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9:40 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 Shows 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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google delivers; Maybe paid clicks weren't such a big deal
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Google Video Redesign  —  Google Video redesigned its homepage and now only includes a list of “hot” videos.  “The Google Video home page allows you to browse and play hot videos directly from the home page, making it easier for you to discover popular, interesting videos from across the web.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Another Google Video Redesign
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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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: SYNTAGMA and ben barren
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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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 …
louisgray.com:
Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue  —  It's routinely shocking to me that so many bloggers think they should try and make a profit from their Web site.  —  Urged on by the success of mega blog networks like TechCrunch and spurred forward by stories from ProBlogger …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Takes the Toll Road to Albany  —  This morning, Microsoft announced the managed beta for Albany, which is codename for a bundle that includes Office 2007 Home and Student, Windows Live OneCare and supporting online services, such as mail and messaging.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Minimum Bids No Longer Fixed at $.10  —  How to manage your new Sponsored Search minimum bids  —  Starting today, minimum bids for some Sponsored Search keywords will no longer be fixed at $.10.  Throughout the next week, you may start noticing new minimum bids on some of your keywords.
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
BBC:
Paypal to block ‘unsafe browsers’  —  Web payment firm Paypal has said it will block “unsafe browsers” from using its service as part of wider anti-phishing efforts.  —  Customers will first be warned that a browser is unsafe but could then be blocked if they continue using it.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Coming Soon: The Joy Division Zune  —  Microsoft is readying a Joy Division edition of its Zune MP3 player to coincide with the June 10 release of an eponymous DVD about the band.  —  The Joy Division Zune will feature an adaptation of the cover art from the band's 1979 debut, Unknown Pleasures …
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
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo runs away with March console sales  —  Nintendo's Wii was the big winner in the U.S. video-game console market in March, according to statistics released today by the NPD Group market research firm.  The Wii benefited from high interest in “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” …
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
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Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
The All New Sanyo DMX-CA8 Waterproof
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The World's Most Innovative Companies
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and GoNintendo
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone sellers braced for hit on cheap handsets
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
Pageflakes enters the LiveUniverse
Fred / A VC:
The Difference Between Wordpress and Facebook
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube's filtering issues still not ‘moot’
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comes With Music may come with high price tag
Nellie Andreeva / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC nabs Rosario Dawson Web series
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Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Motorola reorganizes phone unit
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
No 10 goes digital with a spot of Twittery-pokery
Discussion: SMS Text News
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Star Witness Employed by Plaintiff
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tools For Your Video Career
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Forget LoJack, Twitter Can Bring Your Phone Back Home
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Lessig Lectures the FCC on the Need for Neutrality
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer says Vista is a ‘work in progress’