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4:15 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Video reasons for Google-Marratech deal
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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Releases Public API, San Francisco Tech Crowd Parties Hard
Discussion: Profy.Com and Somewhat Frank
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
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: Gadget Lab and Techdirt
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George Ou:
Fear and anger erupt over $3 Microsoft Suite
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
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
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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 …
Winda Benedetti / MSNBC:
Were video games to blame for massacre?  —  Pundits rushed to judge industry, gamers in the wake of shooting  —  Jack Thompson, a Florida attorney and opponent of violent video games, said Va. Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui played 'Counter-Strike,' Valve Software's popular multiplayer game.
Discussion: PE HUB, Neowin.net, Kotaku and digg
Gizmodo:
McCaslin vs Menlow: 45 Nanometers Prove That Size Matters  —  There's been a lot of UMPC talk and action in the latter part of this week.  And it's not stopping today.  Size queens among you will be interested to see a spiffy 2008 Menlow-based UMPC parked up close and personal on the left of the oh-already-so-tired-O-seven McCaslin.
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Gizmodo:
Helio Disconnecting EVDO/WiFi Service  —  Helio, while best known for bringing hot Korean phones to our shores, has also been offering a somewhat unique EVDO/Wi-Fi service for some time now called "Hybrid."  It allowed users to connect to the 3G EVDO network, and when they found a Wi-Fi hotspot …
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Stephen Colbert finally drops a Google bomb  —  Considering he's already pranked Wikipedia and weaseled his way into online polls aplenty, here at News.com we're actually kind of surprised that Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert took this long to instigate a self-promoting "Google bombing" campaign.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Declares Stephen Colbert As Greatest Living American
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.
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!
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
HTC Shift is appearing in the wild  —  The HTC Shift UMPC slated to appear later this year has me excited more than any other UMPC that's been announced.  I don't know if it's the fact it will be using the new Intel Mobile Platform 2007 processor or the cool sliding keyboard that hides out of the way when not in use.
Discussion: Mobility Site
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
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fujitsu's FLEPia e-reader features color display, WiFi
Discussion: Gizmodo and TeleRead
Gizmodo:
Oh No: Cell Calling on a Plane Coming...in French
Discussion: silicon.com and CNET News.com
Hardware News:
Microsoft slams iPhone as irrelevant
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
HAPPY HOUR BY SMS, WITH BUYYOURFRIENDADRINK
Glenn Collins / New York Times:
Empire State Building Seeks Best of the Brightest
Discussion: Gizmodo and Smart Mobs
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
The scary math behind Web 2.0
Valleywag:
RUMORMONGER: Blog mogul wooing Don Imus?
 Earlier Items: 
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell Still Losing Market Share to Hewlett and Others, Data Shows
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Google, Wikipedia Sued By Politician Confused About How The Internet Works
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Visual Studio "Orcas" and .NET FX 3.5 Beta1 shipped!
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The hidden lives of MySpacers
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
10 rules for your small business home page
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Lots of new stuff just added to Spaces
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
BUSYNESS VS. BURST: WHY CORPORATE WEB WORKERS LOOK UNPRODUCTIVE
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Chinese Political Prisoner Sues in U.S. Court, Saying Yahoo Helped …