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1:40 PM ET, April 17, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo-Google Deal Advances  —  Yahoo Inc. moved closer to outsourcing its search advertising to Google Inc. after an initial test of the system yielded what the two firms deemed positive results, people familiar with the matter said.  —  A partnership could give Yahoo some needed leverage …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Something's Fishy About This Yahoo-Google Deal  —  Oh, please.  An initial test of outsourcing Yahoo's search to Google showed positive results, according to an account in the Journal.  Hold it; didn't that test just start this week?  Wasn't it supposed to go two weeks?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Puts All The Chips On The Table.  Time For Somebody To Fold.  —  The WSJ, Yahoo's unofficial partner for information leaks over the last couple of months, is reporting that “people familiar with the matter” (i.e. Yahoo) say that Yahoo and Google have completed a preliminary test …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Red Hat:
What's Going On With Red Hat Desktop Systems?  An Update  —  Red Hat is well known as a supplier of server systems, so the latest developments with our desktop products and technologies sometimes find themselves in the shade.  It's time for an update on the current state of the desktop at Red Hat.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Red Hat bails on consumer Linux desktop  —  Red Hat likes Linux on the desktop, but it also likes making money.  —  The company's desktop software unit on Wednesday released an update on its plans, saying it will focus its efforts on specific markets but not face off against Microsoft in the consumer market.
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
PopularMechanics.com:
20 (Rare) Questions for Google Search Guru Udi Manber  —  as Web search, Udi Manber has been working on Web search.  Previously a computer science professor at the University of Arizona, then a senior vice president at Amazon and Yahoo's chief scientist, Manber is now vice president in charge …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Socialtext enterprise wiki getting social network features  —  If you love a good theory—of psychology, physics, economics, you name it—go work at SocialText.  These guys live in their heads.  That became apparent when I talked to founder Ross Mayfield and newish CEO Eugene Lee this week …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SocialText Putting A Little Social Into...Enterprise Wikis
Arn / MacRumors:
Aluminum MultiTouch MacBook, New MacBook Pro, and More?  —  A MacRumors reader ran across a very unusual .Mac web page yesterday and was kind enough to forward it on.  The page contained promotional images for Apple products, including a couple that are not yet shipping products.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Google News Blog:
Words matter  —  Be it poetry or public speech, words matter.  —  Consider this election season.  All along the campaign trail we have heard candidates' thoughts on the future of health care, the war in Iraq, and even each other.  These debates have generated untold pages of commentary …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Makes Quotes More Discoverable
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Blockbuster Sued For Participating In Facebook's Beacon Program  —  A Texas resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Blockbuster for participating in Facebook's Beacon program, which tells members about their friends' e-commerce activity.  —  In the lawsuit, quietly filed last week …
Ríona MacNamara / Official Google Webmaster …:
Best practices when moving your site  —  Planning on moving your site to a new domain?  Lots of webmasters find this a scary process.  How do you do it without hurting your site's performance in Google search results?  —  Your aim is to make the transition invisible and seamless to the user …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Lonelygirl15 and KateModern Creators Raise $5 million, Form EQAL  —  In June 2006, former medical student Miles Beckett and disgruntled lawyer Greg Goodfried teamed up with filmmaker Ramesh Flinders to launch Lonelygirl15, a fictional video journal series on YouTube that captured audiences …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
MySQL reserves features for paying customers; open-source community up in arms  —  Blog posts by some users claim that database vendor is turning its back on open source  —  Computerworld) Open-source darling MySQL is facing a new uprising within its customer base over plans disclosed …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new reason to hate Comcast  —  As long as I've been a customer of Comcast I've been writing how much I wish they'd sell their Internet business to a company that doesn't hate its customers so much.  But sometimes you forget, when the service is good, you just cruise along, happy and productive.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove: Paid Video Not Worth Our Time  —  Brightcove is discontinuing an option to have customers pay to rent or buy video, and will tell its publishers about the change on Wednesday.  All paid video options will be zapped from Brightcove publishers' offerings on July 31.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
TruMoney For Truphone, Mobile VoIP Operator
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Bizarre Take-Two meeting could determine EA's fate
mindshareworld.com:
We are restructuring  —  TALKING POINTS AND Q&A ON MINDSHARE'S GLOBAL RESTRUCTURE
James Brightman / GameDaily:
10 Questions: Microsoft's Shane Kim
Kellan Elliott-McCrea / Flickr Blog:
Code.flickr.com: New Flickr Developer Site
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Thought leadership grows around advancing ‘WOA plus SOA’ as enterprise-cloud duo
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0
Manu Rekhi / orkut Blog:
Apps are live in India
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
TripIt nabs $5.1 million from old-school travel powerbroker
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Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NAB 2008: Kilar Hints at Hulu Mobile
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
Internet retailer sues Yahoo for $1 million
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's paid click growth rates: Reasons for the decline; Earnings on deck
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Predicts Traffic Conditions
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Shares Tumble On Subdued Handset Outlook
Google:
Google's Website Optimizer gains independence and blog, offering …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues