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2:35 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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mirror mirror on the wall, which blog search is best of them all?  —  Last Friday I visited the famous South Park area in San Francisco.  It's a small park south of Market street where a number of cool Web 2.0 startups are located (Twitter's parent, Obvious Corp, is located in a building on one end of the park).
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 company, how tags have exploded, and how it's still the most popular search engine …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Technorati Looking to Sell?
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.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Master of Search Seeks Mastery of the TV Dial
Discussion: The Media Age and Lost Remote
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Launches National TV-Ad-Sales Test on Echostar
Discussion: Ars Technica and David Card
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google extends into TV, signs deal with Dish Network
Discussion: Download Squad and BloggingStocks
BBC:
EU price probe into Apple iTunes  —  The EU has launched a probe into what Apple's online music store iTunes charges users across Europe, accusing it of restricting customer choice.  —  Brussels believes agreements between Apple and record companies violate EU laws by preventing users in one country buying music from a site elsewhere.
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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 …
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker and The Browser
Gizmodo:
Apple Playing Second Fiddle: DRM Free Tracks Were EMI's Grand Idea
Discussion: MacUser and Apple 2.0
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vonage hangs up on Verizon patent infringement with new agreement  —  Vonage has signed an agreement with a VoIP network services provider to carry calls placed by Vonage customers, giving the troubled VoIP provider an out on two of the three Verizon patents it was found to have infringed.
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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.
Discussion: Paul Mooney
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Makes Expression Tools Available to MSDN Subscribers  —  It seemed very irrational to me that Microsoft would take any steps to alienate their core developer audience.  They usually cater to them like crazy.  But in the case of the new Expression toolset, Microsoft's developer division did just that.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Arnaud Fischer / Search Engine Land:
The Impending Social Search Inflection Point  —  Online consumer information retrieval has reached another inflection point: A shift from pure algorithmic search to social search.  Searchers have become increasingly sophisticated, and basic algorithmic Web results are getting diluted …
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 …
Eric Kintz / The Marketing Excellence blog:
Top 10 Reasons as to why I still need to be convinced about marketing on Second Life  —  I have been analyzing Second Life for months, but a great article in Brandweek titled "are marketers dying on Second Life?" prompted me to write this post.  —  Second Life is the Internet-based virtual world …
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BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Eric Kintz: Marketers Flopping in Second Life
Discussion: cgm
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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Despite its aging design, the x86 is still in charge  —  news analysis Few computing technologies from the late 1970s endure today, with one notable exception: the fundamental marching orders for the vast majority of the world's computers.  —  The x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) …
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Compete Introduces Attention Statistics  —  In an attempt to go beyond page views and visits, today web stats company Compete introduced "Attention metrics".  The reason is that interactive Web page technologies such as Ajax and Flash - not to mention online video - are making simple page views and visits increasingly outdated.
 
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Consumerist:
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Google's wrist slapped for "airbrushing history"
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Early U.S. Daylight Savings a bust in power savings
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Gizmodo:
Sprint's Treo 755p Also Comes in Maroon
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Blogger posts Windows Vista SP1 fixes on Web site
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