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11:00 AM ET, April 19, 2007

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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Back to basics  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP, Search & User Experience, and Jeff Bartelma, Product Manager, Google Product Search (the product formerly known as Froogle :) )  —  Today, we're making some changes to how we help users find things to buy.  You may be familiar with our product Froogle (a pun on "frugal").
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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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Goodbye Froogle  —  Froogle has been renamed "Google Product Search" …
Discussion: John Furrier
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.
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Times of London:
MySpace takes on Google News and Digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Commitment to Promote Sustained Social and Economic Opportunity for the Next 5 Billion People  —  Company unveils affordable education suite for young people in developing nations and announces plans for 90 new Innovation Centers to promote local software ecosystems.
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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.
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) …
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Searching without a query
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 2.0 Expo: All Things Widgets  —  Yesterday afternoon the Web 2.0 Expo included two sessions on widgets.  The first was a presentation by Dion Hinchcliffe, which provided an Overview of Badges and Widgets.  Immediately following that session, two widget syndication companies provided …
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Read/WriteWeb:   Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers
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.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
VA Tech Tragedy Response Reveals Force of Web
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Found Footage: Apple TV Plugin Loader  —  AwkwardTV has just posted this video demonstrating a new Apple TV 'meta plug-in' that retrieves and installs other plug-ins from around the net.  Developer Alan_Quartermain built this brilliant tool that displays a list of third party items …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and Apple Gazette
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Probono / AwkwardTV:   Apple TV can now get 3rd-party software from the Net
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
EBay Profit Climbs 52 Percent  —  EBay posted better-than-expected profit in the first quarter as several of its newer businesses compensated for disappointing results in its mainstay auction service.  —  The faster-growing units include shopping.com, a price comparison site …
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Reuters:
eBay beats profit estimates, raises outlook
Discussion: Business Wire and Skype Journal
Mr Blog:
Fring is technically impressive, but I'm still wondering about its utility  —  I have mentioned Fring a few times before.  The most recent post left it that I had not been able to complete the setup because I never received the SMS from Fring on my phone.  —  I sat down with Boaz Zilberman …
Ubuntu Releases:
Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)  —  Select an image  —  Ubuntu is distributed on three types of images described below.  —  Desktop CD  —  The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later.  This type of CD is what most people will want to use.
Discussion: Compiler, Boing Boing, Lifehacker and digg
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype financials: a few more notes on the data  —  Following up on Jim's Q1-2007 Is Skype's First Profitable Quarter, I thought I'd see if I there was more to it.  —  Skype calling didn't grow in Q1-20070.  —  Skype-to-Skype calling didn't grow this quarter, despite 25 million new accounts.
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Skype Revenues Up, but Usage Flat
Discussion: Bloomberg and VoIP Watch
Glenn Wolsey:
Interview: Will Friedwald, Owner Of The Worlds Largest iTunes Collection  —  Will Friedwald proclaims he has the world largest iTunes collection.  An avid listener to Jazz music, and a writer for the New York Sun, Will spends his days in front of his Power Mac G5 running "The Maxtix", his mammoth 200,000 track iTunes library.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Zude May Be A Better Netvibes  —  Since the dawn of the Web, startups have promised users a quick and easy way to create a presence online.  With the advent of "cross-domain drag and drop" technology from a new company called Zude, CEO Jim McNeil believes everyone from MySpace addicts …
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.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
SAY GOODBYE TO THE PAGE VIEW AS AN AD METRIC  —  If your web advertising strategy is built around page views, you're going to have to find another way to sell.  We've been saying this day would come for a long time, and today, The Wall St. Journal is reporting that Nielsen NetRatings will drop …
Discussion: WebProNews and Liberate Media
 
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Reuters:
Judge won't dismiss Google trademark suit
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Gartner: Mac Sales Grew 30% in 1st Q
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Google Video powering some pirate sites
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A Hack for Europe!