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10:50 AM ET, April 25, 2007

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Eric Dash / New York Times:
No Charges for Apple Over Options  —  Federal securities regulators said yesterday that they would bring no civil charges against Apple over the backdating of executive stock options.  But they stopped short of removing the cloud that for nearly a year has hung over the company's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.
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Financial Times:
Apple's Jobs 'was warned' on options
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Autonomy to spin off consumer arm  —  Autonomy, the Cambridge-based search software company, on Wednesday announced plans to demerge and float its consumer division, with allows people to search internet TV and video clips.  —  The consumer division will be renamed Blinkx, and listed on London's AIM exchange for growth stocks in May.
Discussion: Mashable! and TechFold
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Autonomy Exercises Option To Buy Blinkx; Merges With Its Consumer Division; Will IPO It In London  —  This is among the first such IPOs in the still-nascent online video search space, and almost solves the mystery of the weirdly secretive relationship between the data/information search company Autonomy …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google surpasses Microsoft as world's most-visited site  —  It's official: Google rules the world.  —  The Mountain View search engine has outstripped Microsoft on two fronts, becoming both the most visited Web site and the most valuable global brand.  —  The events are major milestones for Google …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung announces 1.8-inch 120GB disk for UMPCs and perhaps, iPods  —  Oh Samsung, you and your obsession with the "world's biggest" puts even Jersey girls to shame.  Chalk-up two more this morning with the world's highest capacity 1.8- and 2.5-inch hard disk drives.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   SSD prices in freefall — won't overtake hard disks anytime soon
Royal Pingdom:
Top 20 DNS server map shows US internet dominance  —  The US has long held a dominating position in the web hosting industry.  One way to examine this is to look at which DNS servers hold the most domain names.  It turns out that 16 of the 20 largest DNS servers in the world are located in the US.
Discussion: GigaOM
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Results from Apple's (Bumpy) 2nd Q Due Today  —  Investors following Apple (AAPL) are even more skittish than usual in advance of the company's second quarter earnings report, scheduled for 5 p.m. ET today.  —  "My crystal ball is one of the cloudiest on record," wrote a company watcher …
John Liu / Bloomberg:
Google to Sell Online Ads on China Telecom Web Sites (Update6)  —  Google Inc. won the right to sell advertising on 400 Web sites owned by China Telecom Corp., helping it compete with Microsoft Corp. and dominant local rival Baidu.com Inc. in the world's second-biggest Internet market.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google gets in on 'Intel Inside' campaign  —  Intel is injecting some of Google's famous ad magic into its "Intel Inside" campaign.  —  The world's largest microprocessor supplier and the most popular search engine were set to announce on Wednesday a co-marketing initiative that will allow makers …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC to reveal spectrum auction plan  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday is expected to begin setting rules for one of the most important wireless spectrum auctions in the foreseeable future.  —  The new rules, which determine how to divvy up licenses and actually auction …
Nokia:
Over 100 million S60 devices shipped  —  Volume market attracts mobile innovation  —  S60 Summit 2007, Madrid, Spain - Nokia today announced that over 100 million S60 devices have cumulatively been shipped by S60 licensees to date.  S60 software built on Symbian OS is the world's leading …
Nathan Vardi / Forbes:
Patent Pirates  —  Hedge funds and institutional investors are financing the latest wave of IP lawsuits.  —  DeepNines is a tiny Dallas software maker that protects corporate computer networks from hackers and other threats.  But in August it became an attacker, filing a lawsuit against McAfee (nyse: MFE - news - people ).
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Iancr / Yahoo! Music Blog:
Lyrics By The Pound … Check out this now-embarrassing post from 1992 in rec.music.funky where I'm trying to decode the lyrics to "A Year And A Day" from Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. … Yahoo! Music can tell you. … Click to download the Mike D interview MP3 … Or Rakim.  But mostly Yahoo! Music.
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Yahoo! Music and Gracenote Present Song Lyrics from U2, Prince …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's European Clone  —  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Y Combinator can now consider itself twice flattered.  Y Combinator's funding methodology of investing a small amount of money across a wide array of young entrepreneurs has already inspired other programs, such as TechStars out of Colorado.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newsvine Relaunch Today: Build Your Own News Site  —  Seattle-based news site Newsvine will relaunch this afternoon with significant changes to the user experience.  They're calling the release "Evergreen."  —  Among the changes: like Netvibes, Pageflakes and other personalized homepages …
Basil / Mozilla Developer News:
What's happening with Mozilla Firefox 1.5?  —  Wanted to notify the community that Mozilla will only supply security and stability upgrades for Firefox 1.5 until mid-May of this year.  We encourage all Firefox 1.5 users to visit http://getfirefox.com to download the latest version of Firefox today.
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Salesforce.com's Pitch to Startups  —  CEO Marc Benioff is opening an incubator to encourage software companies to develop complementary applications for AppExchange  —  Workers stand on ladders carefully positioning a company sign above a row of cubicles.
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Everex busts out budget-priced StepNote NC1501 laptop
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
eMediaWire:
Presenting the Coffee Machine That Reads Minds
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Seriously Smacked Down (Again) By Judge
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Web threats to surpass e-mail pests
Discussion: TechSpot News
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' to strengthen its voice
ExtremeTech:
Intel Chops Dual, Quad-Core Prices Almost 40 Percent
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Seeking Alpha:
AT&T Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Screenwerk
PC Pro:
Mac and Linux viruses to rise 'significantly'
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Neowin.net
 Earlier Items: 
Lorraine Woellert / Business Week:
Was Uncle Sam Bilked by IT Kickbacks?
Discussion: Rough Type
Tyler Crowley / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
CalacanisCast 25 beta  —  Hello everyone, Tyler here …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Thoughts on the Hive Mind
Discussion: Hive Mind Bee Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why is Scribd so hot?  —  Last couple of days from many different …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
EQO Gets $9 Million Series B
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Vista betas, RCs will reboot every 2 hours starting June 1
Valleywag:
TRAFFIC TRICKS: Technorati's search engine traffic
Discussion: 901am
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: 80 percent of blogs contain "offensive" content
Discussion: The Webpreneur and digg