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8:50 PM ET, April 25, 2007

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Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Apple 2Q '07 Earnings: Live Coverage
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and Gizmodo
Jessica Dickler / CNNMoney.com:
Apple earnings soar
Discussion: Apple 2.0
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 …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Virus Writers Taint Google Ad Links  —  Virus writers have been gaming Google's "sponsored links" — the paid ads shown alongside search engine results.  They are aiming to get their malicious software installed on computers whose users click onto ad links after searching for legitimate sites …
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Roger Thompson / Exploit Prevention Labs:
Google sponsored links not safe?
Discussion: Today @ PC World
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google and privacy  —  In my previous post I talked about some useful things I'd discovered about Google's Web History feature.  As you might expect, several commenters asked about various aspects of privacy for Web History.  I gave a quick response in my comments, but I figured …
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Search gets a facelift
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yet another Microsoft search exec calls it quits  —  The shake-ups in Microsoft's search organization aren't over yet.  —  On April 24, Microsoft announced internally that Dane Glasgow, general manager for Live Search, is leaving the company to work for various nonprofits and spend more time with his family.
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.
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Ohio University:
Ohio University announces changes in file-sharing policies  —  Ohio University announces changes in file-sharing policies ATHENS, Ohio (April 25, 2007) - In an effort to ensure that every student, faculty member and researcher has access to the computer resources they need …
Discussion: Slashdot and broadbandreports.com
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple's board defends Jobs amid hefty Q2 profits
Discussion: TechBlog and TechSpot News
TalkBMC - opensville:
Seven Reasons Microsoft Loves Open Source  —  Next week I'm leading the "Open Source, the Web, Interoperability, and Microsoft" panel at Mix07 in Vegas, my first Microsoft conference.  Naturally, I've been pondering the topic so I don't end up on stage with my pants around my ankles.
Discussion: My Weblog, digg and Slashdot
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Radically, transparently stupid  —  Maybe you've heard of Steve Rubel.  He's this smarmy PR guy from Edelman PR who thinks he's Mr. Know It All when it comes to blogging.  He's always talking about "radical transparency" even though, let's face it, he makes his living telling friggin lies.
Discussion: Valleywag
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' to strengthen its voice  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In the next several months, Second Life avatars may find their long-awaited voice, said Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Lab, publisher of the virtual world.  —  Many Second Life members have long desired to bring voice to their text-based avatars.
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
iPhone Q&A for AT&T employees  —  Not a lot here, but for those clammoring for any possible news about the iPhone, we got our hands on an internal AT&T iPhone Q&A document.  The highlights:  — With an iPhone you'll have access to Cingular's MyAccount via the device as well as via iTunes.
Discussion: Crave, Infinite Loop and MacUser
Nick Starr / The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint Announces PPC-6800  —  Sprint has sent out the data sheet for their upcoming PPC-6800 (HTC Titan).  What a great phone, if it only included Windows Mobile 6 and EV-DO Rev A. instead of hinting at the possibilities of being able to upgrade Featuring a 2.8" QVGA LCD screen, WiFi …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Mobile Is Live  —  Telephone management startup GrandCentral launched a mobile version of the service yesterday, although they have not announced the product yet.  The mobile site is available at grancentral.com/mobile.  It will not load properly from a desktop browser …
Discussion: Webware.com, Roam4free and MobileCrunch
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Finalists for 2007 EPpy Awards Announced  —  NEW YORK Washingtonpost.com has earned five finalist nods in the 2007 EPpy Awards, which are sponsored by Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek magazines.  The finalists were announced today.  —  EPpy winners will be revealed at the Interactive Newspaper Conference …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Introduce User-Generated Content  —  When Google launched its personalized mapping tool, My Maps, the company said it would soon be integrating user-generated content.  It appears that is now happening on many Google Maps searches (hat tip to NLC Marketing Blog).  —  Here are some example searches:
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.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
VBA for Macintosh goes away  —  The first few versions of Excel (1.0 through 4.0) had a rudimentary macro programming capability using a programming language so embarassing that it never had a name, although it was sometimes called XLM (its file extension).  —  In 1991, Visual Basic 1.0 had just shipped to rave reviews.
 
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URGENT: Unconfirmed Reports QuickTime Exploit Capture Is Circulating
Discussion: Zero Day
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Project aims to bring DX10 gaming to XP, Linux, OS X
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Six ways Twitter can make money
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Nick / Rough Type:
Open source and the programmer's dilemma
Kim Nelson / Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Amazon.com Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google gets in on 'Intel Inside' campaign
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FCC to reveal spectrum auction plan