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5:40 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hits back at Google with Live Search News  —  As a part of its Rome release, Microsoft's Live Search team has launched Live Search News, a direct competitor to Google News.  —  At this time, Live Search News looks like a simplified version of Google News.
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Internal Microsoft Vista Video is as Painful as Videos Get  —  You've gotta wonder how, in a company the size of Microsoft, there's not a single person who has the balls to step up and say “Hey, you know what?  This Vista music video we're making for the sales department …
Discussion: ParisLemon
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Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Delivered Second Consecutive $2-Billion Plus Quarter  —  Completed Approximately $1 Billion in Stock Repurchases  —  Acquired Fraud Sciences Ltd.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Earnings: eBay Q1 Revenue Up 24 Percent; Net Income Up 22 Percent
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
eBay sales up 24%  —  Online auctioneer eBay reported …
Discussion: New York Times
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Mac vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test for New Desktops & Laptops  —  This computer rivalry has been elevated to a cultural divide on par with Pepsi versus Coke.  Taking it beyond personal taste, PM crunches the numbers—with some surprising results (and detailed benchmark scores).  —  Photographs by Lendon Flanagan
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  As further evidence of the growing interest in Macs among enterprise customers, IBM's Research Information Services launched an internal pilot program designed to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform.
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Earth 4.3  —  The Google Earth team is proud to announce the latest version of Google Earth is available today at http://earth.google.com.  The release of Google Earth 4.3 (beta) greatly advances our vision of offering a realistic, 3D model of the world by giving users a higher quality, more immersive experience.
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
How To Put Google Street View To Practical Use
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valleywag Fires Writer Who Criticized Valleywag  —  Apparently everything and everyone is fair game at Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag.  Or, almost everything.  Write a post criticizing Valleywag itself, and two weeks later you're out of a job.  —  Writer Jordan Golson is the person …
Discussion: Valleywag and Portfolio.com
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Psystar Exposed: Looks Like a Hoax  —  After the Guardian did their own investigation into the Mac clone maker Psystar yesterday, we decided to take it a step further and see if they actually exist, in the physical sense.  How could a company so brazenly challenge Apple and have little to no record of actually being a company?
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Rory Reid / CNET News.com:
Asus Eee PC 900 Review  —  The Asus Eee PC 701 has earned a permanent place in history.  It almost single-handedly defined the sub-notebook — a genre of PC that made slow, inexpensive laptops the hottest properties in the computing world.  Many have tried to emulate its success …
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YouTube :: Blog:
YouTube Partner Program travels to Japan, Australia, Ireland  —  What do Japan, Australia, and Ireland all have in common?  —  They are the newest countries from which users can now apply to become partners in the YouTube Partner Program.  Now open in six countries, the YouTube Partner Program …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   YouTube Pays Users $1 Million
Google Analytics Blog:
Graduation Day for Website Optimizer and Urchin Software!  —  Today at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco, we very happily announced two launches.  If we could have shouted them from the rooftops, we would have.  Enjoy!  —  Website Optimizer now available as a standalone product!
Steven Swartz / Market Wire:
“Free Open Source Software Is Costing Vendors $60 Billion,” New Standish Group International Study Finds  —  “Open Source software is raising havoc throughout the software market.  It is the ultimate in disruptive technology, and while to it is only 6% of estimated trillion dollars IT budgeted annually …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Microsoft planning a Zune-centric entertainment store?  —  Microsoft may be putting together an “entertainment marketplace” tentatively named Zune VideoX, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported Wednesday.  In other words, it's yet another digital content store trying to take a bite out of Apple's iTunes.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When Everyone Talks About Weakness At Google, Wall Street Buys the Stock  —  Tomorrow when Google announces its first quarter earnings after the markets close, we are finally going to find out whether all the sturm und drang about Google's seemingly-flat growth of clicks on search ads is a bad as everyone thinks.
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google ‘Gamed’ Airwave Sale, Republican Lawmakers Say  —  Google Inc. manipulated a U.S. government spectrum auction by bidding just enough to trigger rules that will open a nationwide set of airwaves to any device and then walking away, Republican lawmakers said.
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Security is No Match for Chocolate and Good Looking Women  —  People are too trusting, especially when there's chocolate on the line.  —  A survey out today by the organizers of the tech-security conference Infosecurity Europe found that 21% of 576 London office workers stopped on the street …
 
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
PC shipment growth in U.S. slow, healthy everywhere else
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
NBC to Apple: Build antipiracy into iTunes
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Segway Social: Another niche, another social network
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The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service
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Windows Vista update ‘kills’ USB devices
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Publishers Sue Georgia State on Digital Reading Matter
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: Netbook shipments about to ramp
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Procrastinate much? …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Drive-by surfers peril news sites