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2:40 PM ET, April 30, 2007

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Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Democracy and the online ad  —  Tonight we're announcing the acquisition of Right Media, which I believe has the potential to dramatically enhance Internet advertising.  We hope to revolutionize the way ads are bought and sold on the Internet and, in turn, drive more value for advertisers, publishers, and partners.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo answers GoogleClick, buys Right Media for $680M
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Buy Ad Company in Bid to Compete With Google
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
LIVE AT MIX 07: RAY OZZIE  —  Microsoft is rolling out Silverlight, its competitor to Adobe's Flash technology, today at the Mix 07 event in Las Vegas.  I'm sitting in the audience waiting for the keynote to start and will report on interesting developments as they happen.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Launches "ToGo" Widgets For Any Listing  —  As you can see with the embedded Flash widget above, eBay is now letting users embed information about any listing or group of listings directly into a website.  Their hope is to encourage bloggers and social network users who discuss famous listings …
Discussion: PodTech.net and TechFold
BBC:
Apple admits laptop battery issue  —  Apple has said that "some batteries" in its range of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have "performance issues".  —  The company has issued a software update to fix the issue and has offered to replace defective batteries.
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gadget Lab
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo loses VP of consumer search, to Accel Partners  —  Yahoo, the Sunnyvale search engine trying to stem shrinkage of its market share in search, has lost a key search executive to a venture capital firm.  —  Andrew Braccia quietly quit as Yahoo's vice president of consumer web search earlier this month …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Coming Online Soon: The Five-Minute 'Charlie's Angels'  —  The question probably never occurred to viewers in the 1970s and 1980s, but suddenly it is highly relevant: exactly how much worthwhile entertainment content was there in shows like "Charlie's Angels," "T. J. Hooker," and "Starsky and Hutch"?
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
YouTube Launches Active Share  —  YouTube announced the addition of a few new features overnight.  Here's a summary:  —  Most importantly, YouTube has added an Active Sharing feature, to let you see who's watching your video, and videos that other users are watching.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
We'd Love To Hear Your S3 Stories...And Numbers  —  SmugMug has told the world how much money they've saved using S3, and at the Web 2.0 Expo, Jeff Bezos told us how his aerospace company, Blue Origin spent only $304 using S3 to deliver half a million copies of the video of their test launch.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Incentives Matter: Why Comments on Digg Are So Bad  —  Comparing the comments on Slashdot story Seven Reasons Microsoft Loves Open Source to the ones on the Digg story 7 Reasons Microsoft Loves OpenSource on the same topic, it seems that there is a sharp contrast in the quality of the comments posted by the users of the site.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Glass House
BBC:
BBC gets TV on-demand service OK  —  BBC shows such as Doctor Who and EastEnders are to be made available on-demand after the BBC's iPlayer service was given the green light.  —  The service - which will launch later this year - allows viewers to watch programmes online for seven days after their first TV broadcast.
Discussion: Liberate Media and Slashdot
Nadia Cameron / InfoWorld:
Dell looks beyond direct model  —  In leaked internal memo, Dell CEO admits for the first time he has an interest in developing an indirect channel  —  Dell CEO Michael Dell has dropped his biggest hint yet that the PC vendor is looking at an indirect channel.
Elizabeth Olson / New York Times:
A Virtual Ad Agency for Online Radio  —  AS more people listen to the radio over the Internet, radio stations have been looking to generate new advertising revenue from the medium.  A start-up company, TargetSpot, is trying to turn this nascent field into a viable business, and CBS Radio is its first customer.
Shuman Ghosemajumder / shumans.com:
Advertiser Requests on Invalid Clicks  —  The Click Quality Council is a group of advertisers which meets regularly to discuss click fraud.  A few days ago they came out with their "Cornerstone Principles for Pay-Per-Click Quality Improvement" - eight requests from advertisers …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Got Roomfuls of Stuff?  Now Sites Will Help Keep Track of It  —  PACK rats, shopaholic showoffs and avid collectors take note: the Internet will give you a place to track your stuff for free.  One condition: you have to keep your wallet open.  —  At least three companies have emerged …
Frank De Maria / Text Analytics Solutions …:
REUTERS ADVANCES DEVELOPMENT OF SEARCH CAPABILITY WITH THE ACQUISITION OF CLEARFOREST  —  Deal will help develop Reuters advanced search backbone  —  Reuters (LSE: RTR; NASDAQ: RTRSY), the global information company, has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of ClearForest Ltd. …
 
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Philliptorrone / Hackszine.com:
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John Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Add-on battery pack extends PSP playtime for up to 15 hours
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
If you upgrade into an Elite, your Arcade games have a surprise for you
Discussion: Cathode Tan
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Hollywood suddenly loves tech?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Finally, the On-Demand, Online Garage Band Gets Real
Chris Williams / The Register:
Peter Gabriel takes sledgehammer to music downloads (again)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Blinded by the Apple iPod
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Seeks Clearer Path to State Data
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Oracle blogs-an attention free zone
Discussion: AccMan
Ashton Mills / APC:
What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04
Discussion: digg
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Condemned To Google Hell
Chris Linnett / Search Engine Land:
Just Imagine: Local Search Without Maps
Discussion: Screenwerk
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's FiOS network: Payback time?
Discussion: PR Newswire and IP Democracy
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Empowers Users To "Be a Better ..." …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
IAC Launches Zwinktopia At Peak of Virtual World Hype
New York Times:
One Call to Tell the World All About You