Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquiring StumbleUpon — High-flying startup StumbleUpon has been rumored to be in acquisition discussions since at least last November. Recently we've heard that talks have heated up again, with Google, AOL and eBay as potential suitors. A source with knowledge of the deal …
Discussion: Valleywag, Pronet Advertising, Search Engine Land, SEO Book.com, eBay Strategies, InsideGoogle, Tech Beat, The Gong Show, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, mathewingram.com/work, Download Squad, 10e20, alarm:clock, Mark Evans, Matt McAlister, Epicenter, Bloggers Blog, Beet.TV, TechFold, Geeking with Greg, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Webomatica, Search Engine Journal, 901am, rexduffdixon.com and digg
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising: eBay and StumbleUpon Unite to Take on Multi-Billion Dollar Social Shopping Industry
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com: How Google Killed Affiliate Marketing
Scot Wingo / eBay Strategies: eBay to Acquire StumpleUpon? and Why?
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle: EBAY BUYS STUMBLEUPON, JUST AS GOOGLE LAUNCHES SIMILAR FEATURE
Andrew Parker / The Gong Show: StumbleUpon Exit Analysis
Sramana Mitra / Sramana Mitra on Strategy: eBay's Forays Into Media
Brad Linder / Download Squad: eBay to buy StumbleUpon
Chris Winfield / 10e20: Google says Stumble This! — Google wanted to buy toolbar …
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter: StumbleUpon Meets Its Maker?
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg: StumbleUpon and Google's StumbleUpon clone
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: StumbleUpon Being Acquired by eBay?
Duncan Riley / 901am: eBay acquires StumbleUpon for $40-$45 million
Rex Dixon / rexduffdixon.com: StumbleUpon $50-75 million lately????
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why eBay wants Stumbleupon — Updated: TechCrunch just reported that StumbleUpon is in talks to being acquired with AOL, Google and eBay as possible suitors. Though we have not been able to chat with folks from StumbleUpon, the social bookmarking discovery service, we have heard that eBay is the likely winner of the derby.
Discussion: Things That, Startup Meme, Hitchhiker's Guide to 650 and VentureBeat
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Searching without a query — You already know that search is at the core of everything we do: we want to deliver useful and relevant information every time you do a search. But what about when you don't have a query in mind, or if you just don't feel like typing in a query?
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme: Google Launches Queryless Search, Guns StumbleUpon
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle: GOOGLE LAUNCHING NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FEATURES FOR TOOLBAR, HOMEPAGE
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal: Query-less Searching Via Google
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries: eBay buys StumbleUpon, Google's answer
MG Siegler / parislemon: Google Becomes More StumbleUpon-like...Again - While eBay Just Buys the Real Deal
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Your Search History Does the Magic
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Shunned by StumbleUpon, Google Builds Its Own Random Search
Haochi / Googlified: Visit a Personalized Random Page
Matt McGee / Small Business SEM: Google's No Match for StumbleUpon
Kate Zimmermann / SearchViews: Google "Queryless Search" and Potential StumbleUpon Acquistion
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: QUERY? WHO NEEDS A QUERY?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Rains On StumbleUpon Parade: Launches Direct Competitor — On the same day that the news breaks that eBay is acquiring StumbleUpon for $40ish million, Google announces that they are building strikingly similar functionality into their Toolbar. Google (along with AOL) …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and digg
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google Offers "Queryless Search" & Personalized Recommendations — Google is rolling out two features today that subtly but meaningfully enhance the level of personalization offered to anyone with a Google account. And while they're tied to your search behavior, they don't directly alter …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Screenwerk
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: Google Dice "Queryless Search" Answer to StumbleUpon Popularity
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: eBay Acquires StumbleUpon: 8 Reasons Why
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google takes the pun out of shopping — Acknowledging that it's better to be clear than clever, Google is rebranding "Froogle" as "Google Product Search" and simplifying the interface to match the main search site, a top executive said on Wednesday. — Froogle was launched in late 2002 …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and rexblog.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Goodbye Froogle, Hello Google Product Search! — Back in December 2002, Google launched its long expected product and shopping search engine. It was called Froogle, a combination of "frugal" and "Google." Just over four years later, Froogle is finally losing its cutesy name for something …
Discussion: Startup Meme, Download Squad and Search Engine Roundtable
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme: Yahoo Teams Up With PayPal On Checkout
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad: Yahoo offers little blue shopping carts through PayPal
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
VA Tech Tragedy Response Reveals Force of Web — It's been impossible not to spend hours following links to all the publicly accessible sources of information about the Virginia Tech shootings over the last couple days. Facebook and MySpace pages, LiveJournals, and Flickr give us back story and the unfiltered play-by-play.
Discussion: MediaVidea, Center for Citizen Media, CostPerNews and Podcasting News
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media: Virginia Tech: How Media Are Evolving
Sam Harrelson / CostPerNews: VA Tech Tragedy and the Power of the Social Web
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Media mine Web searches for readers — If you Googled "Virginia Tech shooting" or "Virginia shooting" this week, the Internet search engine served up dozens of links to news about the university massacre. Yet some media outlets weren't taking the chance of missing readers' attention by being bumped down the list.
Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers — If you're in the online marketing game and are not yet hip to widgets, listen up. Two emerging Web 2.0 technology firms focused in this space have a message for you. Those companies are Widgetbox and ClearSpring, both of which presented …
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb: Web 2.0 Expo: All Things Widgets
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft aims to reach next billion PC users — Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is using a speech in Beijing to unveil a new low-cost bundle of Office and Windows, one of several new initiatives aimed at getting PCs into the hands of more people in emerging markets.
Discussion: Microsoft and Windows-Now.com
eBay Inc. Announces First Quarter 2007 Financial Results — Reports Record Q1 Net Revenues of $1.77 Billion — Delivers Q1 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.27 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.33 — Raises Full Year Guidance — SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News …
Discussion: Between the Lines, IP Democracy, Business 2.0 Beta and BARRONS.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Is eBay's purchase of Skype paying off?
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: Skype's Doing Alright
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta: eBay Q1 '07 Earnings: Live Coverage
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com: EBay: Q1 Revs, EPS Top Ests; Strong Outlook For Q2, Full Year '07; Stock Spikes
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Skype Revenues Up, but Usage Flat
Skype Revenues Up, but Usage Flat
Discussion: Bloomberg, Skype Journal and VoIP Watch
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal: Skype financials: a few more notes on the data
Blackberry says system restored — The maker of the Blackberry wireless e-mail device says it has restored the service to "most" of its North American users following a network failure. — Research In Motion said it was now looking at the cause of the breakdown, which first happened on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Engadget, NevilleHobson.com, CNNMoney.com and Engadget Mobile
Paul Miller / Engadget: BlackBerry email still down, withdrawal setting in
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Christopher Null
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS: Major BlackBerry Outage Leaves Millions Without E-Mail
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: MySpace News Launches Thursday — On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at news.myspace.com. Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST. — The news property is built on Newroo technology, a company they acquired in early 2006 for a rumored $7 million.
Discussion: parislemon and rexduffdixon.com
MG Siegler / parislemon: MySpace News - 100 Million Users CAN Be Wrong
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Vlogging comes to mass murder — The Virginia Tech shooter sent a package of video and pictures to NBC. — In other words, vlogging comes to mass murder, in ways no one anticipated (or no one I know). — It makes perfect sense, in a perfectly senseless way.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0, NewTeeVee, Webomatica, Boing Boing, New York Times and digg
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0: Virginia Tech: First Thoughts
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Virginia Tech Killer Vlogged Manifesto
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: VA Tech: Cho sent "multimedia manifesto" to NBC; Siva on tech judgement rush
Bill Carter / New York Times: Package Forced NBC to Make Tough Decisions
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Patently at Odds — Drug and Tech Sectors Battle With Reform High on Agenda — Two of the country's leading industries, computer technology and drug manufacturing, are battling over an effort by Congress to overhaul the way inventors profit from ideas, with executives on both sides saying billions of dollars are at stake.
Discussion: IMT Blog, Peter Zura's 271 Patent Blog and VentureBeat
PatentMonkey / IMT Blog: Proposal: Patent Refom Act of 2007
David Hamilton / VentureBeat: Patent fight: Tech vs. pharma, round one
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
A Hack for Europe! — Right then. This is going to be quite a big deal so pay attention! A few months ago you'll remember Yahoo! put together a Hack Day on their campus in Sunnyvale and invited several hundred designers, developers and engineers to come and crash the place.
Discussion: cubicgarden.com, Damien Mulley and Matt McAlister