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2:00 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Launches Live Search News
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and WebProNews
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
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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.
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:   Google Earth 4.3 Released
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Saves Man From Egyptian Justice  —  Twitter.  Don't leave home without it.  —  I don't know if this is as good for Twitter as the Charlie Rose incident was for Apple, but it's close.  UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck was arrested on April 10 without any charges …
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Defense in Depth
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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!
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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's paid clicks anemic in March; Will it matter?  —  Google's paid click rate for March grew 2.7 percent in March, a tally that was deemed “anemic” by analysts.  —  Google's paid clicks have been the most overanalyzed metric of the first quarter, but we're about to find out whether …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Techland
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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 …
Discussion: Open Sources and CNET News.com
John Markoff / New York Times:
Larger Prey Are Targets of Phishing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An e-mail scam aimed squarely at the nation's top executives is raising new alarms about the ease with which people and companies can be deceived by online criminals.  —  Thousands of high-ranking executives across the country …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Look Out Twhirl, Alert Thingy Adds Twitter Support  —  Alert Thingy, the FriendFeed desktop application that launched just three days ago, just launched v 1.2 of the service, with Twitter support.  —  In addition to viewing FriendFeed data streams and posting directly to FriendFeed …
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 …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Recording Industry Testing Out New Theory: It Deserves More Money …
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Google Twitter and Facebook Rankings
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Publishers Sue Georgia State on Digital Reading Matter
Discussion: Ars Technica
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Procrastinate much?  Americans watched over 10 billion online videos in February
Discussion: NewTeeVee, WebProNews and AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AdRoll Emerges From Private Beta With Co-Op Economics For Blog Advertising
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai Sees “Real Adoption” …
InfoWorld:
Controversial ad system keeps its eye on the money
Discussion: PDA and paidContent
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Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Verizon:
Verizon Files Application and Plan to Offer TV Throughout Five …
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
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music-Video Pros Challenge YouTube
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
UK music industry demands an iPod tax (and the law is still an ass)
Macworld:
Movie rentals still shy of 1,000