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4:43 AM ET, April 7, 2007

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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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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
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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.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GOOGLE DOES FREE 411
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Judge puts halt on new Vonage customers  —  update ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A federal judge on Friday ordered Vonage not to accept any new customers while it continues to infringe on Verizon Communications patents covering some aspects of Internet phone calls.  —  In at least a temporary setback …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Judge: no new customers for Vonage
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Judge imposes Vonage injunction
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Voice Local Search just launched  —  Just minutes ago, Google updated their Google Labs page with what they call "Google Voice Local Search".  It appears to be similar, if not related, to the long dead "voice search" project that doesn't work anymore.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Voice Local Search Launched  —  You've heard the rumors.  Now you can try the experimental service from Google Labs.  Google Voice Local Search is now live and publicly claimed by Google.  Greg Sterling will be along to say more either here or in a fresh post.
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Google Dials 411 for Free, Takes On Jingle Networks
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Embracing Change  —  It's been a busy week at Technorati - new widgets, a report on the state of our company and, of course our all new State of the Live Web, which incorporates our original State of the Blogosphere.  Even after all that, there's still one more piece of news I'd like to share with you this week.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati CEO Search Confirmed
Discussion: Valleywag, Mark Evans and Startup Meme
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AOL TO LAUNCH WHITE LABEL AOL-ONLY ADWORDS MONDAY  —  This was embargo'd till Monday, but AOL just told me the embargo was broken so I can post it now.  AOL has worked with Google to execute a white label version of AdWords that allows AOL advertisers to target only AOL audience members.
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Reuters:
AOL launches search ad service with Google
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Reasons Why Twitter Will Be Sold Soon  —  Who will buy Twitter?  That should be on every user's mind because it's going to happen fast.  Let's look at the facts first.  —  Fact #1: According to Technology Review, Twitter had 100,000 users at the end of March.
Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
YouTube offers to help Thais block offending pages  —  BANGKOK (Reuters) - Video-sharing Web site YouTube will help Thailand block access to pages that contain clips offensive to its revered monarch instead of blacking out the whole site, a cabinet minister said on Friday.
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 and Startup Meme
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Verizon cans the word 'Unlimited'  —  Humbling purge plan leaked to the INQUIRER  —  THIS MORNING, we revealed how Verizon admitted it was capping its "unlimited" downloads at 5GB.  Now it seems the firm is giving up using the word completely in its promotional material.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
New technology lets you read your voice mail
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Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
Are Blog URLs important?
PhysOrg.com:
Tokyo requests YouTube delete candidates' speeches
Discussion: Techdirt and Neowin.net
Erica Ogg / Webware.com:
ATTEN.TV: LETTING OTHERS SPY ON YOUR CLICKSTREAM
Joe / Techdirt:
Mossberg Tells PC Makers To Cut The Craplets
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
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Grandads design Flying Car and hope to build it before it's too late
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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HP unveils plan for gaming future
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VMWare Fusion Beta 3 is out
Darla Mack:
Nokia N95 To Hit The Flagship Stores
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
CrazyEgg - Measuring Web Site Usability
Microsoft:
Embracing Real Life in Virtual Earth
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Microsoft set to unlock EMI songs
Nick / Rough Type:
The real Web 2.0  —  While the Techmeme crowd oohs and aahs …
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Agence France-Presse, Google settle suit