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8:15 AM ET, April 18, 2008

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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2008 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  “Our ongoing innovation in search, ads, and apps helped drive healthy growth globally across our product lines, yielding another strong quarter for Google …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Defies the Economy and Reports a Profit Surge  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The American economy may be weakening, but Google said once again that the slowdown has not affected its business.  —  Easing concerns that its growth would stall, the Internet search giant on Thursday reported better …
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
The noise in Web 2.0 is mainly a Tech Elite's problem  —  Erick Schonfeld has a funny article today on TechCrunch in which he predicts/hopes that web 3.0 is about removing the noise.  We all recognize the problem he describes.  He is in so many different networks with so many followers …
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Secret Farecast buyer is Microsoft  —  It's official: Microsoft is the mystery buyer of Farecast, the Seattle online travel startup.  Responding to an inquiry from the P-I today, Microsoft issued this statement from spokeswoman Whitney Burk: … We reported earlier this week that the company …
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Hugh Crean / Farecast Blog:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast For $115M
Discussion: Webware.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up  —  Blog search engine Technorati was days away from merging with blog network b5media when the whole deal blew up earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.  —  Technorati has been searching …
Discussion: ben barren
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Lessig Lectures the FCC on the Need for Neutrality  —  Now we know why none of the major carriers showed up for Thursday's open FCC meeting at Stanford University: Who wants to take on Larry Lessig, the lion of Net Neutrality, in his own den?  —  Class was in session when Stanford law …
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Associated Press:   FCC debates ‘Net neutrality’
Waxy.org Links:
Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  —  From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the “Infocom Drive” — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989.  This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Boing Boing
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 7 Could Be Too Little Too Late, But Might Come On Microsoft Hardware  —  You may not remember this because the news came out during CES, but back in January there was a gigantic leak of Windows Mobile 7 details, including an Alaskan Senator's dump truck full of images.
Discussion: Crave and PalmAddicts
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
No 10 goes digital with a spot of Twittery-pokery  —  When Tony Blair wanted to get his message across without having to rely on lobby journalists to pass it on undiluted, he went over their heads to talk to the public from the GMTV sofa or by begging to be allowed in the pages of Take A Break, the 1m-selling women's magazine.
Discussion: SMS Text News
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
After Criticism, Apple Software Updater Gets UI Makeover  —  Apple has made a small but significant tweak to its Automatic Software Update utility to make a clear distinction between security patches and new products being pushed out to Windows users.  —  The UI redesign, which adds …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and CrunchGear
Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Motorola reorganizes phone unit  —  Motorola Inc. has reorganized its mobile phone business, aligning hardware and software teams within product categories as it prepares to make the unit into an independent company.  —  Spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson said the new structure was announced late Wednesday in an internal memo.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer says Vista is a ‘work in progress’  —  More than a year after Windows Vista's release, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this morning acknowledged some of the operating system's shortcomings — calling it a “work in progress” during a speech to the company's Most Valuable Professionals conference in Seattle.
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Forget LoJack, Twitter Can Bring Your Phone Back Home  —  Scot Hacker didn't even know he'd lost his phone until he saw a note on Twitter.  From his own phone.  —  The mystery tweet read: … An hour later, Hacker had retraced his steps and reclaimed his phone from the good Samaritan who discovered it, Silje Rygland.
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Rocketboom creator pulls plug on auction of Twitter account  —  It appears that for now at least, we won't get to find out the value of identity on Twitter.  —  A few days ago, Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron put his Twitter account up for sale on eBay, offering access to his 1,500-plus followers (it's now at 1,757 followers).
 
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Yet Another Google Video Redesign
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon Gains Share of Shrinking Paid Music Market
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Pirate Bay Trial Star Witness Employed by Plaintiff
Los Angeles Times:
Electronic Arts' bid to acquire Take-Two gets closer scrutiny
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A Widget's Worth  —  Social networkers frequenting the likes …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo runs away with March console sales
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
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Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers
Adrian Bridgwater / CNET News.com:
Microsoft woos hobbyist developers
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
First impressions: Classmate 2  —  I'm writing this post …
Discussion: Liliputing and CrunchGear
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Ozzie gives open-source outlook
 

 
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Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at the decline of cable TV networks like USA Network, Discovery Channel, and MTV; MTV's 2023 average prime-time audience was 256K, down from 807K in 2014

Mark Harris / New York Times:
An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

 
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