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1:15 PM ET, April 20, 2007

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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Collaborating with Marratech  —  As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration.  So we're excited about acquiring Marratech's video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there's an Internet connection.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Marratech; Gets Into WebEx Territory  —  After reporting a monster fiscal quarter (the company has close to $12 billion in cash sitting around now and has hired nearly 2,000 new employees this year), Google made a quiet announcement on its corporate blog tonight …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Web Conferencing Software has Full Screen Video and Application Sharing
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace News...Kinda Sucks  —  Update: Ironically, I just saw this post at the top of MySpace News.  Feel free to vote for it.  —  Mashable was the first blog to announce the imminent launch of MySpace News on Wednesday evening, but now the site is live, it seems to, well, suck a little bit.
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Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Rupert, the Cowardly Internet Lion  —  What is it about the Web that made Rupert Murdoch lose his taste for synergy?  Offline, his News Corp. (NWS) empire is as self-promoting as always.  But MySpace, Murdoch's Internet jewel, can't even seem to promote its own services.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Anil Dash:
Google Web History - Good and Scary  —  Many years ago, when the web was a simpler place, one of the scariest monsters conjured up to describe the privacy threats that lurked on the Internet was the DoubleClick cookie, used for tying your ad-viewing behavior on the web to your real-world identity.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Your slice of the web
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg API, Flash Application Toolkit, and Contest Announced!  —  Many of you have been asking about the Digg API and I'm happy to announce that it is now publicly available at services.digg.com along with a Flash application toolkit.  This will be a great tool for Digg users and partners …
BBC:
Users force Dell to resurrect XP  —  Responding to customer demand Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them.  —  The decision reverses a policy begun in January that meant Windows Vista was the only operating system available on almost all new home machines.
Discussion: Techdirt
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George Ou:
Fear and anger erupt over $3 Microsoft Suite
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Big Money in Little Screens  —  Searching the Web on a mobile phone has been a lot like getting online via dial-up modem circa 1995: slow, tedious and not terribly useful.  Typing on tiny buttons, squinting at a list of links and clicking through to a page that won't display properly is enough to test anyone's patience.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Wal-Mart $299 HD DVD player on the way  —  Get ready to get your cheap HD on kids.  Wal-Mart just threw down some serious green for a batch of Chinese-made HD DVD players.  Just as they brought DVD players down to near-disposable status, their deal for 2 million HD DVD players produced …
Waxpancake / upcoming.yahoo.com:
The New Upcoming  —  Whew!  The new release of Upcoming is finally out the door.  We're still working out the bugs, so let us know if you find anything broken or weird!  Lots to talk about, and I'm sure you'll have lots of questions, so let's get right into it.  What's new?  —  Upcoming Grows Up
Discussion: Compiler, Download Squad and WebProNews
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Mike / Techdirt:
Google, Wikipedia Sued By Politician Confused About How The Internet Works  —  from the nice-work dept  —  In the US, when someone threatens to sue a site like Google or Wikipedia because of postings made by its users that are defamatory, you just point them to section 230 …
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Cathryn Atkinson / Globe and Mail:   Internet hosts should be made to pay for libellous statements, suit contends
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Most frequently visited websites - not what you'd expect  —  March's Comscore numbers just came out.  I took a look at the top 2000 web domains, but this time I ranked them by number of visits per month.  The results were a little surprising.  Here are the 41 sites that were visited 10 times …
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
STUMBLEUPON LAUNCHING SITE-SPECIFIC STUMBLING  —  This is weird.  Last night it occurred to me that Webware should have a "StumbleUpon"-like feature: In other words, that there should be a button on the site that links to a random Webware review — because if you don't come to the site frequently …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell Still Losing Market Share to Hewlett and Others, Data Shows  —  Dell's personal computer sales continued to decline in the first quarter in the United States and across the world, according to analyses of PC sales made public yesterday by IDC and Gartner, two major consulting and market analysis firms.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac sales rock-steady in Q1 despite Vista launch
Discussion: Podcasting News, CrunchGear and digg
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The hidden lives of MySpacers  —  Why opinions from anybody but users rarely matter.  —  It's too fun to play pundit.  When MySpace was growing hugely popular, about the time that it was sold to News Corp. for 580 million dollars, everyone had an opinion about it.  —  It's ugly.  It's horribly designed.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Petition Against Alexa's Statsaholic Lawsuit  —  To join this this petition, please scroll to the bottom and leave a comment expressing your support for Statsaholic.  —  Update: Commenters are proposing boycotts of Amazon coverage in the blogosphere, in addition to their services and the Alexa toolbar.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
New Google AdWords Dashboard Looks Like Yahoo Panama  —  Dan London of AdwordsEditor.blogspot.com sent me a screen shot of the new Google AdWwords Account Snapshot Beta which looks very similar to Yahoo Search Marketing's Panama admin.  —  Similarities include :  — Personalized advertiser alerts
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Dan London / AdWords Editor Explained:   Account Snapshot BETA!
 
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