do
Discussion: Valleywag and Scripting News
Arnaud Fischer / Search Engine Land:
The Impending Social Search Inflection Point
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vonage hangs up on Verizon patent infringement with new agreement