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11:25 AM ET, April 7, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google launches 800GOOG411  —  Updated: Ever since Microsoft bought Tellme Networks, the big question is what would Google do in response?  It became a little clearer today when Google announced a free 411 service, which is a fraction of what TellMe-Microsoft has to offer.  More details here.
Discussion: textually.org and Webware.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Free 411 Service  —  Google threw a new product called Goog-411 into Google Labs today - a free telephone based information service that could replace toll 411 calls.  About 2.6 billion 411 calls are made in the U.S. each year, and it is a $7 billion/year market.
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Google Dials 411 for Free, Takes On Jingle Networks
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Why I started Vator.tv, and why I'm leaving MarketWatch  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The story about Vator.tv and my involvement has missed one component: my side.  With that in mind, I feel it is only fair to me, to MarketWatch and to Vator.tv that I share my story.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Vator TV - Bambi Quits MarketWatch, Perfects Marketing 2.0  —  Unintentionally, perhaps, but Bambi Francisco just perfected Web 2.0 marketing.  The journalist from the Dow Jones-owned financial news site MarketWatch was the subject of articles this week in the WSJ and ZDNet, both of which picked up on a possible conflict of interest.
Valleywag:
BREAKING: Bambi orphaned  —  Bambi Francisco, one of the gentlest journalists in Silicon Valley, has been cast out of her job at Marketwatch.  She'd been under pressure to resign when it became obvious that she'd been touting companies on the Dow Jones subsidiary's financial news site …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Reuters:
AOL launches search ad service with Google  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc.'s (NYSE:TWX - news) AOL division will introduce a paid search service on Monday backed by Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) technology to help advertisers better target AOL users.
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
YouTube Launches CitizenTube - Official Political Vlog  —  YouTube has formally announced a new, official channel of political videos called CitizenTube.  Edited by Steve Grove, YouTube's Citizentube/YouTube News & Politics Editor, the channel appears intended to aggregate select political …
Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Goodbye Twitter.  Hello Jaiku.  —  When I talk about Twitter people think I'm crazy.  Who would want to be bugged by hundreds of messages a day from your friends telling you what they're up to.  Well, as it turns out, lots of us would.  Twitter is positively addictive and everyone …
Terje Langeland / Bloomberg:
The maximum mileage  —  Some hybrid car owners go to great measures to figure out ways of getting as much as possible out of a tank of gas  —  Toyota Motor Corp. says its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid car gets about 55 miles to the gallon, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Engadget
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows XP still starring in HP ad  —  I was somewhat surprised to pop open yesterday's USA Today and see a nearly full page ad for an HP computer running Windows XP.  The PC, a Compaq desktop, is aimed at businesses and is touted for having dual hard drives allowing for redundant backup.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inspectors: IRS lost 490 laptops, many with unencrypted data  —  Every large organization loses laptops, but when those laptops contain the personal tax information of millions of Americans, it's a big deal.  Big enough that the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration looked …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Regina Lynn / Wired News:
The 10 Real Reasons Why Geeks Make Better Lovers  —  Editor's note: Some links in this story lead to adult material and are not suitable for viewing at work.  All links of this nature will be noted with "NSFW" after them.  —  I've read recently that geeks make better lovers …
Discussion: SMS Text News
Read/WriteWeb:
The Sidebar Syndrome  —  Written by Bilal Hameed from the Startup Meme blog  —  This week we've seen evidence of a new trend in the Web, which I've termed "The Sidebar Syndrome".  Before I analyze the effects of this trend, let's first take a look at the services that may ultimately become flag bearers of the Sidebar era.
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
 
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MacMinute:
Fastmac announces laptop Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade
John Borland / Wired News:
The TV Is Dead. Long Live the TV
Discussion: Engadget and duncanriley.com
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Greasemonkey user scripts
Discussion: digg
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
New technology lets you read your voice mail
Discussion: Mobility Site
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Verizon cans the word 'Unlimited'
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
Are Blog URLs important?
PhysOrg.com:
Tokyo requests YouTube delete candidates' speeches
Discussion: Techdirt
Erica Ogg / Webware.com:
ATTEN.TV: LETTING OTHERS SPY ON YOUR CLICKSTREAM
 Earlier Items: 
Joe / Techdirt:
Mossberg Tells PC Makers To Cut The Craplets
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
Go Go (Reader) Gadget
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
360's Guitar Hero II guitar works in Windows, Frets on Fire
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy, Engadget and digg
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Reasons Why Twitter Will Be Sold Soon
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Judge: no new customers for Vonage
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Grandads design Flying Car and hope to build it before it's too late
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
BBC:
HP unveils plan for gaming future
Discussion: Ubergizmo