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3:50 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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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
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  —  Google Street View can scope out real estate, travel destinations, and even save you from your next parking ticket — all from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone browser.  —  Google Street View is the closest thing to teleportation that you can find outside the starship Enterprise.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Peter Birch / Official Google Blog:
A whole new world to explore
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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TrustedReviews Notebooks Feed:
Asus Eee PC 900  —  Few could argue that Asus created something special when it launched the Eee PC last year.  The idea of making a truly mobile, yet very affordable mobile computer was welcomed by the Press and consumers in equal measure.  Although the Eee PC 4G 701 that Andy reviewed …
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.
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.
Discussion: Techland and WebProNews
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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 …
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Don't shoot the messenger: Microsoft internal promo video …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista update ‘kills’ USB devices
Discussion: TechSpot
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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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
The other Microsoft-Apple battle  —  Everyone likes to talk about the battle between Microsoft and Apple on the OS front, but that seems like old hat to me.  Sure, there's certainly a battle being waged in that space, but is it really as hotly contested as some want to believe?
Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
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 …
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!
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.
Bill Brand / Mercury News:
U.C. Berkeley student's Twitter messages alerted world to his arrest in Egypt  —  BERKELEY _ When Egyptian police scooped up UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck, who was photographing a noisy demonstration, and dumped him in a jail cell last week, they didn't count on Twitter.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: Netbook shipments about to ramp  —  Intel is putting a lot of faith in the so-called netbook market and reckons that mobile Internet devices are about to take off too.  —  What was telling about Intel's earnings conference call was how confident the company was about the netbook market …
Lisa Stone / BlogHer:
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Keith Epstein / Business Week:
Defenseless on the Net
Discussion: Business Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valleywag Fires Writer Who Criticized Valleywag
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft looks to make product planning more science than art
Discussion: LiveSide
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Virgin Mobile may cut 300 jobs, as yet another MVNO reels
Discussion: mocoNews.net
InfoWorld:
E-paper displays move a step closer to real paper
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Movies and TV shows coming to PS3?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Look Out Twhirl, Alert Thingy Adds Twitter Support
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Recording Industry Testing Out New Theory: It Deserves More Money …
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Google Twitter and Facebook Rankings
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Procrastinate much? …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai Sees “Real Adoption” …
Verizon:
Verizon Files Application and Plan to Offer TV Throughout Five …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Marshall University fails to block RIAA's P2P subpoenas
Discussion: TechSpot and p2pnet
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Songbird media player: the love child of Mozilla and WinAmp
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
It's Unofficial: Google's a Monopoly (Googolopoly)
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Russian government enacts Byzantine WiFi regulations