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8:20 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 media company, how tags have really exploded, and how it's still …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Technorati's Mating Dance
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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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
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
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: paidContent.org and PR Newswire
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Mac Age of Empires III demo available  —  MacSoft on Tuesday announced the release of a playable demo version of Age of Empires III, its popular real-time strategy game for the Macintosh.  The demo is 419MB.  —  The sequel to one of MacSoft's best-selling games, Age of Empires III takes players …
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Read/WriteWeb:
P2P: Potential Future Applications  —  Written by Can Erten and edited by Richard MacManus.  This is the second in a 2-part series exploring the world of P2P on the Web.  Part 1 was a general introduction to P2P, along with some real-world applications of P2P.  Part 2 (this post) discusses future applications.
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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Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
Time to Join StumbleUpon  —  A redesigned StumbleUpon homepage takes …
Discussion: Startup Meme and Mashable!
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Blu-ray Disc Specification Change Threatens Current Players
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Gadget Lab
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
CNET News.com:
FCC imposes rules designed to prevent pretexting
Michael Cohn / Red Herring:
BitTorrent to Serve Up Ads
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ICANN may be looking for immunity from U.S. law
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
In VoIP, Cisco thinks small to go big
Discussion: Cisco
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google vs. Microsoft: Vying for DoubleClick
Discussion: HipMojo.com
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Your Guide to Online TV Guides: 10 Services Compared
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Will Hold Presidential Primary
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Compete Introduces Attention Statistics