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4:00 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 …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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  —  Following its conquest of YouTube last year, Google is now aiming for a piece of the old-fashioned tube.  —  The Internet search giant is announcing Tuesday that it will begin selling television ads on the 125 national satellite programming …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Launches National TV-Ad-Sales Test on Echostar
Discussion: Ars Technica and David Card
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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The Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
MS07-017 Released  —  This is Christopher Budd.  I wanted to follow up on my posting from Sunday night to let you know that we've released the security update, MS07-017, that addresses the vulnerability in Windows Animated Cursor Handling.  —  As I noted on Sunday night …
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
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Gizmodo:
Apple Playing Second Fiddle: DRM Free Tracks Were EMI's Grand Idea  —  We just got off the phone with Jeanne Meyer, the Senior VP of Corporate Communications at EMI.  Even after adding a grain of salt, considering they did come from the horse's "official" mouth, there's are some interesting facts worth noting …
Discussion: MacUser and Apple 2.0
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.
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.
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:   Microsoft Makes Expression Tools Available to MSDN Subscribers
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
ClickTale Heatmaps Launching Now  —  ClickTale, a user tracking service for websites similar to CrazyEgg, will announce the launch of ClickTale Heatmaps in the next few minutes.  —  ClickTale provides a multi-colored overlay for your website that shows where visitors look, which parts of the page they focus on and how far they scroll.
Discussion: franticindustries
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft sued over Windows Vista marketing  —  A lawsuit alleges that Microsoft Corp. engaged in deceptive practices by letting PC makers promote computers as "Windows Vista Capable" even if they couldn't run the new operating system's "signature" features.
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Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Blogger posts Windows Vista SP1 fixes on Web site
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech Advisors
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 …
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 …
Stevie Smith / Monsters and Critics:
Google's wrist slapped for "airbrushing history"  —  Wraith7nApr 3rd, 2007 - 11:54:35  —  This is ridiculous.  There is no law stating that Google must have up to date sattilite maps of an area.  If they want to have older higher res pictures of an area than that's not the goverments concern.
 
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Mobile customers interested in dual-mode service after all
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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